Before football ever can become an Olympic sport, the International Olympic Committee must recognize it.
The IOC isn’t presently inclined to do so.
According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, the IOC has rejected the International Federation of American Football’s initial application for recognition. Folks from the IFAF will meet with representatives from the IOC within the next 45 days to discuss ways that the effort can be enhanced for the future.
“American football’s burgeoning international athlete participation and appeal continues to propel the game on an exciting upward path,” an IFAF spokesman told FOXSports.com. “IFAF and the world’s American football family have great reason to remain inspired and energized by our ongoing dialogue with IOC leadership.”
Even with IOC recognition, football would be a long way from inclusion in the Olympics. Without IOC recognition, the chances of that happening are nil.
If football ever would approach Olympic status, the most compelling question would be whether it would be played in the Summer Olympics or the Winter Olympics. Games played on truly frozen tundra would help neutralize the extent to which our second-tier college players would blow out the best of the best from any other countries that can cobble together enough equipment to play.