IFL

No Hail Marys In This League

In its fifth year, Israeli tackle football league attracting natives and newcomers.

11/29/2011

Jerusalem — It’s a cold Thursday night in Jerusalem and by the looks of it, you’d think there was a meeting of the United Nations under way. Men are carrying on in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Russian and French, but they’re not talking peace. They’re here to settle the score — literally.

The cross-section of Jews, Arabs and Christians are here to play American tackle football as part of the Kraft Family Israel Football League. Entering its fifth year, the IFL has more than doubled since its beginning, in 2007, to 10 teams.

The Jerusalem Lions take on the Tel Aviv Pioneers in an Israel Football League game at Kraft Family Stadium.
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