The Aspen Institute releases the “Future of Football Paper”

Posted on September 13, 2018

The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program has released a new White paper on September, 12th, 2018. This report takes the measure of recent developments in football and assesses the implications of the game moving away from tackle football as the traditional form of playing the game before high school. Recent data has shown that flag football has surpassed tackle football as the most popular form of play for children, and draws on insights shared in January 2018, as part of The Aspen Institute’s quarterly Future of Sports series when the future of football was explored with a diverse set of panelists. This report examines how adopting flag football as the standard might impact public health, youth participation, “Friday Night Lights” high school football, the wider football industry, and football values. The paper concludes that benefits will be derived by most stakeholders, including children.

To read the Future of Football Paper, you can find the report here.

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