Israel Takes Two Silvers in Best-ever Accomplishment at Flag Football European Championships

The Israeli team makes history with both the men's and women's making their greatest achievement yet; Yael Freedman wins tournament MVP again

Israel's flag football team celebrating their silver medal in Copenhagen, September 2017.
Israel's flag football team celebrating their silver medal in Copenhagen, September 2017. Steve Leibowitz

Israeli flag football notched its best-ever accomplishment this weekend, winning silver medals in both the men’s and women’s European Championships played in Copenhagen.

The host Denmark established itself as the dominant flag football country in Europe, winning both gold medals.

The Israeli women had an outstanding opening round, including a win over Denmark. In the gold medal game the Israeli team suffered a letdown, losing 33-6. Yael Freedman won the tournament MVP award to go along with the World Championship MVP award she was given three years ago.

The Israeli men won all its games in the tournament except when facing Denmark. Convincing wins over Sweden, Norway and Great Britain propelled Israel into the final. Defending champion Denmark proved too strong, outlasting Israel 39-19.

Two years ago in Spain, Israel left the European Flag Football championships without a medal, after finishing fourth in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

This was the second European silver medal for the Israeli women, to go along with two bronze medals. The medal won by the Israeli men was their first ever.

The second-place finish by the men and the women means both Israeli teams have qualified for next year’s World Championship, to be played in Panama.