Flag football: Israeli women finish seventh, Israeli men place eighth at World Championships

The high hopes of the Israeli flag football teams failed to materialize as neither team reached the podium in the recent World Championships held in Miami, Florida.

The Israeli women finished in seventh place, while the men placed eighth.

One bright spot for Israel was that wide receiver Daniel Eastman made the men’s All-Tournament Team.

The women managed to climb two places above their ninth-place finish in 2014. The women reached the quarterfinal round with a 2-2 record in the group stage after wins against Denmark (20-14) and Brazil (19-13) before losing 46-24 to eventual bronze medalist Mexico and 38-6 against silver medalist Austria. 

In the quarterfinals the women lost a chance at the podium when they lost 31-12 to eventual gold medalist Panama. They narrowly dropped their opening placement game to the United States 38-37 before ending with a 19-13 victory over France.

The Israeli men dropped to a disappointing eighth place after finishing sixth in 2014. The men opened the group stage with a 25-21 loss to Panama, followed by an impressive 39-12 victory over New Zealand. The day ended with a narrow 35-34 defeat at the hands of eventual gold medalist Team USA. The following day, the team dropped its first game against Austria, 18-7, before eking out a 26-24 win over Japan.

In the quarterfinals the men were knocked out by eventual silver medalist Denmark, 20-14, then dropped both placement games to Canada and Italy by respective margins of 41-26 and 40-6.