With baseball losing its bid to return to the Olympics in a ruling issued back in September, it would be foolish to contemplate what American football might look like played at the Summer Games.
But foolish is what Fridays are for. And these attempts at national football uniforms, despite having been published over two years ago, make a compelling case for at least provisional status for the sport at the 2024 Games.
Sports bloggers Doug Houvener and Andy Ajer gave careful consideration to which countries might realistically be represented by an American-rules football team, including population size, economic standing, and appreciation for rugby, hockey, soccer or American football. They arrived at a total of 24 nations and mocked up uniforms for five of them.
People’s Republic of China
What else do you do when designing a uniform for communist China? Make it red. Click here for more on the design decisions that went into China’s uniform.
Interesting choice of country for American football. Click here for more on the design decisions that went into Sweden’s uniform.
This could easily pass for Notre Dame’s next special occasion uniform. Click here for more on the design decisions that went into Ireland’s uniform (though you can probably guess).
RYOT NOTE: What’s special about these designs is how they internationalize the mostly insular sport of American football. Right To Play’s mission is to use sports to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities around the world. Click the Action Box atop this story to learn more, get involved and Become the News!