The Jerusalem Lions and the Beer Sheva Black Swarm — it’s the Israeli Football League (IFL). American football is gaining ground in the Jewish state, the New York Times reported on Dec. 28.
The online version of the story includes a video.
The league, which is sponsored in large part by Robert Kraft, the Jewish owner of the New England Patriots is “80 percent Israeli, with secular and orthodox Jews playing with and against Israeli Arab, Christian, Thai and even Palestinian players. The league has grown from roughly 80 tackle football players to more than 400,” according to the Times.