With soccer and basketball being the two main sports in Israel, the commissioner of the Israel Football League (I.F.L.) wants to take football to the next level. Uriel Sturm is attracting players from all over the country and has them feeling like a family and feeling healthy, offering them an exciting escape from the mundane routine of their daily lives. Many believe the I.F.L. will bring football to a professional level in Israel but at the same time football has been omnipresent their for 22 years, albeit flag football and not professional. Only time will tell where it goes but it is exciting to see the influence that the sport is having on the world. Read the article from the NY Times: Tackle Football Gains a Following in Israel by Ben Solomon