Sport in Israel
The English speaking community in Israel are playing their national sports. There are teams across Israel playing American football, baseball, cricket, netball and rugby. New immigrants, international students and local Israelis meet regularly to play their favorite sports. Joining one of these teams is a great way for a new immigrant (oleh hadash) or expat to meet and integrate with locals and have fun at the same time.
“Haifa Underdogs” was founded at 2005 as one of the 4 original teams in the Israel Football League (IFL). In 2010 a nonprofit association (Amuta) called “Underdogs Football” was established to take care of the financial and administrative aspects. In the same year a youth team, also falling under the association - "The Reali Rams" was founded.
The association locates in north Israel, on Mount Carmel, Haifa.
The Rams play the high school league (IHFL, ages 14-18) which includes another 8 teams, scattered all over Israel. In the last 2 years The Rams made it to the championship games and finished as runner-ups in both seasons. They practice twice a week from August until end of May and it cost 300NIS per month, which includes equipment, insurance etc.
According to 2014 The IFL (ages 18-45) have 11 teams all over Israel. The Underdogs are one of the leading teams in Israel and won the championship game in the first year. The adult team practices twice a week and membership fees are 80NIS a month.
Both teams are lead and coached by American staff. There are several native English speakers among the players and therefore practices are held both in English and Hebrew.
Yuval Fisher - GM, Reali Rams
Niv Medlinger - CEO, Underdogs Football & GM, Haifa Underdogs
All the American football teams in Israel: Black Swarm, Hammers, Rebels, Lions, Kings, Sabres, Troopers, Pioneers, Underdogs, Northern Stars, Silverbacks