Can Footy 9s become an Olympic sport?
Absolutely. It’s not going to happen overnight and we must hold a long-time view. But yes, it can be done.
Just look at Rugby 7s. World Rugby has done a great job in getting a modified version of rugby into the Olympics. A whole generation of young people from all over the world saw Rugby 7s being played in Rio. The possibility of playing in the Olympics will be a great carrot for them to take up a new sport.
Watch the videos below and imagine it is the gold medal match of the 2040 Olympic Games, with the crowd being wowed by the athleticism, speed and high marking of our great game.