The US' two-time Olympic football gold medallist Carli Lloyd said teqball is a "fun and addicting sport" ©Getty Images

Two-time Olympic football gold medallist Carli Lloyd has said it has been "a great partnership" to serve as an ambassador for the United States National Teqball Federation.

Lloyd became the National Federation's first female ambassador earlier this year, and has talked up teqball's value as a sporting product.

"It's such a fun and addicting sport, and I think what's really great about it is so many different people can play - men, women, girls, boys, it doesn't matter what level you're at," Lloyd told E! News.

"I just started to really grow to like it, and then things started to unfold where they're trying to get into the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

"You talk about watching tournaments, and it’s very addicting because it's just this fast-paced game.

"I've just grown to like it.

"The competitor in me always needs something new and exciting, and this has been a great partnership, especially being the first female ambassador for Teqball USA, so it's been awesome."

Lloyd's promotion of teqball has included leading a demonstration of the benefit of the sport to professional footballers at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Kansas City earlier this year.

Carli Lloyd, third left, serves as an ambassador for the US National Teqball Federation ©US Teqball Federation
Carli Lloyd, third left, serves as an ambassador for the US National Teqball Federation ©US Teqball Federation

Teqball combines elements of football and table tennis, and is played on a curved table.

It was invented in Hungary, with the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) established as its governing body in 2017.

FITEQ holds ambitions for eventual inclusion at the Summer Olympics.

As well as winning women's football gold with the US at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, Lloyd earned a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020.

She was also part of the US team that won back-to-back FIFA Women's World Cups in 2015 and 2019, following on from a defeat in the 2011 final and a third-place finish in 2007.

Lloyd's 316 international caps for the US is the second highest in history, and she became the first player to score a Women's World Cup final hat-trick in the 5-2 win against Japan in 2015.