Eli Manning has become a global flag football ambassador ©Getty Images

Retired Super Bowl champions Eli Manning and Osi Umenyiora are among the five-member group to become global flag football ambassadors.

The pair were part of the same New York Giants team that became National Football League champions in 2007 and 2012.

Manning was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player on both occasions.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and Desiree Abrams, the first woman to officiate the Super Bowl and an NFL replay assistant, have also been appointed as global flag football ambassadors.

Abrams also founded the National Women's Football Officials Association and was a member of the refereeing team at The World Games in Birmingham, the International Federation of American Football in 2018 and 2021 and the 2022 IFAF Women's World Championship.

"I'm honoured to be part of the global flag football ambassadors team," Manning said.

"I think it's important that football continues to provide an inclusive and exciting entry point, but what flag football is showing is that it's also so much more than that. 

"It's a team sport that people can continue playing into adulthood at the elite level, and we have some incredibly talented athletes participating.

"The growth both here in the U.S. and worldwide is exceptional."

The number of ambassadors now stands at 18 with Super Bowl champions Cooper Kupp, Russell Wilson, Willie McGinest and Derrick Brooks being part of the first influx.

Toni Harris - the first woman to receive a full college football scholarship - and Katie Sowers, who previously worked in the NFL as a coach, are also ambassadors.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is on the list alongside Darrell Housh Doucette and Vanita Krouch, the quarterbacks for the United States' men's and women's flag football national teams.

Panama's Andrea Castillo, Italy's Luke Zahradka and Mexican duo Fernando Espinoza and Diana Flores, who is a member of the International Federation of American Football Athletes' Committee, are the only non-Americans who have been named as ambassadors.

They all compete for their respective national teams.

Russell Wilson is one of the 18 ambassadors committed to growing flag football ©Getty Images
Russell Wilson is one of the 18 ambassadors committed to growing flag football ©Getty Images

The 18-member group have been given the role of increasing the awareness, interest and participation in flag football alongside the two organisations.

The sport is played in more than 100 countries, says the IFAF, which is on a shortlist of International Federations in contention to have their sport added to the Los Angles 2028 Olympic programme.

Earlier this year, the IFAF and the NFL announced a partnership where the major sporting league committed itself to aiding the federation's efforts in joining the Olympics.

The NFL has replaced Pro Bowl with The Pro Bowl Games, a week-long event where players can showcase their skills and is scheduled integrate flag football as a part of its programme.

This includes the Play Football Opening Night as well as the NFL FLAG Championships.