Players from the first Israeli tackle football league put on their pads and helmets and began preseason training this week.
At the start of November four teams will be taking the field in the new Israel Football League.
For the past few months the players have been practicing without equipment under the instruction of IFL Coach and Commissioner Eric Amkraut.
On Sunday they met at Baptist Village in Petah Tikva where they tried out the equipment for the first time and began a preseason training camp.
Coaches from the United States, led by Don Peek, will participate in the training camp, helping with the players skill development and assisting the teams in running plays.
The four teams in the first season of the new IFL will be Big Blue Jerusalem, Mikes Place Tel Aviv, Dancing Camel Hasharon, and Haifa (which is still looking for a sponsor).
The IFL is operated by American Football in Israel, a non-profit organization based at Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem that also operates four flag football leagues in Israel, with over 90 teams and 1,000 players.