United States earned a place in the men's flag football gold medal match after a big win over Austria ©TWG 2022

Hosts and reigning world champions United States earned a place in the men’s and women's flag football gold medal matches at the World Games.

After going through the group stage unbeaten, and receiving a bye to the last four after Germany withdrew due to a coronavirus outbreak among their squad, the US' men's team produced a dominant display at Legion Field to beat Austria 54-19 and book a place in the showpiece match.

For the US Darrell Doucette scored four passing touchdowns while Johnny Rembert scored three receiving touchdowns.

Felix Wasshuber scored three passing touchdowns for an Austrian side that were always second best, with the US establishing a half-time lead of 36-13 and maintaining their advantage throughout the second period.

They are set to face Group A winners Italy in tomorrow's final, after they beat Mexico 41-29.

Luke Zahradka assisted six touchdowns for Italy, Mark Andrew Simone scoring three, Tamsir Seck two and Gianluca Santagostino one.

In the women's tournament, the US came from 13-0 and 32-22 down to edge a close semi-final with Austria 36-32.

Deliah Autry grabbed the decisive receiving touchdown from Vanita Krouch's pass with less than three minutes remaining, and added an extra point from five yards.

Sheneika Comice had scored twice for the US in the first period.

The hosts are set to face Mexico in the final after they saw off Panama 36-7.

Silvia Contreras scored three receiving touchdowns for the Mexicans from Diana Flores' passes.

Earlier in the day, classification matches took place to decide fifth to eighth places.

In the women’s event Japan earned fifth with a 19-0 win over Italy while Brazil claimed seventh by defeating France 34-6, with Alessandra Rodrigues de Souza impressing with three passing, one rushing and one receiving touchdown.

In the men’s competition Panama finished fifth after beating France 25-8, while Denmark were automatically awarded seventh following Germany’s withdrawal due to a COVID outbreak.