The ceiling on women playing tackle football was formally shattered with the arrival of LFL football in 2009. Technically, it was much earlier then that because of the Lingerioe Bowl games played for a Pay Per View audience. But with the growing popularity around the LFL, younger and younger girls are starting to dream of playing LFL football. In recent months and years, the league said that parents of young ladies routinely contact the league offices inquiring about everything ranging from what size football do you use to what form of training should I place my daughter into now to prepare her for LFL Football.
Women sports have always struggled to gain a mainstream following alongside major men’s sports, especially women’s tackle football as well as soccer, softball and any other sport for that matter. That, is why in high school they created Title 9 to combat schools not having enough women’s teams as they had men’s teams. Currently, the United States, has numerous women’s full tackle football leagues that are getting little, to no fan fare, media attention or sustainability as they are all pay to play leagues.
The league said in the announcment that “challenges facing women’s tackle football leagues have kept young ladies from pursuing football from a young age like most sports. More recently, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson signed up to be the first-ever girl to play on the boys team at her school. “
I have to say that it may be the first girl to play flag football but I played football personally with two girls the announcment continues “Inheritantly, the LFL firmly believes that girls want to play football too, now the league is taking measures to insure many generations of young ladies have the opportunity.”
The LFL, did sent a letter to Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson’s representatives inquiring about her becoming the spokes person for the LFL Youth program.
“Our commitment to developing women’s tackle football nationally has become a major initiative for the LFL as we focus on building a better on-field product. Obviously the improvement of our game is directly tied into the development of the future LFL athlete. What excites us at the league is seeing the caliber of athletes improve so vastly each season, now imagine in five years when we start fielding athletes that have trained their entire life for the opportunity to play LFL Football’, said, Mitchell S. Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, Lingerie Football League, LLC.
The reaction from the media and the public has mostly been negative in nature. The question is would you join the fully clothed LFL Youth program to later join the LFL in a few years?