Women’s Football Takes Center Stage
On the most recent episode of AFN Live, we talked about viral football star Sam Gordon’s lawsuit against the Jordan, Canyon, and Granite districts along with the USHAA alleging Title IX violations by not having girls football teams. This got me thinking about how important this lawsuit could be for women’s football.
Currently, many professional women’s leagues are full of athletes but not necessarily football players (as many players have played sports before joining a pro league but not always football). A contributor to that is the lack of women’s football for younger players, therefore, depriving the pro leagues of a direct pipeline of talent. Currently, Utah Girls Tackle Football (UGTF) is the most popular of girls’ football leagues. However, it looks like they will soon have company.
The Women’s League Football Association (WLFA) is a league that is planning to kick off in 2021 and they also will be running a league to help grow future generations of women players with the WLFA Junior League. There isn’t much detail on how this junior league will work as it was was just announced June, 9th. Having the WLFA running a junior league is important because if the lawsuit fails, you want to have as many ways to nurture future talent and give girls a place to play football.
With the WFLA and UGTF in headlines, now is a great time to look at women’s football leagues and teams around the nation as we owe it to the players and to ourselves to watch and support more amazing football. I will have links to some league websites and Facebook pages below.
Women’s League Football Association (WLFA)
Women’s Football Alliance (WFA)
Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC)
United States Women’s Football League (USWFL)