Women’s Football

Picture Credit: Manuel Findeis / Shutterstock.com (2018) MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY – MARCH 13, 2016: close up on girl in American football clothes representing the Munich Rangers Ladies at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. [Accessed 4 May 2021]

Female American Football comes in many varieties. There are the 11v11 Outdoor Leagues in USA, 12v12 in Canada, 7v7 and 5v5 Outdoor Full Contact Kitted Leagues around the World such as the Sapphire Series in Britain, Femenil Indoor (Arena) 8v8 Leagues, which are popular in Mexico and 7v7 Legends or Ladies Gridiron Leagues where players wear very little in terms of protective clothing.

Women’s American Football

STOCKHOLM – JULY 3: Team USA wins gold in first ever IFAF woman’s tackle football world championship July 3, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden, Team USA dominates by winning all their games. Reference: [21]

[21] Image Contributor Greg Perkins (2010) STOCKHOLM – JULY 3: Team USA wins gold in first ever IFAF woman’s tackle football world championship July 3, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden, Team USA dominates by winning all their games. Item ID: 56511814 [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/stockholm-july-3-team-usa-wins-56511814 [Accessed 24 January 2022]

Women’s American Football (11v11)

WNFC; WFA

Women’s National Football Conference (USA Major):

Women’s Professional Football League (USA Major):

Women’s Football Alliance (USA Minor):

Woman’s Football Alliance Division I 2017-Present

Woman’s Football Alliance Division II 2017-2019

STOCKHOLM – JULY 3: Team USA wins gold in first ever IFAF woman’s tackle football world championship July 3, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden, Team USA dominates by winning all their games. Reference: [21]

[21] Image Contributor Greg Perkins (2010) STOCKHOLM – JULY 3: Team USA wins gold in first ever IFAF woman’s tackle football world championship July 3, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden, Team USA dominates by winning all their games. Item ID: 56511814 [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/stockholm-july-3-team-usa-wins-56511814 [Accessed 24 January 2022]

Women’s American Football Teams (11v11)

WNFC; WFA

Women’s National Football Conference (Major)

WNFC Atlantic Conference (2019-2022)

WNFC Pacific Conference (2019-2022)

Women’s Professional Football League II (Major)

WNFC American Conference (2000)

WNFC National Conference (2000)

Canadian Women’s Football

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Women’s Canadian Football (12v12)

WWCFL

Western Women’s Canadian Football League (Seasons): 2019

Arena Indoor Women’s Football

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Ladies Arena Indoor Football Leagues (8v8)

LEXFA; S8FL

Indoor or Arena Football Leagues are 8v8 Full Contact Kitted Leagues played in converted Ice Hockey Arenas.

Liga Extrema de Football Arena Mexico Femenil

Liga Extrema de Football Arena Mexico (LEXFA) Femenil 2011-2019

Liga Extrema de Football Arena Mexico (Seasons): 2011

Super 8 Football League Ladies Baja (Mexico):

Super 8 Football League Ladies Bowls 2016-2017

Super 8 Football League Ladies Championship 2016-2017

European Women’s American Football

Munchen Rangers Ladies on St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018

Picture Credit: Manuel Findeis / Shutterstock.com (2018) MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY – MARCH 13, 2016: close up on girl in American football clothes representing the Munich Rangers Ladies at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. [Accessed 4 May 2021]

European Women’s American Football

BAFA Sapphire Seriers; Netherlands Queen’s Football League; Finland Naiset

Britain: Sapphire Series

British American Football Association Women’s Sapphire Series Division 1 2017-2019

Germany: Damenbundesliga (DBL)

Ladies Bowl X: Berlin Adler Girls 35 Munich Cowboys 0. (Irish connection – Mülheim Shamrocks)

Netherland: Queens Football League

Queens Football League (Netherlands) Queens Bowl 2017-Present

SAJL Finland Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallon Liitto: Naiset (Women’s National League):

World Women’s American Football

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World Women’s Outdoor Leagues (7v7, 6v6 & 5v5)

FXF

Mexico Femenil

FXF Football Xtremo Femenil (Mexico) 2019

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Legends Football Leagues

The Lingerie Bowl was first played in 2004 as a rival to the Super Bowl half-time show which was seen by many fans as two long and boring. It was aired on a rival TV network and featured two teams of scantily-clad Women. The Bowl eventually came a fully-fledged league in 2009. The owner of the League admitted it was aimed at beer-drinking college students and following claims of sexism the Lingerie was replaced by bicycle shorts and crop-tops, and the League renamed the Legends Football League. It is 7v7 American Football with very little in terms of protective clothing.

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X – Legends Football Leagues (7v7 Arena Indoor Leagues)

LFL USA; LFL Global

United States Legends Football League (Bowls)

Legends Football League Legends Bowls 2004-2019

US Legends Football League (Overviews)

Legends Football League United States 2013-2019

Lingerie Football League (Overviews)

Lingerie Football League 2009-2012

Lingerie Bowl 2004-2009

X-League (Seasons): 

2021 * 2020 * (*Cancelled due to Covid)

Legends Football League United States (Seasons):

 2019

World Legends Football Leagues

Legends Football League Global 2012-2014

Legends Football League Pacific Cup 2012-2013

LFL Global (Seasons): 

Australia 2013-14 (Irish-Born Linda Holland) Canada 2012-13 

Legends Football League Australia 2013-2014

Pretty Girls Football League (Mexico – Overviews)

Pretty Girls Football League (Mexico) 2014-2017 (Irish Connection Morrigans CDMX)

Failed Women’s Football Leagues

Just like Men’s American Football Leagues which fail to get off the ground, so too do some Women’s Leagues. For a brief history of each of those leagues click the links in blue below.

Dallas Darlings Logo
Dallas Darlings Logo

Picture Credit: [3] Women’s Arena Football League (2021) Dallas Darlings Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.wafleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dallas.jpg [Accessed 11 May 2021]

Failed Women’s Football Leagues

Women’s Arena Football League 2013

Women’s Arena Football League 2013