Women’s Football

Female American Football comes in many varieties. There are the 11v11 Outdoor Leagues in USA, 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

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Women’s American Football (11v11)

WFA

Women’s Football Alliance (USA):

Woman’s Football Alliance Division I 2017-Present

Woman’s Football Alliance Division II 2017-2019

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Canadian Women’s Football

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Women’s Canadian Football (12v12)

WWCFL

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

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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

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European Women’s American Football

European Women’s American Football

BAFA Sapphire Seriers; Netherlands Queen’s Football League

Britain: Sapphire Series

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

Netherland: Queens Football League

Queens Football League (Netherlands) Queens Bowl 2017-Present

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]

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

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Legends Football Leagues (7v7 Arena Indoor Leagues)

LFL USA; LFL Global

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.

United States Legends Football Leagues

Legends Football League Legends Bowls 2004-2019

Lingerie Bowl 2004-2009

Lingerie Football League 2009-2012

Legends Football League United States 2013-2019

Legends Football League United States (Seasons): 2019

X-League Extreme Football League (Seasons): 2020

World Legends Football Leagues

Legends Football League Global 2012-2014

Legends Football League Pacific Cup 2012-2013

LFL Global (Seasons): Canada 2012-13 Australia 2013-14

Legends Football League | Australia 2013-2014

Pretty Girls Football League (Mexico) 2014-2017

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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.

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Failed Women’s Football Leagues

Women’s Arena Football League 2013

X-League Extreme Football 2021

Women’s Arena Football League 2013

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