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Women's Professional Football

Ms. Inglish has coached sports for 35 years and seen changes made to recognize outstanding skills in every gender and age group.

Women's football shown by actress Billie Dove in 1922.

Women's football shown by actress Billie Dove in 1922.

Women's Pro Football in America Began In Toledo

A newer, but growing, trend in American sports and athletics follows the advent of women's league and professional football. This joins boxing and baseball (hardball) in a percentage of male-dominated sports entered into and executed with some success by women.

Take Laila Ali. She can box as well as dance. In high school sports, some of my town's top suburban teams have used female quarterbacks and place kickers for about 15 years. Inner city kids have had their sports stripped by the school system and its deficits. With funding cuts, girls and boys a like may leave the fields. The suburban schools charge youth up to $700 or more a year to play football.

Toledo, Ohio is the birthplace of women's professional football. The pro teams actually first formed in 1930 during The Great Depression and toledo's first was the Toledo Troopers. It is now called Thee Toledo Reign and is a on the roster of the Women's Football Alliance for competion against other women's pro football teams across Ameria.

The Toledo Reign Today

The Detroit Demolition - IWFL Champions

Dakota State University fielded the Madison Women's Football Team - the Lady Leatherheads - this photo, October 20, 1945.

Dakota State University fielded the Madison Women's Football Team - the Lady Leatherheads - this photo, October 20, 1945.

Is college football ready for a woman?

Condoleeza Rice

Condoleeza Rice

Teams in the Women's Professional Football League

  • Carolina Queens. Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Connecticut Cyclones. Norwalk.
  • Dallas Diamonds. Hurst, Texas.
  • Empire State Roar. Rochester.
  • Houston Energy.
  • Indiana Speed. Indianapolis.
  • Las Vegas Showgirlz.
  • Los Angeles Amazons.
  • Minnesota Vixen. Eden Prairie.
  • New Mexico Burn. Albuquerque.
  • South Cal Scorpions. San Diego.
  • The Toledo Reign.
  • Wisconsin Wolves Madison.
  • New Jersey Titans. Bloomfield.

The links to various football leagues in the list of links above include at least 80 professional foorball trams made up completely of female competitors.

Oklahoma Lightning

Women's Sports Growing

Whether it's football, soccer, rugby, baseball, boxing, hockey, or Kick the Can, girls have spilled over into men's sports and it's OK, via Tile IX and open minds. Several States in the Union of America are host to women's league and professional football in the 21st century. In my Hubs related to Top Jobs in each state, I list the sports teams, including women's football in the Sports Opportunities box.

A list of women's associations and some are shown above with many more coming up every day. Our home teams in Central Ohio are called the Columbus Comets and the Columbus Phantoms.

While football and boxing are two activities in which I do not indulge, I think it's OK for girls and women to do them if they want. I prefer a flying kick through a flaming hoop to break a few boards lined up, but that has suited to my temperament. A certain proportion of women are geared toward contact sports and theri fanbase is increasing.

Just like the boys, the women need to follow safety rules and all will be (mostly) well. I've seen pee wee football that combines girls and boys and I think that particular sport needs some more organization, at least here - I tell people to take their kids to The Little Gym until they are 7 or 8 years old and receive some physiologically sound movement training and sports by certified professionals at not too high a cost.

Around Central Ohio, most kids and teens go to the city gyms for basketball and fitness after school and on weekends and those activities serve them well. However, if high school sports funding could be increased, more high school men and women could be trained to qualifiy for college and pro teams.

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In addition, some of our local peewee leagues in baseball and football are often closed early in the season because of parents fist fighting and betting. Team sports are based on the phenomenon of war, and these parents surely show it, but that's another story.

Basketball is king here for youth, although OSU Football, high/middle school football for any gender, elementary football, and even Pee Wee taken together make an impressive body of achievement.

The Boston Mass Mutiny

The Cinncinati Sizzle

Safety and Success in Women's Football

Some generous retired pros are reaching out with a new organized foundation for injured football players in order to help them attain financial stability. These young injured men are crippled from the game and for some reason have been denied disability benefits and can't work. Age in their 40s is one drawback to gaining disability compensation. Some of these gentlemen can hardly move. I don't want to see women in the same shape from a contact sport, so I wish them well and bid them use a measure of caution and enjoy the game.

Joining the Austin Rage

Legends Football League

This is the professional Lingerie Football League, which NBC reports is a growing leauge that is gaining new teams, players, and fans consistently. They are active in the USA, Australia, and Canada.

I have watched only a few games in this league and the games remind me a little of roller derby with players in bikinis. Roller Derby has always been one of my favorite sports to watch.

Players and fans in the other women's leagues may or may not take LFL seriously, but see for yourself at

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


mortgage-news from Los Angeles, CA on April 11, 2011:

I think this is great. women have proven they can handle other physical sports like hockey, which is even in the olympics !

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 13, 2010:

The Menace! --

channda on June 12, 2010:

I live in new mexico, albuquerque to be exact. i love football i have been playing for 10+years, i do i get ahold of the team here? is it the burn or the menace, do we still have a team??

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 05, 2009:

Carolina Raging Wolves begin play in the 2010 season. they are RECRUITING NOW!

simonne murray on November 04, 2009:

i would like to play but live in NC how can i join a team?

how to increase vertical on December 15, 2008:

Football matches is one of the best and interesting match.... I really enjoy this womens football match....

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