Football Teams For Girls?

The 2023 Central Hardin Football Team is preparing to enter the field for their Friday Night Lights. These events are so glorious that girls should have access to them too.
The 2023 Central Hardin Football Team is preparing to enter the field for their Friday Night Lights. These events are so glorious that girls should have access to them too.
Alice Tomasovic

Sorry for shaking your beliefs about the good person you think you are but, if you laughed after reading the title, you’re sexist. 

I’m an exchange student from Belgium and, in Europe, it would have been unbelievable not to consider this inequality sooner. In fact, men being the only ones to have access to football isn’t fair. 

My education makes me realize a lot of things and, today, I want to share my opinion with you. I hope a foreign belief will help to forge yours. It’s always interesting to discover each other’s culture. 

Men and women are equal according to men, right? So why does half of the population still have to suffer from the power of the other one? Inequalities aren’t just about football. Anyway, they will be our topic for today. 

I’m writing this article to support every little girl who was told, “Football is for boys,” and to denounce the nerves of men who dared to shatter childhood dreams. 

Indeed, thinking women don’t belong on a football field reveals the closed-mindedness that some may demonstrate. Everyone should be able to play every sport if they want to. 

However, I’m not fighting for girls on the football team. I want football teams for girls.

First of all, I don’t want to hear about Powder Puff, this day during which girls play flag football and the guys cheer for them. It seems funny at first glance but we should look at what this game implies. The name is so reductive. Are women reduced to just putting on makeup? And are women reduced to being seen as too fragile to play tackle football?

Also, those events are rare. Did the creator of this day think that it would be enough? It’s not, and it’s why women had to fight to create teams by themselves. 

In fact, according to an Oct. 22 article of USA Today, women’s Flag Football has achieved high school varsity status in eight states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Nevada) and 18 more states could achieve this status soon. It’s a good thing but it’s still not enough. And what about tackle football?

Tackle football is even rarer for girls. Indeed, no high schools in America offer a girls’ tackle football team. 

It’s crazy not to consider women able to play a sport. Even more so when, as stated in the Title IX law, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Indeed, for every male sport, a sport for girls must be offered. At Central, the sport offered for girls during football season is volleyball. There is no similarity between those two sports and what about boys who want to play volleyball? It’s unequal in both ways.

However, the creation of girls’ tackle football teams is a matter of time. For now, it’s nevertheless possible for girls to join boys’ football teams but they need the approbation of the coach and to eventually pass the tryout. 

Because of the physical differences between the two genders, girls could be involved in the boys’ football kicker team while creating teams for them. 

Head football coach Tim Mattingly guaranteed that girls could join the boys’ football team if they wanted to. They will have to practice like the boys and he said it wasn’t easy, but girls will be welcome.

It’s true, joining a team made up only of boys is complicated. However, if you’re determined, you can do it. This difficulty shouldn’t stop your desire to play this great sport. 

Therefore, if practicing with boys seems too hard, you have another option. You can wait until after high school and try out for a women’s team. 

In fact, according to the article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune published on Mar. 30, “By the late 1970s, several schools had begun offering full-fledged varsity teams for women’s football. Today, there are over 200 colleges and universities across the United States that offer varsity programs for female athletes who want to compete at the collegiate level.” It might be hard to join those colleges’ teams but not impossible. 

There is also a possibility after college, the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) which contains 60 different teams throughout the United States. One is in Kentucky, the Derby City Dynamite. 

To conclude, tackle football is still an emerging sport for women but it’s getting better and it will continue to take a larger place in America’s culture. Girls, if it’s your sports dream, don’t give up. No one should tell you what to do, especially not a man. 

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    Emma GordineerJun 17, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    I am going to be on a football team even though I am a girl. I am going to train after school and after school! I am going to train my hardest. I am going to make it! I know it. I will even play with the boys at recess ( I am only in 3rd grade).

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    CooperJan 5, 2024 at 10:27 am

    Men and women aren’t equal, that is biologically proven. If they were, what is the issue with transgender men playing in female sports? If girls were to play with boys in sports, that would be dangerous. I understand making a separate team, but how many female students at Central, or in the state, want to play tackle football? Would it be worth the trouble of creating an entire state league just to make the sport equal? There are always exceptions to the rule, but that doesn’t make the rule. I find it hard to believe that enough girls want to do this and commit to a team.

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      Emma GordineerJun 17, 2024 at 2:52 pm

      girls need to be recognized!

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    CTDec 11, 2023 at 9:37 am

    If woman wanna play football so bad than i think they should take it upon themselves and start to over power the boys football team so theres more than just one girl on a mens team. I believe than once people see there are a lot of girls starting to play their “dream” sport than they will have a mind change on the debate if girls should have a full official football team. I’m sure girls will be welcome at boys’ practice. Coach loves the players and loves to see them make a challenge for themselves.

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      Emily TesterDec 14, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      Alice was trying to express her thoughts about having a girl’s football team because girls playing against boys is unrealistic. If there was a 5-foot 100-pound girl against a 6’4 300-pound guy, she’s going to get hurt. Alice is trying to express that there should be a football team for girls just like soccer, softball, etc.

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    mario judahDec 11, 2023 at 8:46 am

    good job you did great girl!

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    Brooklyn SuarezDec 8, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    You did such a great job on your article, Alice. I was so invested throughout the entire piece. Love it!

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    beccaDec 7, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    this is a wonderfully written article, and were glad to have you here at central !!
    and yes, there are women out there that want to play tackle football, and not be reduced to just the powder puff game. in middle school, i played tackle football with men, because they refused to add a women’s team. hopefully, if we all stand together, we will be able to keep making steps toward equality. not just “equality” where men tell us that were equal and they don’t mean it, but real equality where they say we are equal and mean that we are equal.