With Unflagging Energy, Girls Football Tourney Takes to the Turf

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Girls flag football in Conshohocken.

The official NFL season is still in the wings; however, game fans can nonetheless enjoy a Sunday pigskin turf war in Conshohocken. It’s not traditional, but it’s fast, competitive, aggressive, and passionate: It’s girls flag football. Marcus Espinoza took to the field to cover the story for FOX29 News.

Women’s flag football is a sport that’s an up-and-comer nationwide; it’s now a collegiate competition at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level, soon to expand to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) play.

Play is somewhat revised — the field is 30 × 50 yards, teams are six against six, and there’s no tackling or blocking — but that doesn’t tamp down the spirited play. Games can quickly escalate to become even more competitive than the traditional version, removing the perceived necessity of turf-spitting take-downs to rev up a squad and a crowd.

More and more high schools are adding the sport officially to their programs; scholarship opportunities are following.

Bridget Keyser, from Lansdale Catholic, caught one herself. “I won the 2023 Flag Football Life Scholarship for making a video about flag football and how much I love it,” she said.

More on girls’ flag football is at FOX29 News.

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