Posted on May 11, 2020
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
Last week, the NFL wasn’t just focusing on announcing their season schedule – they were busy partnering with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to make women’s flag football a sanctioned college sport. They’re working together to make it official by 2021, with the first season to be played next spring, and would require 15 schools to participate. The NAIA hopes to reach 25 participating schools in its first season in order to hold an “invitational championship,” and is already planning for an “emerging sports” championship in 2022, which would require a minimum of 40 schools. Get ready fans, even more football is coming your way!
Do we think the fans are going to be excited for this? Yes! Who doesn’t want more football? That’s a rhetorical question – because we’re convinced that the only people who say they don’t want more football, are just hiding their true love and passion for the sport. Do we think the fans want to see more of this? Absolutely. While the NAIA says there needs to be a minimum of 40 schools for a full championship to be held, we think the fans are hoping to see an even bigger turnout to make the competition a little more cutthroat. If the demand is high enough in college, do the fans want to see some of these top female athletes make their way into the FCFL as field position players? As long as the best of the best are out on that field giving it their all, we don’t see why the fans wouldn’t want to see that! And are the fans now thinking to themselves as they sit in quarantine, “what I wouldn’t give to get out and play some flag football right now?” Without a doubt – and we’re right there with them.