I was surfing through the usual football highlights, hardest hits etc. when I stumbled across a video containing a sport filled with as many hard hits and great plays that I have become accustomed to with the NFL. I hear you asking yourselves, just what are you rambling on about Ballhawk, well my friends the answer is simple, I am talking about the Legends Football League (LFL)!
Once known as the Lingerie Football League, the LFL is a 7 on 7 full contact version of American Football played by women on a 50yd Arena Pitch. For those out there who may be sceptical about this sport and the ability of its players, please check out this knock out blow delivered by Ashley Salerno of Los Angeles Temptation! (please accept our apologies for the colourful language used during this clip)
The LFL is the brain child of Mitch Mortaza and was officially founded in 2003 under the name Lingerie Football League. It is my understanding that the leagues concept was developed from a Superbowl alternative halftime TV special called the lingerie bowl. This was a pay per view event which was broadcast annually opposite the Superbowl halftime show.
Although the company itself was founded in 2003 it did not have it's inaugural season until 2009. By 2009 there were 10 franchise teams from across the USA which were split into two conferences like the NFL. The conferences were named the Eastern and Western conference and each team played two home and two away fixtures against their rivals within the conference.
At the end of the regular season the league entered it's playoff period where the top two teams from the east and west competed in the equivalent of the Conference Championship games with the winners going through to the lingerie bowl!
Unfortunately the league has not been able to keep all of it's original 10 teams due to financial constraints however they have been able to find other franchises to take their place. This year the USA league has also expanded to 12 participating teams.
Let us now take a look at what the future holds for the LFL, much like the NFL the league is looking to become a global brand and the commitment to this was evident in 2012 when the American league took a hiatus to play a series of all star games in Mexico and Australia.
2012 also saw the first season played outside of USA in Canada where four teams battled it out to be crowned champions! The Canadian league was played in the same format with the two conference winners facing off in the final.
In May this year the league also sent a party of players out to Asia which included marquee player and household name Liz Gorman. Liz is a former defensive player of the year and all star MVP, she also doesn’t back down from a challenge as you can see below:
Well that just about wraps it up from me ladies and gentlemen however I strongly recommend everyone adds the LFL programming to their off-season routines. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
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