Football is a sport that is portrayed to be only for men. People often say that girls are not tough
enough or good enough to play football but that is not the case! Football is for everyone and
being a girl does not define your abilities.
There have been many breakthroughs for women in football led by numerous people. One person
in particular, Jen Welter is huge on knocking down the glass ceilings and the boundaries that
have been created connoting football as a men-only sport. She herself has spearheaded this
movement as she was the first female coach to serve in the NFL as well as the first female
running back in Men’s Pro Football.
Since then, she has led numerous girls' flag football camps and has led many other initiatives to
help empower, motivate, and support girls in football. She encourages girls to break down the
barriers and follow their dreams and their passions.
Just this past April, it was announced that flag football would become a college sport
within the NAIA and their partnering schools. Although Jen Welter was not directly involved
in this, it is thanks to her incredible work and empowerment that this came to be. This is also
huge for women and girls in football as it is the first step to the future of football being more
Football is not only a man's sport and being a woman by no means makes you less capable or
less fit to play. If football is something that you love and that you are passionate about, there is
no stopping you, no matter your gender.