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Clara Beaudoin of the Ottawa University Braves women's flag football team.
Ottawa Braves Flag Football Team
Ottawa University
Clara Beaudoin of the Ottawa University Braves women's flag football team.

Football is a sport historically dominated by males but women are making strides to change the narrative.

Today, about half of all American women are football fans. In fact, women are the NFL’s fastest-growing audience. Between 2009 and 2013, overall NFL female viewership rose by 26%.

Jen Welter, the first female to coach in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals believes there isn't really a big difference between coaching men and coaching women. What might be different is the way they've been approached.

A lot of it comes down to, "When you get to appreciate someone and share the love of the game then they don't think about it as different as it might have been before that," says Welter.

More women are becoming involved in football in high school. When asked what this will make football look like in 10 years, Kansas City Glory coach Keke Blackmon stated, "It's going to blow up and it's going to blow people's mind. We're going to be all over the world in this game . . . We've been trailblazing in this game for a while and to see the growth and being able to speak to it and see the players come in and excited about this game, it's going to blow up."

Jen Welter is hosting a free flag football camp for girls ages 6-18 in Kansas City, MO on October 17th, 2021 sponsored by Adidas at Legends Field

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