Adding a new dimension to the growing history of women’s sport in Canada, the four teams of LFL Canada have captured the hearts and minds of its loyal fans. Featuring players with backgrounds as diverse as teaching, motherhood and personal trainers, the league has helped transform these fearless females into gridiron heroes.
The league has quickly made national and worldwide news. Prior to the beginning of the season, Alicia Bell and her Toronto Triumph teammates braving the December weather at Yonge and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto for their PETA cause made international headlines. A brawl between Saskatoon and Regina fans has gone viral on the internet.
The Saskatchewan Bowl promises to make the rivalry between Regina and Saskatchewan as intense as the collegiate rivalries between Michigan vs. Michigan State (for the Paul Bunyan Trophy) or USC vs. Notre Dame (where the winner gets the Jeweled Shillelagh). Another match that promises to raise the stakes in the level of competition of LFL is the first annual Border War between the Seattle Mist and the BC Angels.
Players from the U.S. league like Heather Furr, Anne Erler and Jessica Hopkins have brought great leadership to the franchises. Home-grown talent like Stephanie Manou, Kylie Rossler and Casey Simpson have become hometown heroes in their respective markets, while helping provide a cornerstone of franchise players for the league to build upon.
Aiming to be one of the fastest growing sports in Canada, the following are 10 reasons why you should watch.