Women’s sports are breaking records and growing at a rapid pace at all levels. This is great news for young female athletes! With more visibility on women’s sports, young girls have more role models to look up to and motivate them to achieve their dreams of playing their favorite sport long term. Girl’s flag football is no exception from this growing popularity. 

Women’s and girl’s flag football has grown nationwide in the last three years. Girl’s flag football is becoming a recognized high school sport in many states, and colleges are beginning to add flag football scholarships to their athletic programs. After the sport was added to the 2028 Olympic games in Los Angeles, both education systems and recreational organizations are working furiously to create more opportunities for girls and women of all ages to play! Flag football offers countless benefits for girls, both on and off the field. If you haven’t considered flag football as a sport for your kids yet, we have four reasons that you should!

Four Benefits Flag Football Offers Girls of All Ages:

1. Empowerment and Confidence Boost

Participating in flag football empowers girls by providing a platform to teach them essential life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and resilience. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, girls who participate in sports experience higher levels of self-esteem and confidence. By taking part in flag football, girls learn to trust in their abilities, set and achieve goals, and overcome challenges, laying a foundation for success both on and off the field. This is true for both girls only leagues and co-ed. Though many girls prefer not to be the only girl on the team, some enjoy playing against the boys and showing them they can compete at the same level!

2. Physical Fitness and Health Benefits

Flag football provides an excellent outlet for girls to stay fit and healthy while having fun. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that regular physical activity during childhood and adolescence is associated with numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of obesity, improved cardiovascular health, and enhanced bone strength (CDC, 2023). By participating in flag football, girls can develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

3. Skill Development and Cognitive Growth

Flag football isn’t just about running and catching – it’s a strategic game that requires critical thinking, decision-making, and spatial awareness. Engaging in sports at a young age has been linked to cognitive benefits, including improved concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills.

According to a 2023 Deloitte survey, 85% of the women who played sports said the skills they developed playing sports were important to success in their professional careers. By learning the fundamentals of flag football, girls sharpen their minds while honing their athletic abilities. Flag football can set them up for success in the classroom and eventually boardrooms, court rooms, hospitals, or whatever career they see themselves pursuing!

4. Inclusivity and Social Connection

Flag football provides an environment where girls of all skill levels can come together to learn, grow, and have fun. Research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology highlights the social benefits of youth sports participation, including enhanced social skills, increased social support, and a sense of belonging. By joining a flag football team, girls have an opportunity to forge lifelong friendships and become part of a supportive community that celebrates their achievements.

From confidence-building to physical fitness and social connection, flag football offers girls a unique opportunity to thrive in a sport usually designated to their male counterparts. Football is usually seen as a boy’s sport with pads and tackling. The addition of flag football in multiple regions is giving girls a better, and typically safer, opportunity to learn the sport of football. Help your girls build confidence, improve their physical strength, and set them up for future success- sign them up to play flag football!

Sign up for Flag Football with i9 Sports® Today!

Our youth flag football program has been around for 20 years and is our most popular sport. We focus on age-appropriate instruction, sportsmanship, and of course fun! This allows young athletes to learn the game, improve their skills, and fall in love with the sport.

As a leading provider of youth sports, i9 Sports® is committed to empowering girls through sports and helping them unlock their full potential. So why wait? Sign up for flag football today and watch your kids soar!

About the Author

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Tyler Munoz
Manager Of Sport, i9 Sports®

Tyler is responsible for creating and implementing national training programs for coaches and over 240 franchisees to achieve the company’s mission to help kids succeed in life through sports.
Tyler grew up in Modesto, California, playing baseball, basketball and football from the age of 5. Sports have always been at the center of his life and have been something that he has dedicated his life to making a positive impact in.
He discovered his passion – supporting coaches to ensure they can provide a quality sport experience to the athletes that they coach during his education at California State University, Fresno. He earned his Master of Arts in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Sport Coaching from California State University, Fresno.
After graduating, Tyler spent a year in New Zealand and Australia, where he studied and participated in the two countries’ sport environments, athlete development systems, and coaching models.
After his travels, he joined the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s (USOPC) Coaching Education Department as the American Development Model and Youth Development fellow. Tyler was able to collaborate and coordinate sport development projects with several National Governing Bodies and assist the Coaching Education team with creating and updating resources related to coach training and the American Development Model.
Tyler continued to consult with the USOPC on initiatives related to the American Development Model the Quality Coaching Framework and ultimately, developed an online course, Foundations of the American Development Model. In 2020, he accepted a position with USA Football as the Senior Manager of Coach Education.
During his three years there, he was able to redesign the organization’s coach education certification, which led to USA Football achieving its’ one millionth coach certification in 2022. Tyler has coached football, baseball, and basketball at all levels of sport (recreational, scholastic, national, and international) throughout his life and is passionate about giving back to the communities in which he has lived.
Presentations and Awards:
College of Health and Human Services- Outstanding Project Award

Presented graduate project at the 39th Annual Central California Research Symposium
Olympic & Paralympic Coach Magazine Spring 2020- ADM & Me: Insights in Learning from my USOPC Fellowship
Presented at the USA Football National Conference 2020
Presented at the National Post Olympic and Paralympic Conference of Sport & Science at the Wingate Institute in Israel

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Young girl running with a football during an i9 Sports flag football game.