WOMEN AND GIRLS
FEMALE FOOTBALL – TACKLE
Football Manitoba is committed to the promotion and growth of girls’ and women’s football throughout Manitoba. Whether through tackle football, or flag football, the opportunities for women in football continue to grow every year.
Manitoba Girls Football Association
The Manitoba Girls Football Association if the first female tackle program of its kind in Western Canada.
The MGFA is dedicated to developing and fostering opportunities for girls to play football against girls. We are not competition for minor football in Manitoba, our leagues are played in the spring, this allows girls learn how to play, hone their skills and compete against each other, and if they so choose to compete in the youth leagues in the fall.
It is a stand alone program that allows the girls that only want to play against other girls to do so, and still allows the girls that wish to play fall football to do so as well.
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Manitoba is the proud home of two Women’s Tackle teams that participate in the seven-team WWCFL, with teams located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The Winnipeg Wolfpack and the Manitoba Fearless accept female players from the age of 18, and is a natural progression for girls to continue playing the sport they love once they graduate from the MGFA or coed programs.
U18 FEMALE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Under 18 Female National Championship is a 9-a-side tackle football Championship that will be played on an annual basis. The event will include provincial teams from across the country fielding the top female U18 tackle football in the country. Football Canada hosted its first Women’s National Tackle event in 2012 and has been participating in the World Championship since its initial year in 2010. Since the start of these two events the country has seen a significant increase in female participation within tackle football.
The 2020 event was scheduled to be the inaugural event but due to Covid – 19 had to be cancelled. We are currently working with the PSOs and provincial Health Authorities to host a 2021 event.
WOMENS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The event hosts provincial tackle football teams from across Canada and builds off the 2012 Women’s Challenge Cup held in Montreal. The Challenge Cup hosted provincial teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Atlantic Canada in a week-long celebration of women’s football which included integrated practices, mini-games as well as development opportunities for mentor coaches.
While provinces battle for the title of national champion, the women’s nationals serve as the start of the identification process for Canada’s Women’s National Team [link to Team Canada > Senior Women’s National Team], who compete at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championship (WWC).