The media has already dubbed it the “most brilliant league in the world”. One way to reconcile sports fans with American football is a discipline that is considered slow and vague on our side of the Atlantic. Code Name: LFL, Understand Underwear Football League. Or how to show off sporty women showing themselves in underwear, but recording the same anger as others Touch down, Equivalent to a rugby attempt.
The idea was born in 2009, a year after a show that provoked the envy of millions of American viewers. During the Super Bowl halftime, the final of the American Football Championship (NFL), often the biggest sporting spectator of the year on the other side of the Atlantic, was an exhibition match between women that was appreciated by many spectators.
The success of this moment then prompts American Impressorio Mitch Mortaza to create a league dedicated to this game. Ten teams are competing for the first season of 2009, twelve for the new season starting in early September. Teams with the most provocative names: From current champions Los Angeles Temptation to Baltimore Charm via Philadelphia Fashion. Other American cities did not hide their interest in forming a team and mobilizing the LFL.
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Since the victory cannot be denied, the number of viewers is constantly increasing, triggered by video clips and photos showing the bodies of the players. The official music videos even talk about “the fastest growing sport in the United States,” citing the 65 million fans already interested in the underwear football league. Beautiful, athletic, athletes are guaranteed a real show in the playing rooms, with more aggressive levels than their male counterparts offer. Also, for the credibility of the league – divided into two conferences (East and West) like all American championships – teams are often coached by the former NFL, the American Men’s Football League.
However, since its creation, the championship has not escaped criticism, and some athletes and journalists have stepped up their condemnation of denigrating the image of women. Some players expressed a desire to play “with full clothes” just like the clothes men wear. But according to LFL boss Mitch Mortaza, the fall in funding provided by meetings in such an outfit encourages him not to change the rules.
The success of this championship, often described by its fans as “erotic” or “physical”, continues to be followed even abroad. The exhibition competitions have already taken place in Mexico and last June in Australia. In Canada, the six-team championship has been running since last week. In 2014, the LFL uprising is set to land in Europe with Barcelona, Dublin, Manchester and even Frankfurt, the mecca of American football in Europe. One way, no doubt, to reconcile Europeans with American football, even if slightly distorted – in bad taste? – Especially lightly dressed.
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Check out the official website of the Lingerie Football League.