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Legends Football League: Athlete rejected for not being 'lean'

December 18, 2013 12:14 IST

Legends Football League: Athlete rejected for not being 'lean'

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The Legends Football League was started in 2009 and emerged as one of the fastest growing sports leagues in the United States. Now, it is spreading its wings towards Australia too.

LFL is a women's 7-on-7 American football league and the women certainly play fierce football.

In order to give the sport legitimacy it underwent rebranding and changed its name from the Lingerie Football League to the Legends Football League in 2013.

It did justice to the sport as these women really mean business!

But young woman has said that she was devastated after being rejected from the Legends Football League (LFL) and told she wasn't 'lean' enough.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the LFL says it selects its female gridiron players on their athleticism, speed, hand-eye co-ordination and strength.

However, they play in bikinis and heavy make-up and are required to sign a clause in their contract agreeing to accidental nudity, the report said.


Image: Quarterback Christy Bell of the Philadelphia Passion looks to pass against the Los Angeles Temptation during the Legends Football League
Photographs: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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The LFL will screen for the first time on Australian commercial TV on the Seven Network's male-focused digital channel 7mate this weekend, the report added.

Originally an American phenomenon, the league was rebranded to Legends Football League earlier this year after complaints it was sexist and exploited women, the report further said.

Brisbane father Randy Perrett says he encouraged his daughter Mikaila to sign up to play in the league because he thought it was an exciting sports competition.

Mikaila was rejected from playing with local LFL team the Queensland Brigade after sending LFL management a photo of herself in a bikini as required under her contract, the report mentioned.


Image: Stephanie Psick (right) of the Los Angeles Temptation knocks a pass away from Heather Roy of the Philadelphia Passion during the Legends Football League
Photographs: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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