Federal Judge Rules Against Girls’ Football in Utah

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A Utah district court has ruled against a girl’s bid to force school districts to create football teams for girls.

U.S. District Court judge Howard Nielson Monday ruled against Sam Gordon, saying that Utah school districts are not legally required to create a separate team for girls because those who want to play football can play on existing boys’ teams.

While Nielson acknowledged that schools and coaches could do more to encourage girls to play, but also Gordon was a special case, in that she’d garnered fame online for her football skills, in that there might not be enough girls to keep a league running.

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