The first interscholastic flag football league in Tennessee will be in Williamson County.
The Tennessean reported Tuesday that the Tennessee Titans have helped fund the pilot program, which will start in the spring of 2022 and help gauge interest for the potential of future expansion within the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.
"Youth football, high school football — those are of the utmost importance to us here at the Titans. It's the birth place for future NFL players, coaches, executives and staff members," Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Tuesday. "Growing opportunities for girls and young women in the sport of football is certainly a goal of ours."
Williamson County’s flag football league, the first of any gender in Tennessee, will start in March and consist of an eight-game season. Every high school within Williamson County Schools will field a team, while all nine of them will qualify for a season-ending tournament that will include a championship game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the home of the Titans.
According to The Tennessean, Williamson County Schools athletic director Darrin Joines said a district survey found that 650 of 800 female student-athletes asked about the formation of flag football said they’d be interested in participating.
Georgia, Alaska, Nevada and Florida had sanctioned girls’ flag football in 2020, while Alabama announced in April the formation of the sport for a fall 2021 season. The Williamson County program is serving as a pilot program for the potential future expansion within the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.
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