- Cullman, Alabama

June 23, 2013

Women's football league holds tryout in Birmingham

Associated Press


The Women's Indoor Football League is planning to host a tryout in Birmingham next week to fill rosters for its teams there, in Montgomery and Atlanta.

Ray Blanchette, CEO of Blanchette Sports Holdings, told the Montgomery Advertiser the Women's Indoor Football League is meant to give women the opportunity to play at a professional level as an alternative to the Legends League — formerly known as the Lingerie Football League.

"Even though they changed the name from the Lingerie Football League to the Legends League, it's still the same thing. There's just so many things not right with the LFL," Blanchette said.

The league is expected to start out with 15 teams along the East Coast and expand from there.

The tryouts on June 30 will be similar to an NFL combine and will include passing drills, a 40-yard dash, three-cone drills and broad jumps.

Blanchette said the league is hoping at least 50 to 70 women register for tryouts to fill slots for the Birmingham Black Widows, the Montgomery Mustangs and the Atlanta Aces. Training camps for the league are expected to begin in January.