Start-up tackle football league looking for female players

By From page B1 | January 14, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Calling all female football players in and around Solano County.

After 18 years of running the semi-pro Gladiator Football League for men, league owner and president Woody Woodard is looking to start up a full-contact tackle football league for females 18 and older.

According to Woodard’s press release, he wants to make Solano County history by starting the first league in the area, creating four teams: the Fairfield Lady Gladiators, the Vallejo Lady Knights, the Solano Lady Titans and the Vacaville Lady Warriors.

Each team will consist of 30 players per squad, with 12 women on the field at a time, along with special teams play. Each offense will get five downs to gain 20 yards for another first down.

The field will be 80 yards long and 40 yards wide, with 5-yard end zones. Each game will have five referees, with the season lasting six games.

Any one who plays will have their insurance covered with their fees, along with helmets, shoulder pads, thigh and knee pads, plus a uniform jersey and pants.

Woodard wants to have the teams play in Solano County for the next six years.

“I am very excited,” Woodard said in the release. “Now that I have 18 seasons behind me with the men, this is a new challenge for me to make my new women’s league a success and to have these women players only to pay (minimal) fees for the whole season.”

Woodard also noted that funds and donations will help raise money for the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

The men’s team is relocating to Yolo County to help raise funds for its school districts.

For more information about signups, fees or any questions, call Woody Woodard at 422-0356 or email him at [email protected].

Reach Brian Arnold at427-6969 or [email protected]. Follow him onTwitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.


Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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