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Women's American football goes global in Sweden

James Savage · 24 Jun 2010, 18:21

Published: 24 Jun 2010 18:21 GMT+02:00

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The competition is the brainchild of Tommy Wiking, a Swede and the President of the International Federation of American Football.

“I was tired of listening to all the poor excuses people were giving for not holding a women’s world championships, so I thought it was time to do something about it,” he told The Local.

Six countries are competing in the first ever world championships, which kick off on Sunday at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm.

According to the IFAF, two previous international women’s American football games have been played, both between Sweden and Finland.

“The women’s game is still in the early stages,” said Tommy Wiking, but added that it is increasing in popularity.

“In Sweden, men and women often play in the same team,” he said.

The USA, perhaps unsurprisingly, start the tournament as favourites. They take on Austria on Sunday, while hosts Sweden face number two seed Canada. Finland and Germany have their first games on Tuesday, against Austria and Sweden respectively.

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Wiking said he didn’t expect large crowds at the tournament:

“We’re not expecting lots of people, but the important thing is that we make a start,” he said.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:19 June 24, 2010 by dwb5555
Does anyone know where to get tickets?
20:13 June 24, 2010 by mjennin2
I suppose this has nothing to do with what my girlfriends and I competed in during college in 2007? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingerie_Football_League

I'm sure Swedish men would have enjoyed a little bit of spectating, if that were the case... :P
09:09 June 25, 2010 by StockholmSam
hey dwb5555, I am sure that if you just show up to Zinken, you will be able to get a ticket at the gate...if they even sell tickets for this thing. I am guessing it will be free.
11:11 June 25, 2010 by Dano
I must admit,the Lingerie games are a winner! If the women in these proper games look anything like the men then i really don't want to be there! lol.
14:34 June 25, 2010 by Marc the Texan
In high school they always had what was called the Powder Puff football game. It was an exhibition game where the cheerleaders played football. It was always really popular back in they day.
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