Girls’ Flag Football and Wrestling sanctioned as high school championship sports in Alabama

Spain Park Flag Football team warming up during practice in 2021 (Bham Now)

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has voted to sanction Girls’ Flag Football and Girls’ Wrestling as championship sports beginning  in 2024-25.

“This is great news for our girls’ student-athletes,” said Alvin Briggs, AHSAA Executive Director in a news release. “The growth we have seen in both sports has been amazing in a very short time.”


89 Flag Football Teams

Presently, 76 schools have declared the sport of girls’ wrestling for the upcoming school year, while  89 schools are fielding  girls’ flag football teams.

The AHSAA also approved creating two classifications in each sport, Class 1A-5A and Class 6A-7A. 

This month, Girls’ Flag Football kicks off its third season as an AHSAA sport. As reported by Bham Now, the sport got an initial boost in Alabama from the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons.

Two Championship Games at Bryant-Denny

The 2023 Girls’ Flag Football season will culminate with two championship games  played this year at the AHSAA Super 7 Championships at 1 and 3 p.m., Dec. 6 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Girls’ flag football and wrestling will become the 12th and 13th  AHSAA sanctioned sports championships for girls. Currently, boys compete in 12 sanctioned sports in the AHSAA.

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Pat Byington
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