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Arizona’s inaugural girls flag football season is underway

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High school football season is in full swing and for the first time ever, girls flag football has taken the spotlight. 

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After several schools participated in hosting girls flag football teams during the 2022-23 academic year, the AIA sanctioned it as an official high school level sport, including it in their varsity sport programs.

In the AIA’s inaugural season for girls flag football, none other than the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray made an appearance on opening night to help kick things off. 

In Mountain View and Mountain Pointe high schools’ first showing on Tuesday night, Murray was posted at the 50-yard line to conduct the coin toss between the two teams. “Football is for everybody,” Murray said. “Football is known to be a man’s sport, but we got a lot of courageous girls out here playing the game today. And it looks like they’re having a lot of fun.”

One of only eight states to offer girls flag football, Arizona is making history this season while providing girls with a long-awaited and overdue opportunity to showcase their talents on the field.

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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