We had a chance to chat with one of the nations top rugby players who plays division 1 women’s club rugby. The highest level you can compete at before you are a member of team USA. This amazing young woman has been playing football for 2 years now. Ashley Dixon plays football just to stay in shape for rugby which is her true sport. After leaving one Texas team Ashley previously played for the Houston Power and the Houston Lady Eagles this past year in which both teams went to the playoffs. I asked about some of Ashley’s off season goals and she replied: My off season goal is to win a rugby national title. We finished in the Elite 8 with a 9-1 record last year. Football is like a mistress to me but rugby is my wife. Rugby comes first no matter what. I don’t like to think about football too much until rugby is over. And they start preparing for the season in August with the first regular season match jumping off in November and the season lasting till May. What many dont know is that we have two very large womens football leagues. Very few people know about the two biggest women’s football leagues in the US. The WFA and the IWFL but almost everyone knows about the LFL. And I played in the WFA women’s football alliance. Which is a full pad league unlike the other two that were lingerie styled football leagues. That’s full contact just much smaller uniforms. And this was great because we have had debates in the past about lingerie leagues vs full padded leagues. My oilers team was the closest to a LFL team, we were compensated and the girls had to have a certain look to make the team. We also signed a contract that talked about our weight and other things of that nature. This might seem sexiest to most, but to the league and the women in it in Ashley’s words.
Yes, but basically no uglies or fatties allowed. Obviously worded differently but I’m sure you understand what I’m saying. Which translates into having similarly built women all playing different positions, when in football different body types excel at different positions. It’s kinda tough but that’s the marketing part of it. How do you feel about being exploited? Are is balling more important than the image these lingerie teams give. We are exploited for capital gain by our owners but the girls do it mostly because they love to Ball the other leagues are basically pay-to-play because there aren’t enough sponsors. For example the Houston Energy went to the IWFL championship game last year. They played the Pittsburgh Passion. They played at a neutral site in South Carolina for a championship game, those player had to figure out how they were traveling to the game, gas hotels etc. They also have to have a 1000 dollar sponsorship to play anyway. Most people just pay out of pocket. Probably 15% of those girls or less actually have found avenues that they get the money donated to them. Butttt if u play on a lingerie styled team everything is paid for. We always have team busses and per diems for food etc. plus at the end of the game someone gives u a couple hundred dollars. If I were a millionaire or even made 6 figures or something that stuff wouldn’t matter to me.
But if I’m taking off time from work to ball it’s nice to know I’m not gonna financially kill myself to do so. Some my find the women of the IWFL and the WFA are the ones that love to ball, the ones with passion for the game. they may not be millionaires, or even making six figures but they sacrifice their body and job going out every practice and game day. And some my find these lingerie leagues to be a disgrace to football and most importantly women. But like Ashley said:
It may be, but everyone has their price for almost everything under the sun…