Ottawa Claims First Women’s Flag Football Championship

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 10, 2021

You could see it and feel it. The excitement of winning a national championship was on full display this past weekend at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This was just not any championship though, as special as they all are. This women’s flag football championship was different in a special way.

This was the very first national championship for the college sport of flag football. Who won the very first championship in men’s or women’s basketball? Do you know? Who won the first in football? Look it up.

Our point is that there is only one “first” national champion and the Ottawa University women’s flag football team will forever hold that honor. They edged out Keiser University 7-6 this weekend to claim the first-ever NAIA National Championship.

There Will Only Be One Women’s Flag Football Champion…Forever

Anyone who has witnessed the growth of women’s basketball understands the implication here. Young girls from across the country are beginning to pay attention. Women’s and girls’ flag football popularity is spreading and in a big way.

Here at FirstDown PlayBook, we were pretty excited to witness the history in person as it was being made in Atlanta. As the official playbook of NAIA Women’s Flag Football, this made it even more special. We know that many of our young FirstDown PlayBook flag football players were watching too.

So congratulations to the women from Ottawa and their coach Liz Sowers on a job well done. From what we could tell there are a lot of reasons to look forward to future seasons as well. The competition will stiffen and that is exactly the way it should be as any great sport grows!