WNFC brings the energy of tackle football to Dallas with IX Cup Championship weekend

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The 2021 IX Cup Championship game will take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT from Apogee Stadium. (Photo by Callie Miranda and Amari Hollis)
The 2021 IX Cup Championship game will take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT from Apogee Stadium. (Photo by Callie Miranda and Amari Hollis)

The Women's National Football Conference (WNFC), the country's highest level women's tackle football league is marking the end of another season with a weekend full of activities in the lead-up to the WNFC IX Cup championship game between the Texas Elite and San Diego Rebellion.

Based in Dallas, 20 teams comprised of more than 1,000 women and coaches across 17 states make up the WNFC, which was founded in 2019. Though young compared to other sports leagues in the nation, the WNFC already has a lengthy lists of partners on its resume, including Adidas, Wilson Football and Riddell. Through the Adidas + iFundWomen grant, they joined 15 women-led institutions awarded a grant in May 2020 to "to address inequality that women founders face when it comes to access to capital, resources and support."

For the first time, Dallas will host the WNFC Championship game on Saturday. A weekend celebrating women and girls in athletics, additional events include a girls flag football game, All-Pro contests and more. With an interactive fan fest and tailgating experience also planned, anyone with a vested interest in women's tackle football will undoubtedly be in attendance. 

"The excitement of bringing this kind of event to the main stage here in Texas is a dream,"WNFC co-founder and Elite head coach Odessa Jenkins said. "We want the world to see that football, sports and anything else you can imagine should be accessible to women and girls. Football belongs to all of us, and thousands of people are coming together in Dallas to celebrate that."

Expect some famous faces participating in the historic weekend. Retired NFL running back and Super Bowl champion Marshawn "Beastmode" Lynch will emcee the big game, while Sarah Fuller, North Texas keeper and first woman to play in a football game for a Power Five conference team, is also scheduled to attend.

The 2021 IX Cup National Championship game will air live at 7:30 p.m. CT from Apogee Stadium in Dallas. Check out the WNFC's official website for information on how to stream it globally.

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