Five Catholic high schools are among 15 Philadelphia-area schools participating in a new girls’ flag football league launched this week by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The inaugural season of the league will kick off this spring with an eight-game schedule including girls’ teams from St. Hubert’s, West Catholic and Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia, plus Lansdale Catholic in Lansdale and Archbishop Wood in Warminster.

In addition to the regular season, an event will take place at Lincoln Financial Field and the league championship will be held at the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex practice facility.

The Eagles and its partners in the venture are committing $200,000 in uniforms and equipment that includes flags, footballs and money to start up the teams.


The team and the NFL Foundation also are committing $100,000 through the nonprofit Leveling the Playing Field to provide 6,000 sports bras, at least one for every female athlete that needs one, in the School District of Philadelphia.

“For our female student-athletes to compete in an emerging sport and enjoy the countless benefits of organized athletic competition is very exciting,” said Stephen Haug, executive director of athletics for the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“This is a tremendous endeavor for the AOP schools that have seized the opportunity to partner with the Philadelphia Eagles in what will undoubtedly be a first-class operation in this inaugural season. I look forward to even more AOP schools joining the excitement and competition in the near future.”

The Eagles intend to help make girls’ flag football an official sanctioned sport in the state of Pennsylvania, according to the team.