Inside X League – where scantily clad women play NFL wearing only sexy lingerie

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X League is a lot like America's favourite past time NFL, just with a lot less clothes.

Indeed, the list of equipment needed to participate in the two sports is strikingly similar.

Helmet? Check. Pads? Check. Sexy lingerie? Er….check?

Okay, so maybe you wouldn't see Tom Brady running around in his briefs for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Welcome to X League, previously known as the Legends Football League and founded in 2009 as the Lingerie Football League.

The game has undergone three name changes since its initial launch 12 years ago, but little has changed in terms of the rules.

Then as now, the game revolved around scantily-clad women playing a version of seven-a-side American football indoors.

The uniform has changed slightly since the league's launch, but the basic principles remain the same.

Competitors wear traditional cleats, knee-high socks, pads, helmets and tight fitting sportswear, with plenty of skin on show.

Would you watch a Premier League game if players wore only their pants? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Understandably, concerns have previously been raised over the sport's unique dress code, with some critics arguing the league degrades female athletes through "pernicious objectification."

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But a number of former players have defended the look and provided interesting comparisons with other, more established disciplines.

Elizabeth Govrick, previously of the Minnesota Valkyrie stated: "[I] ran track and I was wearing, you know, stuff if not close to almost smaller than what I'm wearing out on the football field.

"You take beach volleyball, you take volleyball, you take other sports where it's pretty much the same thing."

Likewise, Abbie Sullivan used to play for the wonderfully titled Cleveland Crush and defended the league in 2011 against criticism that the sport's uniforms are harmful to women.

"Just because we play in the LFL does not mean we promote promiscuity," she said. "We are smart females. We are athletes who take care of our bodies. We are the total package."

However, X League uniforms these days are more akin to sportswear, rather than the almost out and out lingerie of the original competition

The league, which launched in 2019, is currently gearing up for its first season under its new name after both the 2020 and 2021 campaigns were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are eight new teams for fans to drool over, including the Chicago Blitz, Los Angeles Black Storm, Denver Rush and Kansas City Force.

All good names, but not a patch on previous incumbents which included the Las Vegas Sin, Dallas Desire, Los Angeles Temptation and San Diego Seduction.

Originally run by Mitch Mortaza, the new X League promises to usher in 'more female empowerment' while committing to 'shatter glass ceilings in women's sport'.

"In the age of female empowerment in sports, the Extreme Football League (or ‘X League’) is set to kickoff April 2020," a statement read before the onset of the pandemic.

"The X League will make history prior to even playing a single game, as the league is announcing it will provide its athletes with ownership equity as they build their tenure in the sport.

"‘This is not your father’s football league’, the X League will compromise of some of the world’s most athletic women, battling on a 70-yard field, in 7-on-7 full-contact tackle football. If you miss old school black-and-blue football, played by passionate athletes, the X League, is your league."

It remains to be seen just how popular X League football will be, but one thing is for sure, we'll be keeping a close eye to see how this 'bold' new era for women's football turns out.

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