ESPN 106.3's Emerson Lotzia introduces you to the latest women's tackle football team to call Palm Beach County home.
JUPITER FARMS, Fla. -- Take a knee, guys, because it's time to talk women's football.
And this isn't the lingerie league...these ladies are looking to crack skulls.
"You would have no idea it's women out there," said Maggie Cintron. "It's that intense. It is that hard. We go just as hard as the guys...if not harder because we have more to prove."
Cintron is a coach on the
South Florida Swift. The team is the latest semipro women's tackle football squad to call Palm Beach County home.
The Swift are members of the
Women's Football Alliance along with six other teams around the state of Florida.
Seven months before their season kicks off, players have begun training at
Final Results Coaching in Jupiter Farms.
"This is all love...all dedication....we are athletes...we are true athletes," said Cintron.
This sport is on the rise. There's 100 teams in the United States and dozens more across the world.
"It is growing," said Swift General Manager John Griffin. "Women's tackle football has been around since the 70s."
Football is the most popular spectator sport among women in America. Now those ladies watching the action are playing it and they mean business.
"It's such a good game," said Swift player Sally Fox Maple. "When you don't play it you miss it so much. The pain is worth it because life without football is no life for me."
Emerson Lotzia's story attached to see the Swift in action.