Women players have been a part of the Minnesota Freeze Club since its inception in 2004 and in 2011 we submitted our first ever complete MN Freeze women's team to the USAFL National Championships in Austin, Texas. Also in 2011 we were proud to have 6 women represent the US Freedom, the US National Team at the International Cup in Australia.
In another first in 2011 we embarked on our inaugural 'Fitness Through Aussie Rules Footy' program for women. This extremely successful fitness program led to the first year of an organized local women’s competition.
So, in 2013 we are looking forward to growing our program for women’s football even further, opening up many different levels of opportunity to be involved with the Freeze Women’s Team, such as:
From early January until the start of May, the women’s team will be having unique training sessions every couple of weeks in different locations throughout the Twin Cities. Some workout examples are: Footy in a Dome, Women's boxing, Sgt Peterson's Bootcamp, Crossfit, plus more.
This is open to women of all ages and physical abilities that are looking for that different type of workout, in a fun social environment.
While these winter sessions will have a basis of football fitness in them they will be greatly varied due to the location or type of training scheduled.
For FTF sessions - see practice schedule below.
In mid-May we will begin a nine week season of shorter training sessions followed by a game of “Rec Footy”.
This is a 'reduced contact' version of the game, played on a smaller field, for women players only. It will be a great opportunity to get to play our exciting and fast paced game in a safe and fun environment. Players of all fitness and experience levels are welcome and encouraged.
Training will continue at the same time and location, Mondays at 6pm, but will be slightly shortened to accommodate the Rec Footy competition. Those not interested in playing Rec Footy are more than welcome to join just for the training portion as it will still offer a unique and fun way to get fit.
After the Rec Footy competition is finished all players wishing to take it to the next level have the opportunity to represent their state by playing for the Minnesota Freeze Women’s Team. Throughout the remaining 3 months the team will train together, and play against some interstate teams, in preparation for the National tournament in early October.
Representing your country is often considered one of the highest levels achievable in sport, and this opportunity is possible through Aussie Rules and The Minnesota Freeze.
The USA has two National teams for women: A development team named "The Liberty" and a representative team named "The Freedom".
“The Freedom” is a team selected from the best female players in the country to represent the USA in international competition. Every year the USA play against Canada for the 49th Parallel Cup. Every three years Australia hosts the International Cup, a ten day tournament that sees teams from all over the world compete for both men and women's championships.
In 2011 six women players from The Freeze had the honor of being selected to the Freedom that finished third at the International Cup.
"The Liberty" is the development team for the Freedom, and also get to represent the USA against Canada at the 49th Parallel Cup every year. The Liberty team is one pathway to selection to the The Freedom team as the selection committee use the Liberty team to evaluate player's abilities in this game.
Training and Rec Footy is FREE! All you need to bring is cleats or running shoes, water, and as many female friends as you want. Expect to have a blast! New players are always welcome and anyone can play regardless of age, shape, athletic abilities, or anything else.
Fitness Through Aussie Rules Footy sessions:
(Jan through mid-April)
See full schedule on our meetup page.
Australian Football is a fast paced exciting game that is played with a ball similar in shape but slightly larger than an American football. It combines elements of soccer, basketball, ultimate, lacrosse, and even volleyball. Points are scored by kicking the ball between goal posts at either end of the field. The ball is advanced by hand passing or kicking. Hand passes are similar to an underhand serve in volleyball and the kicks are similar to punts in American football. Unlike soccer you can catch, grab, or pick up a ball. Some of the most exciting and elegant plays occur when players are catching balls kicked to them. Unlike most other ball sports, Australian Football is played with the ball in the air which makes it exciting to play or watch and leads to the fast paced, high scoring nature of the game.
Check out WomensFooty.com for more information about Australian Football.
We are actively recruiting new players. No experience is necessary and all ages, shapes, and athletic abilities are welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in playing with us or supporting us in some other way. Please send your email address so we can keep you in touch!
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