Lauren's tilt at lingerie league

Lauren Funnell of Suffolk Park will try out for the Lingerie League in June, and is co-ordinating the formation of a Gridiron League.Cathy Adams
Lauren Funnell of Suffolk Park will try out for the Lingerie League in June, and is co-ordinating the formation of a Gridiron League.Cathy Adams

HARD hitting, high scoring and surrounded in controversy, the lingerie football league is coming to Australia in June, and Byron Bay's Lauren Funnell hopes to gain a spot in one of the league's team.

The Lingerie Football League (LFL) was established in 2009 as an alterative half-time Super Bowl program and is now the fastest growing league in the United States, with a cult-like following in Australia.

"[It is] the lingerie that initially gets the audience's attention, and then it is the athleticism behind the sport that keeps them in," Ms Funnell said.

Ms Funnell is the co-ordinator of the women's division of Gridiron Queensland, based on the Lingerie League, but without the lingerie.

The "fully clothed" competition, which is still looking for players, is set to take to the field in August.

"We have set up a league, which is tamed down to suit the Australian audience and get more women on board," Ms Funnell said.

"It will be a stepping-stone, so girls wanting to try-out for the LFL can develop their skills through us.

"We won't be playing in lingerie, but our kits (uniforms) will still be sexy and very feminine whilst still ensuring safety and practicality on the field."

The establishment of the Australian Lingerie Football League has been met with criticism by the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association (AWRA), and has provoked debate around the sexualisation of women in sport.

AWRA president Janice Crosswhite believes female athletes deserved to be recognised for their ability on the field.

"If the sport is about competition, safety pursuits and the athleticism of women then that is fine, but it becomes a problem when it is about male entertainment and the appearance of women," she said.

Ms Funnell understood people might have a problem with the league but argued the game promoted a healthy body image.

"If you look at these women's clips and what they can do in training they are amazing athletes," she said.

"Gridiron Queensland intends to focus on the development of the player's skills rather than their appearance."

Women Interested in playing should contact League co-ordinator Lauren Funnell on 0402 138 984 for more details.

Topics:  byron bay lingerie football league

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Making an arty stand for turtles

GREEN ART: Sunshine Beach State School students with their art that raises awareness of the impact our rubbish has on local sea creatures.

Enviro art makes a stand against rubbish

Challenge to pool erosion zone ban

The highlighted property at Peregian Beach that has led to a legal challenge to Noosa Council.

Court challenge to council pool refusal at Peregian Beach

Mixed shops 'the way ahead'

Acres./ Noosaville.
Photo Geoff Potter / Noosa News

Council sees mixed use as retailing future

Local Partners

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Give me shelter - but perhaps not in this park

Some regular users of Cotton Tree Park have bagged the new shelter sheds, saying the roofs are too high to provide adequate protection from the sun and rain.

Users say no cover in new shelters

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.