Launch of the first women’s tackle football team in Nashville

By Alison Decker

NASHVILLE, TN — The new Tennessee Trojans women’s tackle football team was formed by U.S. Army veteran Rachel Ortiz-Marsh. The women’s league is in association with the National Women’s Soccer Conference (WNFC) and talent is selected by referral and an annual national tryout held in the fall. The Trojans will be the 18th team to join the WNFC.

Ortiz-Marsh got the idea for a women’s tackle football team when she was attending a family member’s sporting event while sitting in the stands watching the players, coach and spectators. . Ortiz-Marsh said, “Sports have always given me a sense of belonging as a Hispanic woman, and as a child specifically taught me a sense of time and impact in the community. I wanted to find a goal and the women’s soccer team gave me that.

“When we’re looking for talent, we’re looking for great, fierce competitors who have a passion for the sport and want to play,” she added.

Ortiz-Marsh, after retiring from the military base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, began spending more time with women’s soccer. She has been in football since 2017 and has worked her way up from general manager to co-owner and now owner of another local women’s football team in Davidson County.

The Trojans are expected to be launched in 2023 to allow time for training the football team, training and training on the pitch. Networking and team support is a priority for Ortiz-Marsh and dependent on the organization’s livelihood; current sponsors are Adidas and Riddel. The Trojans will wear Adidas shirts and Riddel uniforms and helmets. Currently, Ortiz-Marsh is in the process of meeting tangible sponsors and teams on social media and meeting like-minded people to form the base of the women’s soccer team.

“Our mission is to help women and girls reach their full potential through the power of the spot which has expanded even further today. WNFC is very strategic and focused on expansion and partnerships that are good for improving women’s football,” WNFC commissioner Janice Masters said in a press release for the Trojans.

“We are incredibly thrilled to partner with Rachael and her team as we continue to lead the way in creating the most challenging women’s sports league in history. Nashville has always been a sports city with tremendous opportunity for the growth of the women’s sport. These factors make it an ideal partnership and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We look forward to the exciting Tennessee Trojans competition in 2023!

Off-season (OTA) women’s soccer training takes place during the summer and is a hybrid of indoor and outdoor training in the gym and on the field in the elements.

Oriz Marsh said, “Security is our number one priority and we will adjust OTAs as necessary due to weather conditions.”

Many of the women interested in the Trojans are players on other in-season women’s soccer teams and because of that, Ortiz-Marsh is being diligent about when and where the team will practice and will play games. “A lot of women go after hits over the course of the season, so we try not to pull them from team to team while respecting the authority of the other team,” Ortiz-Marsh said. .

There are currently 45 spots available on the team. Stay up to date with schedule and tryout changes by subscribing to their newsletters at www.tennesseetrojans.com. Business inquiries, including becoming a brand partner or investor, should be directed to [email protected]

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