The History of Powderpuff Football

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PowderPuff Football is a common annual flag football game in which females play football and males dance and cheer. It’s hard to tell when exactly the tradition started, but the most noted first game was held at Eastern State Teachers College in 1945 in Madison, South Dakota.

The game took place after the peace treaty was signed in Japan and there weren’t many men enrolled in college. Instead of cancelling Homecoming completely, administrators substituted females for the males. Over the years, the tradition slowly died, but came back in the 70’s. From then on Powderpuff has become an American tradition.