To regular football gear such as helmets and shoulder pads - now add garters, bras and panties - and you have all the makings of a sports phenomenon popularly known as lingerie football.
In 2004 the Lingerie Bowl was first shown on pay-per-view television and quickly became a red hot alternative to the Super Bowl network TV half-time show.
Of course, all that changed in 2013 when the owner of the Lingerie Football franchise, Mitch Motaza, made a sudden attempt at going "legit" with a new name, revamped (although still sexily skimpy) uniforms with extra padding, and a redesigned logo and tagline that switched from "True Fantasy Football" to "Women of the Gridiron."
Today, the league has expanded into LFL Canada and LFL Australia, and a planned launch of LFL Europa in 2014 -- including franchises in Dublin, Ireland; Manchester, England,; Barcelona, Spain; and in Frankfort, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg, Germany.
All about the Legends Football League
If this is starting to sound like real football, know that LFL leagues ain't your backyard touch football game.
For women who want to play semi-pro football this may be the only alternative to show off their very real athletic ability. Games are played at venues throughout a regular season in NFL, NHL and MLS arenas and stadiums.
Sure, league teams go by names like Chicago Bliss and Philly Passion, but like other professional indoor football leagues, LFL games are played full contact, and consist of two 17-minute halves separated by a 15-minute halftime.
A majority of the players have a background in competitive athletics, while others have experience in other sports at the college and semi-pro level, such as track and field, softball, soccer, and basketball. A few also have experience in semi-pro football leagues.
"Sexy" sells, but the scoring in these games is not the kind usually associated with lingerie! In addition to pay-per-view broadcasts, a growing audience for Lingerie Football League games can also tune into recaps regularly seen on LFL YouTube.
With its growing popularity in the US, the league has also begun expanding worldwide with organized teams and regularly scheduled games within LFL Canada and LFL Australia, as well.
More about the Legends (Lingerie) Football League around the Web:
Around the Web, find out more how Lingerie League football is transforming into the Legends Football League -- with game schedules in the US , more about the annual Lingerie Bowl with related photos and videos, plus up-close-and-personal looks at the women players who have stolen the hearts of macho football fans coast to coast ....
Legends Football League - The official site features the full season schedule, TV broadcasts and ticket information for regular games as well as the annual Lingerie Bowl, photos and videos, wallpapers, screen savers and more with free sign-up registration.
Legends Football League - Wikipedia - Get detailed background and information on game rules including an overview of the controversy surrounding the league with pictures and related references.