Girl Banned from Playing Football


A Catholic-youth football league in Philadelphia finds itself in the middle of a controversy. After allowing a female player to participate for five years, the Archdiocese has now decided to bar her from taking the field.

11-year-old Caroline Pla has been suiting up for football since kindergarten, but her playing time with the Catholic Youth Organization ended after last season. The archdiocese of Philadelphia enforced its ‘boy’s only’ policy for football, sidelining the all-star guard and defensive end.

The media blitz and petition haven’t swayed the archdiocese. In a statement it said in part, “traditionally football is a boys only sport due to its full contact nature. Most parents and players have preferred this; some now disagree.”

A panel selected by the archdiocese will review the rule with a decision expected by mid-March.