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Female Football History Being Made in San Diego

A female referee at the Chargers game and Santee-based San Diego Surge women's football team's recent national championship win highlight female football pros.

Submitted by the San Diego Surge

Thursday night San Diego will be the stage for women making history in football once again, when the NFL will debut its first female referee when the . 

This is not the first time however that women and football in San Diego have made history.

In 2007 the So Cal Scorpions, San Diego’s original nationally competing women’s professional football team won their version of the Super Bowl bringing home San Diego’s first pro football world championship. Shortly after they were placed in San Diego Sports Museum and Mayor Jerry Sanders proclaim an official “So Cal Scorpions Day” awarding the Scorpions for their community involvement and representing San Diego in a national spotlight.

In 2010, the Scorpions had two players that represented Team USA when the USA played women’s tackle football in Sweden and won the gold medal. Those players were Melissa Gallegos and Desiree Weimann.Last week, Quarterback Melissa Gallegos originally of the So Cal Scorpions, lead her new team the (based in Santee), which is comprised of 20 players from the Scorpions first championship team, to ; home of the Pittsburg Steelers.

Tonight’s star referee, Shannon Easton officiated a Scorpions game back in 2005 when the team played the Arizona Caliente.

"I am extremely proud to have been implemental in paving the way for where women’s football is today in San Diego and around the nation" Stated So Cal Scorpions owner, Ann Bagala. “It has been an honor to watch the players I recruited years ago become athletes and role models and am excited to see what is next for women’s football."

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Kathy August 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Women on a Football Field is a BAD idea. You have a 5'4", 120 lb Woman being accidentally hit by a 6' 3", 320 lb Man running as fast as he can, what do you end up with? A Woman with broken bones, spinal cord & head injury and even possibly, death.
Vinson Brown August 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Kathy they are talking about women or girls playing little league or high school football. After that they're talking about women playing womans football, ages 18 and up. Regardless of where they play injuries are going to happen. So I don't see anything wrong with them playing. I'm a coach for the Atlanta Xplosion, a womens full contact football team, and football is football.

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