Entrepreneur Kanisa Molone is the founder of the NFL and her mission is to get women to play American football in every major Dutch city. Over the past five years, I have built an organization that now includes six Dutch American football teams and more than 150 members.
From amateur to professional player
Since this month the women of Amsterdam in NFL have teamed up with the NFL to give female players more opportunities in the sport. Over the past decades, this American partner has grown into a platform where women can eventually fulfill their dream of playing professional American football. With WFA as a partner, players from the Dutch QFL can play in America and possibly start a professional career there as is already possible for sports like football and tennis.
In addition, cooperation with WFA opens many international doors and QFL members can participate in matches in the United States, but also in countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica where American football is very popular.
Work together to give women opportunities
Kanisa Molone wants this partnership to break barriers for girls and women to join the NFL. “This ensures that they can play anywhere in the world.” In addition to being a QFL manager, Muluneh is also the one who ensures players in the sport can find well-fitting sportswear of all sizes. Earlier this year, this inspired her to launch a body positivity campaign with some American football players up front, to show that plus-size women also love to exercise.
More than Amsterdam’s cats
The Amsterdam Cats come from Amsterdam and play in the Queens Football League (QFL, Dutch American Football League for Women), and is serving as the first European competition with the American organization Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) since this month to give female Dutch footballers the Netherlands the chance to play internationally. More information: https://www.queensleague.com/