Willowbrook to host inaugural girls flag football state finals

Pictured above are photos of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 Willowbrook Flag Football Teams.

District 88 is thrilled to share Willowbrook has been selected as the host site for the inaugural IHSA Girls Flag Football State Championship.

Below is a press release from the IHSA.

Willowbrook High School in Villa Park will serve as the host of the inaugural IHSA Girls Flag Football State Finals in the fall of 2024. The three-year hosting contract will debut on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, and then return to Willowbrook High School for the 2025 and 2026 state finals.

“The Willowbrook High School team, coaching staff, and administration have been a model program in girls flag football in the state, so it seems fitting that they will serve as the host of the inaugural state finals,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “We appreciate their passion for the sport and are excited to work together to create lifelong memories for our participating schools.”

In February, the IHSA announced at Halas Hall in Lake Forest that Girls Flag Football would become the 32nd sport to contest an IHSA State Series.

“As one of the pioneers of girls flag football in Illinois, we are thrilled to host the first IHSA State Championship at Willowbrook High School,” said Rachel Karos, Willowbrook Girls Flag Football Head Coach. “We are proud to be part of growing girls flag football in Illinois, throughout the U.S. and internationally. Through the support of the IHSA and the Chicago Bears, girls flag football creates tremendous opportunities for a diverse group of students – including engaging them with athletics, providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and connecting them to scholarships. The inaugural IHSA State Championship will be a historic event to continue to drive the sport forward and inspire the next generation. We are excited to provide an experience that promotes inclusion, access, diversity and equity for female athletes in Illinois.”

Prior to the IHSA starting a State Series, the Chicago Bears hosted a girls flag football state championship tournament, which Willowbrook won in 2022.