Austin, Texas – For two days the crisp smacking of football helmets and pads echoed in the empty stands of Burger Stadium. Nearly 200 athletes from more than 30 states converged to compete for 45 coveted positions on a team that will represent the United States in an international competition of American tackle football in Vantaa, Finland this summer. Candidates battled through three grueling practices under the evaluating eyes of Team USA’s coaching staff, hoping they had the “top-right” stuff to make the U.S. National Team. These Team USA trials, held on February 26 and 27, will always have a special place on the timeline of tackle football’s history, for these trials were the first of their kind. All the athletes trying out were female. USA Football, the national governing body of the sport, has assembled teams in men’s, women’s and high school-age tackle as well as men’s and women’s flag football, but this was the first-ever women’s tackle football tryout.