Independent Women's Football League

The Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) is a full-contact Women's American football league that was founded in 2000 and began play in 2001. It is one of three 11-on-11 U.S. football leagues for women, along with the Women's Football Alliance and the United States Women's Football League, and the oldest of the three. Laurie Frederick, Deborah DelToro, and K Disney are the league's founders.

The players are not paid to play; on the contrary, players must contribute funds to cover part of their expenses.[1]

Independent Women's Football League
SportWomen's American football
No. of teams??? for 2019 season
CountriesUnited States
Most recent
IWFL League-- Houston Energy
Founders Bowl winner-- San Antonio Regulators
Affiliate Bowl winner-- No game played
Most titlesSacramento Sirens (3)

2019 Season Teams

Central Division

Team Location Home Field

Pacific Division

Team Location Home Field

Expansion 2020/ Inactive Teams

Team Location Home Field
Austin Yellow Jackets Austin, Texas
North County Stars Carlsbad, California
Rialto Rebels San Bernardino, California
Rogue Valley Elements Grants Pass, Oregon
Sacramento Sirens Sacramento, California
San Antonio Regulators San Antonio, Texas
San Diego Shockwave San Diego, California
So Cal Scorpions Temecula, California
South Texas Lady Crushers Corpus Christi, Texas
Temecula-Hemet Heroines Hemet, California Also in Temecula, CA
Ventura Black Widows Ventura, California Also in Oxnard, California
West Texas Lady Hurricanes El Paso, Texas

Former IWFL teams playing elsewhere


Tier I

  • 2001 — Austin Outlaws – Champion by record
  • 2002 — New York Sharks 24, Austin Outlaws 4
  • 2003 — Sacramento Sirens 41, New York Sharks 30
  • 2004 — Sacramento Sirens 29, New York Sharks 27
  • 2005 — Sacramento Sirens 9, Atlanta Xplosion 7
  • 2006 — Atlanta Xplosion 21, Detroit Demolition 14
  • 2007 — Detroit Demolition 17, Atlanta Xplosion 7
  • 2008 — Dallas Diamonds 35, Chicago Force 29
  • 2009 — Kansas City Tribe 21, D.C. Divas 18
  • 2010 — Boston Militia 39, Sacramento Sirens 7
  • 2011 — Atlanta Ravens 24, California Quake 22
  • 2012 — Montreal Blitz 28, Sacramento Sirens 27
  • 2013 — Carolina Phoenix 14, Houston Energy 0[2]
  • 2014 — Pittsburgh Passion 41, Houston Energy 7
  • 2015 — Pittsburgh Passion 41, Utah Falconz 37
  • 2016 — Utah Falconz 49, Minnesota Vixen 6
  • 2017 — Utah Falconz 35, Austin Yellow Jackets 18
  • 2018 — Houston Energy 34, Nevada Storm 0

Tier II

  • 2008 — Montreal Blitz 26, Clarksville Fox 6
  • 2009 — Wisconsin Warriors 42, Montreal Blitz 14
  • 2010 — Montreal Blitz 9, Bay Area Bandits 2
  • 2011 — Seattle Majestics 20, New England Intensity 0

Founders Bowl

  • 2012 — Carolina Phoenix 27, Portland Shockwave 0
  • 2013 — Montreal Blitz 55, Arlington Impact 8 [3]
  • 2014 — Madison Blaze 31, Baltimore Nighthawks 14
  • 2015 — Carolina Phoenix 32, Madison Blaze 9
  • 2016 — Carolina Phoenix 20, Carson Bobcats 12
  • 2017 — Colorado Freeze 27, San Antonio Regulators 6
  • 2018 — San Antonio Regulators 30, Tulsa Threat 0

Affiliate Bowl

  • 2012 — Carolina Queens 18, Colorado Sting 0
  • 2013 — Carolina Queens 28, San Antonio Regulators 14
  • 2014 — Carolina Queens 28, Minnesota Vixens 22
  • 2015 — Detroit Pride 24, San Antonio Regulators 22
  • 2016 — Maine Mayhem 48, Knoxville Lightning 0

See also


  1. ^ "Inside the world of women's tackle football — where women pay to play", Yahoo Finance, Mandi Woodruff, March 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Montreal Blitz are the 2012 IWFL World Champions!". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ "Carolina Phoenix are the 2012 IWFL Founders Bowl Champs!". Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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California Quake

The California Quake was a women's professional tackle football team based in Los Angeles County, California. The Quake played for 13 seasons in the Western Conference of the Independent Women's Football League. Home games were played at Carson High School. The 2008 season brought new ownership to the Quake; now owned by longtime veteran player, Catherine B. Vivo.

During the California Quake vs New Mexico Menace game on May 24, 2008, kicker Sarah "Ollie" Oliver broke a women's tackle football record by successfully kicking a 44-yard field goal.

On June 7, 2008 the California Quake defeated the New Mexico Menace 35-0, finishing the 2008 regular season undefeated and on top of the Tier 1 Pacific Southwest Division.

Cape Fear Thunder

The Cape Fear Thunder is a football team in the Women's Spring Football League (WSFL) based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Home games are played at John P. Daskyll Stadium on the campus of Reid Ross High School.

The Thunder began in 2003 as the Fayetteville Thunder in the Women's Football League. After a one-season hiatus, the team returned to action as the Cape Fear Thunder. In 2005 and 2006, the Thunder played in the Women's Professional Football League.

From 2007-2009, the Thunder competed in the Independent Women's Football League. 2011 saw the team moving to a new women's football league, the Women's Spring Football League. The Cape Fear Thunder captured the WSFL's 2011 8's Division National Championship after a 4-2-1 record for the season. In 2014, the Cape Fear Thunder defeated the West Virginia Wildfire 34-26 to capture their second WSFL 8s division championship.

In 2016, the Thunder moved to the Ladies American Football League.

Carolina Phoenix

The Carolina Phoenix is a football team in the (Women's Football Alliance WFA) based in the Triad of North Carolina. Home games are played at Northeast Guilford High school in McLeansville, North Carolina.

After finishing 5-1 in their 2007 debut season as an X-Team, the Phoenix began full-time play in 2008 as a member of Tier II. The success continued there, as the Phoenix finished 7-1, winning the Tier II South Atlantic division title before losing to the eventual Tier II champion Montreal Blitz in the semifinal round of the playoffs.

Key Players: The Sisterhood

Carolina Queens

The Carolina Queens are a women's American football team based out of Charlotte, North Carolina playing in the Independent Women's Football League and owned by Ebony Kimbrough. Home games are played on the campus of Hopewell High School.

From 2005–2007, the Queens were part of the Women's Professional Football League.

Houston Energy

The Houston Energy are a football team in the Independent Women's Football League. They play just south of Houston, Texas at Pearland Stadium, the football stadium on the campus of Pearland High School in nearby Pearland.

Iowa Crush

The Iowa Crush are a women's tackle football in the Independent Women's Football League

The Crush are composed of talents from all across Iowa.

Keystone Assault

The Keystone Assault is a member of the Women's Football Alliance and a former charter member of the league. The team began play in the WFA for its inaugural 2009 season. Based in the Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg, the Assault plays its home games at Lower Dauphin Middle School and formerly at East Pennsboro High School in nearby Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. The team was derived from many players and coaches from the defunct Central PA Vipers (2006-2009).

Manchester Freedom

The Manchester Freedom is a football team in the Independent Women's Football League based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Home games are played at West Memorial Field on the campus of Manchester High School West.

New England Intensity

The New England Intensity was an American football team in the Independent Women's Football League based in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Home games were played at Joseph P. Hanlon Field on the campus of Medway High School in Medway.

For its first season, in 2003, the Intensity was known as the Rhode Island Riptide. Games were played at Pierce Field in East Providence, Rhode Island. The following two seasons the team was known as the Rhode Island Intensity. The team moved to Medway, going by the "New England" locale name, the Intensity played in the Women's Professional Football League before going back to the IWFL the following year.

The team appears to have folded after the 2013 season.

Nor Cal Red Hawks

The Nor Cal Red Hawks are a women's football team based in Redding, California. They are members of the Independent Women's Football League. They played in 2010 as an exhibition team and began play of their first regular season in 2011 in Sacramento. However, injuries postponed their 2011 season. There is one other women's football team in Redding, who are in the same league as the Red Hawks: the Redding Rage. It was announced in 2012 that the team would relocate to Redding for 2013. The Red Hawks will now play in the IWFL's Pacific West division, along with the California Quake.

Philadelphia Firebirds (IWFL)

The Philadelphia Firebirds are a women's football team in the Independent Women's Football League based in Philadelphia. They are in the Eastern Conference, North Atlantic Division with the Boston Militia, New York Nemesis, and New York Sharks. The team was formerly known as the Philadelphia Phoenix and formerly played in the National Women's Football Association. Upon moving to the IWFL, they changed their name so as to avoid confusion with their fellow IWFL franchise, the Carolina Phoenix.

Philadelphia's first women's tackle football team was founded in 2001 as the Philadelphia Liberty Belles. The Belles won the inaugural NWFL Championship that year. In 2002, the Belles lost in the semi-final playoff round. Heading into the 2003 season, the team split and the Philadelphia Phoenix was formed. The two teams existed simultaneously until the Philadelphia Liberty Belles eventually folded. The Liberty Belles have since reformed for the 2009 season and have joined the new WFA.

Portland Shockwave

The Portland Fighting Shockwaves is a women's professional football team competing in the Women's Football Alliance. The team is based in Portland, Oregon, and plays their home games at Hillsboro Stadium in nearby Hillsboro. Along with the Portland Fighting Fillies, they are one of two professional women's teams in the Portland metropolitan area.

Sacramento Sirens

The Sacramento Sirens are a women's semi-professional American football team, located in Sacramento, California. The team has compiled one of the most successful records in women’s full tackle football.

Seattle Majestics

The Seattle Majestics are a Women's American football team based in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Majestics play in the Western Conference, Pacific Northwest Division of the Women's Football Alliance. Home games are played at French Field on the campus of Kent Meridian High School in Kent, Washington.

The team began as the Tacoma Majestics in 2002 before moving to Seattle in 2006 and merging with the former Women's American Football League franchise, the Seattle Warbirds.The franchise is currently owned by Scott McCarron. Sponsorships and fundraising under the team's non-profit 501c3 status provide finances for the team, but players also have to contribute.The Seattle Majestics have won the WFA's Pacific Northwest Division title four times, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Seattle Majestics also won the IWFL's Northwest Division title six times, from 2003 to 2005 and again from 2007 from 2009. The team has also had the distinction of entertaining the crowd at Qwest Field prior to the kickoff of the Seattle Seahawks and has been featured on ESPN. After the conclusion of the 2017 season, the Seattle Majestics moved back to the IWFL.

Southern Maine Rebels

The Maine Rebels are a football team in the Independent Women's Football League based in Portland, Maine. Home games are played at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Deering High School. They were formerly known as the Southern Maine Rebels until 2011.

Tennessee Train

The Tennessee Train are a women's American football team of the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL). They are located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and play their home games at Chattanooga Central High School. The team was founded in 2013 as a member of the Women's Football Alliance. The Train became members of the IWFL in 2015.

Tucson Monsoon

The Tucson Monsoon is a football team in the Independent Women's Football League based in Tucson, Arizona. Home games are played on the campuses of Rincon High School & Sahauro High School.

Wisconsin Warriors

The Wisconsin Warriors were a football team in the Independent Women's Football League. Based in Greendale, the Warriors played their home games on the campus of Greendale High School. The Warriors were the defending IWFL North American Champions of 2009.

Women's American Football League

The Women's American Football League (WAFL) was a women's American football league that was formed in 2001. After disbanding, the teams merged with the Women's Affiliated Football Conference (WAFC), the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL), Women's Football Association (WFA), and the American Football Women's League (AFWL), itself now disbanded.

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