Women's Football Alliance

The Women's Football Alliance (WFA) is a full-contact Women's American football league that began play in 2009. It is one of three full-contact, 11-on-11 football leagues for women, along with the Independent Women's Football League and the United States Women's Football League, and the largest of the three. The league is owned and operated by Jeff and Lisa King of Exeter, California.

Women's Football Alliance
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Women's Football Alliance season
WomensFootballAlliance
SportWomen's American football
Founded2008
No. of teams64 for 2019 season
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Division I – Boston Renegades
Division II – New York Sharks
Division III – Orlando Anarchy
Most titlesSt. Louis Slam (3)
&
Boston Militia/Renegades (3)

League history

The Women's Football Alliance was established in 2009 and began its inaugural season with 36 teams. Many of these teams were already established teams moving in from other leagues such as Women's Professional Football League, Independent Women's Football League and National Women's Football Association, while others began their inaugural season of play in the WFA.

2009

The first season of play ended with a championship game, which was played in the rebuilding (post-Katrina) city of New Orleans, Louisiana and was hosted by the New Orleans Blaze. The game was between the St. Louis Slam (American Conference – St. Louis, MO) and the West Michigan Mayhem (National Conference – Kalamazoo, MI). The game came down to the last few plays and the St. Louis Slam became the first National Champions in the WFA with a final score of 21–14. Additionally, there was an International Game played between the upstart Aguilas Regias of Monterrey, Mexico and the hosting team, New Orleans Blaze. The Blaze won this game 12–0.

2010

The WFA grew in the second year (2010) to have over 40 teams competing for the national championship. The national championship for the 2010 season was accompanied by the first All-American game. The term All-American is used by the WFA to represent the best players at all positions from all WFA teams. The teams were chosen partly based on statistics and partly based on the vote of head coaches. The All-American game was played just before the championship game in Las Vegas, Nevada and was hosted by the Las Vegas Showgirlz. The All-American game was won by the American Conference. The second championship in the WFA would again come down to the last few plays and have a score differential of only four points. The Lone Star Mustangs (American Conference – Dallas/Fort Worth) defeated the Columbus Comets (National Conference – Columbus, Ohio) to become the second National Champions of the WFA by a score of 16–12.

2011

As the Women's Football Alliance prepared for the 2011 season, they were scheduled to have over 60 teams playing across the United States. They again grew due in part to new teams starting and in part due to established teams moving in from other leagues, most notably the New York Sharks,[1] D.C. Divas,[2] Chicago Force,[3] Dallas Diamonds, and Kansas City Tribe.[4] In the 2011 WFA championship, which was held in Bedford, Texas, the Boston Militia defeated the San Diego Surge 34–19 to claim the title.

2012

The WFA opened the season with 60 teams. The 2012 WFA National Championship game took place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home stadium of the NFL franchise Pittsburgh Steelers; it was the first women's football championship game to be played in an NFL stadium.[5] After losing the title game in the previous season, the San Diego Surge returned to win the 2012 championship 40–36 over the Chicago Force.

2013

The WFA opened the season with 50 teams. Running back Whitney Zelee (Boston Militia) made headlines in 2013 by becoming the league's first player to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a football season, setting a league record of 2,128 yards.[6] After losing the title game in the previous season, the Chicago Force returned to win the 2013 championship over the Dallas Diamonds 81–34 at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California.

2014

The WFA opened the season with 42 teams. The preseason was capped by the inaugural WFA International Bowl, in which the Mexican All-Stars defeated the Austin Outlaws in exhibition. The Boston Militia became the league's first two-time champion in 2014, winning 69–34 in a title rematch with the San Diego Surge at Lane Tech Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. During championship weekend, the league introduced a new mid-major bowl game: the Alliance Bowl. The Seattle Majestics of the American Conference faced the Indy Crash of the National Conference in a contest to "showcase of the depth of quality teams that exist in the Women's Football Alliance."[7] The Indy Crash prevailed 26–12. This season was also notable for the introduction of Kenneth Massey Ratings into the league's playoffs system.

2015

The WFA opened the season with 40 teams, the fewest since the league was first established in 2009. The preseason concluded with the second WFA International Bowl Game Series, in which the Mexican All-Stars went 1–1, defeating the Tacoma Trauma before falling to the Seattle Majestics. The D.C. Divas defeated the Dallas Elite 30–26 in the WFA National Championship game at Los Angeles (Calif.) Southwest College Stadium. The Central Cal War Angels beat the Atlanta Phoenix 28–8 in the Alliance Bowl.

2016

The WFA opened the season with 43 teams. Allison Cahill of the Boston Renegades reached a new milestone in sports by becoming the first quarterback to attain 100 victories playing exclusively in women's football leagues.[8] WFA executives launched a new league structure consisting of three divisions/tiers. They also announced the W Bowl as their new brand for the WFA National Championship game. With a 28–26 victory over the Dallas Elite, the D.C. Divas won the inaugural W Bowl and their second national championship in as many years. The St. Louis Slam downed the Tampa Bay Inferno 38–7 to claim the Division II championship. The Acadiana Zydeco defeated the Richmond Black Widows 20–18 in the Division III title game. All three games were played at Joe P. Michaela Stadium in Imperial, Pa.

WFA Teams

American (Western) Conference

Team Location Home Field
Acadiana Zydeco (div III) Lafayette, Louisiana
Arkansas Wildcats (div III) Benton, Arkansas
Arlington Impact (div I) Arlington, Texas
Austin Outlaws (div III) Austin, Texas
Cali War (div I) Los Angeles, California
Comal County Camo (div III) New Braunfels, Texas
Dallas Elite (div I) Dallas, Texas
Eastern Sierra Mustangs (div III) Bishop, California
Houston Energy (div II) Houston, Texas
Houston Power (div III) Houston, Texas
Inland Empire Ravens (div III) Riverside, California
Iowa Phoenix (div III) Des Moines, Iowa
Kansas City Titans (div I) Kansas City, Missouri
Kern County Crusaders (div III) Bakersfield, California
Las Cruces La Muerta (div III) Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mile High Blaze (div II) Denver, Colorado
Minnesota Vixen (div II) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mississippi Panthers (div III) Jackson, Mississippi
Mississippi Royalty (div III) Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Nevada Storm (div III) Reno, Nevada
Oregon Hawks (div III) Eugene, Oregon
Phoenix Phantomz (div III) Phoenix, Arizona
Portland Shockwave (div I) Portland, Oregon
Rio Grande Heat (div III) Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz (div III) Colorado Springs, Colorado
St Louis Slam (div II) St Louis, Missouri
Seattle Spartans (div II) Seattle, Washington
Sin City Trojans (div III) Las Vegas, Nevada
Southern Oregon Lady Gades (div III) Medford, Oregon
Tacoma Trauma (div III) Tacoma, Washington
Tulsa Threat (div III) Tulsa, Oklahoma
Utah Blitz (div III) Salt Lake City, Utah
Ventura County Wolfpack (div III) Ventura, California
Wisconsin Dragons (div II) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National (Eastern) Conference

Team Location Home Field
Baltimore Nighthawks (div II) Baltimore, Maryland
Boston Renegades (div I) Boston, Massachusetts
Capital City Savages (div III) Lansing, Michigan
Carolina Phoenix (div III) Greensboro, North Carolina
Cincinnati Sizzle (div III) Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland Fusion (div II) Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus Comets (div II) Columbus, Ohio Grove City, Ohio Christian School
Columbus Vanguards (div III) Columbus, Indiana Knightstown, Indiana High School
Connecticut Hawks (div III) Fairfield, Connecticut
D.C. Divas (div I) Washington, D.C.
Daytona Waverunners (div III) Daytona, Florida
Derby City Dynamite (div III) Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Detroit Dark Angels (div II) Detroit, Michigan
Grand Rapids Tidal Waves (div III) Grand Rapids, Michigan
Indy Crash (div II) Indianapolis, Indiana
Jacksonville Dixie Blues (div II) Jacksonville, Florida
Knoxville Lightning (div III) Knoxville, Tennessee
Maine Mayhem (div III) Portland, Maine
Miami Fury (div II) Miami, Florida
Music City Mizfits (div III) Nashville, Tennessee
New York Knockout (div III) Albany, New York
New York Wolves (div II) New York City, New York
Orlando Anarchy (div III) Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia Phantomz (div II) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Passion (div II) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Richmond Black Widows (div III) Richmond, Virginia
Rock Hill Lady Raiders (div III) Rock Hill, South Carolina
South Carolina Smash (div III) Columbia, South Carolina
Tampa Bay Inferno (div II) Tampa Bay, Florida
Tennessee Diamondbacks (div III) Clarksville, Tennessee
Toledo Reign (div III) Toledo, Ohio

Expansion 2020/ Inactive Teams

Team City Home Field
Carson City Silver Miners Carson City, NV
Central California War Angels Merced, CA
Chicago Force Chicago, IL Lane Technical College Prep High School
El Centro-Imperial Aces El Centro, CA Imperial Valley College Stadium
Flint City Riveters Flint, Michigan
Madison Blaze Madison, Wisconsin
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, MN Woodbury High School
Montreal Blitz Lachine, QC Dalbe-Viau High School
New York Revenge Hudson Valley, New York
Oceanside Force Oceanside, California
Ottawa Mudcats Ottawa, Kansas
St Louis Slam Saint Louis, MO Lindenwood University
Southern Heroines Temecula, CA
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, MI

Former WFA teams

WFA Championship Game results

Year Winner Loser Score
2009 St. Louis Slam West Michigan Mayhem 21–14
2010 Lone Star Mustangs Columbus Comets 16–12
2011 Boston Militia San Diego Surge 34–19
2012 San Diego Surge Chicago Force 40–36
2013 Chicago Force Dallas Diamonds 81–34
2014 Boston Militia San Diego Surge 69–34
2015 D.C. Divas Dallas Elite 30–26
2016 D.C. Divas Dallas Elite 41-37
2017 Dallas Elite Boston Renegades 31-21
2018 Boston Renegades Los Angeles Warriors 42-18

Division/Tier II Championship Game results

Year Winner Loser Score
2016 St. Louis Slam Tampa Bay Inferno 38–7
2017 St. Louis Slam Tampa Bay Inferno 42-15
2018 New York Sharks Minnesota Vixen 27-21

Division/Tier III Championship Game results

Year Winner Loser Score
2016 Acadiana Zydeco Richmond Black Widows 20–18
2017 Arkansas Wildcats Orlando Anarchy 42-26
2018 Orlando Anarchy Arkansas Wildcats 46-0

Alliance Bowl results

Year Winner Loser Score
2014 Indy Crash Seattle Majestics 26–12
2015 Central Cal War Angels Atlanta Phoenix 28–8

Alliance Bowl Midwest Region results

Year Winner Loser Score
2015 Houston Power Acadiana Zydeco 18–6

See also

References

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2011 Women's Football Alliance season

The 2011 Women's Football Alliance season was the third season of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA), a league of 61 teams. The regular season began on Saturday, April 2, and ended on Saturday, June 18. After the playoffs, the season ended with the WFA Championship Game on Saturday, July 30 at Pennington Field in Bedford, Texas, home of the Dallas Diamonds and the defending champions from 2010, the Lone Star Mustangs. The championship was between the National Conference champ Boston Militia and the American Conference winner San Diego Surge, who are in their first year of play, and the Militia won the WFA title with a 34-19 over the Surge. It is the team's first Women's Football Alliance championship.

2012 Women's Football Alliance season

The 2012 Women's Football Alliance season was the fourth season of the Women's Football Alliance, a league of 64 teams. The regular season began on Saturday, April 2, and ended on Saturday, June 18. After the playoffs, which fielded 12 teams in each conference instead of the 8 that were fielded in the 2011 season, the season ended with the WFA Championship Game on Saturday, August 4 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers (it was the first women's football championship game to be played at a National Football League stadium). The game was shown live on ESPN3, the first time a live women's football game has been shown on a major network. In the championship, the San Diego Surge defeated the Chicago Force 40–36, winning its first championship, having lost the previous year to the Boston Militia.

Atlanta Phoenix

The Atlanta Phoenix is a Division I team of the Women's Football Alliance that began play in 2012. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the team plays its home games at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University

Austin Outlaws

The Austin Outlaws are a women's football team in the Women's Football Alliance. They are based in Austin, Texas. Home games are played at Chaparral Stadium on the campus of Westlake High School.

Founded in 2001 as a charter member of the Independent Women's Football League, the Outlaws finished 5-1, good enough for the first IWFL championship (playoffs were not held that year).

The following year of 2002, the Outlaws finished 7-2 and made the IWFL playoffs. After defeating the Corvallis Pride in the qualifier, the Outlaws fell 24-4 to the New York Sharks in the championship game.

In 2003 the Outlaws moved to the National Women's Football Association, where they would spend their next six seasons. That inaugural season was only as an exhibition team, and the Outlaws finished with a 1-1 record.

For 2004, the Outlaws became a full-time member of the NWFA. Despite finishing with a 5-3 record (second place in the Southwest Division), the Outlaws missed the playoffs.

In 2005, the Outlaws again missed the playoffs, finishing at 4-4 and ninth place in the Southern Division.

2006 was the year the Outlaws returned to the postseason, finishing at 6-2 and second place in the South West Division. However, their playoff exit was quick, losing 23-6 to the Chattanooga Locomotion in the first round.

2007 showed the Outlaws with another second-place finish in the Southern Conference West Division at 5-3. That was again not good enough for the postseason.

In 2008, again the Outlaws finished 5-3 (for third place in the South Central Division this time), and again missed the postseason. After the season, the Outlaws announced their move to the Women's Football Alliance.

The 2009 season brought a division championship back home to Austin. With a record of 7-1, the Outlaws traveled to Jacksonville to play against the Dixie Blues. Though the Outlaws were defeated, they remain proud that they beat the tough Lone Star Mustangs twice in order to earn that title.

Cincinnati Sizzle

The Cincinnati Sizzle is a women's professional full-contact/tackle football team from Cincinnati, Ohio. The team was established in 2003, by former Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods. Steve Sherman is the current owner of the Cincinnati Sizzle, as of the 2018 season, with Pam Schreiner as President. Michelle Terrel continues in her 15th year as General Manager. The regular season spans from April to July. Currently the home games are played at Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati).

The Sizzle played in the National Women's Football Association (NWFA) for 4 seasons 2005 to 2008. Later joined the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) in 2009 to 2014. In the 2013 WFA season the Cincinnati Sizzle made its first ever playoff appearance as a first-round wild-card match-up against the Pittsburgh Passion. By the 2014 season the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) had 63 teams across the United States making it the largest-ever women's tackle football league in the world.

In 2015, the Cincinnati Sizzle joined the United States Women's Football League (USWFL) formerly the Women's Spring Football League (WSFL) and won the semi-finals playoff rival game against West Virginia. In 2016, the Cincinnati Sizzle ranked no. 2 at the beginning of the post season and hosted their first ever semifinal playoff game against Memphis Tn Legacy at Woodward High School. The Cincinnati Sizzle beat the New England Nightmare 30-6 and claimed their first national title in the 2016 United States Women's Football League Championship Game played on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Horn Lake, Mississippi. As of 2017, Cincinnati Sizzle plays in the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) .

Dallas Elite

The Dallas Elite Women's Football team is an American women’s tackle football team playing in the Women’s Football Alliance. The team, based in and around Dallas, Texas, was founded in 2014. The Elite have made it to the playoffs and national championship game each of the three years they have played thus far. They defeated the Boston Renegades 31-21 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh on July 22, 2017 to win their first W Bowl championship.

The 2018 Dallas Elite are co-owned by Maria Spencer, LynMarie Liberty-Ellington, and Mike Ellington. The head coach is Bobby Vadnais. The team plays home games at Alfred J. Loos Athletic Complex in Addison and Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano.

Everett Reign

The Everett Reign is a Women's Football Alliance team based in Everett, Washington. The Reign play at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Houston Power

The Houston Power is a women’s football which started in 2010. They are a member of the Women's Football Alliance . Based in Houston, Texas, the Power play their home games at Pioneer Stadium on the campus of Lutheran Academy South in Houston, Texas.

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.

Indy Crash

The Indy Crash are a women's full contact football team of the Women's Football Alliance based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home games are played at Roncalli High School.

Inland Empire Ravens

The Inland Empire Ravens is an expansion team of the Women's Football Alliance that began play in 2012. Based in Riverside, California, the Ravens plans to announce its home venue in the coming weeks.

Jacksonville Dixie Blues

The Jacksonville Dixie Blues are a women's American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 2001, they are currently members of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA), playing their home games on the campus of University Christian School.

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).

Montreal Blitz

The Montreal Blitz is a women's American football team in the Women's Football Alliance. They are based at Dalbé-Viau High School in the borough of Lachine, in Montreal, Quebec. They are the only Canadian team in a women's American football league. The team won four championships in the Independent Women's Football League, at various levels. Their highest achievement came in 2012 when the beat the Sacramento Sirens 28-27 to become World Champions of the IWFL.The Blitz were created in 2001. In 2004 Quarterback Saadia Ashraf bought the team from the original owners. In 2015, the management of the team was transferred from Saadia Ashraf to Football Féminin Blitz de Montréal, a non-profit created to run the team. They played in the IWFL until 2016, when they decided to leave the league due to financial and travel constraints.

New York Sharks

The New York Sharks are a women's American football team playing out of New York City. They are currently a member of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA).. They are the longest running and winningest team in women's football history with the honor of having a signed football in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Pacific Warriors

The Los Angeles Warriors are a team of the Women's Football Alliance which began play for the 2010 season. Based in Los Angeles, California, the Warriors play their home games at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in Los Angeles, CA.

The Warriors are the only Los Angeles County-based team in the WFA.

Pittsburgh Passion

The Pittsburgh Passion is a women's American football team based in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The franchise was formed in March 2002 and is currently owned by Teresa Conn, Anthony Misitano, and Franco Harris. The team is a part of the Women's Football Alliance, with home games played at West Allegheny High School in Imperial, Pennsylvania.

Tacoma Trauma

The Tacoma Trauma is an expansion team of the Women's Football Alliance that was set to begin play in 2012. Based in Tacoma, Washington, the Trauma plans to announce its home venue in the coming weeks. However, they never played a game on their 2012 schedule, but will play beginning in 2013.

Tampa Bay Inferno

The Tampa Bay Inferno is a team of the Women's Football Alliance that began play for the 2010 season and is based in Tampa, Florida. Home games are played at Hillsborough High School.

During the planning stages, the team was known as the Tampa Bay Admirals; in the first two seasons it was known as the Tampa Bay Pirates.

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