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:|
2018 Women's Football Alliance season
|Sport||Women's American football|
|No. of teams||64 for 2019 season|
|Division I – Boston Renegades|
Division II – New York Sharks
Division III – Orlando Anarchy
|Most titles||St. Louis Slam (3)|
Boston Militia/Renegades (3)
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.
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.
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.
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, D.C. Divas, Chicago Force, Dallas Diamonds, and Kansas City Tribe. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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." The Indy Crash prevailed 26–12. This season was also notable for the introduction of Kenneth Massey Ratings into the league's playoffs system.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2016||Acadiana Zydeco||Richmond Black Widows||20–18|
|2017||Arkansas Wildcats||Orlando Anarchy||42-26|
|2018||Orlando Anarchy||Arkansas Wildcats||46-0|
|2014||Indy Crash||Seattle Majestics||26–12|
|2015||Central Cal War Angels||Atlanta Phoenix||28–8|
|2015||Houston Power||Acadiana Zydeco||18–6|
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 UniversityAustin 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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