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 2016 Women's Football Alliance season
WomensFootballAlliance
Sport Women's American football
Founded 2008
No. of teams 65 for 2018 season
Country United States
Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Tier I – Dallas Elite
Tier II – St. Louis Slam
Tier III – Arkansas Wildcats
Most titles Boston Militia
and
D.C. Divas (2 each)

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.

2018 WFA teams

American Conference

Pacific Division

Team Location Home Field
Capital City Rage div II Sacramento, California
Colorado Freeze div III Denver, Colorado North Stadium in Westminster, CO
Everett Reign div II Everett, Washington
Inland Empire Ravens div III San Bernardino, California
Kern County Crusaders div III Bakersfield, California
La Muerte de Las Cruces div III Las Cruces, New Mexico
Los Angeles Warriors div I Los Angeles, California
Mile High Blaze div II Denver, Colorado Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch
Portland Fighting Shockwave div I Portland, Oregon
Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz div III Colorado Springs, Colorado
Roswell Destroyers div III Roswell, New Mexico
San Diego Rebellion div II San Diego, California
Santa Fe Dukes div III Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sin City Trojans div III Las Vegas, Nevada
Southern Oregon Lady Renegades div III Medford, Oregon
Tacoma Trauma div II Tacoma, Washington
Utah Blitz div III Salt Lake City, Utah Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Utah Wildkats div III Ogden, Utah
Ventura Wolfpack div III Ventura, California

Mid West Division

Team Location Home Field
Acadiana Zydeco div III Lafayette, Louisiana
Arkansas Wildcats div III Benton, Arkansas CW Lewis Stadium
Arlington Impact div I Bedford, Texas Pennington Field
Austin Outlaws div III Austin, Texas
Dallas Elite div I Addison, Texas Alfred Loos Stadium
Houston Power div III Houston, Texas WW Thorne Stadium
Kansas City Titans div I Kansas City, Missouri
Madison Blaze div III Madison, Wisconsin
Minnesota Vixen div II Minnesota
Wisconsin Dragons div III Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Conference

Northeast Division

Team Location Home Field
Baltimore Nighthawks div II Baltimore, Maryland
Boston Renegades div I Somerville, Massachusetts Dilboy Stadium
Cincinnati Sizzle div III Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland Fusion div II Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus Comets div II Grove City, Ohio
Columbus Vanguards div III Columbus, Indiana Knightstown, Indiana High School
DC Divas div I Landover, Maryland Prince George's Sports Complex
Derby City Dynamite div III Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Detroit Dark Angels div II Detroit, Michigan
Flint City Riveters div III Flint, Michigan
Grand Rapids Tidal Waves div III Grand Rapids, Michigan
Keystone Assault div III Hummelstown, Pennsylvania Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, PA
Maine Mayhem div III Gorham, Maine
New England Nightmare div III Windsor, Connecticut Jack O'Brien Stadium
New York Knockout div III Schenectady, New York Schenectady High School
New York Sharks div II Brooklyn, New York
Philadelphia Phantomz div II Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Passion div I Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Richmond Black Widows div III Richmond, Virginia
Toledo Reign div III Denver, Colorado
Western Connecticut Hawks div III New Fairfield, Connecticut New Fairfield High School

Southeast Division

Team Location Home Field
Alabama Fire div II Birmingham, Alabama
Atlanta Phoenix div I Kennesaw, Georgia Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University
Carolina Phoenix div II Gibsonville, North Carolina Eastern Guilford High School
Daytona Waverunners div III Daytona, Florida
Derby City Dynamite div III Louisville, Kentucky John Hardin HS Elizabethtown
Huntsville Tigers div III Huntsville, Alabama Discovery Middle School
Jacksonville Dixie Blues div II Jacksonville, Florida
Knoxville Lightning div III Knoxville, Tennessee
Miami Fury div II Miami, Florida
Mississippi Royalty div III Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Music City Mizfits div III Nashville, Tennessee Ted Rhodes Park Fields
Orlando Anarchy div III Denver, Colorado
Savannah Hurricanez div III Savannah, Georgia
South Carolina Smash div III Columbia, South Carolina
Tampa Bay Inferno div II Tampa, Florida

Expansion 2019/Inactive Teams

Team Location Home Field
Central California War Angels California
Chicago Force Chicago, Illinois Lane Technical College Prep High School
Indy Crash Indianapolis, Indiana Roncalli High School
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, Minnesota Woodbury High School
Montreal Blitz Lachine, Quebec Dalbe-Viau High School
Nebraska Nite Hawks Omaha, Nebraska
St Louia Slam Saint Louis, Missouri Lindenwood University
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, Michigan

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 vs. Los Angeles Warriors

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 vs. Minnesota Vixen

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 vs. Arkansas Wildcats

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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