Women's Football Alliance

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Women's Football Alliance
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Women's Football Alliance season
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Sport Women's American football
Founded 2008
No. of teams 43
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) Boston Militia
Most titles Boston Militia (2)

The Women's Football Alliance 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 Women's Spring Football League, and the largest of the three. The league is owned and operated by Jeff and Lisa King of Exeter, California.

League history[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 were 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 4 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[edit]

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, the Boston Militia defeated the San Diego Surge 34-19 to claim the title.

2012[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

The WFA opened the season with 42 teams. 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.

Teams[edit]

National Conference[edit]

New England Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Boston Renegades Boston, Massachusetts

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Central Maryland Seahawks Woodlawn, Maryland Woodlawn High School
Cleveland Fusion Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University
Columbus Comets Grove City, Ohio Grove City Christian School
D.C. Divas Landover, Maryland Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Chicago Force Evanston, Illinois Evanston Township High School
Derby City Dynamite Louisville, Kentucky Cardinal Stadium
Detroit Dark Angels Westland, Michigan John Glenn High School
Indy Crash Indianapolis, Indiana Marian University
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, Michigan Soisson-Rapacz-Clason Field

North Atlantic Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Atlanta Phoenix Sandy Springs, Georgia North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences
Jacksonville Dixie Blues Jacksonville, Florida University Christian School
Tennessee Train Chattanooga, Tennessee

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Daytona Breakers Daytona Beach, Florida
Miami Fury North Miami, Florida Cagni Park and North Miami Athletic Park
Orlando Anarchy Orlando, Florida Colonial High School
Tampa Bay Inferno Tampa, Florida Skyway Park

American Conference[edit]

Gulf Coast Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Acadiana Zydeco Opelousas, Louisiana Donald Gardner Stadium
Arkansas Wildcats Little Rock, Arkansas
Tulsa Threat Tulsa, Oklahoma Lafortune Stadium

Midwest Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Kansas City Titans Kansas City, Missouri
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, Minnesota Woodbury High School
St. Louis Slam St. Louis, Missouri

Southwest Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Arlington Impact Arlington, Texas
Austin Outlaws Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Independent School District Athletic Complex
Dallas Diamonds Dallas, Texas
Houston Power Rosenberg, Texas Lamar Consolidated High School
South Texas Lady Crushers Corpus Christi, Texas

Northwest Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Everett Reign Everett, Washington Everett Memorial Stadium
Portland Fighting Fillies Milwaukie, Oregon La Salle High School
Portland Shockwave Hillsboro, Oregon Hillsboro Stadium
Seattle Majestics Kent, Washington French Field
Tacoma Trauma University Place, Washington Curtis Senior High School

Pacific West Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Mile High Blaze Denver, Colorado
Utah Blitz Salt Lake City, Utah Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Utah Falconz Salt Lake City, Utah

Pacific West Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Central Cal War Angels Fresno & Visalia, California Central High School & Redwood High School
Pacific Warriors Hermosa Beach, California
Sin City Sun Devils Las Vegas, Nevada
San Diego Surge Santee, California Santana High School

Pacific South Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Arizona Assassins Phoenix, Arizona Washington High School
Ventura Wolfpack Ventura, California
West Coast Lightning Temecula, California Linfield Christian School

Former WFA teams playing elsewhere[edit]

WFA National Championship results[edit]

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

Alliance Bowl results[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2014 Indy Crash Seattle Majestics 26-12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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