United States Women's Football League

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United States Women's Football League
WSFL2011.PNG
SportWomen's American football
Founded2009
No. of teams9 for 2019 season
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Washington Prodigy(USWFL Division 2) & Tri-Cities Thunder (Ironwoman)

The United States Women's Football League (USWFL) is a full-contact women's American football league that opened with exhibition play in 2010 and subsequently played its first regular season in 2011. The league was known as the "Women's Spring Football League" from 2009–2015. It is the newest of three full-contact, 11-on-11 football leagues for women, along with the Independent Women's Football League and the Women's Football Alliance.

The USWFL played with 11-player and 8-player divisions from 2011 through 2013. In 2014, the league split into two leagues, with the 11-woman division retaining the WSFL name and the 8-woman division taking the name the Women's Eights Football League (W8FL). In 2016, the league played only 11-woman football with the Cincinnati Sizzle taking the league crown.

History[edit]

United States Women's Football League (USWFL)[edit]

The USWFL was founded as the Women's Spring Football League in 2009. A few teams played an exhibition season under the WSFL banner in 2010, with the Kansas City Storm going undefeated in the regular season but no playoffs or league championship game were played resulting in no league champion being crowned.

In 2011, the USWFL played what it regards as its first official regular season. The Baltimore Burn finished the season with a 6–0 record against non-league foes and claimed the 2011 WSFL championship on the basis of regular season record.

In 2012, the USWFL staged its first playoffs and held its first league championship game at Endless Mountains Stadium in Towanda, Pennsylvania. The New Jersey Titans defeated the DFW Xtreme, 67–6, to claim the 2012 WSFL championship.

In 2013, the USWFL staged its second playoffs and held its second league championship game in Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis Dynasty defeated the Arkansas Banshees, 32–12, to claim the title.

In 2014, the USWFL staged its third playoffs and held its third league championship game in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Memphis Dynasty defeated the Arkansas Banshees, 34–12, to claim their second straight WSFL championship.

In 2015, the USWFL staged its fourth playoffs and held its fourth league championship game in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. The Keystone Assault defeated the Tennessee Legacy, 9–7, to claim their first WSFL championship.
In 2016, the Cincinnati Sizzle defeated the New England Nightmare 30–6 at Horn Lake, Mississippi to claim their first league championship.
In 2017, the Washington Prodigy beat the Houston Wildcats 44-0 to win the league championship game in Bristol, Tennessee. In the Ironwoman Championship the Tri-Cities Thunder beat the West Virginia Wildfire 28-0.

In 2018, the Washington Prodigy repeats and defeat the North Florida Pumas 20-0 to win the Division II championship game in Bristol, Tennessee. In the Ironwoman Championship the Hampton Roads Lady Gators defeated the Tri-Cities Thunder 20-14

In 2019, the Washington Prodigy beat the Keystone Assault 39-0 to win their 3rd straight USWFL D2 championship in Bluff City, Tennessee. The Tri-Cities Thunder won their 2nd Ironwoman Championship by beating the Hampton Roads Lady Gators 32-6

Women's Eights Football League (W8FL)[edit]

The WSFL started an eight-woman division in 2011. The Cape Fear Thunder claimed the WSFL's first eight-player division championship with a 4–2–1 regular season record.

In 2012, the West Virginia Wildfire captured the WSFL title in the 8-player division with a 5–2 record.

In 2013, the WSFL held its first championship game in the eight-player division. The West Virginia Wildfire defeated the Binghamton Tiger Cats, 44–8, to claim their second straight championship in the eight-player division.

In 2014, the eight-player division spun off into its own league, taking the name the Women's Eights Football League (W8FL). The Cape Fear Thunder won their second eight-player championship by defeating the West Virginia Wildfire, 34–26, in the W8FL title game.
In 2015, the New York Knockout defeated the Cape Fear Thunder, 28–0, to win their first W8FL championship title, with the game having been played in Schenectady, New York.

Teams[edit]

2019 United States Women's Football League Teams (USWFL)[edit]

IronWoman Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Central Carolina Cardinals Fayetteville, North Carolina New Century International Middle School
Detroit Pride Detroit, Michigan
Fayetteville Fierce Fayetteville, North Carolina Reid Ross High School in Fayetteville
Hampton Roads Lady Gators Norfolk, Virginia Old Dominion University Powhatan Field
Tri-Cities Thunder Bluff City, Tennessee Sullivan East High School
West Virginia Wildfire Dunbar, West Virginia Shawnee Sports Complex

Division II Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
DMV Knights Capitol Heights, Maryland
Keystone Assault Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Washington Prodigy Washington, D.C. Woodrow Wilson High School

Expansion 2020 & Inactive Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Baltimore Burn Baltimore, Maryland Patterson Park
Carolina Queens North Carolina
Colorado Angels Denver, Colorado
Delaware Falcons Delaware N/A
Erie Illusion Erie, Pennsylvania N/A
Memphis Tennessee Legacy Memphis, Tennessee
New Orleans Krewe Kenner, Louisiana N/A
Southern Indiana Storm Paoli, Indiana Paoli Community Park Complex Field
Southern Reapers Whitwell, Tennessee N/A
Virginia Venom Alexandria, Virginia
Winchester Tyrants Winchester, Virginia

USWFL Division II Championship Game Results[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2011 Baltimore Burn Baltimore declared league champion with 6–0 record no game played
2012 New Jersey Titans Dallas/FortWorth Xtreme 67–6
2013 Memphis Dynasty Arkansas Banshees 32–12
2014 Memphis Dynasty Arkansas Banshees 34–12
2015 Keystone Assault Tennessee Legacy 9–7
2016 Cincinnati Sizzle New England Nightmare 30–6
2017 Washington Prodigy Houston Wildcats 44-0
2018 Washington Prodigy North Florida Pumas 20-0
2019 Washington Prodigy Keystone Assault 39-0

USWFL IronWoman Championship Game Results[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2017 Tri-Cities Thunder West Virginia Wildfire 28-0
2018 Hampton Roads Lady Gators Tri-Cities Thunder 20-14
2019 Tri-Cities Thunder Hampton Roads Lady Gators 32-6

WSFL 8s Championship Game Results 2011–2015[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2011 Cape Fear Thunder Cape Fear declared league champion with 4–2–1 record no game played
2012 West Virginia Wildfire West Virginia declared league champion with 5–2 record no game played
2013 West Virginia Wildfire Binghamton Tiger Cats 44–8
2014 Cape Fear Thunder West Virginia Wildfire 34–26
2015 New York Knockout Cape Fear Thunder 28–0

Former USWFL and W8FL teams playing elsewhere[edit]

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