Women's Football Alliance

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Women's Football Alliance
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Women's Football Alliance season
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SportWomen's American football
Founded2008
No. of teams65 for 2018 season
CountryUnited States
Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Division I – Boston Renegades
Tier II – New York Sharks
Division III – Orlando Anarchy
Most titlesOverall- St. Louis Slam (3-1 main and 2 D2)
Division 1 – Boston Militia
and
D.C. Divas (2 each)

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.

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 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[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, which was held in Bedford, Texas, 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 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Current Teams[edit]

Division[9] Team[9] Region[9] City[9] Home Field
American Conference
Division I Arlington Impact Midwest Region Arlington, TX Pennington Field
Dallas Elite Midwest Region Dallas, TX Alfred Loos Stadium
Kansas City Titans Midwest Region Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles Warriors Pacific Region Los Angeles, CA
Portland Shockwave Pacific Region Hillsboro, OR Hillsboro Stadium
Division II Capital City Rage Pacific Region Sacramento, CA
Everett Reign Pacific Region Everett, WA
Mile High Blaze Pacific Region Denver, CO Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch
Minnesota Vixen Midwest Region Minneapolis, MN
San Diego Rebellion Pacific Region San Diego, CA
Tacoma Trauma Pacific Region Tacoma, WA
Wisconsin Dragons Midwest Region Milwaukee, WI
Division III Acadiana Zydeco Midwest Region Lafayette, LA
Arkansas Wildcats Midwest Region Benton, AR CW Lewis Stadium
Austin Outlaws Midwest Region Austin, TX
Colorado Freeze Pacific Region Denver, CO North Stadium in Westminster, CO
Houston Power Midwest Region Houston, TX WW Thorne Stadium
Inland Empire Ravens Pacific Region San Diego, CA
Kern County Crusaders Pacific Region Bakersfield, CA
Las Cruces La Muerte Pacific Region Las Cruces, NM
Madison Blaze Midwest Region Madison, WI
Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz Pacific Region Colorado Springs, CO
Roswell Destroyers Pacific Region Roswell, NM
Santa Fe Dukes Pacific Region Santa Fe, NM
Sin City Trojans Pacific Region Las Vegas, NV
Utah Blitz Pacific Region Salt Lake City, UT Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Ventura Wolfpack Pacific Region Ventura, CA
National Conference
Division I Atlanta Phoenix Southeast Region Atlanta, GA Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University
Boston Renegades Northeast Region Boston, MA Dilboy Stadium
D.C. Divas Northeast Region Washington, D.C. Prince George's Sports Complex
Pittsburgh Passion Northeast Region Pittsburgh, PA
Division II Baltimore Nighthawks Northeast Region Baltimore, MD
Cleveland Fusion Northeast Region Cleveland, OH
Columbus Comets Northeast Region Columbus, OH
Detroit Dark Angels Northeast Region Detroit, MI
Jacksonville Dixie Blues Southeast Region Jacksonville, FL
Miami Fury Southeast Region Miami, FL
New York Sharks Northeast Region New York, NY
Philly Phantomz Northeast Region Philadelphia, PA
Tampa Bay Inferno Northeast Region Tampa Bay, FL
Division III Alabama Fire Southeast Region Birmingham, AL
Carolina Phoenix Southeast Region Greensboro, NC Eastern Guilford High School
Cincinnati Sizzle Northeast Region Cincinnati, OH
Columbus Vanguards Northeast Region Columbus, IN Knightstown, Indiana High School
Western Connecticut Hawks Northeast Region Fairfield, CT New Fairfield High School
Daytona Waverunners Southeast Region Daytona, FL
Derby City Dynamite Northeast Region Elizabethtown, KY John Hardin HS Elizabethtown
Flint City Riveters Northeast Region Flint, MI
Grand Rapids Tidal Waves Northeast Region Grand Rapids, MI
Huntsville Tigers Northeast Region Madison, AL Discovery Middle School
Keystone Assault Northeast Region Harrisburg, PA Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, PA
Knoxville Lightning Southeast Region Knoxville, TN
Maine Mayhem Northeast Region Portland, ME
Mississippi Royalty Southeast Region Hattiesburg, MS
Music City Mizfits Northeast Region Nashville, TN Ted Rhodes Park Fields
New England Nightmare Northeast Region Windsor, CT Jack O'Brien Stadium
New York Knockout Northeast Region Albany, NY Schenectady High School
Orlando Anarchy Southeast Region Orlando, FL
Richmond Black Widows Northeast Region Richmond, VA
Savannah Hurricanez Southeast Region Savannah, GA
South Carolina Smash Northeast Region Columbia, SC
Toledo Reign Northeast Region Toledo, OH

Teams Joining in 2019[edit]

Team[9] City[9] Home Field
Indy Crash Indianapolis, IN Roncalli High School
Southern Oregon Lady Renegades Medford, OR

Inactive Teams[edit]

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
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, MN Woodbury High School
Montreal Blitz Lachine, QC Dalbe-Viau High School
Nebraska Nite Hawks Omaha, NE
Palmdale-Victor Valley Vixens Palmdale, CA
St Louis Slam Saint Louis, MO Lindenwood University
Southern Heroines Temecula, CA
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, MI

Former WFA teams[edit]

WFA Championship Game 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
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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exit, Merle (2011-01-07). "New York Sharks Women Tackle the Football World". Alternet. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  2. ^ "Bipartisan tax relief measures proposed in Maryland". Gazette.net. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ "Chicago Force begin try outs, ladies are you ready to play some football? - Call Of The Wild". Chicagonow.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
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  5. ^ "Heinz Field To Host SilverSport Women's Football Alliance National Championship". Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  6. ^ Staffieri, Mark. "Whitney Zelee Emerging as the Finest Running Back in All of Women's Football". Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  7. ^ "2014 WFA National Championship Weekend" (Press Release). wfafootball.net. Women's Football Alliance. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Cahill Notches 100th Career Victory" (Press Release). bostonrenegadesfootball.com. Boston Renegades Women's Football. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Teams by Division". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Rivera, Andrea (January 28, 2009). "She Devils plan on full contact". Arizona Daily Star. tucson.com. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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