Women's Football Alliance

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Women's Football Alliance
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 Women's Football Alliance season
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Sport Women's American football
Founded 2008
No. of teams 65 for 2017 season
Country  United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Tier I - D.C. Divas
Tier II - St. Louis Slam
Tier III - Acadiana Zydeco
Most titles 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.

2017 WFA Teams[edit]

American Conference[edit]

Pacific North Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Everett Reign Everett, Washington Everett Memorial Stadium
Portland Shockwave Hillsboro, Oregon Hillsboro Stadium
Seattle Majestics Kent, Washington French Field
Southern Oregon Lady Renegades Medford, Oregon Eagle Point High School
Tacoma Trauma Tacoma, Washington Curtis Senior High School

Mountain West Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
La Muerte de Las Cruces Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mile High Blaze Denver, Colorado Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch
Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz Colorado Springs, Colorado
Utah Blitz Salt Lake City, Utah Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Utah Wildkats Ogden, Utah

Pacific South Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Central Cal War Angels Fresno, California Fresno City College
Inland Empire Ravens Riverside, California
Kern County Crusaders Bakersfield, California
Pacific Warriors Carson, California Carson High School
San Diego Surge San Diego, California
Sin City Trojans Las Vegas, Nevada Eldorado High School
Ventura County Wolfpack Ventura, California Santa Paula High School

Great Plains Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Kansas City Titans Kansas City, Missouri Shawnee Mission South High School
Madison Blaze Middleton, Wisconsin Middleton High School
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, Minnesota Woodbury High School
Minnesota Vixen Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Simley Athletic Field
Nebraska Stampede Ralston, Nebraska Ralston High School
St. Louis Slam St. Louis, Missouri Lindenwood University

South West Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Acadiana Zydeco Opelousas, Louisiana
Arkansas Wildcats Little Rock, Arkansas Central High School
Arlington Impact Bedford, Texas Pennington Field
Austin Outlaws Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Independent School District Athletic Complex
Dallas Elite Addison, Texas Alfred Loos Stadium
Houston Power Houston, Texas WW Thorne Stadium

National Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Chicago Force Chicago, Illinois Lane Tech Stadium
Detroit Dark Angels Westland, Michigan John Glenn High School
Flint City Riveters Flint, Michigan Burton Atherton High School
Indy Crash Indianapolis, Indiana Roncalli High School (Indiana) Arsenal Technical High School
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, Michigan Soisson-Rapacz-Clason Field

Colonial Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Baltimore Nighthawks Baltimore, Maryland
Boston Renegades Somerville, Massachusetts Dilboy Stadium
Connecticut Hawks Danbury, Connecticut Immaculate High School
DC Divas Landover, Maryland Prince George's Sports Complex
Hampton Roads Lady Gators Newport News, Virginia Oscar F. Smith High School in Chesapeake
Keystone Assault Hummelstown, Pennsylvania Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, PA
Maine Mayhem Gorham, Maine
New England Nightmare Windsor, Connecticut Jack O'Brien Stadium
New York Knockout Schenectady, New York Schenectady High School
Philadelphia Phantomz Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Richmond Black Widows Richmond, Virginia

Central North Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Cleveland Fusion Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University
Columbus Comets Grove City, Ohio Grove City Christian School
Pittsburgh Passion Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Slippery Rock University
Toledo Reign Toledo, Ohio Don Paul Stadium in Fremont & Toledo Rogers HS

North Atlantic Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Atlanta Phoenix Sandy Springs, Georgia North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences
Carolina Phoenix Gibsonville, North Carolina Eastern Guilford High School
Cincinnati Sizzle Cincinnati, Ohio Withrow High School
Derby City Dynamite Louisville, Kentucky John Hardin HS Elizabethtown
Franklin Nightmare Franklin, Tennessee
Huntsville Tigers Huntsville, Alabama Discovery Middle School
Music City Mizfits Nashville, Tennessee Ted Rhodes Park Fields
South Carolina Smash Columbia, South Carolina
Tennessee Train Chattanooga, Tennessee

South Atlantic Division[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Central Florida Shine Ocala, Florida
Daytona Wave Runners Daytona Beach, Florida Municipal Stadium
Jacksonville Dixie Blues Jacksonville, Florida University Christian School
Miami Fury Miami, Florida
North Florida Pumas Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando Anarchy Orlando, Florida Colonial High School
Tampa Bay Inferno Tampa, Florida Skyway Park

2018 Expansion Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field

Inactive Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Central Maryland Seahawks Woodlawn, Maryland Woodlawn High School
Oakland Domineers Oakland, California

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 28-26

Division/Tier II Championship Game Results[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2016 St. Louis Slam Tampa Bay Inferno 38-7

Division/Tier III Championship Game Results[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2016 Acadiana Zydeco Richmond Black Widows 20-18

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. ^ http://www.alternet.org/culture/149446/new_york_sharks_women_tackle_the_football_world
  2. ^ http://www.gazette.net/gazettecms/story.php?id=2010
  3. ^ http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/call-of-the-wild/2010/11/chicago-force-begin-try-outs-ladies-are-you-ready-to-play-some-football.html
  4. ^ http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/08/kansas_city_tribe.php
  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. ^ Rivera, Andrea (January 28, 2009). "She Devils plan on full contact". Arizona Daily Star. tucson.com. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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