United States Women's Football League

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United States Women's Football League
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Sport Women's American football
Founded 2009
No. of teams 14 for 2017 season
Country USA
Most recent
champion(s)
Cincinnati Sizzle (USWFL)

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-man 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.


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]

2017 United States Women's Football League (USWFL)[edit]

Mid-Atlantic Division Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Baltimore Burn Baltimore, Maryland Patterson Park
Detroit Pride Detroit, Michigan
Erie Illusion Erie, Pennsylvania Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium
Indiana Prime Fort Wayne, Indiana
Washington Prodigy Washington DC Anacostia High School
West Virginia Wildfire South Charleston, West Virginia Little Creek Park

Central Division Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Clarksville Diamondbacks Clarksville, Tennessee
Fayetteville Fierce Fayetteville, North Carolina Westover Recreational Center
Southern Indiana Storm Paoli, Indiana Paoli Community Park Complex
Tri-Cities Thunder Piney Flats, Tennessee Stone Castle in Bristol

Southwest Division Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Arkansas Xtra Little Rock, Arkansas Central High School
Houston Wildcats The Woodlands, Texas
New Orleans Krewe Kenner, Louisiana
Texarkana Lions Texarkana, Texas

Expansion/Inactive Teams[edit]

Team Location Home Field
Buffalo Bullets Buffalo, New York
Hendricks County Rockets Avon, Indiana
Southern Illinois Monarchs Mount Vernon, Illinois

USWFL 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

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

USWFL Non-Playoff Postseason Bowl Game Results[edit]

Year Game Title Winner Loser Score
2015 Freedom Bowl Cincinnati Sizzle West Virginia Wildfire 26-20


Former USWFL and W8FL teams playing elsewhere[edit]

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