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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
WomensFootballAlliance.PNG
SportWomen's American football
Founded2008
No. of teams62 for 2019 season
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Division I – Boston Renegades
Division II – St. Louis Slam
Division III – Nevada Storm
Most titlesSt. Louis Slam (4)
&
Boston Militia/Renegades (4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Season Teams

American (Western) Conference

Team Location Home Field
Acadiana Zydeco (div III) Lafayette, Louisiana Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette, Louisiana
Arkansas Wildcats (div III) Benton, Arkansas Mills High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
Arlington Impact (div I) Arlington, Texas R.L. Anderson Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Austin Outlaws (div III) Austin, Texas Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas
Cali War (div I) Los Angeles, California Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California
Comal County Camo (div III) New Braunfels, Texas Brooks Collegiate Academy in San Antonio,Texas
Dallas Elite (div I) Dallas, Texas Prestonwood Christian Academy Lions Stadium in Plano, Texas
Eastern Sierra Mustangs (div III) Bishop, California Bishop Union High School in Bishop, California
Houston Energy (div II) Houston, Texas Pearland High School in Pearland, Texas
Houston Power (div III) Houston, Texas Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas
Inland Empire Ravens (div III) Riverside, California Arlington & North High Schools in Riverside, California
Iowa Phoenix (div III) Des Moines, Iowa Saydel High School in Des Moines, Iowa
Kansas City Titans (div I) Kansas City, Missouri Truman High School in Kansas City
Kern County Crusaders (div III) Bakersfield, California Bakersfield West High School
Las Cruces La Muerta (div III) Las Cruces, New Mexico Field of Dreams in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mile High Blaze (div II) Denver, Colorado 5 Star Stadium at Thornton Middle School in Thornton, Colorado
Minnesota Vixen (div II) Minneapolis, Minnesota Kuhlman Stadium in Edina & Tiger Stadium in Farmington
Mississippi Panthers (div III) Jackson, Mississippi Old Pearl High School Field in Pearl, Mississippi
Mississippi Royalty (div III) Hattiesburg, Mississippi San Antonio Field in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Nevada Storm (div III) Reno, Nevada Damonte Ranch High School
Fernley High School
Galena High School
Oregon Hawks (div III) Eugene, Oregon Wolverine Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
Phoenix Phantomz (div III) Phoenix, Arizona Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona
Portland Shockwave (div I) Portland, Oregon Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon
Rio Grande Heat (div III) Santa Fe, New Mexico Capital High in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz (div III) Colorado Springs, Colorado The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, Colorado
St Louis Slam (div II) St Louis, Missouri St. Mary's High School in St. Louis, Missouri
Seattle Spartans (div II) Seattle, Washington Frank Goddard Memorial Stadium in Everett, Washington
Sin City Trojans (div III) Las Vegas, Nevada Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada
Southern Oregon Lady Gades (div III) Medford, Oregon Eagle Point High School in Eagle Point, Oregon
Tacoma Trauma (div III) Tacoma, Washington Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington
Tulsa Threat (div III) Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Memorial High School LaFortune Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Utah Blitz (div III) Salt Lake City, Utah Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah
Ventura County Wolfpack (div III) Ventura, California Buena High School & Ventura College in Ventura, California
Wisconsin Dragons (div II) Milwaukee, Wisconsin Franklin High School in Franklin, Wisconsin & Union Grove High School in Union Grove, Wisconsin

National (Eastern) Conference

Team Location Home Field
Baltimore Nighthawks (div II) Baltimore, Maryland Woodlawn High School in Gwynn Oak, Maryland
Boston Renegades (div I) Boston, Massachusetts Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, Massachusetts
Capital City Savages (div III) Lansing, Michigan Perry High School in Perry, Michigan
Cincinnati Sizzle (div III) Cincinnati, Ohio Hamilton, Princeton, Walnut Hills & Woodward Career Technical High Schools
Cleveland Fusion (div II) Cleveland, Ohio Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio
Columbus Comets (div II) Columbus, Ohio Grove City, Ohio Christian School
Columbus Vanguards (div III) Columbus, Indiana Knightstown, Indiana High School
(Western) Connecticut Hawks (div III) Fairfield, Connecticut John Perry & Stephen A. Kaplanis Memorial Fields in Danbury, Connecticut
D.C. Divas (div I) Washington, D.C. The St. James in Springfield, Virginia
Daytona Waverunners (div III) Daytona, Florida Daytona Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida
Derby City Dynamite (div III) Elizabethtown, Kentucky Holy Cross High School in Shively, Kentucky
Detroit Dark Angels (div II) Detroit, Michigan McArthur K-8 Universal Academy in Southfield, Michigan
Grand Rapids Tidal Waves (div III) Grand Rapids, Michigan Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jacksonville Dixie Blues (div II) Jacksonville, Florida Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida
Knoxville Lightning (div III) Knoxville, Tennessee Christian Academy of Knoxville, Tennessee
Maine Mayhem (div III) Portland, Maine Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Maine
Miami Fury (div II) Miami, Florida Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah, Florida
Music City Mizfits (div III) Nashville, Tennessee Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch, Tennessee
New York Knockout (div III) Albany, New York Schenectady High School in Schenectady, New York
New York Wolves (div II) New York City, New York Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, NY
Orlando Anarchy (div III) Orlando, Florida Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida
Philadelphia Phantomz (div II) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium in Philly
Pittsburgh Passion (div II) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Joe P. DeMichela Stadium in Imperial, Pennsylvania
Richmond Black Widows (div III) Richmond, Virginia Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia
South Carolina Smash (div III) Columbia, South Carolina Melvin Park in Chapin, South Carolina
Tampa Bay Inferno (div II) Tampa Bay, Florida Strawberry Crest High School in Dover,Florida
Tennessee Diamondbacks (div III) Clarksville, Tennessee Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tennessee
Toledo Reign (div III) Toledo, Ohio Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio

Expansion 2020/ Inactive Teams

Team City Home Field
Carolina Phoenix Greensboro, North Carolina Northeast Guilford High School
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
Flint City Riveters Flint, Michigan
Indy Crash Indianapolis, Indiana Roncalli High School
Madison Blaze Madison, Wisconsin
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, MN Woodbury High School
Montreal Blitz Lachine, QC Dalbe-Viau High School
New York Revenge Hudson Valley, New York
Oceanside Force Oceanside, California
Ottawa Mudcats Ottawa, Kansas
Rock Hill Lady Raiders Rock Hill, South Carolina
Southern Heroines Temecula, CA
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, MI

Former WFA teams

WFA Championship Game results

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
2017 Dallas Elite  Boston Renegades 31-21
2018  Boston Renegades Los Angeles Warriors 42-18
2019  Boston Renegades Cali War 52-24

Division/Tier II Championship Game results

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
2019 St. Louis Slam Detroit Dark Angels 34-0

Division/Tier III Championship Game results

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
2019 Nevada Storm Orlando Anarchy 62-45

Alliance Bowl results

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

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

See also

References

  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.
  4. ^ [1]
  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.

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