Three Rivers Xplosion

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Three Rivers Xplosion
League Women's Spring Football League (2012–present)
Team historyThree Rivers Xplosion (2011–present)
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Arena Quarry Field
ColorsRed, black and white
Head coachDoc Creeley, Mike Dusch
Division titles1

The Three Rivers Xplosion is a women's football team based in South Side, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. They are members of the Women's Spring Football League (WSFL) and was the first player-owned women's tackle football team in Pittsburgh. [1] The team was founded and played their first season in 2011 as an independent team, then joined the WSFL for the 2012 season, where they finished 3–5 and won the Northeast 8-man Division title.



As a team in the WSFL, Xplosion is considered a semi-professional Women's American football team. [2] While most teams in the WSFL are 11 player, there is also a division consisting of 8 player teams. [3] Three Rivers Xplosion participates in the later division, having 8 players on the field during their games. They play the full-contact, tackle version of American football with rules similar to those in the NFL. [4] Xplosion practices and plays their games at local South Side schools and stadiums, with one their frequently utilized facilities being Quarry Field. [5]

The team may be labeled as semi-professional, but they play strictly for fun and the love of the game. The players do not receive any form of compensation, and their coaches volunteer their time. The team also does their part to reach out to the community for sponsors to help with the cost of equipment, facility rentals, and travel expenses. [6]



The players of Three Rivers Xplosion consist of a diverse group of women of a variety of ages and coming from many different backgrounds. Many of the players are mothers with children at home. Some of the professions current and former members of the team hold include, but are not limited to, student, teacher, athletic trainer, pastor, nurse, sales, archaeologist, accountant, engineer, doctor, bartender, a firefighter. [4] Xplosion prides themselves on having a team oriented mindset and makes it a point to accept and value members of all backgrounds and levels of football experience. [1]

The team's motto is "One Team, One Heart, One Mission". [5] [1]


Robert Gold – Head coach; Chartiers Valley School District facilities manager [4]

Steve Riddle – Assistant coach

James Creely – former coach of the South Side Sabers [1]

Mike Dusch – former coach of the South Side Sabers [1]




Recent news

According to Three Rivers Xplosion official Facebook page (as of February 2016) the WSFL disbanded, and they were looking to join a new league. In the meantime, they were planning to expand and rebuild their team. Women in the Pittsburgh area who are interested in playing football (no experience necessary) and getting involved in the program are encouraged to contact them (contact info on their Facebook page; link listed below in "External Links").

2012 schedule

DateOpponent Home/Away Result
April 14 Mass Chaos Home36–12 W
April 21 Cape Fear Thunder Away30–0 L
April 28 Cape Fear Thunder Home36–6 L
June 2 West Virginia Wildfire Away50–6 L
June 23 Mass Chaos Away1–0 W*
July 7 West Virginia Wildfire Home40–0 L
July 21 Mass Chaos Home1–0 W*
July 28 West Virginia Wildfire 46–0 L

*= Win by forfeit


Season records
SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
Three Rivers Xplosion (WSFL)
2011080Last Independent Division
20123501st Northeast 8-man division
2013060Last 8-man division

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