Women's Football Alliance

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Women’s Football Alliance
Current season, competition or edition:
Sports current event.svg 2021 Women's Football Alliance Season
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Sport American Football
Founded2009
Inaugural season2009
No. of teams47 active for 2021 season
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Division I – Boston Renegades
Division II – St. Louis Slam
Division III – Nevada Storm
Most titles St. Louis Slam (4)
&
Boston Militia/Renegades (5)

The Women's Football Alliance (WFA) is a professional full-contact Women's American football tackle league that began play in 2009. It is the largest 11-on-11 football league for women. The league is owned and operated by Jeff and Lisa King of Exeter, California.

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League history

The Women's Football Alliance was established in 2009 and began its inaugural season with 36 teams. Many of the teams were already established teams 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, tiered league structure consisting of three divisions, similar to that of NCAA Football. 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.

2020

The 2020 season of the Women's Football Alliance was cancelled in its entirety due to health and safety concerns in regards to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. [9] Although regular season games were scheduled, none were played.

The WFA signed deals with Eleven Sports/FTF Next Sports Network to broadcast ten 'WFA Game of the Week' events [10] and eight games from the 2019 season [11] on its cable network, streaming channels and website. They also established partnerships with Secret, Xenith, Wilson, Glazier Clinics, and Florida State University Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching.

The WFA established the Women's Football Coaching Alliance (WFCA), and the 'WFA Gives Campaign'. The league also witnessed the release of two feature films focused on its players, "Born To Play," directed by Viridiana Lieberman, and "Open Field," directed by Kathy Kuras. "Born To Play" aired nationally on ESPN and internationally on ABC to widespread critical acclaim. [12]

WFA Teams

2021 Season Teams

American (Western) Conference--35 Teams

TeamLocationHome Field
Arizona Outkast (div III) Phoenix, Arizona Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona
Arlington Impact (div I) Arlington, Texas Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas
Austin Outlaws (div II) Austin, Texas Chaparral Stadium at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas
Cali War (div I) Torrance, California Zamperini Stadium at Torrance High School in Torrance, California
Capital Pioneers (div III) Salem, Oregon Stayton High School in Stayton, Oregon
Dallas Elite Mustangs (div I) Dallas, Texas Prestonwood Christian Academy Lions Stadium in Plano, Texas
Gulf Coast Monarchy (div III) Biloxi, Mississippi St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Houston Energy (div II) Houston, Texas Krenshaw Memorial Stadium in Houston, Texas
Houston Power (div III) Houston, Texas Husky Stadium at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas
Huntsville Tigers (div III) Huntsville, Alabama Discovery Middle School in Madison, AL
Inland Empire Desert Eagles (div III) Palm Springs, California Ronnie Lott Football Stadium at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California
Iowa Phoenix (div III) Des Moines, Iowa Saydel High School in Des Moines, Iowa
Kansas City Saints (div III) Kansas City, Missouri
Kern County Crusaders (div III) Bakersfield, California Bakersfield West High School
Louisiana Bayou Storm Surge (div III) Baton Rouge, Louisiana BREC Memorial Stadium
Memphis Sabercats (div III) Memphis, Tennessee Arthur Halle Stadium
Midwest Mountain Lions (div II) Kenosha/Racine, Wisconsin
Mile High Blaze (div II) Denver, Colorado 5 Star Stadium at Thornton Middle School in Thornton, Colorado
Minnesota Vixen (div I) Minneapolis, Minnesota Kuhlman Stadium in Edina & Tiger Stadium in Farmington
Mississippi Royalty (div III) Hattiesburg, Mississippi San Antonio Field in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
New Orleans Hurricanes (div III) New Orleans, Louisiana Victory Stadium
Nevada Storm (div II) Reno, Nevada Damonte Ranch High School
Fernley High School
Galena High School
Oklahoma City Force (div III) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland Shockwave (div II) 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
Sacramento Sirens (div II) Sacramento, California
St. Louis Slam (div I) Saint 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 II) Las Vegas, Nevada
Sioux Falls Snow Leopards (div III) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Southern Oregon Lady Gades (div III) Medford, Oregon
Sun City Stealth (div III) El Paso, Texas
Tulsa Threat (div II) Tulsa, Oklahoma Lafortune Stadium at Memorial High School in Tulsa, OK
Zydeco Spice (div III) Lafayette, Louisiana Lafayette Christian Academy in Lafayette, LA

National (Eastern) Conference--28 Teams

TeamLocationHome 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
Carolina Phoenix (div III) High Point, North Carolina Northeast Guilford High School
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 PAAL Football Fields in Walesboro
(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 The Hawk Community Center, Farmington Hills, 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
Ontario MIFA All-Stars (div III) Ontario, Canada
Orlando Anarchy (div II) Orlando, Florida Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida
Pittsburgh Passion (div I) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Joe P. DeMichela Stadium in Imperial, Pennsylvania
Richmond Black Widows (div III) Richmond, Virginia Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia
Tampa Bay Inferno (div I) Tampa, Florida
Toledo, Ohio Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio
Utica Hellcats (div III) Utica, New York high school in Utica New York

Expansion 2022 and inactive teams

TeamCityHome Field
Carolina Scorpions Columbia, South Carolina
First State Lioness Dover, Delaware
New England Crush Manchester, New Hampshire
Waco Mad Bears Waco, Texas


WFA Division I Championship Game results

YearWinnerLoserScore
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
2020 No Game Played Due to COVID No Game Played Due to COVID xxxx
2021 Boston Renegades Minnesota Vixen 42-26

WFA Division II Championship Game results

YearWinnerLoserScore
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
2020 No Game Played Due to COVID No Game Played Due to COVID xxxx
2021 Nevada Storm Detroit Dark Angels 42-18

WFA Division III Championship Game results

YearWinnerLoserScore
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
2020 No Game Played Due to COVID No Game Played Due to COVID xxxx
2021 Derby City Dynamite Arizona Outkast 30-20

Alliance Bowl results

YearWinnerLoserScore
2014 Indy Crash Seattle Majestics 26–12
2015 Central Cal War Angels Atlanta Phoenix 28–8

Alliance Bowl Midwest Region results

YearWinnerLoserScore
2015 Houston Power Acadiana Zydeco 18–6

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