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The Women's Football Alliance 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 Women's Spring 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 will began their inaugural season of play in the WFA.

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.

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 were 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 4 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.

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, the Boston Militia defeated the San Diego Surge 34-19 to claim the title.

Teams

National Conference

Division 1

Team Location Home Field
Boston Militia Somerville, Massachusetts Dilboy Stadium
Central Maryland Seahawks Woodlawn, Maryland Woodlawn High School

Division 2

Team Location Home Field
Columbus Comets Grove City, Ohio Grove City Christian School
D.C. Divas Landover, Maryland Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex

Division 3

Team Location Home Field
Cincinnati Sizzle Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton High School
Cleveland Fusion Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University
Derby City Dynamite Louisville, Kentucky Cardinal Stadium
Toledo Reign Toledo, Ohio Central Catholic High School

Division 4

Team Location Home Field
Chicago Force Evanston, Illinois Evanston Township High School
Detroit Dark Angels Westland, Michigan John Glenn High School (Westland, Michigan)
Indy Crash Indianapolis, Indiana Marian University (Indiana)
West Michigan Mayhem Kalamazoo, Michigan Soisson-Rapacz-Clason Field

Division 5

Team Location Home Field
Atlanta Phoenix Sandy Springs, Georgia North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences
Savannah Sabers Savannah, Georgia Memorial Stadium
Tennessee Train Chattanooga, Tennessee

Division 6

Team Location Home Field
Jacksonville Dixie Blues Jacksonville, Florida University Christian School
Miami Fury North Miami, Florida Cagni Park and North Miami Athletic Park
Orlando Anarchy Orlando, Florida Colonial High School
Tallahassee Jewels Tallahassee, Florida Amos P. Godby High School
Tampa Bay Inferno Tampa, Florida Skyway Park

American Conference

Division 7

Team Location Home Field
Acadiana Zydeco Opelousas, Louisiana Donald Gardner Stadium
Arkansas Wildcats Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock Central High School
New Orleans Mojo New Orleans, Louisiana Tad Gormley Stadium
Tulsa Threat Bixby, Oklahoma Bixby High School

Division 8

Team Location Home Field
Kansas City Titans Kansas City, Missouri
Minnesota Machine Woodbury, Minnesota Woodbury High School
Nebraska Stampede Ralston, Nebraska Ralston High School
St. Louis Slam St. Louis, Missouri Oakville High School

Division 9

Team Location Home Field
Austin Outlaws Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Independent School District Athletic Complex
Dallas Diamonds Bedford, Texas Pennington Field
Houston Power Rosenberg, Texas Lamar Consolidated High School
Lone Star Mustangs Bedford, Texas Pennington Field

Division 10

Team Location Home Field
Everett Reign Everett, Washington Everett Memorial Stadium
Portland Fighting Fillies Milwaukie, Oregon La Salle High School
Portland Shockwave Hillsboro, Oregon Hillsboro Stadium
Seattle Majestics Kent, Washington French Field
Tacoma Trauma University Place, Washington Curtis Senior High School

Division 11

Team Location Home Field
Las Vegas Showgirlz Las Vegas, Nevada Cheyenne High School
Utah Blitz Salt Lake City, Utah Judge Memorial Catholic High School

Division 12

Team Location Home Field
Central Cal War Angels Fresno & Visalia, California Central High School & Redwood High School
Sacramento Sirens Sacramento, California Natomas High School

Division 13

Team Location Home Field
Arizona Assassins Phoenix, Arizona Washington High School
Pacific Warriors Manhattan Beach, California Mira Costa High School
Phoenix Phantomz Phoenix, Arizona Central High School
San Diego Sting Escondido, California Calvin Christian School & Orange Glen High School
San Diego Surge Santee, California Santana High School
West Coast Lightning Temecula, California Linfield Christian School

Planned 2014 Expansion Teams

  • Daytona Breakers
  • Iowa Steamrollers
  • South Florida Swift

Former WFA teams

Teams which left the WFA and are now playing elsewhere

  • Atlanta Heartbreakers - played in WFA in 2011, then left to join Women's Spring Football League.
  • Baltimore Burn - played in WFA from 2009–2010, then left to join Women's Spring Football League.
  • Binghamton Tiger Cats - played in WFA in 2009, then left to join Independent Women's Football League; team now in eight-player division of Women's Spring Football League.
  • Erie Illusion - played in WFA in 2011, then returned to Independent Women's Football League.
  • Keystone Assault - played in WFA from 2009-2012, then left to join Independent Women's Football League; now in Women's Spring Football League.
  • Memphis Dynasty - played in WFA from 2010-2012, then left to join Women's Spring Football League.
  • New England Nightmare - played in WFA from 2010-2012, then left to join Independent Women's Football League.
  • New York Sharks - played in WFA from 2011-2013, then returned to Independent Women's Football League.
  • Pittsburgh Passion - played in WFA from 2011-2013, then returned to Independent Women's Football League.
  • Utah Jynx - played in WFA from 2012-2013, then left to join Independent Women's Football League.
  • Ventura Black Widows - originally set to play in WFA for 2009 but withdrew prior to inaugural season. Team began play in 2010 as a member of eight-player division of the Women's Spring Football League.
  • West Virginia WildKats - originally set to play in WFA for 2009 but withdrew prior to inaugural season. Team now playing as the West Virginia Wildfire in the eight-player division of the Women's Spring Football League.

Failed expansion teams

  • Baltimore Crush
  • Clinton County Chaos
  • Connecticut Cyclones
  • Delaware Queen Bees
  • Detroit Demolition
  • East Texas Saberkats
  • Kentucky Valkyries
  • Marana She Devils
  • Panama City Jaguars
  • Tallahassee Silverhawks

Defunct teams

  • California Lynx
  • Carolina Raging Wolves
  • Dayton Diamonds
  • Emerald Coast Barracudas
  • Fort Wayne Flash
  • H-Town Texas Cyclones
  • Indiana Speed
  • Iowa Thunder
  • Iowa Xplosion
  • Kansas City Spartans - merged with Kansas City Tribe to form Kansas City Titans
  • Kansas City Tribe - merged with Kansas City Spartans to form Kansas City Titans
  • Kentucky Karma
  • Los Angeles Amazons
  • Maine Lynx
  • Monterrey Royal Eagles
  • Oklahoma City Lightning
  • Phoenix Prowlers
  • Silver State Legacy
  • So Cal Scorpions
  • Southern Tier Spitfire
  • Spokane Scorn
  • Wisconsin Dragons
  • Wisconsin Wolves

WFA National Championship 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


References

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