The two leagues return after having to cancel the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
By Savannah Moore
The two premiere women’s tackle football leagues, the Women’s Football Alliance and the Women’s National Football Conference, returned May 1st after both leagues had to cancel the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
The Women’s Football Alliance is the largest and longest running women’s tackle football league in the world. Since 2016 the league has used a tiered league structure similar to NCAA Football. The league’s 66 teams are spread across three divisions.
The reigning WFA Division I Champions are the Boston Renegade led by veteran quarterback Allison Cahill. Cahill has 17 years of experience across multiple tackle football leagues. She has amassed over 20,000 passing yards, 300 touchdowns, and 115.96 quarterback rating. Cahill and her teammates were featured in the ESPN documentary Born to Play.
Commissioner Lisa King said the purpose of the WFA is to grow the game of women’s football worldwide. One of the new leagues that have perhaps been inspired is the Women’s National Football Conference.
The WNFC launched its inaugural season in 2019 with 15 teams. The Texas Elite Spartans went undefeated in the regular season and became the first IX Cup Champions with a 19–14 victory over the Utah Falconz. After the success of the 2019 season, the 2021 season will feature 20 teams vying to become the second IX Cup Champions over the course of a 10-week regular season.
The WFA and season kicked off May 1st and can be viewed for free on YouTube.