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Encyclopedia > Women's Professional Football League
Women's Professional Football League
The WPFL logo
Sport American football
Founded 1999
No. of teams 15
Country Flag of United States United States
Current champions Dallas Diamonds

The Women's Professional Football League (WPFL) is the original and longest operating women's professional American football league in the United States. Now with teams across the United States, the WPFL had its first game in 1999 with just two original teams: the Lake Michigan Minx and the Minnesota Vixens. Fifteen teams nationwide competed for the championship in 2006. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... See also: 1998 in sports, other events of 1999, 2000 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics Hicham El Guerrouj sets the new World Record in the mile at the World Championships in Rome. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Minnesota Vixen a professional womens football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that plays in the WPFL. The team has existed since the late 1990s. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


The league has been recognized in national media campaigns, has been recognized in the book Atta Girl, and even had a team (the New England Storm) that has a commercial relationship with an NFL team, the 2004 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The Storm have since been expelled from the league. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football...

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History

In the early 1960s, many women thought that sports in the US were sexist and needed a shift in another direction, moving beyond the stereotype that all women were passive. This sentiment formed the background for the women's football league that was started in order to prove that women had the power to do what men did, with hopes that people would enjoy women's football as much as they did men's. In 1965, the name changed to its current incarnation. Since there were no college women's teams in the US, most of their athletes came from basketball, rugby, and soccer. After a few years, the sport began to fade. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Feminism is a body of social theory and political movement primarily based on and motivated by the experiences of women. ... Sexism is discrimination between people based on their Sex rather than their individual merits. ... For the term used in its original printing sense, see etymology below. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... A BCRFC match at Boston College Rugby football, often just referred to as rugby, refers to sports descended from a common form of football developed at Rugby School in England. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ...


In 1999 two businessmen, Carter Turner and Terry Sullivan,[1] decide to research the feasibility of a professional women’s football league by gathering together top female athletes into two teams and playing an exhibition game in front of an audience. The game between the Lake Michigan Minx and the Minnesota Vixens at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota was a success and turned into a six game exhibition tour across the country[2] dubbed the “No Limits” Barnstorming Tour.[3] Minnesota Vixen a professional womens football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that plays in the WPFL. The team has existed since the late 1990s. ... The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


The success of the barnstorming tour led to the first official WPFL season in 2000 with 11 teams competing nationwide.[4] This first season ended with some turmoil however; the regular season was shortened by several games, players were not given their promised $100 per-game salaries, and there were allegations regarding instability with some of the league's financial backers.[5]


The WPFL rebounded the next year completing the 2001 season after several organizational changes. Notable changes included the departure of founders Sullivan and Turner (Turner then founded the WAFL),[6] the purchase of the league by three WPFL team owners: Dee Kennerner, Melissa Korpacz, and Robin Howington,[7] changes to player/team compensation, and the moving of the start of the season from fall to summer.[8] The Womens American Football League (WAFL) was a womens football league that was formed in 2001 after disbanding, the teams merged with the -WAFC Womens Affiliated Football Conference -IWFL Independant Womens Football League and American Football Womens League (AFWL] which now disbanded. ...


Effects

Fifteen teams competed in the 2006 WPFL season. The league has hundreds of players and is growing, but the league is more "semi-pro" as all of the athletes do not earn enough money to make a living. However, the league still refers to them as professional athletes. Other leagues that connect to women's football include the United Football League, the Independent Women's Football League, the National Women's Football Association and the Women's Football League. Unfortunately, these individual leagues do not see eye-to-eye, so the possibility of forming one unified league is not likely. Due to the efforts of these organizations, some women's teams are allowed to play in some of the million-dollar domes and arenas originally built for men's teams. Noted stadiums include the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, and some of the high facilitated places in Detroit, Michigan. The United Football League operated between 1961 and 1964. ... The Independent Womens Football League was founded in 2000, and began play in 2001. ... The National Womens Football Association (NWFA) is a full-contact American football league for women. ... The Womens Football League began play in 2002. ... The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837  - Mayor Bill White Area    - City  601. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City  143. ...


Teams

Locations of teams in the WPFL
Locations of teams in the WPFL
States with WPFL AFC team (red), NFC team (blue)
States with WPFL AFC team (red), NFC team (blue)

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American Conference

The Empire State Roar is a football team in the Womens Professional Football League. ... The So Cal Scorpions play Womens American football and are in the American Conference of the Womens Professional Football League (WPFL). ...

National Conference

The Carolina Queens is a womens American football team based out of Charlotte, North Carolina playing in the Womens Professional Football League. ... Minnesota Vixen a professional womens football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that plays in the WPFL. The team has existed since the late 1990s. ... The Wisconsin Wolves are a Womens Professional Football League (WPFL) team based in Madison, Wisconsin. ...

Former teams

  • Albany Ambush (withdrew from 2006 schedule)
  • Tulsa Black Widows (withdrew from 2006 schedule)
  • Austin Rage (withdrew from 2003 schedule)
  • New England Storm (expelled)
  • Pacific Blast (withdrew from 2003 schedule)
  • Missouri Prowlers (folded)
  • Florida Stingrays (folded)
  • Wisconsin Riveters (expelled)
  • Syracuse Sting 2001-2004
  • Arizona Caliente
  • Georgia Gladiators
  • Long Beach Aftershock
  • San Francisco Stingrays
  • New York Dazzles
  • Northern Ice

The Long Beach Aftershock is a women’s professional football team. ...

Championships

Year Champion Score Runner-Up
1999 Lake Michigan Minx 30-27 Minnesota Vixens
2000 Houston Energy 39-7 New England Storm
2001 Houston Energy 47-14 Austin Rage
2002 Houston Energy 56-7 Wisconsin Riveters
2003 Northern Ice 47-12 Florida Stingrays
2004 Dallas Diamonds 68-13 Northern Ice
2005 Dallas Diamonds 61-8 New York Dazzles
2006 Dallas Diamonds 34-27 Houston Energy

1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

See also

The Independent Womens Football League was founded in 2000, and began play in 2001. ... The National Womens Football Association (NWFA) is a full-contact American football league for women. ... The Womens American Football League (WAFL) was a womens football league that was formed in 2001 after disbanding, the teams merged with the -WAFC Womens Affiliated Football Conference -IWFL Independant Womens Football League and American Football Womens League (AFWL] which now disbanded. ... The American Football Womens League (AFWL) which debuted on May 15, 2002, was one of the first womens football leagues formed, originally using the name WAFL, or Womens American Football League in 2001. ... This is a list of current and defunct leagues of American football. ...

External links

  • Official Home of the Women's Professional Football League
  • IWFL - The Women's League
  • Lady Tackle Football League
  • Women's Football League
  • Official Home of the National Football League

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