Maritime Women's Football League

The Maritime Women's Football League is a Canadian football league in eastern Canada. It was Canada's first all-female full-contact football competition when it began operating in 2004.

Since it was established, the League has grown from two to four teams. They hail from the three major cities of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John) along with a team from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The current MWFL title holders are the Halifax Xplosion.

Current teams

  • Fredericton Nissan Lady Gladiators Fredericton New Brunswick Team Website
  • Halifax Xplosion Halifax Nova Scotia
  • Saint John Storm Saint John New Brunswick
  • Moncton Vipers Moncton New Brunswick
  • PEI Island Demons Prince Edward Island, Canada

Modified rules

In the MWFL, the playing field is a regulation Canadian football field, 65 yards wide, but offences are permitted four downs (rather than the usual three) to move the ball forward 10 yards. The one-yard neutral zone is the same as in regular Canadian football.

Instead of 12 players per side, MWFL teams play with 11 per team according to the league's 2012 rules.[1] As of 2012, the four timed quarters are each 12 minutes long ordinarily, but 15 minutes long in the final two weeks of the regular season.[1]

The league's former rules in 2007[2] stipulated that games were played with 10 players per team, in four quarters of 10 minutes each.

League champions

The league championship is known as the SupHer Bowl, while the championship trophy is known as the Judy Upward Trophy.[3]

2004Simmonds Seagals
2005Saint John Buccaneers
2006Capital Area Lady Gladiators
2007Capital Area Lady Gladiators
2008Saint John Storm
2009Moncton Vipers
2010Saint John Storm
2011Saint John Storm
2012Moncton Vipers
2013Capital Area Lady Gladiators
2014Saint John Storm[4]
2015Saint John Storm[5][6]
2016Saint John Storm
2017Saint John Storm
2018Fredericton Nissan Lady Gladiators
2019Halifax Xplosion


  1. "Maritime Women's Football League Special Rules (2012)". Football New Brunswick. Web Archive. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. "Maritime Women's Football League Special Rules (2007)". Football New Brunswick. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  3. "History - Saint John Storm Women's Tackle Football Team". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  4. "Storm finish undefeated season" (2014) Mark Staffieri, Canada Football Chat
  5. "Storm post second undefeated season" (2015), Mark Staffieri, Canada Football Chat
  6. "Women's Professional Football League Champions",
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