National Women's Football Association

The National Women's Football Association (NWFA) was a full-contact American football league for women headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The league was founded by Catherine Masters in 2000, as the two benchmark teams, the Alabama Renegades and the Nashville Dream played each other six times in exhibition games. The opening season was in 2001 featuring ten teams.[1] The NWFA did not officially field any teams for the 2009 season.

National Women's Football Association
SportAmerican football
Country United States
H-Town Texas Cyclones (now in WFA)

The NWFA was originally called the National Women's Football League, but changed its name after the 2002 season. The name change came after pressure from the National Football League.[2] The NFL also required the league to change the logos of some teams whose logos resembled those of NFL teams.

League founder Catherine Masters was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.[3]

League rules

NWFA teams played according to standard National Football League rules with the following notable exceptions:

  • TDY-sized football
  • only one foot in-bounds is required for a reception
  • no blocking below the waist downfield

List of teams

Teams that joined another league

Defunct teams

  • Antelope Valley Bombers
  • Arizona Wildfire
  • Asheville Assault
  • Atlanta Leopards
  • Evansville Express
  • Gulf Coast Herricanes
  • Indiana Thunder
  • Indianapolis Chaos
  • Junction City Jaguars
  • Kansas City Krunch
  • Knoxville Summit
  • Knoxville Tornadoes
  • Maine Freeze
  • Muscle Shoals SmasHers
  • Nashville Dream
  • Richmond Dream
  • Roanoke Revenge
  • Rochester Raptors
  • South Bend GoldenHawks
  • Tennessee Venom
  • Tidewater Floods
  • Tree Town Spitfire
  • Wisconsin Riverters

Championship games

See also

  • List of leagues of American football


  1. Goodson, Mike (July 23, 2004). "Women's football alive in Alabama". Gadsden Times. p. B3. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  2. Stellino, Vito (December 1, 2002). The Florida Times-Union. Jacksonville, FL Retrieved April 9, 2014. More evidence that the NFL sometimes takes itself too seriously: Its lawyers forced the National's Women's Football League to change its name to the National Women's Football Association. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Organ, Mike (July 22, 2007). "Passion grounds Comets for title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
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