Women's National Football Conference

The Women's National Football Conference (WNFC) is a full-contact Women's American football league that began play in 2019. It is one of four national full-contact, 11-on-11 football leagues for women, along with the Women's Football Alliance, the United States Women's Football League and the Women's Tackle Football League.

Women's National Football Conference
Current season, competition or edition:
2019 Women's National Football Conference season
SportWomen's American football
Founded2018
Inaugural season2019
PresidentOdessa Jenkins
CommissionerKandice Mitchell
No. of teams20
Country
  • United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Texas Elite Spartans (1st title)
Sponsor(s)Adidas
Official websitewnfcfootball.com

League history

The Women's National Football Conference was founded in 2018, with their inaugural season in 2019. On their website, the WNFC describes themselves as looking to create a standard of excellence and opportunities. Notably, the WNFC does not charge teams of players a fee for entry into the league; rather, teams are invited into the league based on quality of market, team, players and ownership.[1]

On December 10, 2018, the WNFC announced a historic partnership with Adidas, as part of the latter's "She Breaks Barriers" initiative.[2] As part of that partnership, Adidas serves as the WNFC's presenting sponsor, with all WNFC teams wearing custom-made Adidas uniforms.

2019

The WNFC played their inaugural season in 2019 with fourteen regular teams and one exhibition team. Five teams came to the WNFC from the Independent Women's Football League (which folded after the 2018 season), three from the WFA, two from the USWFL and five were brand-new teams playing their inaugural season in the WNFC.

The season began on April 6 and ended with the inaugural IX Cup (named in honor of Title IX) on June 29, which saw the Texas Elite Spartans defeat the Utah Falconz 19-14.[3]

2020

The WNFC has added seven teams so far for the 2020 season; three from the WFA, two from the USWFL and three expansion teams.


Teams

Team Location Venue Head coach Founded Joined
Pacific Conference
Denver Bandits Aurora, Colorado Aurora Public Schools Stadium Marcel Sampson 2018 2019
Las Vegas Silver Stars Las Vegas, Nevada Eldorado High School Carrie Walters 2017 2019
Los Angeles Bobcats Los Angeles, California Rancho Cienega Sports Complex Timothy Holmes 2015 2019
Phoenix Prowlers Glendale, Arizona Independence High School Ron Reddic 2018 2019
San Diego Rebellion San Diego, California Balboa Stadium Knengi Martin 2017 2019
Seattle Majestics Kent, Washington French Field Scott McCarron 2002 2019
Utah Falconz Murray, Utah Cottonwood High School Rick Rasmussen 2002 2019
Atlantic Conference
Alabama Fire Birmingham, Alabama Panther Stadium Cedric Lane 2015 2019
Atlanta Phoenix Mableton, Georgia Pebblebrook High School Brian Montgomery 2011 2019
Houston Heat Missouri City, Texas Various Daryl Hobbs 2017 2019
Nebraska Nite Hawks Bellevue, Nebraska Bellevue West High School Vershan Jackson 2018 2019
Texas Elite Spartans Addison, Texas Alfred J. Loos Stadium Odessa Jenkins 2017 2019
Joining in 2020
Carolina Queens Charlotte, North Carolina TBD TBD 2004 2020
Florida Avengers Jacksonville, Florida TBD TBD 2019 2020
Kansas City Glory Kansas City, Missouri TBD KeKe Blackmon 2019 2020
La Muerte de Las Cruces Las Cruces, New Mexico Field of Dreams Billy Avalos 2017 2020
Mississippi Lady Panthers Jackson, Mississippi Various LeSteven Jackson 2018 2020
Oregon Ravens Portland, Oregon Roosevelt High School Tim Price 2019 2020
Philadelphia Phantomz Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium Rich Harrigan 2015 2020
Washington Prodigy Washington, D.C. Woodrow Wilson High School Tony Bell 2012 2020

Map of teams

Bobcats
Rebellion
Bandits
Silver Stars
Elite Spartans
Nite Hawks
Fire
Heat
Avengers
Glory
La Muerte
Lady Panthers
Ravens
Phantomz
Prodigy
Current WNFC team locations (Pacific Conference teams in blue; Atlantic Conference teams in red, exhibition teams in purple, future teams in green)

Former teams

  • New Orleans Hippies — Played in the WNFC in 2019, not invited back for 2020
  • North Florida Pumas — Played in the WNFC in 2019, now a member of the Women's Tackle Football League.
  • San Diego Surge — Played in the WNFC in 2019, then folded

Timeline

IX Cup

YearTitleHome teamAway teamScore
20192019 IX CupTexas Elite SpartansUtah Falconz19–14

References

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