Women's Arena Football League

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Women's Arena Football League
Women's Arena Football League.png
Sport Arena football
Founded 2011
Founder Ivan Tompkins
Inaugural season 2012
CEO Ivan Tompkins
Commissioner Anthony Bartley
No. of teams 6
Country United States
Headquarters Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Official website WAFLeague.com

The Women’s Arena Football League (WAFL) was an 8-on-8 full contact professional American football league based out of Houston, Texas. Founded in 2011, games were played in the spring and summer months in arenas around the United States.[1] The league is somewhat similar to the male-based Arena Football League and Indoor Football League, but with slightly different rules as well as no goalposts or rebound nets. It began play in 2012 with six teams. The founder and league president is Ivan Tompkins, Dwayne Ware Coach and former AFL player with the Houston Thunderbears and head coach of the charter Houston Lady Oilers. Their championship game is known as the Diva Bowl.

The WAFL was created as a more family-friendly alternative to the rival Legends Football League. As opposed to the lingerie (later bikini wear) worn by the players in the LFL, the WAFL's players wore more traditional women's athletic gear.[2][3]

Following their inaugural season in 2013, the WAFL went dormant in preparations for a future return.

Team History

  • Atlanta Archers
  • Dallas Darlings
  • Houston Lady Oilers (named for the former National Football League franchise now known as the Tennessee Titans)
  • New Orleans Bayou Queens [4]
  • Jacksonville Cougars
  • Orlando Eclipse
  • Tampa Bay Duchess


  • Women's Arena Football League Adds New Dimension to Expanding Female Game, Mark Staffieri, The Bleacher Report, Jun 21, 2013


  1. ^ WAFL official website
  2. ^ KHOU 11 News Covers The WAFL with Coach Dwayne Ware and The Houston Lady Oilers, YouTube, June 24, 2012
  3. ^ SRL covers Houston Lady Oilers Kick Off, Sports Rapp YouTube, July 23, 2012
  4. ^ Football Fans, Get Ready For the Bayou Queens!, Curt Sprang. WGNO-TV website, May 21, 2013

External links

  • Women's Arena Football League official website
  • Women's Arena Football League official Facebook
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