The Women’s Spring Football League (WSFL) has listed their 2014 roster of teams on their website. More than the WFA or the IWFL, the WSFL annually projects a number of expansion teams to fill out its ranks, many of which never make it to the field. Here are the 15 teams the WSFL has announced as participating in its 11′s division in 2014.
2014 WSFL Teams
National Conference (7):
Arkansas Banshees (WSFL)
Arkansas Rampage (WSFL in 2011-2012)
DFW Xtreme (IWFL)
Kansas City Stallions (expansion)
Mile High Cowgirls (expansion)
Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz (IWFL – Tier III)
Texas Resurrection (expansion)
American Conference (8):
Atlanta Heartbreakers (WSFL)
Atlanta Xplosion (IWFL)
Baltimore Burn (WSFL exhibition)
Keystone Assault (IWFL)
Lake Michigan Minx (expansion)
Memphis Dynasty (WSFL)
Nashville Smashers (WSFL)
Tri-State Warriors (WSFL exhibition)
2014 WSFL Teams – Commentary and Analysis
The WSFL also had an eights division in 2013 with four teams: the West Virginia Wildfire, the Binghamton Tiger Cats, the Cape Fear Thunder, and the Steel City Xplosion. It’s unclear if the WSFL will field an eights division in 2014, and if so, what teams will be involved.
Departures – Huntsville Tigers (IWFL), Ventura Black Widows (IWFL – Tier III), River City Raiderz (defunct)
The WSFL had four teams in the eights division in 2013, all on the East Coast. Because the WSFL was unable to produce a full eights division on the West Coast, the Ventura Black Widows and River City Raiderz were only able to play one game in 2013…against each other. Neither team is expected back in 2014; the Black Widows left to become a Tier III team in the IWFL, and the Raiderz are likely defunct.
The Huntsville Tigers, on the other hand, were one of just five regulation teams in the WSFL 11′s division in 2013. The Tigers left for the IWFL, where they played from 2009-2011 under the name Tennessee Valley Tigers.
Arrivals – Atlanta Xplosion (IWFL), DFW Xtreme (IWFL), Keystone Assault (IWFL), Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz (IWFL – Tier III)
The most notable arrival is the Atlanta Xplosion, one of the most storied franchises in women’s football history and the winner of two IWFL national championships in 2006 and 2011. This isn’t the first time the WSFL has lured a legendary franchise into its ranks – the Detroit Demolition, the Oklahoma City Lightning, and the Gulf Coast Riptide (formerly Pensacola Power) all tried to move to the WSFL after dominating in other leagues. None of the three played a single game in the WSFL before folding, which has led the WSFL to gain a reputation among many as “the league where franchises go to die. If the Xplosion can buck that trend, they are set up to have a nice intra-city rivalry with the Atlanta Heartbreakers.
The WSFL picked up two other regulation teams from the IWFL – the DFW Xtreme and the Keystone Assault. The Xtreme got their start in the WSFL, making it to the league’s championship game in 2012, but their single season in the IWFL was a disaster. DFW had an 0-7 record and forfeited their final three games in 2013. They’ll try to regain some positive momentum in 2014 with a move back to the WSFL.
The Keystone Assault are in their third league in three years. Strangely, they had a 7-2 record in the WFA in 2012 and the same record in the IWFL last season. But they continue to search for a league home, and they’ll give the WSFL a try in 2014. Finally, the WSFL picked up the Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz, who spent two seasons as a Tier III team in the IWFL as the Colorado Sting.
These four former IWFL teams join the four regulation teams from the WSFL’s 2013 season to form the core of the league in 2014. Also hoping to make an impact are the Baltimore Burn and the Tri-State Warriors, two teams that played only one game in the WSFL last season (against each other) due to lack of league representation in their area.
The rest of the WSFL for 2014 will consist of four expansion clubs – Kansas City Stallions, Mile High Cowgirls, Texas Resurrection, and the Lake Michigan Minx – as well as one resurrected team, the Arkansas Rampage. The Rampage took the 2013 season off after two seasons in the WSFL in 2011 and 2012.
These are the announced teams for the WSFL’s 2014 season, but the league’s history has shown that there’s plenty of reason to suspect that many of these teams won’t make the field when the season kicks off. As always, it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top when WSFL play gets under way.
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