Welcome to the women’s football section of my website! This area contains links to many archived articles I have written over the years about the sport of women’s football.
In 2013, my wife Ashley joined the D.C. Divas, a full-contact women’s football team. Although she has since retired, I got hooked on the sport and have become a vocal fan and advocate of the women’s game. I soon accepted a position with the D.C. Divas as their Vice President of Communication, and in that capacity, I have had the privilege to be a part of the Divas’ back-to-back national championship teams in 2015 and 2016 as a member of the team’s front office. For more information on the D.C. Divas, please visit their website at DCDivas.com.
I have become one of the leading commentators on women’s football, reporting on the sport both here in the United States and globally. I spent several years researching the history of the sport, culminating in 2016 with the publication of my fourth book, The Women’s Football Encyclopedia. It is, without question, the most comprehensive, definitive resource ever created on the history of women’s football.
Below is more information on my book, followed by links to some of the women’s football articles I have written. They have been archived for posterity and are listed in reverse chronological order below. Enjoy!
The Women’s Football Encyclopedia
The Women’s Football Encyclopedia – My fourth book, The Women’s Football Encyclopedia, is the most comprehensive reference ever published on the under-publicized sport of women’s football. With over 400 pages of stats, essays, and historical information unavailable anywhere else, The Women’s Football Encyclopedia is a must-have for everyone with any interest at all in the sport of women’s football. For excerpts, reviews, and ordering information, please visit The Women’s Football Encyclopedia book page.
2017 Playoff Articles – I wrote two playoff articles in 2017: my third annual Memorial Day playoff preview and a playoff update during the hiatus for the 2017 IFAF World Championships. Both of those playoff articles are archived here.
2017 WFA Weekly Rankings – For the second straight year, I compiled weekly top ten rankings in all three divisions of WFA play, based off of the Massey Ratings. I also provided the current playoff picture in WFA1, WFA2, and WFA3 for that week. The 2017 weekly WFA1 rankings are here, the WFA2 rankings are here, and the WFA3 rankings are here.
Guide to the Massey Ratings – Since it’s a topic that often comes up in women’s football discussions, I tackled the sport’s usage of the Massey Ratings and why I’m a huge proponent of using a statistical rating system to provide playoff guidance in women’s football. My rundown of the Massey Ratings can be seen here.
The Greatest Players in Women’s Football History – It’s one of the most engrossing topics in women’s football: trying to determine the greatest individual players in the sport’s history. I tackle that topic for the first time – and conclude with my thoughts on a possible Hall of Fame for the sport – in a five-part series. Here is the first of that five-part series on the greatest players in women’s football history.
2016 Women’s Football Player Census – I conducted the first ever census of women’s football players in 2016, compiling the names, team affiliation, position, and jersey number of every player that played on 83 different women’s football teams that season. I published the 2016 women’s football player census in three separate articles for ease of reading, with players listed alphabetically by last name. Here is the first of the three parts of the 2016 census.
2016 Women’s Football Commentaries – During the 2016 season, I wrote several commentaries on women’s football, addressing subjects within the sport like tiers, operational expectations, and the 50-mile rule. Those commentaries are archived starting here.
2016 Playoff Previews – For the second straight year, I wrote two playoff preview articles: one on Memorial Day weekend right before the stretch run of the regular season, and another at the conclusion of the regular season. Both of those playoff preview articles are archived here.
2016 WFA Weekly Rankings – Beginning after Week 3 of the 2016 WFA season, I compiled weekly top ten rankings in WFA1 and WFA2 and a weekly top five ranking for WFA3 based off of the Massey Ratings. I also provided the current playoff picture in WFA1 and WFA2 for that week. The 2016 weekly WFA1 rankings are here, the WFA2 rankings are here, and the WFA3 rankings are here.
2016 Season Previews – In the 2015-2016 offseason, I wrote five articles previewing the upcoming 2016 women’s football season. Those five articles have been archived on this page; you can read the first installment here.
Pretty.Strong. and the History of the LFL – In the fall of 2015, the Oxygen network – in a massive error of judgment – greenlighted a reality show about the Lingerie Football League (LFL) entitled Pretty.Strong. I used that opportunity to highlight the history of the LFL and everything that is wrong with both the concept and execution of lingerie football. In the wake of plummeting ratings and an overwhelmingly negative reception, Pretty.Strong. was mercifully cancelled after one season. Here is the first of three articles I wrote on the subject that fall, which is still one of the most-read articles I’ve ever written on this site.
2015 WFA Playoff Capsule Recaps – Just as I did two years earlier, I wrote capsule recaps for every game of the 2015 WFA playoffs. As before, most of these recaps first appeared on the website of Militia Cheerleader. Here are the capsule recaps I prepared for the 2015 WFA playoffs.
2015 Playoff Previews – In 2015, I wrote two playoff preview articles: one on Memorial Day weekend right before the stretch run of the regular season, and another at the conclusion of the regular season. Both of those playoff preview articles are archived here.
2015 Around the WFA – For the third straight year, I produced several “around the WFA” segments where I took a look at games taking place around the league each week. These “around the WFA” wraparounds from 2015 are archived here.
2015 WSFL and W8FL Capsule Recaps – I served as a volunteer staff writer for the Women’s Spring Football League (WSFL) in 2015. In that role, I wrote capsule recaps of every WSFL game as well as those from the WSFL’s sister league, the Women’s Eights Football League (W8FL). Since the WSFL received far less publicity than the sport’s two national leagues – the WFA and the IWFL – I thought it would be nice to shine a spotlight on the WSFL and perhaps parlay that into a bigger role with the league someday. That never materialized, as the W8FL folded after the season and the WSFL was rebranded into the USWFL beginning in 2016. Nevertheless, the capsule game recaps I wrote that season have been archived here.
2014 Around the WFA – For the second straight year, I produced several “around the WFA” segments where I took a look at games taking place around the league each week. These “around the WFA” wraparounds from 2014 are archived here.
Exposing the Women’s Indoor Football League (WIFL) – When I first started following women’s football, a new league called the WIFL was making a number of lofty promises about how they were going to be a paid traditional indoor women’s football league. On the outside, the league actually looked somewhat credible to many, and a number of folks in women’s football bought into what appeared on the surface to be a promising new league. I remained skeptical, however, and after repeated failed promises that the league tried to gloss over, I wrote a series of articles exposing the WIFL as a vaporware scam that was robbing female athletes of tryout fees with no intention of ever actually launching a real league.
That was as far as I ever initially intended to take that story. However, over the course of my investigation, I uncovered information that the league’s founder, Ray Blanchette, was actually operating under an alias…and, more importantly, that he was doing so because he had previously been arrested for soliciting underage girls. Once I blew the lid off of that story, the WIFL rapidly collapsed in January 2014 in fairly spectacular fashion. That was a big-league scandal, my friends, and probably the first story that really announced my presence on the women’s football scene.
The entire 20-part story has been archived here.
2013 WFA Playoff Capsule Recaps – My first season in 2013, I wrote capsule recaps of every WFA playoff game, so that fans could better follow the results of the 2013 WFA playoffs. Many of these recaps first appeared on the website of my friend, Militia Cheerleader. Here are the capsule recaps I prepared for the 2013 WFA playoffs.
2013 Around the WFA – 2013 was my first year covering women’s football. That season, I produced several “around the WFA” segments where I took a look at games taking place around the league each week. These “around the WFA” wraparounds from 2013 are archived here.
Introducing the D.C. Divas – The first article I ever wrote on women’s football was a history of my wife’s team, the D.C. Divas. For a trip down memory lane at where my women’s football writing journey started, you can read my debut article here.