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August 15, 2001
     Women's American Football League logo
   
The Women's American Football League announces they have granted a license to the Alabama Slammers, who will play their home games in Birmingham.

The WAFL is a full-contact women's tackle football league which uses the same rules as the National Football League. Plans call for a 10-game season with playoffs and a championship game.

Carter Turner founded the WAFL, which will kick off its inaugural season October 27th with 24 teams. Turner also founded the Women's Professional Football League with Catherine Masters, and the WPFL is entering its second year of play. Masters also went on to form the National Women's Football League, which plays during the spring.

Players and coaches share the profits generated by a team's ticket sales after all expenses are paid. The league mandates that at least 25% of a team's profits will go toward a player compensation pool. According to estimates, players can earn between $150 to $500 per game.

October 10, 2001
The Slammers will split their home games between the cities of Birmingham and Huntsville.
 
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  Hawaii Legends   Oakland Banshees   Arizona Caliente   Alabama Slammers   Jacksonville Dixie Blues   
  Rose City Wildcats      Sacramento Sirens   California Quake   Indianapolis Vipers   Orlando Fire
  Seattle Warbirds      San Francisco Tsunami      Los Angeles Lasers      New Orleans Voodoo Dolls      Tampa Bay Force
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Alabama Slammers   Arizona Caliente   California Quake   Hawaii Legends
              
Indianapolis Vipers logo   Jacksonville Dixie Blues logo   Los Angeles Lasers logo   New Orleans Voodoo Dolls logo
Indianapolis Vipers   Jacksonville Dixie Blues   Los Angeles Lasers   New Orleans Voodoo Dolls
              
Oakland Banshees logo   Orlando Fire logo   Rose City Wildcats logo   Sacramento Sirens logo
Oakland Banshees   Orlando Fire   Rose City Wildcats   Sacramento Sirens
             
San Diego Sunfire logo   San Francisco Tsunami logo   Seattle Warbirds   Tampa Bay Force logo
San Diego Sunfire   San Francisco Tsunami   Seattle Warbirds   Tampa Bay Force
             
Epilogue
The Women's American Football League folded after their inaugural season, with internal power struggles within the league's leadership being mostly to blame.

Most of the teams folded as well, but some joined rival leagues or helped start new leagues.

The Alabama Slammers did not survive, but the Birmingham Steel Magnolias joined the reorganized WAFL, which became the Women's Football Association the following year.
 
 
 
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Last update: September 21, 2018