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 Will Birmingham have an inaugural franchise in the Women's Indoor Football League?


March 2013

    Women's Indoor Football League logoIn a press release, the Women's Indoor Football League announces that Birmingham will have a franchise in the league's inaugural season in the spring of 2014.

Other cities named are: North Conference - New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Fayetteville and Charlotte. South Conference - Columbia, Atlanta, Montgomery, Lakeland, Tampa and Orlando. Birmingham will be a member of the South Conference. During the regular season, each team will play 13 games, all within their conference. The top 4 in each conference will advance to the playoffs. Once a conference winner has been decided, the Championship Game will be the only time a team will play another team from the other conference.

The league is owned by Blanchette Sports Holdings, of which Ray Blanchette is President and CEO.

Teams will have an $80,000 player salary cap and the style of play will be 8 on 8 indoor football played using traditional rules.

The league is running a "name the team" contest for multiple franchises, including Birmingham.

May 2013

    The WIFL announces the locat team will be known as the Birmingham Black Widows.   

September 2013

    The WIFL announces that the Birmingham franchise will not begin play until 2015, in what they expect to be the league's second year of play.   
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Last Update: March 04, 2014