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

March 22, 2013
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In 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.

The league will be divided into 2 conferences. The North Conference will have teams located in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Fayetteville, and Charlotte.  The South Conference has teams from 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 13, 2013
The WIFL announces the local team will be known as the Birmingham Black Widows.

September 17, 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.

The Women's Indoor Football League never played a single game. On December 7, 2013 a scathing article was posted detailing charges against the WIFL's management, calling the league's creation "a scam".
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