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Will Birmingham play in the Women's Indoor Football League?

March 22, 2013
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.

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The league will be divided into two 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 Birmingham, Columbia, Atlanta, Montgomery, Lakeland, Tampa, and Orlando.

During the regular season, each team will play 13 games, all within their conference. The top four 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 eight on eight 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.
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Atlanta Aces logo   Baltimore Blitz logo   Birmingham Black Widows logo   Charlotte Attack logo   Columbia Cobras logo
Atlanta Aces   Baltimore Blitz   Birmingham Black Widows   Charlotte Attack   Columbia Cobras
Fayetteville Fighters logo   Lakeland Lynx logo   Montgomery Mustangs logo   New Jersey Vipers logo   New York Nighthawks logo
Fayetteville Fighters   Lakeland Lynx   Montgomery Mustangs   New Jersey Vipers   New York Nighthawks
Orlando Power logo   Philadelphia Freeze logo   Richmond Rage logo   Tampa Bay Tornadoes logo   Washington Wildcats logo
Orlando Power   Philadelphia Freeze   Richmond Rage   Tampa Bay Tornadoes   Washington Wildcats
2014 Proposed Schedule
  Birmingham Black Widows  
  at Montgomery Mustangs  
  Atlanta Aces
  Columbia Cobras
  at Tampa Bay Tornadoes
  Lakeland Lynx
  Montgomery Mustangs
  Orlando Power
  at Columbia Cobras
  Tampa Bay Tornadoes
  at Lakeland Lynx
  at Atlanta Aces
  at Orlando Power
  Montgomery Mustangs

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.
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