By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
A Washington professional football team beat the Dallas professional football team to win the Super Bowl last Saturday. How is that possible you ask? The Redskins and Cowboys just played their first preseason games! Well, this isn’t about them, this is about the other professional football franchise in Washington, the DC Divas and their opponents the Dallas Elite. The Washington Post chronicled their Super Bowl win in the Women’s Football Alliance thoroughly yesterday, but you may not have read it and may be asking yourself what is the WFA? Well, let’s answer those questions for you as best we can.
What is the WFA?
The WFA (Women’s Football Alliance) was founded in 2007 and opened up to women athletes across the country. The league didn’t begin play until 2009, and began with 34 teams. That number has now risen to 41 teams spread throughout the country.
How many games do they play?
The league schedule includes 10 regular season weeks with 4 postseason weeks immediately following. In the regular season, teams play 8 games. Some play less because of their location and travel possibilities.
When does the season take place?
The season this past year started on April 11th with Week 1 and ran through the summer until the championship game this past weekend on August 8th. That makes it a perfect option to whet your appetite for football during the seemingly endless period between the Super Bowl and beginning of the next NFL season, just saying.
Is it televised?
Yes, according to the league’s website, they have partnerships with ESPN3, Root Sports, and Comcast. Though I couldn’t pin down an exact schedule for the televised slate of games, they are televised and games can be found on YouTube.
Do the players get paid?
From what I can tell, no. The team’s all have to meet a $2,000 participation fee to join the league and the winner of the league does receiver 50 free jerseys and 50 championship rings according to the league bylaws. That seems to be the main reward for the players and teams as the league operates as a non-profit, re-investing all money back into growing the league.
Overall, this league is not only successful, but it operates in relative anonymity. However, it is an option that for the football fan during the summer. Maybe keep an eye on this for next summer when you are getting that itch to watch some pigskin again. These ladies can play.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him. Agree/Disagree? Thoughts, comments, complaints? Email or tweet him.