Women’s Of The Gridiron 

Alex “Food” Daniel

Women’s tackle football as a semi-pro sport is real. It’s under the radar, but it’s nationwide. Not to be confused with lingerie football or flag football, this is women playing honest-to-God full-contact helmet-and-pads football with very little watering-down of the rules of the men’s game. This blog post is intended to anticipate questions you, the reader, might have. I’ve attended over 60 women’s football games in six different states in the past six years, and I’m hooked on it. I hope this blog post makes you curious about it too. 

There are two nationwide women’s football leagues: The Independent Women’s Football League (iwflsports.com) and the Women’s Football Alliance (wfafootball.net). The IWFL was founded in 2000, and the WFA was founded in 2009. There have been other leagues between 2000 and 2009 that vied for supremacy with the IWFL, but right now, the IWFL and WFA are the two coast-to-coast leagues. The IWFL currently has 29 full 11-on-11 teams plus 7 affiliate teams who play 8-on-8 or 6-on-6 depending on roster size. The WFA has 40 teams, all 11-on-11. 

There is also an Eastern U.S. league called the Women’s Spring Football League (wsflsports.com). Founded in 2010 with the intention of being nationwide, this league came under new ownership in 2014 and, for the present anyway, operates solely in the Eastern US. This league has a division for 11s and another division called W8FL for 8s. 

All three leagues play in the springtime. They all start within a week of each other, with the season running from early April through mid-June, and the playoffs last through July. The Championship Game for all three leagues usually falls on the last weekend of July or the first weekend of August. 

That’s the beautiful part. The IWFL plays straight NCAA rules, with only tiny changes like a smaller ball and kickoff from the 40-yard line. The WFA plays straight NFL rules, with those same tiny changes. There are no cosmetic changes to gussy up the game (like the XFL), and there are no changes to water down the game to make it easy on the ladies (like the WNBA’s shorter quarters). The WSFL’s 8s division and the IWFL’s affiliate teams do play shorter quarters, because of the smaller rosters. 

The experience of attending a women’s football game is similar to that of a high school men’s game. Most teams play at high school stadiums (the WFA scored a huge coup when their 2012 Championship Game was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh with ESPN3 televising). Attendance at most games is a few hundred, although a few teams can break a thousand, with the Pittsburgh Passion topping all teams by averaging over 4,000 fans a game. A typical game lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours, similar to untelevised men’s football.

Not much, hurrah! Almost every team I’ve seen charges $10 for admission (some have discounts for seniors, children, military, etc). Concessions are also reasonable, with hot dogs ranging from $2 to $4, sodas from $1 to $2, etc, souvenir shirts and sweaters range from $10 to $25. So going to a women’s game is far cheaper than its most direct men’s competitor, Arena Football. 

For the most part, yes. While there have been cancellations in the past due to severe thunderstorms (mostly in the Southeastern US) and more rarely a severe blizzard (the far northern US), teams will play in pouring rain, 100-degree heat, heavy wind, and heavy snow. 

In all three leagues, players are not paid; in fact, most teams require the players to pay for their own equipment and/or travel expenses. Team’s get their money the same way men’s semi-pro leagues do. They scrape it up to the best of their imaginations. Bake sales, raffles, car washes, sponsorships from local businesses, whatever they can think of to get the funding to get themselves on the field. Road team travel is kept low-budget, with almost all teams travelling by charter bus or carpooling. The more well-endowed teams do pay their coaches, the less well-endowed teams do not. 

Most of the coaching staffs in all three leagues are male, but there are some female coaches around these leagues. 

As you’d expect, most of them come from athletic backgrounds, having played soccer, softball, basketball, or track in high school and/or college. Vocationally though, they’re from all over the spectrum. There are students, grunt workers, medical workers, professionals, servicewomen, business owners, teachers, firewomen,………they’re from all walks of life. 

A few, yes. NFL Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris is a co-owner of the IWFL’s Pittsburgh Passion. Former Cincinnati Bengal and current Geico pitchman and cold-cut enthusiast Ickey Woods is the owner of the WSFL’s Cincinnati Sizzle. Former Steelers O-liner Darnell Stapleton is the head coach of the IWFL’s New York Sharks. There are probably others that I’m not aware of. 

Yes and yes. The single biggest surprise that new fans have is how ferocious these ladies can be. Please see the links below to see a few nifty hits. In most games, there will be a few injury time-outs. It does happen on rare occasion when an injury will necessitate a player leaving the field by ambulance. Thankfully though, this is about as rare as it is in the men’s game. 

The single biggest wart is one that exists in all semi-pro leagues: Lack of parity results in preponderance of blowouts. The WFA does have a mercy rule that allows a team that trails by 35 points of more to go to a running clock should they request it. 

Surprisingly for a sport with a disproportionately high number of players who’ve played soccer, the kicking aspect of women’s football is, at least for now, quite underutilized. Field goal attempts are rare, and field goal attempts of longer than 40 yards are almost unheard of. Punt distances are also much shorter, with most punts travelling 20-some or 30-some yards rather than the 40-some or 50-some yards you’re familiar with. As a result, women’s teams are much more likely to go for it on 4th down than men’s teams. 

Here are some video montages I filmed that can give you an idea of what women’s football looks like.

The five best hits I saw in 2013: 

Seattle Majestics highlights from 5/10/2014:

The five best sacks I saw in 2013: 

Utah Blitz @ Nevada Storm highlights, 4/19/2014:

Slow Start With A Strong Finish!


This past Saturday the Potsdam Royals hosted the Paderborn Dolphins. The game got off to a very slow start for both teams, until Dolphins kicker D.Groene banged one from 47 yards out for the first points. Royals fans started getting nervous in the second quarter when Dolphins quarterback Z.Cavanaugh connected with Groene for a 47 yard strike through the air to go up 10-0. The Royals finally responded when quarterback J.Frias scored from 6 yards out for the first points of the game. 10-7 PD. Before the half Dolphins quarterback B.Smith wanted more and that he got as he hit running back P.Gamble for a 12 yard score. 17-7. At the start of the 3rd scoring stared with Potsdam R.Smith hauling in one from J.Frias from 6 yards out. 17-14. B.Smith would find the end zone one more time this game for the Dolphins, as Royals Frias and Smith went out with a bang connecting on 2 bombs 2 different times for scores. 95yard strike & 78yards. 

Potsdam 27- Paderborn 23

Champions League Action!! 


The CL2015 season kicked off today, and one of the top games featured the Belgrade Vukovi vs the Ljubljana Silverhawks. Ljubljana was lead into battle by quarterback Clark Evans, Evans and the Hawks came out strong going up 14-0 with touchdown passes to Rok Sedej and Matic Tomse. By halftime Belgrade QB David Hanomihl got his team back in the fight going in to the locker rooms 14-13. Clark came out on the first drive after the half and hit Copot for a 85 yd score. All that did was fire Belgrade up for the next possession where quarterback David Hanomihl caught fire and linked up with our player of the game Ant Washington who ended the day with 3 receiving touchdowns 63 yes being his longest reception. 

Belgrade 26- Ljubljana 24

The Madrid Osos Rivas seemed to be no match for the Aix Argonauts. The Rivas held their own throughout the first half but was no match for Russell and the Argonauts. Russell the quarterback of the Argonauts ended his day with 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing. 

Aix 47- Osos14

Many of us thought the Copenhagen Towers would put on a better show but the Crusaders of Carlstad had different plans. Crusaders quarterback Anders Hermodsson had a career day throwing for 2 touchdowns and rushing for 3!!. The only touchdown for the Towers came from an INT return from Magnus Alexender. 

Copenhagen 9- Carlstad34

The Breakdown between Lingerie Leagues & Full Padded Leagues

Ashley Dixon 


We had a chance to chat with one of the nations top rugby players who plays division 1 women’s club rugby. The highest level you can compete at before you are a member of team USA. This amazing young woman has been playing football for 2 years now. Ashley Dixon plays football just to stay in shape for rugby which is her true sport. After leaving one Texas team Ashley previously played for the Houston Power and the Houston Lady Eagles this past year in which both teams went to the playoffs. I asked about some of Ashley’s off season goals and she replied: My off season goal is to win a rugby national title. We finished in the Elite 8 with a 9-1 record last year. Football is like a mistress to me but rugby is my wife. Rugby comes first no matter what. I don’t like to think about football too much until rugby is over. And they start preparing for the season in August with the first regular season match jumping off in November and the season lasting till May. What many dont know is that we have two very large womens football leagues. Very few people know about the two biggest women’s football leagues in the US. The WFA and the IWFL but almost everyone knows about the LFL. And I played in the WFA  women’s football alliance. Which is a full pad league unlike the other two that were lingerie styled football leagues. That’s full contact just much smaller uniforms. And this was great because we have had debates in the past about lingerie leagues vs full padded leagues. My oilers team was the closest to a LFL team, we were compensated and the girls had to have a certain look to make the team. We also signed a contract that talked about our weight and other things of that nature. This might seem sexiest to most, but to the league and the women in it in Ashley’s words. 
Yes, but basically no uglies or fatties allowed. Obviously worded differently but I’m sure you understand what I’m saying. Which translates into having similarly built women all playing different positions, when in football different body types excel at different positions. It’s kinda tough but that’s the marketing part of it. How do you feel about being exploited? Are is balling more important than the image these lingerie teams give. We are exploited for capital gain by our owners but the girls do it mostly because they love to Ball the other leagues are basically pay-to-play because there aren’t enough sponsors. For example the Houston Energy  went to the IWFL championship game last year. They played the Pittsburgh Passion. They played at a neutral site in South Carolina for a championship game, those player had to figure out how they were traveling to the game, gas hotels etc. They also have to have a 1000 dollar sponsorship to play anyway. Most people just pay out of pocket. Probably 15% of those girls or less actually have found avenues that they get the money donated to them. Butttt if u play on a lingerie styled team everything is paid for. We always have team busses and per diems for food etc. plus at the end of the game someone gives u a couple hundred dollars. If I were a millionaire or even made 6 figures or something that stuff wouldn’t matter to me.
But if I’m taking off time from work to ball it’s nice to know I’m not gonna financially kill myself to do so. Some my find the women of the IWFL and the WFA are the ones that love to ball, the ones with passion for the game. they may not be millionaires, or even making six figures but they sacrifice their body and job going out every practice and game day. And some my find these lingerie leagues to be a disgrace to football and most importantly women. But like Ashley said: 
It may be, but everyone has their price for almost everything under the sun…



This weeks GFL Predictions 


In what many have marked as the game of the week David McCants and the New Yorker Lions  will take on the Kiel Hurricanes. The Canes are coming off a big preseason win but we don’t think that was the win needed to give them the edge this week over the Lions 2014 GFL Champs! 

New Yorker Lions +14 over Kiel Hurricanes 

The Stuttgart Scorpions was last drugged through the mud by the Swarco Raiders of Austria in the battle of Triol, but recovered by beating up on the Wildcats of the GFL2. Their opponents the Cowboys of Munich who’s made some changes. With things seeming trade like the Cowboys who signed a few from Kiel has been in the shadows this preseason and could come out flat. 

Stuttgart Scorpions +10 over Munich Cowboys 

Paderborn Dolphins +12 over Potsdamn Royals 

After a horrific start the Nuremberg Rams hope to rebound from the Frankfurt beat down. The Rams haven’t started without a win in 2 years , hopefully Springer can get it done against a strong Wiesbaden Phantoms team. The Phantoms offense is explosive and will cause big problems for the Rams backend. 

Wiesbaden Phantoms +20 over Nuremberg Rams

Ingolstadt Dukes +9 over Munich Rangers 

Battle 4 Tirol 2


The second game for the BATTLE4TIROL played out in front of 3,272 spectators at the Innsbruck Tivoli Stadium. The best player for the Raiders via Twitter votes was #GameMVP – wide receiver Kyle Callahan . He caught three balls for 75 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers top player was quarterback  Manuel EngelmannBoth players received a side of bacon Tyrolean company Ager bacon. In addition, from the car park of Innsbruck Callahan gets a week in the new Ford Ranger.

Quarterback Sean Shelton was 21 of 32 passes for 247 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.  He had also seven passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Running back David Oku scored 110 yards with four runs. The defense allowed the Panthers only 198 yards. Defensive Back Achammer Alexander scored with a 91-yard fumble return touchdown the first points of the game. Defensive Back Talib Wise caught an interception. Defensive lineman Maximilian Wild had a sack. Linebacker Wendell Brown led the Tyrolean with 13 tackles (12 solo).

Swarco Raiders got the ball after the coin toss. After the kickoff of the Raiders offensive began on their own 19-yard line. When you first turn Shelton found wide receiver Christian Willi for four yards. Then began wide receiver Adrian Platzgummer an 8-yarder. Later Willi caught a pass at the 45-yard line of the Tyrol. But just behind the center line of the guests were given after a failed fourth down the ball at their 46-yard line. After a fine quarterback made ​​Manuel Engelmann walk ten yards back good. But during the subsequent third attempt it stopped linebacker Wendell Brown . Dusseldorf had to punt.

The Tyrolean took over at their own 8-yard line. Running back Andre Fabien gardenermade ​​the first move seven yards. Then Willi caught a 12-yard pass. Then threw Shelton26 yards to gardeners . But again failed the hosts in a fourth attempt. The Panthers took over at their 43-yard line. On the second turn, took Engelmann wide receiver Yannick Baumgärtner for 39 yards. Shortly afterwards lost running back Aaron Price of the ball and Achammer returned the fumble 91 yards for a touchdown. After the extra point by wide receiver / kicker Fabian Abfaltersbach the Raiders led Swarco 2:21 left in the first quarter with 7: 0 .

After the kickoff and a short return Dusseldorf started at their own 17-yard line. Runs of running back Martin Oliver and Price took a first down. But a little later the Panthers had to punt. The pressure, however, was so great that the punter at their own 23-yard line of defensive back Mark Krause was brought to the floor. From there began the Tyrolean attack with a 17-yard run by Oku . Then threw Shelton six yards on Callahan , who acrobatically caught the ball in the end zone. After Abfalters extra point was 10:57 left in the second quarter 14: 0 .

After a return of wide receiver Janik Lück Dusseldorf started at their own 28-yard line. However, after only three moves had to punt the Panthers. After a short return of OkuSwarco the Raiders were now turn again. They started at their own 36-yard line. Runs of Shelton took ten yards and 13 yards. Then ran Oku 17 yards. After two short passes on Oku the Tyrolean the fourth attempt played successfully: Shelton gave the ball to gardeners, who ran 18 yards for a touchdown. After the extra point it was 5:45 left in the second quarter 21: 0 .

The next Panther drive ended again with a quick punt. Swarco Raiders took over at their own 29-yard line. gardeners began with a 6-yard run. Shortly afterwards threw Sheltonfirst time deep and found Callahan for a 61-yard touchdown pass. Abfalters extra point increased 2:13 minutes before half-time to 28: 0 .

Dusseldorf took over after the kickoff at their own 19-yard line. A 15-yard pass from Engelmann on Baumgärtner brought a first down. Shortly thereafter, was Wise on the spot. He caught a pass from Engelmann from and returned the ball to the opponent’s 20-yard line. 

Second period began with possession Dusseldorf. The guests started at their own 35-yard line after the kickoff was flown to the side corner. On the third try slumped Wild Engelmann and forced a punt. From their own 35-yard line of the Tyrolean marched on their first series of the third quarter. A pass from Shelton to Willi brought ten yards. Then began Oku passes for seven yards and ten yards. Then began Defensive Back Till Jansen but a pass from Shelton from the 33-yard line of the Panther. But was again on the defensive on the spot and forced a punt.

Swarco Raiders started at their own 18-yard line to. Oku opened the drive with a 73-yard run. Subsequently, danced Shelton nine yards into the end zone. Abfalters extra point marked the 35: 0 for the Tyrolean. There were 5:36 minutes to complete in the third section.

After a kick to the side from Dusseldorf started at their own 35-yard line. Price opened the drive with a 12-yard run. Later ran Engelmann only nine yards and then 26 yards. Afterwards, Price fueled up at the 13-yard line before the Tyrolean. Then there was the chance of the first points. But defensive back / kicker Philip Kalisch wide from 35 yards.

Swarco Raiders took over at their own then 20 yard line. Shelton was Abfaltersbach for 10 yards and wide receiver Gregory Hofmann for a first down at the 44-yard line. Then began Abfaltersbach a 28-yard pass. A little later, running back scored Filip Vlajic a 4-yard touchdown run. Abfaltersbach marked the extra point and 8:44 minutes before the end of the encounter was it 42: 0 .




Scorpions Satisfied After A 34:9 Loss 


In front of a crowd of about 3,200, the Stuttgart Scorpions traveled this past weekend to Innsbruck Tivoli Stadium to play against the Raiders Swarco for the first preseason game of the year. At the end the Scorpions took a 09: 34-defeat to the book, but all in all felt a successful overall impression. With the Tirol snowfall, and supported by about 50 crazy fans, the team of head coach Jemil Hamiko showed a very good performance and held the Raiders the first three quarters equal.

The Raiders made the first points of the day: Running back David Oku  seven minutes in the first quarter running three yards for the 06: 00-lead. However, the response of Stuttgart was not long, only about a minute later shortened Pascal Flöser with a field goal from 29 yards at 6:03. That Flöser on this day was one of those who stuck it out and showed a strong collective for the Scorpions; so he latched on to about 60 yards, which meant an average of over five yards per run, and was elected at the end deservedly  MVP on the part of the Scorpions. Also with a good day with two quarterbacks sacks, Sean Shelton on the part of the Raiders, and Tom Schneider of the Scorpions. This showed that he still is very dependable and needed despite a very long break after a serious injury in 2013.

Points wouldn’t  fall no more until halftime, both defensive teams had things under control. So it was finally from the special teams, which served the next points: David Oku took a punt return for about 44 yards down to the end zone before Fabian Abfaltersbach extra point made the new score 13 : 03. A little later, still about five minutes to play in the third , Schneider scored his first touchdown pass of the day: Lasse Ahlgrimm caught this and from then on it was 13:09. Just before the last page change operated by Kyle Callahan the score was 20:09 (PAT Abfaltersbach) for the Raiders.

In the last quarter were the forces of the Scorpions, not surprising after preparation workload in recent weeks, finally, after the Raiders and thus ensured even for the final score of 34:09 touchdowns by Callahan (by-pass of Shelton, PAT Abfaltersbach) and Shelton (by Running, PAT Abfaltersbach).

The only downer is that defense Jermaine Guynn retire through injury and had to be hospitalized before the place, but it is able to intervene in a few weeks active again into the action. And nevertheless, the conclusion is the camp of the Scorpions completely positive, due to the performance shown, but also thanks to the excellent organization of the Raiders. Correspondingly, Head Coach Hamiko commented after the game: “I can be very happy today and I am sure that everyone present has seen that we can compete with an opponent of this caliber today with my team’s performance. For the April 18, beginning in the GFL we should be well prepared. “


Sources: Scorpions.de

The Battle 4 Tirol!!! 


Like football? If so then on Easter Sunday  you will love the SWARCO RAIDERS schedule. The sister-team of The Oakland Raiders plays two games this weekend. On Saturday the Raiders  go on the road to face the Danube Dragons in the Austrian Football League (AFL). Kickoff is at 6:00 a.m. PT (3:00 p.m. CET). On Easter Sunday the SWARCO RAIDERS host the Stuttgart Scorpions in the first of four BATTLE4TIROL matchups. Kickoff is at 9:00 a.m. PT (6:00 p.m. CET).

All BATTLE4TIROL games can be watched live on raidersTV. Coverage starts on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. PT on www.raidersTV.at.

“This will be a very challenging weekend for us”, knows SWARCO RAIDERS head coach Shuan Fatah. “We a thrilled to play those two games. First we want to show the Dragons what we’re really made of. Then we’re excited to play Stuttgart.”

While the SWARCO RAIDERS will rely heavily on their national players on Saturday, Sunday is the time for the imports to finally show their skills. The goal on both occasions is the same though: win the game.

First of is the game against the Dragons. They finished the 2014 season with a 4-4 record before losing 34-0 in the semifinals to the SWARCO RAIDERS. To close the gap to the league’s better teams the Dragons start from scratch – at least on offense.

Only two starters from last season remain. The team is led by QB Alex Good, who played for Graz in 2013. On defense head coach Ivan Zivko believes in the group he coached last season.

The SWARCO RAIDERS started the season with a 26-21 loss at the Vienna Vikings. The Tyroleans had a hard time replacing players such as QB John van den Raadt, RB Andreas Hofbauer, WR Julian Ebner, WR Damaso Tarneller, RB Lukas Miribung, DB Arno Andreas and DL Manuel Jovic.

The SWARCO RAIDERS and the Dragons played each other 18 times. 16 times the Tyroleans won. They also won nine games in a row against the team from Vienna. The only two losses happened in 2010.

Since 2011 the Tyroleans scored an average of 34.8 points per game and allowed only 11 points per contest against the Dragons. Only one of the 16 victories was a single-digit win (35-27 in 2012).

On Sunday the Tyroleans play against Stuttgart. It is the very first matchup between these two. The Scorpions play in the German Football League. They finished the 2014 season tied for first place in the GFL South Division. Scorpions head coach Jemil Hamiko is excited to play the SWARCO RAIDERS in their season-opener: “Our goal is to be one of the top teams in Germany and in Europe. What better way to get their than to play one of the best teams in Europe”.


#25 David Oku (Running Back, SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol): David Oku played for Arkansas State from 2011-2013. In two seasons he had 385 rushes for 1,572 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown. In 2011 he redshirted after transferring from Tennessee. From 2009-2010 Oku gained 268 yards on 65 carries. He also scored 3 touchdowns and caught 9 passes for 92 yards. He had 49 kickoff returns for 1,175 yards.

#4 Talib Wise (Defensive Back, SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol): From 2011-2013 Talib Wise played for the SWARCO RAIDERS. In 2014 he went back to the team he played for in 2010; the Berlin Adler. Last season Wise played in nine GFL games and had 33 rushes for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. He caught 35 passes for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns, 5 punt returns for 46 yards, 6 kickoff returns for 118 yards and 4 tackles (one solo) with one tackle for loss.

#83 Christian Willi (Wide Receiver, SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol): In the 2015 season opener Christian Willi led the SWARCO RAIDERS with 5 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Last season he had 16 catches for 164 yards.

Source: Raiders.at

The next best opportunity next to the National team! 



As some of you may know the International Scouting Network plans on holding camps in Europe this summer with the first being held in the beautiful eastern Germany city of Cottbus. Jason Farias the Head Coach of the Cottbus Crayfish will host the camp this may. Many only know that these camps are offering opportunities to be evaluated by college coaches in hopes of earning a shot at college football. Not only does our camps offer great coaching, we also offer a 365 day recruiting assistance program which isn’t offered by any other services. ISN will create player bio’s for all camp participants, bio’s will include film a complete football resume along with your academic background. Wait the best has yet to be reviled!!! Why do we see ISN camps as the next best thing next to the National team? For those who maybe didn’t make the final roster you have a shot of making the ISN travel team roster. We are planing to select the best athletes from our camps, those guys will have the opportunity to compete stateside, at the moment we are in contact with the Head Coach of La Verne about a showcase game vs their JV team. This will be a great opportunity to play in front of more college coaches to better your chances of being recruited and also it would be an amazing experience because your actually playing a college team. We will have more information in weeks to come. The best thing for us now is reaching out to all the athletes out there to  put together the best possible team. This will be a yearly event and we plan on making a name for our travel team so we are challenging you all to come out and give your all !!! Spread the word, the more the better and if any organizations are interested in hosting a ISN Eval Camp are partnering in anyway please contact us at intscoutingnetwork@hotmail.com