A Chicago-based, semi-professional women's full-tackle football team you may not know of yet, is heading to its league's national championships at the Pittsburgh Steelers' stadium this weekend.
The team is made up of women ages 20 to 40, according to their website, who hold jobs in real estate, medicine, and blue and white collar positions as well many other professions and backgrounds.
The mission of the league is: “To provide exposure for the sport of women’s football while competing at the highest level possible by stressing the importance of discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and honesty.”
The WFA began play in April 2011 with teams including the Bay Area Bandits, Boston Militia, Chicago Force, Dallas Diamonds, DC Divas, Kansas City Tribe, New York Sharks, Pittsburgh Passion and the San Diego Surge.
Other teams include the Philadelphia Liberty Belles, Columbus Comets, Lone Star Mustangs, St. Louis Slam and the West Michigan Mayhem.
The WFA unified several women’s football leagues.
“This 2011 unification and landmark growth structure echoes that of women's basketball and women's tennis,” says the league. “In addition to delivering fans, the most competitive match-ups seen to-date, this is an imperative threshold to creating a sustainable and blossoming future for the sport.”
Jeff King, WFA president, has said: “This is an exciting time for women's football and the WFA. With 62 teams across the country working together for a common goal, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. We are looking forward to one of the most competitive seasons in women's football history.”
The championship game will be held at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. For ticket information, click here.
Ken Stone contributed to this report.