As excited fans circle August 1 and 2, 2014 on their calendar, the Women’s Football Alliance has announced that the city of Chicago shall host the league’s national championship event on those days. With the defending WFA champion Chicago Force serving as the host franchise, they shall be looking to make their third consecutive trip to the national championship.
Contested at Lane Stadium, two miles west of famed Wrigley Field, the contest shall be preceded by two other events. The Alliance Bowl is the newest offering to the WFA championship weekend schedule. Featuring clubs from both the American and National conferences that participated in the postseason, but did not qualify for their respective conference championship game; they shall take part in a contest against each other.
The concept is unique for competitive sport as many consolation matches tend to have third-place ramifications. Similar events have included the National Football League’s Playoff Bowl in the 1960’s, where second place teams played each other in a neutral site game. In addition, the Maritime Women’s Football League features the Friendship Bowl, where the two teams eliminated in the semi-finals compete.
As the WFA features 80 teams, there are some teams from each conference that are too geographically sparse to play each other in regular season play. The opportunity to feature elite clubs in a postseason event such as the Boston Militia or the DC Divas challenge elite teams from the Western United States such as the Dallas Diamonds or the Central Cal War Angels brings with it a unique showcase for fans and players alike.
The fifth annual WFA All-American Game shall kick off festivities on August 2. As All-America selections from the American and National Conference gather in Chicago for the league’s signature display of the finest football talent, fans are hoping for more offensive fireworks.
In 2013, the National Conference prevailed in a 48-31 victory, the largest combined score in All-American game history. Considering it was also the National Conference’s third consecutive victory, the opportunity to extend that win streak only adds to the excitement.
Everything leads up to the WFA National Championship at 5 pm, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3. As it signifies the fourth consecutive season that ESPN3 has been involved as a broadcast partner, it bodes well for the opportunity to continue to build a national audience and following for the exciting sport. In the five-year history of the event, no club has won back-to-back titles. With the Chicago Force as defending national champions, the opportunity to make such history on home soil is one that would solidify their legacy as one of the world’s finest female football organizations.