As spring arrives, it also signals the beginning of female football. Heading into its second season, the Women’s Arena Football League (WAFL) has released its 2014 schedule. With four teams slated for each conference, the Texas based teams shall be placed in the National Conference; while Florida based teams are part of the American Conference.
Opening week features National Conference teams on May 3, 2014. The Dallas Darlings play host to San Antonio while the Houston Lady Oilers open their season at home with a tilt against the New Orleans Bayou Queens. The Atlanta Archers, the lone Georgia-based team in the American Conference hosts Jacksonville in its May 10 home opener. Orlando shall host Tampa in the only other game that weekend.
Of note, every odd numbered week on the WAFL schedule (e.g. Week 1, Week 3) shall see National Conference teams participate, while even numbered weeks (e.g. Week 2, Week 4) will consist of American Conference play.
Week 3 sees New Orleans and San Antonio host games in National Conference play. Dallas will make the trek to the Big Easy while the Lady Oilers hope to earn the road win in San Antonio. Jacksonville and Tampa get to host games during Week 4.
Orlando shall visit Jacksonville while the Archers make the trip to Tampa in hopes of a 2-0 start.
The month of May ends with two contests on May 31. Houston and Dallas renew rivalries for the first time this season with Dallas hoping to take advantage of the home field advantage. San Antonio hosts New Orleans as they make they engage in their second straight road game of the season. Weeks 6 through 9 take place in the month of June as the postseason picture should become clearer by month’s end.
A bye-week takes place during the first week of July in order for players to celebrate the Fourth of July. Of note, the month of July sees two American Conference matchups, while only one week of National Conference play shall take place.
July 19 marks the final regular season games for American Conference teams as Dallas hosts Houston, while San Antonio hosts New Orleans for its third home date of the year. The final week takes place on July 26 with Orlando going on the road to battle with Atlanta. Meanwhile, Jacksonville hosts Tampa in what may be a pivotal game to determine postseason seeding.
Only the top two teams in each conference will earn postseason berths. Each first place team shall host playoff dates on August 2, while the Diva Bowl championship game takes place on August 16, 2014. The venue is yet to be determined for the title game.