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WNFC Announces 2023 Schedule, Moving to 3 Divisions; IX Cup Weekend Returning to The Star in Frisco

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Bring the City Out For HER! The Women's National Football Conference (WNFC) today announced the schedule for its 4th season, featuring a 58-game schedule, including the fourth installment of the Conference Championship Tournaments (Hosted in Salt Lake City and Atlanta), and IX Cup Championship Game (Hosted at The Star in Frisco - Dallas Cowboys Headquarters). DICK'S Sporting Goods, Adidas, and Riddell Sports return as title sponsors.

“Reaching our 5th year and 4th season of play is an important moment for women’s professional football and the greater women’s sports community,” said WNFC Commissioner Janice Masters. “Our seismic growth and market validation that the WNFC is a valued sports property, is a historic charge towards creating more inclusion, equity and belonging for women and girls in football ”

WNFC teams will open training camps as early as January 2023, but no later than February ahead of the 2023 regular season kickoff on Saturday, April 1.

A Move Towards Divisional Play as League Popularity Soars

As league owners and executives grapple with an odd number of teams, all-time high talent, and parity, the group makes the move to divisional gameplay. Let's run through the numbers:

  • Each team will play 6 regular season games (3 home and 3 away) and have 2 regular season bye weeks (all league bye for Memorial Day weekend)

  • The regular season and final playoff seeding will be determined by WFRC + Owners Poll. The poll will be published weekly starting in week 2. Voting sources will be made public starting in week 3 of the season.

  • The playoff tournament structure will remain. (June 8th - June 10, 2023)

  • The final poll will determine playoff seeding

  • Any team that misses a week of voting will be excluded from future polls

  • The top 3 teams in the Pacific division will earn entry into Western Conference Finals Tournament

  • The top 3 Teams in the Atlantic division will earn entry into the Eastern Conference Finals Tournament

  • The top 2 teams in the Central division will earn entry into the playoffs (the highest seed going to the Western Conference Finals Tourney and the 2nd seed going to the Eastern Conference Finals Tournament).

WNFC 2023 Divisions Pacific Division

Seattle Majestics

San Diego Rebellion

Los Angeles Legends

Utah Falconz

Oregon Ravens

Las Vegas Silver Stars

Central Division

Texas Elite Spartans

Houston Mambas

Mississippi Panthers

Denver Bandits

Kansas City Glory

Atlantic Division

Philly Phantomz

Atlanta Phoenix

Tennesse Trojans

Alabam Fire

Florida Avengers

Washington Prodigy

Bring the City Out For HER! During their 2022 offsite meeting, WNFC owners and league officials decided on a shared focus to "Bring The City out For HER!" This theme of the 2023 season supports the league's and teams' focus to build local support, ensure match-ups between the best players in football, bring in the top sponsors in the world, and play the most competitive schedule in the history of the league. The 2023 schedule does just that...

Notable Week 1 Match-ups

  • Former league MVP Rasan Gore will return to Dallas for a Texas-sized showdown with the MS Panthers @ Texas Elite Spartans, looking to give the Spartans their first loss in franchise history

  • San Diego Rebellion will look to set the tone to return to the playoffs, with a match-up against the 2022 Conference Champions - Utah Falconz. The Falconz upset Denver to win the 2022 conference title. Utah will head into battle with a new head coach for the first time in a decade of play.

  • The Atlanta Phoenix will go into Washington, DC to battle Prodigy. The Prodigy are looking to get off of the playoff bubble and leave no doubt, with what would be a signature win (last seasons match up of these teams went down to the wire with a 7-0 victory by ATL)

  • The Denver Bandits will head to Texas to take on Tori Tucker Tagoloa (former Bandits QB) and her hungry Houston Mambas squad. We will learn early if the Mambas are the real deal

  • The Tennessee Trojans kick off their inaugural season in the WNFC at the Florida Avengers.

  • The Los Angeles Legends narrowly missed the playoffs in 2023. In week 1 they match up against the surging Las Vegas Silverstars

The best players in the world play in the WNFC, and now its up to us to give all of them the most respectful, competitive and professional experience in this sport. I am looking forward to what I believe will be the most exciting season in the history of the game. If the sports world isn't ready for women playing tackle football, it better get ready, because we are her, and we about about to BRING THE CITY OUT! - Odessa Jenkins - CEO WNFC

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