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National Women's Football Association

Sports League information
SportAmerican football
Founded2000
No. of teams1
CountryUnited States
Most recent championH-Town Texas Cyclones (now in WFA)

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The National Women's Football Association (NWFA) was a full-contact American football league for women headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The league was founded by Catherine Masters in 2000, as the two benchmark teams, the Alabama Renegades and the Nashville Dream played each other six times in exhibition games. The opening season was in 2001 featuring eight teams. The NWFA was originally called the National Women's Football League, but changed its name after the 2002 season. The name change came after pressure from the National Football League. The NFL also required the league to change the logos of some teams whose logo resembled those of NFL teams. The NWFA did not officially field any teams for the 2009 season.

NWFA teams play according to standard National Football League rules with the following notable exceptions:

* TDY-sized football

* only one foot in-bounds is required for a reception

* no blocking below the waist downfield

* kickoff takes place on the 35 yard line.

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Professional gridiron football leagues in North America

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Canadian
football
National: Canadian Football League
Evolved from amateur to professional leagues: Interprovincial Rugby Football Union * Western Interprovincial Football Union
Arena/
indoor football
National: Arena Football League * American Indoor Football Association * Indoor Football League
Regional: Continental Indoor Football League * Southern Indoor Football League Ultimate Indoor Football League
Women's: Lingerie Football League
Semi-pro: American Professional Football League * Independent Indoor Football Alliance
Suspended: Ultimate Indoor Football League
Defunct: Arena Football League (1987 2008) * af2 * Eastern Indoor Football League * Indoor Football League (1999 2000) * Indoor Professional Football League * Intense Football League * National Indoor Football League * Professional Indoor Football League * United Indoor Football * World Indoor Football League (2007)
Folded or merged before any games were played: World Indoor Football League (1988)



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