The Women’s Football Alliance is pleased to announce that the Alabama Fire have officially signed on as a full member and will be playing in the WFA beginning with the 2023 season. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the Fire will be competing as members of WFA PRO for 2023.
This marks a homecoming for the Fire, as they were previously a member of the WFA from 2016 until 2018. In their inaugural 2016 season, the Fire dominated throughout the regular season as members of Division 2, finishing the regular season at 7-1 and defeating the Jacksonville Dixie Blues in the D2 Southeast Region Semifinal before falling to the Tampa Bay Inferno in the regional championship game. After taking 2017 off to regroup, the Fire re-emerged as members of Division 3 in 2018, picking up where they left off to finish with a solid 4-4 record, where they notably became the first D3 team to ever defeat a D1/WFA PRO team in their 6-0 victory against Atlanta on April 14. Now, after a four-year absence, the Fire is burning brighter than ever, ready to make a mark in women’s football highest level of competition, WFA PRO.
Said Head Coach, Cedric Lane, had one very simple reason to bring the Fire back to the Alliance. “We look forward to our ladies having the opportunity to be seen on the biggest stage of ALL sports; ESPN! Only the WFA provides this.”
With ESPN and the Women’s Sports Network television network deals, multiple WFA National Championship MVP jerseys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NIL opportunities with Fathead and Cameo, commercials and billboards during the Super Bowl, and the opportunity to work train at the NFL Alumni Academy, WFA players are provided the biggest platform in women’s football history to shine as professional athletes.
The Fire will be the 14th team playing in the WFA Pro Division. Although the Fire remain grateful to their former league for giving them a league home for the past four years and wish it the best in its future endeavors, ESPN is just the tip of the flame in the Fire’s mission for their WFA comeback. The Fire are hungry for payback for 2016’s heartbreak against their WFA PRO Southeast rivals the Tampa Bay Inferno, and also look forward to rivalries ahead with such PRO stalwarts as the D.C. Divas and Pittsburgh Passion, as well as such iconic Southeast teams as the Atlanta Rage and Derby City Dynamite.
With a supremely talented roster known for facing any challenge their way, the Fire are ready for every moment of the Road to Canton, and have their sights focused on that National Championship Game on Saturday, July 22 at 2 PM Eastern (1 PM Central) on ESPN2, and proving that Bama is as much a dynasty in women’s football as it’s always been for the NCAA.
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