Philadelphia Firebirds (IWFL)

Philadelphia Firebirds
Founded 2003
League Independent Women's Football League
Team history Philadelphia Phoenix (NWFA) (2003–2008)
Philadelphia Firebirds (IWFL) (2009–present)
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stadium Franklin Field
Colors Red, white, blue, gold
Championships 0
Division titles 3 (2003, 2004 & 2008)
Mascot Firebird

The Philadelphia Firebirds are a women's football team in the Independent Women's Football League based in Philadelphia. They are in the Eastern Conference, North Atlantic Division with the Boston Militia, New York Nemesis, and New York Sharks. The team was formerly known as the Philadelphia Phoenix and formerly played in the National Women's Football Association. Upon moving to the IWFL, they changed their name so as to avoid confusion with their fellow IWFL franchise, the Carolina Phoenix.

Philadelphia's first women's tackle football team was founded in 2001 as the Philadelphia Liberty Belles. The Belles won the inaugural NWFL Championship that year. In 2002, the Belles lost in the semi-final playoff round. Heading into the 2003 season, the team split and the Philadelphia Phoenix was formed. The two teams existed simultaneously until the Philadelphia Liberty Belles eventually folded. The Liberty Belles have since reformed for the 2009 season and have joined the new WFA.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Philadelphia Phoenix (NWFA)
2003 7 1 0 1st North North First-round bye
Won Eastern Conference Semifinal (D.C.)
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Detroit)
2004 7 1 0 1st North North Lost Northern Conference Qualifier (Southwest Michigan)
2005 4 4 0 13th North Division
2006 5 3 0 2nd North East Lost NWFA First Round (Cleveland)
2007 1 6 0 2nd North South
2008 8 0 0 1st North East First-round bye
Won Northern Conference Semifinal (Columbus)
Lost Northern Conference Championship (West Michigan)
Philadelphia Firebirds (IWFL)
2009 1 7 0 4th Tier I East North Atlantic
2010 1 7 0 5th Tier I East Northeast
2011 2 4 1 3rd East mid-Atlantic -
Totals 38 37 1 (including playoffs)

Season schedules


Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 18 Baltimore Nighthawks Home Lost 15–22
April 25 Connecticut Crushers Home Won 31–12
May 2 New York Sharks Home Lost 14–33
May 9 New York Nemesis Away Lost 3–34
May 16 Boston Militia Away Lost 0–60
May 30 D.C. Divas Home Lost 0–42
June 6 Pittsburgh Passion Home Lost 0–53
June 13 D.C. Divas Away Lost 0–63


Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 3 Baltimore Nighthawks Away Lost 0–54
April 10 New York Sharks Home Lost 0–64
April 17 Pittsburgh Passion Away Lost 0–49
April 24 D.C. Divas Home Lost 0–1**
May 1 New York Nemesis Away Lost 0–33
May 15 Binghamton Tiger Cats Home Won 49–0
May 22 Boston Militia Home Lost 0–1**
May 29 D.C. Divas Away Lost 3–49

** = Forfeited because of league action to reduce schedule


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