Northern Anarchy seek regional women football players

The Northern Anarchy are back for another year of action in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League, and are looking for players to join them for the 2019 season.

If you haven’t heard of the WWCFL or the Anarchy, that’s OK, the team is used to that.

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The Anarchy are a regional team based out of Grande Prairie, and currently have two B.C. players on the roster, both from Dawson Creek.

“It’s a very rare sport for women, but anyone who has tried it out loves it. If you want to play a sport, and you’re willing to try your hardest, this is the sport for you. You don’t have to be experienced,” said Lori Szmul, president and GM of the Anarchy. Szmul’s daughter Tara plays for the team and is one of the founding members.

The league has been around since 2011, and the Anarchy since 2013, though the team was unable to field a roster in 2017. This year’s team has 26 players, and is coming off a lop-sided Week 1 loss in Calgary to the Rage on May 4. The team has only six returning players, and 11 played in their first ever football game against Calgary.

Szmul said the team has no problem adding new players mid-season, and would ideally like to have around 35 rostered players. The Anarchy will be in Edmonton this week to play the Storm on May 11, before hosting home games on May 25 and June 1.

The Anarchy play in the Western Conference against the Storm, Rage, and Lethbridge Steel. The Eastern Conference includes four teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

For more information, or to inquire about joining the team or attending practice, visit the Northern Anarchy Women’s Tackle Football Team, or email Szmul at

Szmul said the team is looking for anyone who wants to have fun, is competitive, and willing to try something new. There are no tryouts to join the team, just a willing attitude. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at

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