ROCK HILL — With championship teams in Charlotte and Durham, N.C., the 32-team Independent Womens Football League has a Tar Heel State flavor.
This summer, the league will add South Carolina to the mix, holding its championship games July 25 and 26 at District Three Stadium in Rock Hill.
For the last two years, weve been to Texas, and its difficult for us to get the team to Texas and stay four to five days, said Ebony Kimbrough, owner, coach and fullback for the Charlotte Queens.
Rock Hill is really home for us, she said. We have about 10 players who live in Rock Hill. We are ecstatic about the change.
The Charlotte Queens won the Tier III title the last two years. This year, the Queens will compete in Tier II. The Carolina Phoenix, based in Durham, won the Tier II title in 2012 and the top-division Tier I title last year with a 14-0 win over the Houston Energy.
We do everything the men do on the field, Kimbrough said Tuesday. The only difference is the rules. The women use the NCAA rules instead of the NFLs.
The league operates coast to coast with teams in 16 states, the District of Columbia and Montreal.
The championships have been played the past five years in Round Rock, Texas. League officials queried Rock Hill officials about the possibility of moving the championships, said Auvis Cole, sports sales manager for the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Cole checked on using District Three Stadium. When he learned the dates were available, Cole moved forward with bringing the womens football championships to Rock Hill.
Cole estimated that the championships could bring about 2,500 people to the area. Kimbrough said the size of a team ranges from 25 to 60 players.
The Tier III and Tier II championships will be held July 25. The following day, there will be an all-star game, followed by the Tier I championship in the evening.
The regular season for the Independent Womens Football League is from April to mid-June.
Don Worthington • 803-329-4066