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New York Sharks

New York Sharks
Founded 1990s
League Barnstorming (1990s)
WPFL (2000)
Independent (2001)
IWFL (2002–2010)
WFA (2011-present)
Team history Long Island Sharks (1990s)
New York Sharks (2000-present)
Based in Brooklyn, New York
Stadium Aviator Sports Complex
Colors Black, light blue, silver
President Andra Douglas
Head coach Richard Harrigan
Championships 1 (2002 IWFL)
Division titles 3 conference titles (2002, 2003, 2004 IWFL East)
6 division titles (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 IWFL)
Mascot Sharkie

The New York Sharks are a women's American football team playing out of New York City. They are a member of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA). They are the longest running and winningest team in women's football history with the honor of having a signed football in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


As of the 2012 season the coaching staff include:

  • Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator - Richard Harrigan
  • Assistant Head Coach - Brian Brown
  • Offensive Coordinator - Fabian Alesandro
  • Assistant Coach - Erica Butler
  • Assistant Coach - Michael Fagains
  • Assistant Coach - Alan Walls
  • Assistant Coach - Michael Nugent
  • Assistant Coach - Xavior Ross
  • Assistant Coach - Reggie Wilson


First full-contact game

The New Yorks Sharks originally started as a women's flag football team called the Long Island Sharks. They played in international tournaments and were national champions.

In 1999, the Women's Professional Football League (WPFL) was formed. It consisted of two teams, the Minnesota Vixens and the Lake Michigan Minx. They traveled the country playing each other on what was called the "No Limits" Tour. They had heard about the success of the Long Island Sharks and challenged them to a full contact, tackle football game.

The Sharks accepted the challenge and with two months to prepare, converted their flag football team to a tackle football team. On Saturday, December 11, 1999, the Minnesota Vixens came to New York to take on the Sharks. The Vixens were favorited having played 4 games already, having a 2–2 record.

The Sharks were coached by former New York Jet Bobby Jackson. Before 300 fans on a windy day at Mitchel Field, Long Island the Sharks surprised Minnesota, defeating them 12–6. The Sharks recorded two touchdown passes by quarterback Val Halesworth. One score was on a long pass to Natalie Jufer that led to a 71-yard touchdown. The other score was an 18 yard pass to Valerie Monaco.

Independent Women's Football League

In 2007 season, the Sharks played their home games at the Aviator Sports Complex at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York. They played an 8-game regular season schedule.


For 2014 and beyond, the Sharks will play in the Independent Women's Football League.


(not including Long Island Sharks flag football seasons)
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
New York Sharks (No Limits Barnstorming)
1999 1 0 0 -- Won Exhibition Game (Minnesota)
New York Sharks (WPFL)
2000 4 2 0 2nd NC East Lost National Conference Qualifier (New England)
New York Sharks (Independent)
2001 6 1 0 -- --
New York Sharks (IWFL)
2002 7 0 0 1st East Won IWFL Championship (Austin)
2003 8 0 0 1st EC Mid Atlantic Won Eastern Conference Championship (Bay State)
Lost IWFL Championship (Sacramento)
2004 8 0 0 1st EC Mid Atlantic Won Eastern Conference Wildcard (Chicago)
Won Eastern Conference Championship (Tampa Bay)
Lost IWFL Championship (Sacramento)
2005 10 0 0 1st EC Mid Atlantic Won Eastern Conference Wildcard (Southern Maine)
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Atlanta)
2006 8 0 0 1st EC Mid Atlantic Won Eastern Conference Wildcard (Miami)
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Atlanta)
2007 6 2 0 1st EC North Atlantic Won Eastern Conference Wildcard (Manchester)
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Atlanta)
2008 6 2 0 2nd Tier I EC North Atlantic --
2009 4 4 0 3rd Tier I EC North Atlantic --
2010 7 1 0 2nd Tier I EC Northeast Lost Northeast Division Championship (Boston)
New York Sharks (WFA)
2011 5 3 0 2nd NC North --
2012 4 4 0 2nd NC Division 2 Won National Conference Wildcard (Keystone)
Lost National Conference Quarterfinal (Boston)
Totals 92 27 0 (including playoffs)

* = current standing



Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 11 New York Nemesis Away Won 21-7
April 25 Boston Militia Home Lost 7-21
May 2 Philadelphia Firebirds Away Won 33-14
May 9 Connecticut Crushers Home Won 40-7
May 16 D.C. Divas Home Lost 7-21
May 30 New England Intensity Away Won 44-0
June 6 D.C. Divas Away Lost 18-34
June 13 Pittsburgh Passion Home Lost 33-34


Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 10 Philadelphia Firebirds Away Won 64-0
April 17 D.C. Divas Home Won 19-13
April 24 Connecticut Crushers Home Won 65-14
May 1 Jersey Justice Away Won 50-8
May 8 Pittsburgh Passion Home Won 12-8
May 15 Boston Militia Away Lost 0-31
May 22 Baltimore Nighthawks Home Won 38-6
June 5 Pittsburgh Passion Away Won 27-10
June 12 Boston Militia (Northeast Division Championship) Away Lost 6-25



2011 WFA North Division
y - Boston Militia 7 1 0 0.875 364 72 5-0 --- W7
z - New York Sharks 5 3 0 0.625 212 177 3-2 2.0 L1
Northeastern Nitro 4 4 0 0.500 46 243 2-3 3.0 L1
New England Nightmare 0 8 0 0.000 28 264 0-5 7.0 L8

y - clinched division title
z - clinched playoff berth

Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 2 Philadelphia Liberty Belles Away Won 34-20
April 16 Boston Militia Away Lost 7-28
April 30 New England Nightmare Home Won 48-12
May 7 Northeastern Nitro Home Won 27-21
May 21 Boston Militia Home Lost 6-43
June 4 New England Nightmare Away Won 28-8
June 11 Northeastern Nitro Away Won 46-7
June 18 D.C. Divas Home Lost 16-38



2012 WFA Division 2
y - Boston Militia 8 0 0 1.000 458 139 4-0 --- W8
z - New York Sharks 4 4 0 0.500 104 227 2-2 4 W2
Philadelphia Liberty Belles 2 6 0 0.250 30 234 0-3 6 L3

y - clinched division title
z - clinched division title

Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 14 Boston Militia Away Lost 6-64
April 21 Maine Lynx Away Won 6-0**
April 28 D.C. Divas Away Lost 12-41
May 5 Philadelphia Liberty Belles Home Won 25-8
May 12 D.C. Divas Home Lost 13-41
June 2 Philadelphia Liberty Belles Away Won 31-0
June 9 New England Nightmare Home Won 72-14
June 16 Boston Militia Home Lost 12-55

** = Won by forfeit

External links

  • New York Sharks website
  • WFA website
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