The IWFL was founded in 2000 by a group of players dedicated to making the sport available to all women and girls that dream of playing the game.
The League exists to provide a foundation of organizational pride, professionalism, and integrity for the sport of women's tackle football.

The ultimate goal of the IWFL is the financial success of its member teams, therefore, establishing the credibility of the sport.

The Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) is structured as a professional football league, the mission is to provide women’s tackle football teams the opportunity to play at the top competition tier of their sport, while fostering an environment of goodwill and sportsmanship.

The IWFL has assisted countless women’s teams to begin operations and pursue the highest level of achievement.
The league is proud to have established the foundation on which the sport continues to grow. From the founding four teams in 2000 to the current IWFL major level elite teams, each year the league showcases the best teams in the sport while they are at the peak of their operational ability.
The IWFL has taken the lead in the development of women’s football for future generations. In 2010 the IWFL assisted USA Football by selecting and fielding the first ever U.S. Women’s National Team. That team competed in and won the inaugural IFAF Women’s World Championship Tournament.
The IWFL is also the only women’s league in history to offer performance bonus prize awards to players that excel on the field.