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[2/14/2017]
2017 Calendar Raffle
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[2/3/2017]
2017 FORCE Season Kicks Off!
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[1/5/2017]
Join the 2017 Chicago Force
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[11/10/2016]
Join the 2017 Chicago Force
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[2/5/2016]

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[1/18/2016]
2016 Tryouts Ongoing
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[11/8/2015]
2015 Force Banquet
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[11/7/2015]
2016 Tryouts 2
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[9/20/2015]
2016 Tryouts 1
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[2/20/2015]
2015 Calendar Raffle
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[12/10/2014]
2015 Tryouts 2
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[10/29/2014]
2015 Tryouts 1
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[10/19/2014]
2014 Force Banquet - A Night of Celebration
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[9/24/2014]
Coach Konecki and Wide Receiver Jeanette Gray Receive WFA Honors
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[7/23/2014]
Chicago Force Inspires Girls in the Game
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[6/9/2014]
2014 National Conference Playoff Bracket
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[6/9/2014]
Congratulations to the 2014 Force All-Americans
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[6/9/2014]
2014 Alumni Day and a Hall of Fame Induction
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[6/4/2014]
MELISSA SMITH INDUCTED INTO CHICAGO FORCE HALL OF FAME
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[5/11/2014]
This spring the Chicago Force have been busy on and off the field!
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[5/1/2014]
The Swagger of a Star Quarterback
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[4/5/2014]
Two Force Players Honored with Cook County Unsung Heroine Award
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[2/14/2014]
Buy your ticket here to win!
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[1/6/2014]
Chicago Force Receive Championship Rings, City and State Proclamations.
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[12/17/2013]
Buy your 2014 Chicago Force calendar here!
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[12/1/2013]
A Wonderful Night for an Exceptional Season.
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[9/3/2013]
QB Sami Grisafe Sings Anthem at Wrigley Field
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[9/3/2013]
Laura Ricketts Keeps Promise
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[7/26/2013]
2013 SILVERSPORT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
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[7/15/2013]
FORCE SET FOR REMATCH WITH BOSTON
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[7/6/2013]
TEAM USA WINS GOLD, Defeats Canada in IFAF World Championship
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[7/1/2013]
Team USA Overwhelms Sweden 84-0, Force players Shine
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[6/10/2013]
10 Force Players Receive All-American Honors
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[3/26/2013]
Force Home Opener
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[3/25/2013]
Interview with Down & Dirty radio
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[2/17/2013]
Team USA features 11 Chicago Force Players
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[2/14/2013]
Buy your ticket here to win!
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[2/11/2013]
Future Chicago Force Player
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[2/9/2013]
Chicago Shines at Team USA Tryouts
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[1/10/2013]

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[12/27/2012]
FANS! GEAR UP FOR THE 2013 SEASON at our NEW online store!!
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[12/18/2012]

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[12/10/2012]
Buy your 2013 Chicago Force calendar here!
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[10/24/2012]
Chicago Force holds annual awards banquet
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[10/18/2012]
TRYOUTS FOR THE CHICAGO FORCE WOMEN'S TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM!
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[9/17/2012]
TRYOUTS FOR THE CHICAGO FORCE WOMEN'S TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM!
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[8/6/2012]

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[8/5/2012]

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[8/5/2012]
Access to Championship Game Replay:
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[7/22/2012]
Force Look Ahead to Play-offs
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[7/10/2012]
Free Ticket Promo
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[7/9/2012]
Behind the Scenes with Coach Konecki
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[7/9/2012]
Cubs Owner Laura Ricketts Supports Force
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[7/7/2012]
7 Force Players named to All-American Squad
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[6/28/2012]
Lewandowski Guides Force on Defense
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[5/5/2012]
Chicago Force Establish Hall of Fame, Induct Schaffrath & Bache
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[5/5/2012]
Chicago Force Host Alumni for 10 Year Anniversary
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[4/14/2012]
2012 Home Opener
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[4/12/2012]
WEBCASTS FOR ALL FORCE HOME GAMES
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[4/9/2012]
Intra-Squad Scrimmage Prepares Force
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[4/9/2012]
Force set to open 2012 Season
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[3/31/2012]
Chicago Force Raffle Winners
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[1/25/2012]
Chicago Force Player Calendar
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[1/9/2012]
The Business of Sports
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[12/20/2011]
Open Try-Outs
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[12/20/2011]
Berggren Excels In Rookie Season With Force
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[12/18/2011]
Force Look for Help for 2012 Season
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[10/27/2011]
Force Team Banquet Celebrates 2011 Season
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[10/24/2011]
2012 Tryouts
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[10/14/2011]
GOLF OUTING A SUCCESS - 80 and Sunny
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[9/12/2011]
Chicago Force Serves at Melrose Park Taste
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[8/10/2011]
Chicago All Stars Shine
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[7/26/2011]
Sky Fitness Festival
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[7/2/2011]
Women's Football Alliance Announces All American Teams
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[6/28/2011]
Force to Host Conference Semi-Final
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[6/23/2011]
PLAYOFFS! Not just Chicago storms causing a BLACKOUT in town
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[6/2/2011]
FORCE Players Volunteer at Sheffield/Belmont Festival
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[6/1/2011]
Women’s Football League: a Force to be Reckoned With
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[5/12/2011]
It's a suite deal!
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[3/31/2011]
Crowd comes to their feet at Exhibition
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[3/31/2011]
Chicago Force prepare for Upcoming WFA Season
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[2/23/2011]
Tri-Fitness Featured on WGN News
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[2/18/2011]
Ross Forman
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[1/17/2011]
Vital Injury Prevention Sessions Start
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[12/20/2010]
Individual Tryouts in January
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[12/1/2010]
Chicago Announces Schedule
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[11/18/2010]
CHICAGO FORCE PART OF HISTORIC UNIFICATION OF WOMEN'S FOOTBALL
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[11/2/2010]
Future Force Hopefuls strut their stuff on Boy's teams
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[10/21/2010]
Local Student Wins ESPN Award
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[10/15/2010]
UPCOMING TRY-OUTS!!
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[10/11/2010]
5th Annual Force Golf Outing a Success
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[10/1/2010]
The Force moves forward to help unify Women's Football
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[9/13/2010]
FORCE VOLUNTEER AT MELROSE PARK FESTIVAL
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[7/6/2010]
USA Wins Gold Medal at Inaugural IFAF Women's World Championship of American Football
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[7/2/2010]
Team USA Wins to Advance to Gold Medal Game
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[6/27/2010]
USA Records 63-0 Victory over Austria to Open IFAF Women's World Championship
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[5/26/2010]
Alumni Weekend
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[5/25/2010]
JENNIE MCNULTY'S COMEDY SHOW
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[5/25/2010]
Force Players assist NFL with Flag Football Clinic
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[5/11/2010]
Chicago Tribune Series
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[4/22/2010]
USA FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 45 Member Roster for 2010 Women’s National Team
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[4/16/2010]
VICTORY FLIP!!!
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[4/16/2010]
Girls in the Game
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[4/12/2010]
Final Raffle Winner: Ricky Marks
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[4/12/2010]
2Guys and a Mic interview Head Coach John Konecki
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[4/5/2010]
Otis Wilson to perform Coin Toss
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[3/26/2010]
Chicago Force Ready for 2010 Season Kickoff
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[3/13/2010]
Force Coaches to lead USA Football's Women's Team
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[3/12/2010]
Girl Scouts Meet the Force
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[2/22/2010]
Force Adds Intern for 2010
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[2/11/2010]
Chicago Force hold Physicals at AthletiCo
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[2/7/2010]
Season just around the corner
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[1/3/2010]
Head Coach encouraged by what he sees at recent tryouts
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[12/29/2009]
Force Players Stuff the Bus for Charity
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[12/23/2009]
2010 Season Schedule Announced
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[12/12/2009]
2010 Tryouts a Success!
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[11/19/2009]
Force Players Teach Flag Football for Girls
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[11/12/2009]
Warner Bros Pictures invites Force to movie preview
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[10/27/2009]
Force Banquet Celebrates 2009 Season
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[10/6/2009]
Force Golf Outing is a Fall Classic
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[9/29/2009]
Megan Finnegan: A Powerful Person
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[9/12/2009]
UPCOMING DECEMBER TRYOUTS!!
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[8/9/2009]
Force All-Stars Represent
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[7/2/2009]
Help the Force get the whole team to KC!
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[6/25/2009]
The Force place 13 on the 2009 IWFL All-Star Team!!!
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[6/1/2009]
Force Players "Give Girls Game"
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[5/12/2009]
Chicago Pride interviews Force wide receiver
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[4/20/2009]
Robbie Leeann Topp performs the coin toss
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[4/18/2009]
Force Win Home Opener on Alumni Night
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[4/11/2009]
Force Dominate In Season Opener
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[4/8/2009]
Intra-squad Scrimmage a Success
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[4/6/2009]
St. Baldrick's follow up story
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[3/20/2009]
Intra-Squad Scrimmage and Media Day
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[3/13/2009]
Coaches will shave their heads for charity
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[3/12/2009]
2009 Force Schedule
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[2/15/2009]
Thanks Dr. Weber
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[2/5/2009]
Andersonville AthletiCo hosts Player Physicals
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[2/5/2009]
Win MONEY and support the Force
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[1/9/2009]
A Recap of 2009 Try-outs
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[1/8/2009]
Brittney Payton tries out for Chicago Force
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[1/8/2009]
Force Gears for Another Run
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[11/24/2008]
IWFL AND USA FOOTBALL PARTNER TO STRENGHEN AMERICA’S FAVORITE SPORT
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[11/3/2008]
2008 Team Banquet / Awards
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[9/30/2008]
Force Players Golf for Children's Charity
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[9/30/2008]
Force golf outing a HUGE success
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[9/2/2008]
Force Volunteer at the Taste of Melrose Park
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[8/28/2008]
Chicago Hope Academy
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[8/15/2008]
Force has 15 selected for the 2008 IWFL All-Star Team!!!
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[7/18/2008]
Jon (The Coach) Cohn and the coin toss
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[7/8/2008]
The Chicago Force featured on Nike
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[6/30/2008]
UNDEFEATED FORCE CONTINUE CHAMPIONSHIP QUEST
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[6/24/2008]
Future Chicago Force player - 2018
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[6/24/2008]
Undefeated Force Hosting Playoffs this Saturday 6/28
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[6/24/2008]
Chicago Force helps to "Give Girls Game"
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[6/9/2008]
Chicago Force meet the new head of CPD and former Philly FBI chief Jody Weis
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[5/12/2008]
IWFL Announces 2008 Championship Game Venue
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[4/17/2008]
Chicago Steel meets the Chicago Force
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[4/9/2008]
2008 Scrimmage Game Day
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[3/25/2008]
Media Day Full Contact Game Scrimmage
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[3/18/2008]
2008 Chicago Force Team Captains
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[3/8/2008]
2008 Season Approaches
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[1/31/2008]
Chicago Force kicks off 2008 with first fundraiser
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[1/22/2008]
2008 Contract Signing
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[11/26/2007]
2008 Try-Out press release
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[11/26/2007]
2007 Awards Banquet
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[11/19/2007]
Last Try-out for 2008 Season
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[9/17/2007]
Chicago Force Players chosen for 2007 All Star Squad
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[6/30/2007]
Chicago Cubs suite winner!
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[6/24/2007]
The Force and Chicago's On-Air Local News
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[6/24/2007]
The Force Celebrates Youth Football Day with Under Armour
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[5/18/2007]
Jeannie Tanner to sing National Anthem at Home Opener
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[4/11/2007]
Media Day Full Contact Game Scrimmage
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[8/3/2006]
UPCOMING EVENT: Chicago Force BOWLING Fundraiser
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[7/10/2006]
Chicago finishes the season 6-3 with a hard fought game against the Demolition.
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[6/27/2006]
Chicago Force WIN and advance to PLAYOFFS!
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[6/24/2006]
Chicago Force Finish 6-2
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[6/20/2006]
Check out our fans at our AWAY Kansas City game!
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[6/17/2006]
Chicago Force wins 42-0 against KC Storm
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[6/12/2006]
The Force on CBS Channel 2 - Thursday, June 15 at 5pm.
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[6/10/2006]
The Force suffer their second loss of the season, now 4-2.
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[5/27/2006]
Chicago Force weekend WIN against Predators 36-8
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[5/22/2006]
Chicago Force weekend WIN against Iowa Crush 20-6
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[5/19/2006]
Chicago Force live on WGN TV
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[5/16/2006]
Chicago Force Suffers First Season Loss. Current Record: 2-1
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[5/10/2006]
Force Dominate in Road win over Predators
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[4/26/2006]
The FORCE on The Score AM 670 Mike North Show
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[4/26/2006]
Chicago Forces WINS Home Opener
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[4/25/2006]
HOME OPENER SATURDAY, April 29th
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[4/22/2006]
Chicago Force Honored at 100 Champions Event
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[3/26/2006]
Fundraiser at T's Bar and Restaurant
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[3/26/2006]
NEW! Calendar of Events posted on site
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[2/28/2006]
PLAYER NEWS: Directions to Practice Fields
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[1/20/2006]
We are still recruiting
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[1/10/2006]
New Home for the Force..LANE TECH
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[1/10/2006]
Player's Corner Unveiled on Site
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[12/20/2005]
2006 Bowling Fundraiser
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[12/12/2005]
Dec 17th (Sat) Tryout Directions and Details!!!
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[11/4/2005]
2nd Tryout Directions and Details Posted
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[10/31/2005]
Force Banquet and Tryout Photos Posted
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[10/29/2005]
Come Meet our Tryout Rookies
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[10/26/2005]
2005 End of Season Awards Announced!
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[10/20/2005]
Chicago Force Banquet just days away.
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[10/20/2005]
1st Tryout Details and Directions Posted
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[10/11/2005]
15 yr old Girl QB steps in and wins Highschool Varsity Game.
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[10/10/2005]
Chicago Force Management Changes Hands
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[10/4/2005]
Original Force Founder, Lisa Cole, dedicates a mile at the Chicago Marathon
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[10/1/2005]
Unveiling of New Website
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[10/1/2005]
Chicago Force Banquet Scheduled
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--8/6/2012--

Women’s football: Chicago Force falls to San Diego Surge in WFA championship


Photo Credit: Jessica McPeake

By ERIC VAN DRIL

PITTSBURGH — Wipe away the first and final three minutes of Saturday’s Women’s Football Alliance Championship game and the Chicago Force would have captured the franchise’s first championship by 23 points.

But by allowing the San Diego Surge four long touchdowns drives during that six-minute span — including a 66-yard punt return with 1:49 remaining for the decisive score — the Force fell 40-36 in Pittsburgh.

“The first three minutes we got off to a pretty awful start, but we held it together like we always do,” said Albi Zhubi, of Chicago, who made five receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. “We fought and we fought and to come up short is difficult.”

Although San Diego managed to quickly turn a 36-27 deficit into a 40-36 lead and pinned the Force on their own 5-yard line with less than two minutes remaining, Chicago quarterback Sami Grisafe guided the Force offense down the field with three long passing plays.

The Evanston resident connected on consecutive plays with Barrington’s Ashley Berggren for 22 yards, Zhubi for 28 and Trish Harper for 30. But Grisafe was intercepted on the fourth play of the drive when she lost her grip on the ball and couldn’t connect with Zhubi on a slant.

In the locker room after the game and during the eight-hour bus ride from Pittsburgh to Chicago, Grisafe and her teammates were left to deal with the disappointment and second-guess what happened in the final three minutes.

“It will be difficult for the rest of our lives,” said Grisafe, who threw for 269 yards and four touchdowns. “This is the second time we’ve had an upset in a championship game, and we still don’t have one (title) for the organization, so it’s not a feeling I enjoy by any means. The second time doesn’t make it easier.

“But it’s good for more people than for less. I wish we were on the other side of it, but I’m glad it wasn’t a blowout; some lopsided, boring game to watch with a bunch of running. I’m glad it was an exciting, edge-of-your-seat type game because it was a good display for women’s football.”

Still, Grisafe and her teammates can take satisfaction in that they participated in the highest-profile women’s football game in WFA history. The game was played in front of 2,307 fans at Heinz Field and broadcast on ESPN3.

For a league trying to build its reputation and fan base, a high-scoring championship that came down to the final play was unquestionably a positive for the WFA.

“To be the first women’s championship game in an NFL stadium, I think it was a great showing,” Grisafe said. “Hopefully ESPN likes it and it will catapult (the league) into some new opportunities.”

On the somber journey home, Grisafe and many of her Force teammates talked about what they could have done differently to change Saturday’s result. But at a certain point, the conversation shifted to next season.

Although some players won’t return to the team — including Zhubi and cornerback Emma Finestone — the loss made many on the Force eager to resume pursuit of the franchise’s first championship next season.

“We’re already talking about that in two weeks from now we’re going to get in the gym and start our offseason training,” Grisafe said. “We want it and we’re not going away.”

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