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Football: Bear to help Force launch season

The Chicago Force, a women’s full tackle football team, will face the Columbus Comets in their home opener next week at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the newly renovated Lazier Field at Evanston Township High School.

Bears Defensive Tackle Israel Idonije will be tossing the coin at the opener.

This Saturday the Force play their first game of the season in Kansas City against the Kansas City Tribe.

There are eight games total in the season, not including three rounds of playoffs, a conference championship, and the national championship; which will be broadcast from Pittsburgh Aug. 4 on ESPN.

The women of the Chicago Force will play four home games and four away. The additional home games are on May 5 and 12 and June 2 against the St. Louis Slam, the West Michigan Mayhem, and the Indy Crash. All home games are tentatively scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

The Force will travel to play the Indy Crash on April 28, the Cleveland Fusion on May 19, and the West Michigan Mayhem on June 16.

“Practice is going well. We are working on finding the winning combination to defeat Kansas City. I and the rest of the coaching staff are looking forward to the start of the season,” said John Konecki, the head coach and offensive coordinator for the Force.

The women have been practicing three times a week since the beginning of January. They have invested their time and money into insuring that they are prepared to make it to and win the National Championships.

This year marks the second season the team is playing under the Women’s Football Alliance, the most competitive league in the nation which consists of 62 teams from all over the country.

The Chicago Force has been playing football for 10 years and has only missed the playoffs once. Linda Bache, the owner and general manager of the team, said, “This is the most experienced and talented team we’ve ever had. We are working very hard in hopes that we will be one of the two teams to make it to the Championships on ESPN.”

The Chicago Force is a full tackle women’s football team that formed in 2002. The Force competes in Division 6 of the National Conference.

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