Since the Minnesota Vixen first took the field in 1999, it has gone through numerous transformations. In 1999, the Minnesota Vixen franchise was formed in conjunction with the Lake Michigan Minx. The two teams traveled the country playing against each other in what later became known as the “No Limits Barnstorming Tour”. Although many of the games were close, the Minx swept the Vixen in all six games that year.
The following year, the WPFL was formed with approximately 9 additional teams and the Vixen. The Minx however dissolved. In the inaugural 2000 season of the WPFL, the Vixen had an undefeated regular season. They unfortunately has their first loss in the playoffs against the Houston Energy, just missing their chance at the championship game.
The next couple of years had several team ownership changes. The most successful years include a 2003 game which was played at the Florida Orange Bowl and a playoff runs in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
In 2013, The Vixen returned to the playoffs but now as part of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) as the WPFL and the NWFL (2008 season) became defunct. The Vixen had a close game losing the Tier II Western Conference Championship to the Arlington Impact 14-18. The following year, the current owners Laura and James Brown acquired the team and currently still run operations. The Vixen played in the inaugural Legacy Bowl against the Carolina Queens. This bowl game was the first ever game to be 100% officiated by an all-female crew.
In the 2016 regular season, the Vixen went undefeated 8-0 earning the title of Midwest Conference Champions. The Minnesota Vixen went on to face the New York Sharks for the Eastern Conference Title in which they won in double over time by returning a pick-six for 100 yards. The Vixen then made their first appearance in the IWF World Championship game against the Utah Falconz.
The Vixen had their inaugural season in the Women’s Football Alliance in 2017 where they continued their new tradition of winning with a 6-2 regular season record. In the post-season, the team faced-off against their new Great Plains Division rivals the Kansas City Titans in the first round of the playoffs successfully. The team then advanced to the quarter finals where they fell to the Dallas Elite who went on to become the 2017 WFA Champions.
The Vixen have proven themselves over the years as a successful franchise and in fact are the longest continuously operating women’s tackle team in existence. We take pride in having women of all shapes, sizes and athletic ability as part of our team. The 2017, ages ranged from 18-48 years young and range in size from 120 ponds to …well, a lot more than that. We are mothers, daughters, grandmothers, wives, girlfriends, nurses, teachers, personal trainers, military personal, students, warehouse workers and so much more. We all come from different backgrounds, but we share a love of football and come together as one team!