About The Sharks

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The New York Sharks has established itself as a New York City staple. After nineteen full seasons of play, the team remains the “winningest” and longest operating women’s tackle football team in the world! The team is home to 50 female football players from across the Tri-State area and boasts a nineteen season record that includes 9 Division Titles, 4 East Coast Championships and a National Title (2003).

The New York Sharks are front runners in the sport of women’s tackle football. We have – and continue to –  make great strides for women and girls in sports. This final season for the organization is anticipated to be no different in its “herstory-making” efforts!

Known as a perennial powerhouse, the Sharks were chosen by USA Football to represent the United States in the inaugural (2008) 5 on 5 Flag Football World Cup, held in Quebec, Canada. Many Sharks also participated in the same event in 2010 as well.  In addition to it’s on-field success, the Sharks are the first women’s team to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; the only women’s tackle football team to have a retired jersey on permanent display at the Sports Museum of America in Kansas City, MO; the first women’s team to play in a halftime scrimmage at an NFL game (also televised) on January 2nd, 2005 at Giants Stadium when the Giants faced the Cowboys; hosted the first ever NFL Junior Player Development program for girls  at the Giants practice facility in the spring of  2007 – an event so successful that it is now an annual event.

In 2003, Sharks owner Andra Douglas started a not-for-profit 501 (c)3 organization called the “Fins Up Foundation for Female Athletics..” The mission of the Foundation – which continues to this day – is to provide opportunities for 13-17 year old “at-risk” girls to learn the sport of football – as well as the life skills that come along with it – from current NY Shark players who coach this semi-annual camp. In September of 2015, the Foundations changed it’s operating name to the Women’s Gridiron Foundation and has broadened it’s influence and outreach to female football players around the world.

It is the NY Sharks who are most widely covered by the media, having appeared on national shows including “American Gladiator,” ABC’s “The View” with Barbara Walters and “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee.” Our team has been featured on NBC Sports, in Sports Illustrated, on ESPN, and in Peter Jennings book “Search for America,” the Women’s Sports Foundation’s book “Superwomen” and the Smithsonian’s acclaimed book and exhibited entitled “Game Face: What does a Female Athlete Look Like.”  The Sharks are featured regularly by both NYC Fox 5 and Brooklyn One during the season.

The City of New York invited the team to city hall for ceremony declaring August 9th, 2010 to be New York Sharks Day. An award winning documentary entitled “First Down” was produced which followed the Sharks during their very first season in 2000. The team has several major publishers interested in the book about the success story of the NY Sharks.

2018 will be the final season for the Sharks as owner, Andra Douglas, has sold the team. The new team in the New York City area beginning in 2019, will be the New York Wolves. 

The ride has been an amazing one, full of memories that will last a lifetime for our staff and all the players who have dawned a Shark uniform.

We thank our partners, fans, medical staff, family, friends and many supporters for their constant and unwavering support for nearly twenty years. 

Remember to Always keep your Fins UP!!!!


(From Left to Right) – Founder / Owner Andra Douglas, VP Crystal Turpin, CFO, Facebook & Website Mgr Dana Sparling