The Maine Freeze, Portland’s five-year-old National Women’s Football Association franchise, has begun tryouts for its 2006 season.

Open tryouts will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 24-25. All sessions will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gorham Sports Center in Gorham. The season’s first tryout was held for both rookies and returning players Aug. 27-28.

The NWFA season runs from April through June.

Mike Farda, who will start his first full year as the Freeze head coach after taking over midway in 2005, says the team has plenty of incentive to start early. The Freeze went 0-8 in 2005 and was at the bottom of the league in scoring and at the top in points allowed.

Tryouts are open to women over the age of 18, or 16 with parental permission.

The Tennessee-based NWFA, which includes more than 40 teams nationwide, plays NFL-type rules, with the exception of a slightly smaller football and kick-offs taking place from the 35-yard line rather than the 30.

For additional information about tryouts, call Mike or Michelle Farda at 490-0231 or go to the Freeze web site at

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