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Indoor Football League
2011 Indoor Football League season
IFL1
Sport Indoor football
Founded 2008
CEO Tommy Benizio
No. of teams 22
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s) Billings Outlaws
Most championship(s) Billings Outlaws (2)
Official website goifl.com

The Indoor Football League is a professional Indoor football league created in 2008 out of the merger between the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football. For the upcoming 2011 season the league has 22 teams in 14 different U.S. states, it is currently the world's largest professional indoor football league. Its two largest competitors are the Arena Football League and the American Indoor Football Association.

HistoryEdit

Formation of the leagueEdit

The merger which formed the new IFL was announced the day before the 2008 National Indoor Bowl Championship, a game which pitted the champions of the two leagues against each other. The Sioux Falls Storm (United) defeated the Louisiana Swashbucklers (Intense) 54 to 42.

2009 SeasonEdit

Of the 17 teams involved in the two previous leagues, 14 carried over to the new organization's 2009 season. An additional 3 teams came over from the CIFL and two expansion teams began their life in the new IFL. In the 2009 IFL United Bowl, the Billings Outlaws (Intense Conference) took the league championship by defeating the River City Rage (United Conference) by a score of 71 to 62.

2010 SeasonEdit

After losing two teams to attrition after the end of the 2009 season, and a third in January 2010, the IFL then added an additional nine franchises to boost its membership to twenty-five for the 2010 season. Three of the new teams were expansion franchises. Two moved over from the Southern Indoor Football League and Continental Indoor Football League. Four teams were members of the now defunct AF2 that chose to join the IFL instead of aligning with the newly formed AF1. After playing 9 games of the 2010 season the Alaska Wild suspended operations, leaving only 24 teams to finish the year.

In the 2010 IFL United Bowl, the Billings Outlaws (Intense Conference) took the league championship by defeating the Sioux Falls Storm (United Conference) by a score of 43 to 34.

2011 SeasonEdit

Seven new teams were added to the IFL for the 2011 season. Some of these were new expansion teams, and others moved to the IFL from the AIFA. The IFL also lost nine teams during the offseason, bringing the total number to twenty-two for 2011.

800px-2011 Indoor Football League Map

Current TeamsEdit

United ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
*Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Stabler Arena (6,000)
*Reading Express Reading, Pennsylvania Sovereign Center (7,083)
Richmond Revolution Richmond, Virginia Arthur Ashe Athletic Center (3,312)

Great Lakes DivisionEdit

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Bloomington Extreme Bloomington, Illinois U.S. Cellular Coliseum (7,000)
Chicago Slaughter Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre (9,500)
Green Bay Blizzard Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin Resch Center (8,621)
La Crosse Spartans La Crosse, Wisconsin La Crosse Center (5,083)

Great Plains DivisionEdit

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
*Nebraska Danger Grand Island, Nebraska Eihusen Arena (7,500)
Omaha Beef Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium (9,300)
Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Arena (4,700)
Wichita Wild Park City, Kansas Hartman Arena (5,000)


Intense ConferenceEdit

Lonestar DivisionEdit

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
*Allen Wranglers Allen, Texas Allen Event Center (6,275)
Amarillo Venom Amarillo, Texas Amarillo Civic Center (5,000)
*Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cox Convention Center (13,231)
West Texas Roughnecks Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum (5,131)

Mountain West DivisionEdit

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
*Arizona Adrenaline Prescott Valley, Arizona Tim's Toyota Center (5,100)
Colorado Ice Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center (7,200)
*Wyoming Cavalry Casper, Wyoming Casper Events Center (8,395)

Pacific DivisionEdit

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Fairbanks Grizzlies Fairbanks, Alaska Carlson Center (4,595)
Kent Predators Kent, Washington ShoWare Center (6,500)
Tri-Cities Fever Kennewick, Washington Toyota Center (5,970)
*Wenatchee Valley Venom Wenatchee, Washington Town Toyota Center (4,300)

* = New team/city for IFL in 2011.

Former TeamsEdit

Left for another leagueEdit

FoldedEdit

  • Alaska Wild - Team suspended operations 9 games into the 2010 season. The coach and multiple players left to play elsewhere and the team no longer had money to continue the season. [6][7]
  • Arctic Predators - Originally announced as 2010 IFL member, but stalemate between ownership group and head coach led to lease difficulties, IFL franchise moved and became the Kent Predators. (A different team with the name Arctic Predators then became a member of the American Indoor Football Association)
  • Austin Turfcats - Will not be in IFL for 2011 season. [8]
  • CenTex Barracudas - Originally announced as an IFL member, but not included in 2009 alignment.
  • El Paso Generals - Owners attempted to sell the team, but did not participate in 2010 season.
  • Everett Destroyers - Originally announced as an IFL member, but not included in 2009 alignment.
  • Frisco Thunder - Originally announced as 2009 IFL member, then announced they would take season off while Dr Pepper Arena was being renovated, team didn't return.
  • RiverCity Rage - Owner suspended them to focus on the Omaha Beef. [9]

InactiveEdit

IFL United Bowl Championship Edit

The IFL continues to use the "United Bowl" name originally used by United Indoor Football. The UIF used this name before they merged with Intense Football League to form the Indoor Football League. The UIF held United Bowl I, II, III, and IV in 2005 through 2008, with all four being won by the Sioux Falls Storm.

Another piece of history about the United Bowl name is that the United Football League, an outdoor league founded in 2009, was planning on using the name for its championship game, but the IFL retained the trademark to the name so that the UFL couldn't use it. The IFL had to continue using the name in some form, and though the name "National Indoor Bowl Championship" was used for the 2008 contest between the UIF and the Intense Football League, the "United Bowl" name continues to be used for the combined league's championship instead.

2009 United Bowl ChampionshipEdit

The 2009 IFL United Bowl featured the Intense Conference champs, the Billings Outlaws, against the upset-minded United Conference River City Rage. The game became a scoring onslaught at the start of the 1st quarter with each team scoring touchdowns. The Outlaw defense snagged a pick in the 2nd quarter which led to another offensive touchdown and a commanding two score lead by halftime. The Rage fought back though, recovering an onside kick at the beginning of the 3rd quarter and driving the ball the length of the field for a touchdown. That would be the closest the game would get for the Rage. The Outlaws would put up just enough points to keep a comfortable lead throughout the fourth and after recovering an onside kick in the last minute of the game, the Outlaws kneeled the ball and took home the crown with a score of 71-62 in a loud, sold out Rimrock Auto Arena.

2010 United Bowl ChampionshipEdit

In the 2010 IFL United Bowl, the Billings Outlaws (Intense Conference) took the league championship by defeating the Sioux Falls Storm (United Conference) by a score of 43 to 34.

Year-By-YearEdit

YearHome TeamAway TeamWinnerScore
2009Billings OutlawsRiverCity RageOutlaws71-62
2010Billings OutlawsSioux Falls StormOutlaws43-34

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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