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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. Heading into 2010, the IFL will be second only to the NFL in the number of teams a North American Professional Football League contains.

The IFL is now referred to by many sportswriters as the "Premier League of Indoor Football". With the dissolving of the AFL and the af2, the Indoor Football League has now become the largest of the 3 major leagues in Indoor/Arena Football. The other two leagues are the AIFA and the newly created Arena Football 1. Though the IFL and the AIFA do not intentionally coordinate in any way, the two leagues are not directly competing with each other for markets. Only three states (Maryland, Virginia & Washington State) and only one city (Richmond, Virginia) have teams in both the IFL and the AIFA.

History

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. In this hard fought match, the Sioux Falls Storm (United) defeated the Louisiana Swashbucklers (Intense) 54 to 42.

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.

After losing 2 teams to attrition after the end of the 2009 season, the IFL added an additional 9 franchises to boost its membership to 26 for the 2010 season. 3 of the new teams were expansion franchises. 2 moved over from the Southern Indoor Football League and Continental Indoor Football League. 4 teams were members of the now defunct AF2 that chose to join the IFL instead of aligning with the newly formed af1.

2010 teams

Team Location Arena (Capacity)

Abilene Ruff Riders Abilene, Texasmarker Taylor County Expo Centermarker (5,000)

Alaska Wild Anchorage, Alaskamarker Sullivan Arenamarker (6,406)

*Amarillo Dusters Amarillo, Texasmarker Amarillo Civic Centermarker (5,000)

*Arctic Predators Wasilla, Alaskamarker Curtis D.marker Menard Memorial Sports Centermarker (1,700)

*Arkansas Twisters North Little Rock, Arkansasmarker Verizon Arenamarker (16,000)

*Austin Turfcats Austin, Texasmarker Luedecke Arenamarker (6,720)

Billings Outlaws Billings, Montanamarker Rimrock Auto Arenamarker (8,700)

Bloomington Extreme Bloomington, Illinoismarker U.S.marker Cellular Coliseummarker (7,000)

*Chicago Slaughter Hoffman Estates, Illinoismarker Sears Centremarker (9,500)

Colorado Ice Loveland, Coloradomarker Budweiser Events Centermarker (7,200)

Corpus Christi Hammerheads Corpus Christi, Texasmarker American Bank Centermarker (8,156)

El Paso Generals El Paso, Texasmarker El Paso County Coliseummarker (5,250)

Fairbanks Grizzlies Fairbanks, Alaskamarker Carlson Centermarker (4,595)

*Green Bay Blizzard Ashwaubenon, Wisconsinmarker Resch Centermarker (10,200)

*La Crosse Spartans La Crosse, Wisconsinmarker La Crosse Centermarker (11,000)

Maryland Maniacs Upper Marlboro, Marylandmarker Show Place Arenamarker (5,800)

Odessa Roughnecks Odessa, Texasmarker Ector County Coliseummarker (5,131)

Omaha Beef Omaha, Nebraskamarker Omaha Civic Auditoriummarker (9,300)

*Richmond Revolution Richmond, Virginiamarker Arthur Ashe Athletic Centermarker (6,000)

Rochester Raiders Rochester, New Yorkmarker Blue Cross Arenamarker (11,215)

San Angelo Stampede Express San Angelo, Texasmarker San Angelo Coliseummarker (5,260)

Sioux City Bandits Sioux City, Iowamarker Gateway Arenamarker (6,437)

Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakotamarker Sioux Falls Arenamarker (4,700)

*Tri-Cities Fever Kennewick, Washingtonmarker Toyota Centermarker (5,970)

West Michigan ThunderHawks Walker, Michiganmarker DeltaPlex Arenamarker (4,416)

Wichita Wild Park City, Kansasmarker Hartman Arenamarker (5,000)
* = New to IFL for 2010

Potential future expansion teams



Inactive

  • RiverCity Rage - Owner suspended them to focus on the Omaha Beef. There remains the possibility that new ownership could step forward and the Rage could resume play for the 2011 season.
  • Saginaw Sting - played 2009 season, but owners have chosen to sit out the 2010 season to restructure and to expand the financial picture. The team hopes to resume play in 2011.


Former IFL Teams/Failed Expansion



IFL United Bowl results

Year Winner Loser Score
2009 Billings Outlaws RiverCity Rage 71-62


References

  1. http://www.billingsgazette.com/sports/football/professional/arena/blog/article_d1666b04-ce7c-11de-a663-001cc4c03
  2. [1]
  3. IFL Announces Franchises for 2010 season
  4. Swashbucklers Leave IFL for new SIFL


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