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Indoor Football League
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2024 Indoor Football League season
SportArena football
Founded2008
Inaugural season2009
CommissionerTodd Tryon
Claim to fameAmerica's longest continuously running indoor football league
No. of teams16
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersGrand Island, Nebraska
Most recent
champion(s)
Bay Area Panthers (1st title)
Most titlesSioux Falls Storm (7)
TV partner(s)YouTube
CBS Sports Network
Related
competitions
Direct: XFL, IFL, UIF
Other: FCF, NAL, CIF
Official websitegoifl.com

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is a professional indoor American football league created in 2008 out of the merger between the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football. It has one of the largest number of currently active teams among indoor football leagues. As of the 2023 season, the league consists of 14 teams in two conferences with each team playing 16 games over 19 weeks.

The league has operated continuously under the same name and corporate structure longer than any other current indoor football league. With the closure of the Arena Football League in 2019, the IFL is the oldest active professional indoor football league in North America, and can trace its history to 2003 (as the Intense Football League).

IFL players earn US$250–500 (before taxes) per game played, with a $25 bonus given to players on the winning team each week. Additionally some teams provide housing for its players during the season.

The IFL has a player personnel partnership with the XFL, to function as their de facto minor league.

History

Formation

The league was formed as a merger between the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football, 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) 54–42.

2009 season

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

2010s

2010 season

After losing two teams to attrition after the end of the 2009 season, and a third in January 2010, the IFL then added another nine franchises to boost its membership to 25 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. After playing nine games of the 2010 season the Alaska Wild suspended operations, leaving only 24 teams to finish the year. In the United Bowl, the Billings Outlaws (Intense Conference) took the league championship by defeating the Sioux Falls Storm (United Conference) by a score of 43–34.

2011 season

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 22 for 2011. In the United Bowl, the Sioux Falls Storm (United Conference) took the league championship by defeating the Tri-Cities Fever (Intense Conference) by a score of 37–10.

2012 season

The league had 16 teams that played the 2012 season. For the 2012 season, the IFL switched to a two-conference format with no divisions, due in large part to the loss of all the Texas-based teams (except the Allen Wranglers) to the newly formed Lone Star Football League. The Wranglers brought attention to the league for offering a $500,000 contract to unemployed wide receiver Terrell Owens to become the team's part-owner and wide receiver. Owens accepted the contract. ESPN3 carried Owens's debut game against the Wichita Wild, but his association with the team and the league proved to be short-lived. The front office of the league saw changes as well, as Commissioner Tommy Benizio resigned. The league appointed assistant commissioner Robert Loving as the interim Commissioner.

2013 season

On October 12, 2012, the Bloomington Edge announced that the team had been sold to the owners of the Bloomington Blaze hockey franchise and would relocate to the new Champions Professional Indoor Football League for the 2013 season. On January 21, 2013, the league announced that the owner of the Cheyenne Warriors had died and that the team would not be entering the league this season as planned.

2014 season

The league added the Minnesota-based Bemidji Axemen to expand to 10 teams but the Chicago Slaughter were sold and changed leagues, returning the IFL to nine teams for the 2014 season. In February 2014, the league announced that it would return to Montana in 2015 with the new Billings Wolves franchise.

2015 season

On July 27, 2014, Iowa Barnstormers president Jeff Lamberti hinted at joining the league by telling a local TV station that the franchise will explore "all options" in the off-season of their continuance to play, including leaving the Arena Football League and going to the IFL for 2015. They joined the IFL in August 2014, becoming the fourth active AFL/af2 franchise to leave for the IFL since the Texas Revolution (formerly the Arkansas Twisters), the Tri-Cities Fever and the Green Bay Blizzard. (The Revolution left the IFL for Champions Indoor Football before ceasing operations in May 2019.)

2016 season

Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (gold jerseys with black accents) vs. Triangle Torch (black jerseys with red and yellow accents) at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 25, 2016

This was the first season the IFL utilized roster restrictions which call for all teams to carry no more than seven players with three or more years' experience in Indoor/Arena football. For the second consecutive season, an AFL team was strongly rumored to join the IFL, as Spokane Shock owner Nader Naini said on August 10, 2015, that he was considering all options for the team. On September 1, the Shock officially joined the IFL, becoming the fifth active AFL/af2 franchise to leave for the IFL since the aforementioned Barnstormers, Fever, Blizzard and Revolution. The Shock, however, would have to enter the IFL under a new identity as the Arena League announced on October 12 that they would retain the rights to the Shock logos and name, possibly for future use by another franchise in the state of Washington. The team subsequently held a name-the-team contest, which resulted in their new identity as the Spokane Empire.

On September 9, the Minnesota Havok (based in Mankato) were announced as an IFL team. However, on January 29, just four weeks before the 2016 season was to kick off, the Havok were terminated by the league for failing to meet operational standards.

On November 25, the Minnesota Axemen folded due to the team "Not fulfilling their commitments to the league." Commissioner Mike Allshouse called the move a proactive one to prevent the team having to fold mid-season.

2017 season

On June 30, 2016, the IFL announced that the Tri-Cities Fever franchise would be dormant, but in good standing with the IFL, for the 2017 season.

Project FANchise, a group aiming to create a professional sports team where fans help run the day-to-day operations, announced they would operate a new team, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles in Salt Lake City. A fan vote determined the team's name and logo, and select fans will have access to player personnel decisions and in-game play calling. Project FANchise also bought the Colorado Crush in October and began operating the team in the same manner.

During the 2016 season, the Billings Wolves' website was hacked, was never completely fixed, and was non-operational for months. Several former staff members claimed that the team had folded after the completion of the season. On October 24, 2016, the Wolves announced they had left the IFL because of state regulations and failing to find new ownership for the team.

On October 17, 2016, the IFL announced it had added the Arizona Rattlers, previously of the Arena Football League, for the 2017 season. The Rattlers were the third team in three consecutive seasons to leave the AFL for the IFL. The league rejected the bid of another former AFL franchise, the Jacksonville Sharks, who are located outside the IFL's regional territory. They subsequently announced their charter membership in an entirely new league, originally to have been called the Arena Development League but actually beginning play under the name National Arena League.

2018 season

After the 2017 season came to a close, the website for the Colorado Crush was shut down with no formal announcement on the franchise's future. Project FANchise, which also ran the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, had announced they would start their own league and left the IFL, with both teams going up for sale. No buyers for either team were subsequently found and the teams folded. On July 12, 2017, the Spokane Empire announced that they would be suspending operations effective immediately.

On July 25, 2017, the IFL announced that only the Arizona Rattlers, Cedar Rapids Titans, Green Bay Blizzard, Iowa Barnstormers, and Nebraska Danger had committed to play for 2018. However, expansion clubs and current member clubs had until September 1 to commit to the 2018 season. On August 30, the Sioux Falls Storm announced that they had joined Champions Indoor Football for 2018 after winning six consecutive championships from 2011 to 2016. The Storm was shortly followed by the Wichita Falls Nighthawks.

The IFL then added the Bloomington Edge and West Michigan Ironmen from the CIF on September 12. The CIF apparently then attempted to sue the IFL, Edge, and Ironmen for leaving the CIF after the two teams had already signed league affiliation agreements with the CIF for 2018. The IFL then threatened to sue the CIF, Storm, and Nighthawks in return despite neither former IFL team signing an affiliation agreement with the IFL for 2018. The CIF then retracted their lawsuit with the IFL but also removed the Storm and Nighthawks from their 2018 schedule. After the IFL meetings in October 2017, the Storm returned to the IFL but the Nighthawks had to suspend operations. While the CIF did drop the lawsuit against the IFL, it filed for an injunction against the Edge and Ironmen teams from participating in the IFL for breaking the terms of their signed affiliation agreements. A temporary injunction from participation in the league was granted on January 31, 2018, with the court ruling determining that both teams had been offered bribes from the owner of the Arizona Rattlers to break their contract with the CIF. The schedule was revised in February for the six participating teams stating the Edge and Ironmen were to return in 2019.

During the season, the Cedar Rapids Titans' ownership announced the team was for sale with hopes of selling to new local ownership. In June 2018, it was announced that the Titans had been sold to Roy Choi, a California-based businessman, with the intentions of keeping the team Cedar Rapids but would rebrand the team.

2019 season

In August 2018, the IFL announced that the expansion Tucson Sugar Skulls, owned by Rattlers' coach Kevin Guy, were joining the league after being rumored to have joined the CIF. On September 7, the IFL announced that the Quad City Steamwheelers would join the league from the CIF. The Cedar Rapids team announced their rebrand as the Cedar Rapids River Kings on September 22. On October 5, the Bismarck Bucks of the CIF announced their move to the IFL. On November 19, the IFL announced another expansion team, the San Diego Strike Force, owned by the new Cedar Rapids owner Roy Choi to bring the league back up to ten teams. The addition of the Sugar Skulls and Strike Force gave the Rattlers geographic rivals, reducing that team's travel expenses in a league otherwise centered in the upper Midwest.

2020s

2020 season

On August 20, 2019, the Duke City Gladiators joined the IFL after winning back-to-back CIF championships. On September 10, the Oakland Panthers, co-owned by former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, joined the IFL for the 2020 season. On November 1, the league added the Spokane Shock after it was resurrected by former NFL player Sam Adams, with the Spokane team reacquiring the Shock brand following the Empire's folding in 2017. The Bosselman family were looking to sell the Nebraska Danger, but no owner was found before the deadline for participating in the 2020 season. On November 24, 2019, the IFL added a thirteenth team in Frisco, Texas, owned by the Germain family called the Frisco Fighters. The Germain family also purchased the sponsorship rights for the IFL, the management rights of the league's communications and marketing department, as well as a second expansion for the 2021 season in Columbus, Ohio, known as the Columbus Wild Dogs.

Two games into the 2020 season, the league postponed the rest of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 13, 2020, the season was fully cancelled.

2021 season

The Frisco Fighters played their inaugural home opener against the Duke City Gladiators during the 2021 season.

On June 26, 2020, the Columbus Wild Dogs announced it would not begin play until 2022. On August 19, 2020, the Massachusetts Pirates, formerly of the National Arena League, were added to the IFL for the 2021 season as the league's first East Coast-based team. On August 25, the league added the Northern Arizona Wranglers in Prescott Valley, Arizona, for the 2021 season, joining the Arizona Rattlers and Tucson Sugar Skulls as the third IFL team to be based in Arizona for 2021. On November 6, the Louisville Xtreme of Louisville, Kentucky, was added. The 2020 expansion Oakland Panthers, as well as the Cedar Rapids River Kings, Quad City Steamwheelers, and the San Diego Strike Force withdrew from the season due to the effects of the pandemic. On May 11, 2021, the IFL announced as broadcast partnership with Stadium to air the IFL Game of the Week beginning May 15, 2021. On June 14, the IFL terminated the Xtreme's membership after five games played due to failing to maintain the league's minimum obligations and did not finish the season.

2022 season

On May 11, 2021, the IFL announced that Bill Foley and the Vegas Golden Knights had purchased a 2022 expansion franchise to be based in the Las Vegas Valley called the Vegas Knight Hawks. In October 2021, the league updated its website, removing the Cedar Rapids River Kings and postponing the launch of the Columbus Wild Dogs to 2023. On February 24, 2022, the Spokane Shock were removed from the league after the team lost its lease for their home arena.

2023 season

On July 26, 2022, the IFL announced that Andy Scurto and the Tulsa Oilers had purchased a 2023 expansion franchise to be based in Tulsa, which would also be called the Tulsa Oilers. The Bay Area Panthers won the 2023 Championship defeating the Sioux Falls Storm 51-41 after going 1-15 in the previous year. On October 7, the Bismarck Bucks announced they will suspend operations for the 2023 season.

For the 2023 season, the league signed a player personnel partnership with the XFL, to function as their de facto minor league.

2024 season

For the 2024 season, the league expanded to 16 teams with the addition of the Jacksonville Sharks and San Antonio Gunslingers from the National Arena League. The Sharks were added to the Eastern Conference and the Gunslingers were added to the Western Conference.

On October 24, 2023, the IFL announced that its first expansion team for 2025 would be based in Indianapolis and would play at the new Fishers Event Center in nearby Fishers.

Teams

Current

For the 2024 season, the league is split into two conferences.

Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined Head coach
Eastern Conference
Frisco Fighters Frisco, Texas Comerica Center 3,500 2019 2020 Andre Coles
Green Bay Blizzard Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin Resch Center 8,600 2003 2010 Corey Roberson
Iowa Barnstormers Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 15,181 1995 2015 Dave Mogensen
Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, Florida VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena 13,011 2010 2024 Jason Gibson
Massachusetts Pirates Massachusetts N/A 12,339 2017 2021 Mark Stoute
Quad City Steamwheelers Moline, Illinois Vibrant Arena at The MARK 9,200 2017 2019 Cory Ross
Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakota Denny Sanford Premier Center 10,678 2000 2009 Andre Fields
Tulsa Oilers Tulsa, Oklahoma BOK Center 16,582 2022 2023 Marvin Jones
Western Conference
Arizona Rattlers Phoenix, Arizona Footprint Center 18,422 1992 2017 Kevin Guy
Bay Area Panthers San Jose, California SAP Center 17,562 2019 2020 Rob Keefe
Duke City Gladiators Rio Rancho, New Mexico Rio Rancho Events Center 6,000 2015 2020 Fred Griggs
Northern Arizona Wranglers Prescott Valley, Arizona Findlay Toyota Center 6,000 2020 2021 Les Moss
San Antonio Gunslingers San Antonio, Texas Freeman Coliseum 9,000 2020 2024 Tom Menas
San Diego Strike Force San Diego, California Pechanga Arena 12,000 2018 2019 Taylor Genuser
Tucson Sugar Skulls Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center 8,962 2018 2019 Billy Back
Vegas Knight Hawks Henderson, Nevada Dollar Loan Center 6,019 2021 2022 Mike Davis

Inactive teams

Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined/Joining Head coach
Indianapolis Fishers, Indiana Fishers Event Center 6,500 2023 2025 TBD

Map of teams

Current IFL team locations (Eastern Conference teams in blue; Western Conference teams in red; inactive IFL members teams in black)

Former

  • Abilene Ruff Riders – Left IFL after 2010 season for the Southern Indoor Football League and later folded in 2013.
  • Alaska Wild – Team suspended operations nine 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.
  • Amarillo Venom – Left IFL after 2011 season for the Lone Star Football League.
  • 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 same name [Arctic Predators] then became a member of the American Indoor Football Association.)
  • Arizona Adrenaline – Ceased operations before the end of the 2011 season. Some games were played with a replacement team.
  • Austin Turfcats – Folded following the 2010 season.
  • Bismarck Bucks – Suspended operations in 2022. Team no longer listed on IFL website as of October 2023.
  • Billings Outlaws – Owner suspended the 2011 season and never returned.
  • Billings Wolves – Owner could not find a buyer for the team after the 2016 season and did not return.
  • Binghamton – Owner suspended the 2012 season and never returned.[citation needed]
  • Bloomington Edge – Left IFL after 2012 season; rejoined the IFL for the 2018 season but was subsequently barred from playing in the IFL that season due to ligation over its departure from the CIF. Played an independent schedule in 2018 with the intent of rejoining the IFL in 2019, but were not included in the league schedule. In 2020 planned on joining the American Arena League, but lost out on the lease to the arena to another tenant and subsequently folded.
  • Bricktown Brawlers – Ceased operations before the end of the 2011 season. Final games were played with a replacement team.
  • Cedar Rapids Titans/River Kings – Played as the Titans from 2012 to 2018. Were sold and rebranded as the River Kings for the 2019 season and folded after the cancelled 2020 season.
  • CenTex Barracudas – Originally announced as a 2009 IFL member but then was not included in 2009 alignment.
  • Charlotte Speed – Originally intended to play during the 2013 IFL season but left for the PIFL instead.
  • Cheyenne Warriors – Owner died shortly before 2013 season began and team suspended IFL operations prior to first season. They played a few games in the DIFL, and shutdown entirely in May 2013.
  • Chicago Slaughter – Left IFL after 2013 season to join Continental Indoor Football League, but never played in it.
  • Colorado Crush – Website shut down at the conclusion of the 2017 season after their owners, Project FANchise, left the league to start their own league.
  • Columbus Wild Dogs – Originally set to begin play in 2021, inaugural season was later pushed back to 2022, 2023 and 2024. Team no longer listed on IFL website as of October 2023.
  • Corpus Christi Hammerheads – Left IFL after 2010 season for the Southern Indoor Football League.
  • El Paso Generals – Owners attempted to sell the team and after 2009 season and never returned.
  • Everett Raptors – Team folded after 2012 season.
  • Everett Destroyers – Originally announced as a 2009 IFL member but then was not included in 2009 alignment.
  • Fairbanks Grizzlies – Owner suspended the 2012 season and never returned.
  • Frisco Thunder – Originally announced as 2009 IFL member but then announced they would take season off while Dr Pepper Arena was being renovated and never returned.
  • La Crosse Spartans – Owners suspended the team and started the Cedar Rapids Titans. The team failed to find new ownership in 2011 and never returned.
  • Lehigh Valley Steelhawks – Left IFL after 2012 season for the Professional Indoor Football League.
  • Louisiana Swashbucklers – A member of the Intense Football League in 2008; left Indoor Football League prior to its inaugural season for the Southern Indoor Football League.
  • Louisville Xtreme – Added for the 2021 season but membership was terminated by the league after five games played.
  • Maryland Maniacs – Owner suspended the 2011 season and never returned.
  • Minnesota Axemen – Membership terminated in 2015 by the league due to franchise's failure to meet league obligations.
  • Minnesota Havok – Announced for 2016 season but were terminated by the league one month prior to the season for failure to reach minimum operational standards.
  • New Mexico Stars – Left IFL after 2012 season for the Lone Star Football League.
  • Nebraska Danger – Joined in 2011; owner put the team up for sale at the end of the 2019 season and did not find a buyer before the 2020 season.
  • Omaha Beef – Left IFL after 2012 season for the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.
  • Reading Express – Took 2013 season off and never returned.
  • Richmond Revolution – Owner suspended the 2012 season and never returned.
  • RiverCity Rage – Owner suspended the team to focus on the Omaha Beef.
  • Rochester Raiders – Owner suspended the 2011 season and never returned.
  • Saginaw Sting – Left for the Ultimate Indoor Football League after sitting out the 2010 season.
  • Salt Lake Screaming Eagles – After Project FANchise left the IFL to start a new league, the Screaming Eagles were never able to secure new ownership.
  • San Angelo Stampede Express – Owner suspended the 2011 season and never returned.
  • Sioux City Bandits – Left IFL after 2010 season for the American Professional Football League.
  • Spokane Empire – Owner suspended operations after the 2017 season and eventually reacquired the Spokane Shock brand. The Shock returned to the league in 2020.
  • Spokane Shock – Returned for the cancelled 2020 season and played the 2021 season. Removed from league after the team lost its lease in prior to the 2022 season.
  • Texas Revolution – Left IFL after 2014 season, now defunct.
  • Tri-Cities Fever – Team went dormant after the 2016 season with the franchise remaining in good standing with the IFL, but the current ownership has no plans for a return.
  • Tucson Thunder Kats – Team joined the AIFA West before being officially accepted into the IFL but ended up suspending operations in November 2010 due to financial losses instead.
  • West Michigan Ironmen – Attempted to join the IFL for the 2018 season from the CIF but was barred from joining. The team was sold in 2018 and the new ownership was announced as rejoining the CIF for 2019, but were not included for 2019 and instead joined Midwest Professional Indoor Football.
  • West Michigan ThunderHawks – Owner suspended the 2011 season and never returned.
  • Wenatchee Valley Venom – Owner suspended the 2012 season and never returned.
  • West Texas Roughnecks – Left IFL after 2011 season for the Lone Star Football League.
  • Wichita Falls Nighthawks – Left for Champions Indoor Football after the 2017 season but folded due to league disputes.
  • Wichita Wild – Left IFL after the 2012 season, for the Champions Indoor Football League. Folded in 2014.
  • Wyoming Cavalry – Owner ceased operations in September 2014.

Timeline

Indianapolis IFL teamSan Antonio Gunslingers (indoor football)Jacksonville SharksTulsa Oilers (IFL)Vegas Knight HawksNorthern Arizona WranglersMassachusetts PiratesLouisville XtremeBay Area PanthersOakland PanthersFrisco FightersDuke City GladiatorsTucson Sugar SkullsSan Diego Strike ForceQuad City Steamwheelers (2018–)Bismarck BucksSalt Lake Screaming EaglesArizona RattlersSpokane ShockSpokane EmpireWichita Falls NighthawksIowa BarnstormersBillings WolvesMinnesota AxemenNew Mexico StarsCedar Rapids River KingsWyoming CavalryWenatchee Valley VenomReading ExpressNebraska DangerLehigh Valley SteelhawksBricktown BrawlersArizona AdrenalineTri-Cities FeverRichmond RevolutionLa Crosse SpartansGreen Bay BlizzardChicago SlaughterAustin TurfcatsTexas Revolution (indoor football)Everett RaptorsAmarillo VenomWichita WildWest Michigan ThunderHawksSioux Falls StormSioux City BanditsSan Angelo Stampede ExpressSaginaw StingRochester RaidersRiverCity RageOmaha BeefWest Texas RoughnecksMaryland ManiacsFairbanks GrizzliesEl Paso GeneralsCorpus Christi HammerheadsColorado Crush (IFL)Bloomington EdgeBillings OutlawsAbilene Ruff RidersAlaska Wild

IFL Championship Game

The IFL Championship Game (formerly the United Bowl) has been played every season since 2009. The current IFL champions are the Bay Area Panthers, who won the championship game in 2023 defeating the Sioux Falls Storm. The Sioux Falls Storm won six straight United Bowls from 2011 to 2016.

The IFL continued 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. Although the name "National Indoor Bowl Championship" was used for the 2008 contest between the UIF and the Intense Football League, the "United Bowl" name was used for the combined league's championship instead up through 2021. Starting in the 2022 season the league started a three-year deal to play the now named IFL National Championship Game in the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada.

Results

Game Date Winning team Losing team MVP Site Attendance
2009 August 15, 2009 Billings Outlaws 71 RiverCity Rage 62 Chris Dixon Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark 8,351
2010 July 17, 2010 Billings Outlaws 43 Sioux Falls Storm 34 Chris Dixon (2) Billings Sports Plex 2,500
2011 July 16, 2011 Sioux Falls Storm 37 Tri-Cities Fever 10 Chris Dixon (3) Sioux Falls Arena 4,696
2012 July 14, 2012 Sioux Falls Storm 59 Tri-Cities Fever 32 Jeremiah Price Sioux Falls Arena 4,901
2013 June 29, 2013 Sioux Falls Storm 43 Nebraska Danger 40 Terrance Bryant Sioux Falls Arena 5,202
2014 June 28, 2014 Sioux Falls Storm 63 Nebraska Danger 46 Chris Dixon (4)
James Terry
Sioux Falls Arena 4,500
2015 July 11, 2015 Sioux Falls Storm 62 Nebraska Danger 27 Brandon Johnson-Farrell Denny Sanford Premier Center 9,245
2016 July 23, 2016 Sioux Falls Storm 55 Spokane Empire 34 Lorenzo Brown Denny Sanford Premier Center 9,000
2017 July 8, 2017 Arizona Rattlers 50 Sioux Falls Storm 41 Justin Shirk Denny Sanford Premier Center
2018 July 7, 2018 Iowa Barnstormers 42 Sioux Falls Storm 38 Ryan Balentine Wells Fargo Arena
2019 July 13, 2019 Sioux Falls Storm 56 Arizona Rattlers 53 Lorenzo Brown (2) Gila River Arena 14,635
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 September 12, 2021 Massachusetts Pirates 37 Arizona Rattlers 34 Alejandro Bennifield (1) Footprint Center 6,385
2022 August 13, 2022 Northern Arizona Wranglers 47 Quad City Steamwheelers 45 Jaquan Artis (1) Dollar Loan Center 4,149
2023 August 5, 2023 Bay Area Panthers 51 Sioux Falls Storm 41 Dalton Sneed Dollar Loan Center 3,674

Media

On May 11, 2021, the IFL announced a national television partnership with Stadium, in which Stadium will air the IFL Game of The Week nationally each week for the rest of the season. The deal was negotiated by The Team Management, LLC, and each game will be produced exclusively by BEK Communications.

All other games will still be streamed through YouTube. Some teams also have individual contracts with local or regional TV and radio channels.

IFL team media deals
Team TV Station(s) Radio Station(s)
Arizona Rattlers LATV KQFN The Fanatic
Bay Area Panthers The CW 95.7 The Game
Bismarck Bucks BEK Sports None
Duke City Gladiators UniMás Nuevo Mexico, KRQE 13 None
Frisco Fighters CW33(DFW), CW39 (Houston) KDBT 1160AM and KHYI 95.3 The Range
Green Bay Blizzard ABC12, Telemundo Wisconsin None
Iowa Barnstormers MC22 Newsradio 1040 WHO
Massachusetts Pirates NESN, NESN Plus, and Eleven Sports WCRN
Northern Arizona Wranglers Univision Arizona None
Sioux Falls Storm None KWSN Sports Radio 1230 AM
Tucson Sugar Skulls The CW Tucson Fox Sports 1450 AM

Hall of Fame

The Indoor Football League Hall of Fame is the official Hall of Fame of the IFL. The creation and inaugural class for this Hall was formed in 2014 and consisted of three inductees. All classes between 2014 and 2019 have consisted of three inductees which have contributed to the league in a significant way. There were no inductees for 2020; however, the 2021 class included four inductees. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor for players, coaches, and contributors involved in the IFL. The league was formed out of the merger of two indoor football leagues United Indoor Football and Intense Football League, which qualifies players who have also contributed at a high level to these former leagues prior to the merger. This Hall of Fame only incorporates contributors to the IFL, and its former leagues, so no other indoor or arena football leagues factor into the inductions. The Arena Football League has its own corresponding Hall of Fame. There is currently no physical location for the Indoor Football League Hall of Fame. Unlike the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame, there is no museum to view the inductees. Instead, it is more similar to the Arena Football Hall of Fame in that the inductees are enshrined online and without a physical location.

Qualifications

In order to be nominated for the Indoor Football League Hall of Fame, a candidate must have contributed in some significant fashion to be enshrined in the Hall. There is no official criteria that must be met other than the self-explained significant contributions to the league. Unlike other football Hall of Fames, the IFL Hall of Fame is far more new and laxed. To qualify, a member would need to significantly contribute to a franchise that played in the IFL, United Indoor Football, or Intense Football League during their tenure.

Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game

Starting with the 2021 season, the league added a new tradition of a Hall of Fame game. Similar to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, the first game of the season will now commemorate and recognize the hall of fame class for that year. Before this, the inductees were celebrated during the United Bowl championship game.

Inductees

The list is complete up to date 2022 Hall of Fame class.

Biographies and statistics can be referenced at the Hall of Fame web site.
Inductee Class Position Team(s) Years
Tommy Benizio 2014 Commissioner, Owner, Co-founder Odessa Roughnecks 2004–2008
Commissioner 2008–2012
Rich Roste 2014 Announcer Sioux Falls Storm 2000–present
Terrance Bryant 2014 Quarterback Sioux Falls Storm 2005–2010, 2013
LaRon Council 2015 Running Back La Crosse Spartans 2011
Green Bay Blizzard 2012
Cedar Rapids Titans 2013–2014
Chris Dixon 2015 Quarterback Black Hills Red Dogs 2005
Billings Mavericks/ Outlaws 2005–2010
Sioux Falls Storm 2011–2012, 2014, 2019
B. J. Hill 2015 Defensive back/Kick return Green Bay Blizzard 2010–2013, 2018–2019
Mark Blackburn 2016 Linebacker Sioux Falls Storm 2003–2010
Lionell Singleton 2016 Defensive back Tri-Cities Fever 2010–2015
Tom Wigley 2016 Owner Colorado Ice/ Crush 2010–2016
Robert Fuller 2017 Head Coach Omaha Beef 2005–2006
Fairbanks Grizzlies 2011
Green Bay Blizzard 2012–2013
Bemidji Axemen 2014
Cory Johnsen 2017 Defensive lineman Sioux Falls Storm 2006–2015
James Terry 2017 Wide receiver Sioux Falls Storm 2006–2015
Pig Brown 2018 Linebacker RiverCity Rage 2009
Nebraska Danger 2012–2015
Charlie Sanders 2018 Offensive lineman Billings Outlaws 2010
Sioux Falls Storm 2011–2016
Jameel Sewell 2018 Quarterback Green Bay Blizzard 2011
Nebraska Danger 2012–2016
Javicz Jones 2019 Linebacker Texas Revolution 2014
Iowa Barnstormers 2015–2017
Myniya Smith 2019 Offensive lineman Billings Outlaws 2009–2010
Sioux Falls Storm 2011–2017
Bryan Pray 2019 Wide receiver West Michigan ThunderHawks 2010
La Crosse Spartans 2011
Green Bay Blizzard 2012
Ceder Rapids Titans 2013–2015
Spokane Empire 2016
Iowa Barnstormers 2017
Fred Jackson 2021 Running back Sioux City Bandits 2004–2005
Heron O'Neal 2021 Head coach Billings Outlaws 2006–2010
Colorado Ice/ Crush 2012–2016
John Pettit 2021 General manager/vice president Iowa Barnstormers 2008–2020
Kurtiss Riggs 2021 Head coach Sioux Falls Storm 2003–present
Charlie Bosselman 2022 Owner Nebraska Danger 2010–2019
Nate Fluit 2022 Defensive lineman Sioux Falls Storm 2003–2007
Carl Sims 2022 Wide receiver Bloomington Edge
Billings Outlaws
Sioux City Bandits
Sioux Falls Storm
Cedar Rapids River Kings
Billings Wolves
Green Bay Blizzard
Spokane Empire
Nebraska Danger

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