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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. 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. As of 2022 season, the league consists of 14 teams in two conferences with each team playing 16 games over 19 weeks.

IFL players earn US$250-500 per game played, with a $25 bonus given to players on the winning team each week. Additionally, the 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.

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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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more (The Revolution left the IFL for Champions Indoor Football before ceasing operations in May 2019. ).

2016 season

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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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

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. +more 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. +more 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. 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.

Teams

Current

For the 2023 season, the league is split into two conferences.

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoinedHead coach
Eastern ConferenceEastern ConferenceEastern ConferenceEastern ConferenceEastern ConferenceEastern ConferenceEastern Conference
Frisco FightersFrisco, TexasComerica Centercenter| 3,500center| 2019center| 2020Billy Back
Green Bay BlizzardAshwaubenon, WisconsinResch Centercenter| 8,600center| 2003center| 2010Corey Roberson
Iowa BarnstormersDes Moines, IowaWells Fargo Arenacenter| 15,181center| 1995center| 2015Dave Mogensen
Massachusetts PiratesWorcester, MassachusettsDCU Centercenter| 12,339center| 2017center| 2021Rayshaun Kizer
Quad City SteamwheelersMoline, IllinoisVibrant Arena at The MARK9,200center| 2017center| 2019Cory Ross
Sioux Falls StormSioux Falls, South DakotaDenny Sanford Premier Centercenter| 10,678center| 2000center| 2009Kurtiss Riggs
Tulsa OilersTulsa, OklahomaBOK Centercenter| 16,582center| 2022center| 2023Marvin Jones
Western ConferenceWestern ConferenceWestern ConferenceWestern ConferenceWestern ConferenceWestern ConferenceWestern Conference
Arizona RattlersPhoenix, ArizonaFootprint Centercenter| 18,422center| 1992center| 2017Kevin Guy
Bay Area PanthersSan Jose, CaliforniaSAP Centercenter| 17,562center| 2019center| 2020Kurt Bryan
Duke City GladiatorsRio Rancho, New MexicoRio Rancho Events Centercenter| 6,000center| 2015center| 2020Sherman Carter
Northern Arizona WranglersPrescott Valley, ArizonaFindlay Toyota Centercenter| 6,000center| 2020center| 2021Les Moss
San Diego Strike ForceSan Diego, CaliforniaPechanga Arenacenter| 12,000center| 2018center| 2019David Beezer
Tucson Sugar SkullsTucson, ArizonaTucson Convention Centercenter| 8,962center| 2018center| 2019Dixie Wooten
Vegas Knight HawksHenderson, NevadaDollar Loan Centercenter| 6,019center| 2021center| 2022Mike Davis

2024 teams

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoined/JoiningHead coach
Bismarck BucksBismarck, North DakotaBismarck Event Centercenter| 10,100center| 2017center| 2019Rod Miller
Columbus Wild DogsColumbus, OhioNationwide Arenacenter| 18,500center| 2019center| 2024Bobby Olive

Map of teams

Former

Abilene Ruff Riders - Left IFL after 2010 season for the Southern Indoor Football League. * Alaska Wild - Team suspended operations nine games into the 2010 season. +more 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 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 - Was not in IFL for 2011 season. * 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. * 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. * 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. * Wyoming Cavalry - Owner ceased operations in September 2014.

Timeline

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IFL Championship Game

The IFL Championship Game (formerly the United Bowl) has been played every season since 2009. The current IFL champions are the Northern Arizona Wranglers, who won the championship game in 2022. +more 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. +more 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

GameDateWinning teamLosing teamMVPSiteAttendance
2009August 15, 2009Billings Outlaws71RiverCity Rage62Chris DixonRimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark8,351
2010July 17, 2010Billings Outlaws43Sioux Falls Storm34Chris Dixon (2)Billings Sports Plex2,500
2011July 16, 2011Sioux Falls Storm37Tri-Cities Fever10Chris Dixon (3)Sioux Falls Arena4,696
2012July 14, 2012Sioux Falls Storm59Tri-Cities Fever32Jeremiah PriceSioux Falls Arena4,901
2013June 29, 2013Sioux Falls Storm43Nebraska Danger40Terrance BryantSioux Falls Arena5,202
2014June 28, 2014Sioux Falls Storm63Nebraska Danger46Chris Dixon (4) James TerrySioux Falls Arena4,500
2015July 11, 2015Sioux Falls Storm62Nebraska Danger27Brandon Johnson-FarrellDenny Sanford Premier Center9,245
2016July 23, 2016Sioux Falls Storm55Spokane Empire34Lorenzo BrownDenny Sanford Premier Center9,000
2017July 8, 2017Arizona Rattlers50Sioux Falls Storm41Justin ShirkDenny Sanford Premier Center
2018July 7, 2018Iowa Barnstormers42Sioux Falls Storm38Ryan BalentineWells Fargo Arena
2019July 13, 2019Sioux Falls Storm56Arizona Rattlers53Lorenzo Brown (2)Gila River Arena14,635
2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemicSeason cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021September 12, 2021Massachusetts Pirates37Arizona Rattlers34Alejandro Bennifield (1)Footprint Center
2022August 13, 2022Northern Arizona Wranglers47Quad City Steamwheelers45Jaquan Artis (1)Dollar Loan Center4,481

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.

TeamTV Station(s)Radio Station(s)
Arizona RattlersLATVKQFN The Fanatic
Bismarck BucksBEK SportsNone
Duke City GladiatorsUniMás Nuevo Mexico, KRQE 13None
Frisco FightersCW33(DFW), CW39 (Houston)KDBT 1160AM and KHYI 95.3 The Range
Green Bay BlizzardABC12, Telemundo WisconsinNone
Iowa BarnstormersMC22Newsradio 1040 WHO
Massachusetts PiratesNESN, NESN Plus, and Eleven SportsNone
Northern Arizona WranglersUnivision ArizonaNone
Sioux Falls StormNoneKWSN Sports Radio 1230 AM
Tucson Sugar SkullsThe CW TucsonFox 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. +more 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. +more 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. +more 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.

Tommy Benizio2014Commissioner, Owner, Co-founderOdessa Roughnecks2004-2008
Commissioner2008-2012
Rich Roste2014AnnouncerSioux Falls Storm2000-present
Terrance Bryant2014QuarterbackSioux Falls Storm2005-2010, 2013
LaRon Council2015Running BackLa Crosse Spartans2011
LaRon Council2015Running BackGreen Bay Blizzard2012
LaRon Council2015Running BackCedar Rapids Titans2013-2014
Chris Dixon2015QuarterbackBlack Hills Red Dogs2005
Chris Dixon2015QuarterbackBillings Mavericks/ Outlaws2005-2010
Chris Dixon2015QuarterbackSioux Falls Storm2011-2012, 2014, 2019
+more_J. _Hill_(Indoor_Football)'>B. J. Hill2015Defensive back/Kick returnGreen Bay Blizzard2010-2013, 2018-2019
Mark Blackburn2016LinebackerSioux Falls Storm2003-2010
Lionell Singleton2016Defensive backTri-Cities Fever2010-2015
Tom Wigley2016OwnerColorado Ice/ Crush2010-2016
Robert Fuller2017Head CoachOmaha Beef2005-2006
Robert Fuller2017Head CoachFairbanks Grizzlies2011
Robert Fuller2017Head CoachGreen Bay Blizzard2012-2013
Robert Fuller2017Head CoachBemidji Axemen2014
Cory Johnsen2017Defensive linemanSioux Falls Storm2006-2015
James Terry2017Wide receiverSioux Falls Storm2006-2015
Pig Brown2018LinebackerRiverCity Rage2009
Pig Brown2018LinebackerNebraska Danger2012-2015
Charlie Sanders2018Offensive linemanBillings Outlaws2010
Charlie Sanders2018Offensive linemanSioux Falls Storm2011-2016
Jameel Sewell2018QuarterbackGreen Bay Blizzard2011
Jameel Sewell2018QuarterbackNebraska Danger2012-2016
Javicz Jones2019LinebackerTexas Revolution2014
Javicz Jones2019LinebackerIowa Barnstormers2015-2017
Myniya Smith2019Offensive linemanBillings Outlaws2009-2010
Myniya Smith2019Offensive linemanSioux Falls Storm2011-2017
Bryan Pray2019Wide receiverWest Michigan ThunderHawks2010
Bryan Pray2019Wide receiverLa Crosse Spartans2011
Bryan Pray2019Wide receiverGreen Bay Blizzard2012
Bryan Pray2019Wide receiverCeder Rapids Titans2013-2015
Bryan Pray2019Wide receiverSpokane Empire2016
Bryan Pray2019Wide receiverIowa Barnstormers2017
Fred Jackson2021Running backSioux City Bandits2004-2005
Heron O'Neal2021Head coachBillings Outlaws2006-2010
Heron O'Neal2021Head coachColorado Ice/ Crush2012-2016
John Pettit2021General manager/vice presidentIowa Barnstormers2008-2020
Kurtiss Riggs2021Head coachSioux Falls Storm2003-present
Charlie Bosselman2022OwnerNebraska Danger2010-2019
Nate Fluit2022Defensive linemanSioux Falls Storm2003-2007
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverBloomington Edge
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverBillings Outlaws
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverSioux City Bandits
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverSioux Falls Storm
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverCedar Rapids River Kings
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverBillings Wolves
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverGreen Bay Blizzard
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverSpokane Shock
Carl Sims2022Wide receiverNebraska Danger
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