National Indoor Football League: Wikis


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National Indoor Football League
National Indoor Football League logo
Sport Indoor football
Founded 2001
Country(ies)  United States
Ceased 2008
Last champion(s) San Diego Shockwave
Official website

National Indoor Football League was a professional minor league indoor football league that is based in the United States. For their first six years, the league had teams in markets not covered by either the Arena Football League or its developmental league, af2, however, that changed briefly with their expansion into AFL markets such as Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles, and af2 markets such as Fort Myers and Houston.



The NIFL, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, was founded by Carolyn Shiver, who ran the league out of a back room in her ex-husbands trucking company. The league started operations in 2001, with many teams coming from Indoor Football League being bought the previous year and folding operations. In 2002, the league added in the teams from the Indoor Professional Football League. 2003 was the most successful year for the league as 24 teams played a mostly complete schedule, with few cancellations. Things started to unravel fast though as teams were announced, folded, re-born, simply vanished, bounced checks and collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Before the 2005 season, nine teams left the league to form United Indoor Football. That same year though, the Intense Football League ceased operations and four teams from there joined the league. Those teams however, left the league before the 2006 season started.

The 2006 season, was the most chaotic for the league to that point. Ten expansion teams were added to the league, but nine of them had problems that reflected badly on the league. The most notable situation was the owner of the Montgomery Maulers firing the entire team over pay issues, which got covered in Sports Illustrated and ESPN. None of the ten expansion teams returned to the league for the next season.

After the 2006 season, more than half the league's franchises left for other indoor leagues. In addition to the WIFL, teams left for UIF, the af2, and the AIFA. The NIFL started play in 2007 with 5 existing franchises and 19 expansion teams. The 2007 season was chaotic with several teams folding and being suspended by the league. The San Diego Shockwave won the 2007 NIFL Championship.

After the 2007 season, the league disbanded.

Former Teams


Teams that left the NIFL to join (or plan to join) another league

Defunct teams/failed expansion

Indoor Bowl games

Year Winner Loser Score
2001 Mississippi Fire Dogs Wyoming Cavalry 55-21
2002 Ohio Valley Greyhounds Billings Outlaws 55-52
2003 Ohio Valley Greyhounds Utah Warriors 45-37
2004 Lexington Horsemen Sioux Falls Storm 59-38
2005 Tri-Cities Fever Rome Renegades 47-31
2006 Fayetteville Guard Billings Outlaws 59-44
2007 San Diego Shockwave No Playoff

See also


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