Professional Indoor Football League (2012)

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For the original Professional Indoor Football League, see Professional Indoor Football League (1998).
Professional Indoor Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
2015 PIFL season
Sport Indoor football
Founded 2011
CEO Jeff Gonos
Inaugural season 2012
No. of teams 8
Country United States
Most recent champion(s) Nashville Venom (1st title)
Most titles Alabama Hammers
Albany Panthers
Nashville Venom (1 title)
Related competitions American Indoor Football
Indoor Football League
Official website

The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) is a professional indoor football league that begin its inaugural season in 2012. Like the Lone Star Football League, the PIFL is mainly composed of teams formerly from Southern Indoor Football League (five former SIFL teams and one expansion team in total).[1]

Despite the name, this PIFL has no connections to the original Professional Indoor Football League. The league actually uses the same rebound nets used in the Arena Football League. This rule was implemented after the AFL's original patent expired. The PIFL is the only other indoor league that uses the rebound nets.


The PIFL began in 2012 with six teams in the southeastern United States, five of which joined from the Southern Indoor Football League, and the expansion Knoxville NightHawks.[2] On March 10, 2012, the Richmond Raiders defeated the Columbus Lions, 64–58, in the first ever PIFL game.[3] On June 30, 2012, PIFL Cup I was played in Albany, Georgia between the Albany Panthers and the Raiders. It was played at the James H. Gray Civic Center in front of 6,194 people. Albany won the game, 60–56.[4]

Following a successful 2012, the PIFL added two new teams for the 2013 season. The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the Indoor Football League,[5] as well as the Charlotte Speed,[6] another former SIFL team who had previously committed to play in the IFL as well. On July 8, 2013, PIFL Cup II was played in Huntsville, Alabama between the Alabama Hammers and the Richmond Raiders. It was played at the Von Braun Center in front of 3,133 people. Alabama won the game, 70–44.[7]

In the fall of 2013, two teams from the Northeast were added to the PIFL roster for the 2014 season. The expansion Trenton Freedom[8] and the Nashville Venom[9] joined the league for the 2014 season, as well as the Harrisburg Stampede, a former American Indoor Football (AIF) team.[10]

Knoxville and Albany have, according to the teams' respective websites, suspended play for the 2014 season so whether they will field teams in the future is unclear; they are still referred to on the PIFL website. However, there is no longer any mention of the former Charlotte Speed franchise, implying that this team is now fully defunct.

For the 2015 season, the league added the Erie Explosion, the two-time defending champions of the Continental Indoor Football League, which disbanded after the 2014 season.


Map of the team cities in the Professional Indoor Football League.

The PIFL consists of seven teams. During the regular season, each team is allowed a maximum of twenty-seven players on their roster;[11] only twenty of these may be active (eligible to play) on game days.[12]

Former teams[edit]

  • Albany Panthers – played in PIFL for 2012 and 2013 seasons before an unresolved conflict with the Albany Civic Center left the Panthers without an arena.
  • Charlotte Speed – originally set to play 2013 season, but franchise revoked prior to season opener
  • Georgia Fire - played in the PIFL for the 2014 season, filling in the void for the Albany Panthers.
  • Harrisburg Stampede – played in the PIFL for the 2014 season before folding.
  • Knoxville NightHawks – played in PIFL for 2012 and 2013 seasons before folding
  • Louisiana Swashbucklers – played in PIFL for 2012 and 2013 seasons before folding

PIFL Champions[edit]

Year Winner Loser Score
2012 Albany Panthers Richmond Raiders 60–56
2013 Alabama Hammers Richmond Raiders 70–44
2014 Nashville Venom Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 64-43

Player and coach awards[edit]

The PIFL recognizes a number of awards for their players and coaches.





  1. ^ Benson, Reggie (21 September 2011). "Alabama Hammers join PIFL for upcoming season". The Huntsville Times. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Dan Krieger (September 12, 2011). "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report". OurSports Central. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ John Packett (March 11, 2012). "Young leads Raiders to season-opening win". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Albany hangs on to top Richmond in championship game". Richmond Times-Dispatch. July 1, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Steelhawks moving for 2013 season". The Morning Call. August 8, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "PIFL Adds Eighth Member in Charlotte Speed". OurSports Central. September 13, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mark McCarter (July 8, 2013). "Alabama Hammers roll impressively to PIFL championship by dismantling Richmond". Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Trenton Freedom join PIFL". The Trentonian. September 20, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "PIFL Sinks Fangs into Nashville". OurSports Central. November 8, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mark McCarter (September 25, 2013). "Defending champs Alabama Hammers to be joined by two new teams in PIFL for the 2014 season". Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lions Announce 27 Man Roster". OurSports Central. March 7, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ John Millikan (March 9, 2012). "Panthers finalize roster for March 17 season opener". Albany Herald. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 

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