Champions Indoor Football

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Champions Indoor Football
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 Champions Indoor Football season
Champions Indoor Football 2015 Logo.png
Sport Indoor football
Founded 2014
Founder Ricky Bertz
Stephanie Tucker
Darlene Jones
Inaugural season 2015
CEO Ricky Bertz
Director Stephanie Tucker
President Tommy Benizio
Commissioner Randy Sanders (interim)
No. of teams 12
Country United States
Most recent
Wichita Force
Most titles Sioux City Bandits
& Wichita Force (1 title)
TV partner(s) Eversport
Domestic cup(s) Champions Cup
American Indoor Football
Indoor Football League
Official website

Champions Indoor Football (CIF) is a professional indoor American football league created in 2014 out of the merger between the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) and Lone Star Football League (LSFL), plus one team from the Indoor Football League and two expansion teams.[1]



The merger which formed the CIF was announced on August 22, 2014,[2] after it had been rumored that the CPIFL and LSFL had been in discussions of a possible merger since July 31, 2014.[3]


The Gary Dawgs, originally announced as a charter member of the CIF, rebranded as the Illiana Eagles (now the Chicago Eagles) after a change in ownership and delayed their entry into the league until 2016.[4][5] On February 21, 2015, the new owners of the New Mexico Stars announced that the team would not enter the league as planned after head coach Dominic Bramante resigned two weeks before the scheduled start of training camp.[6] On March 3, the Albuquerque-based Duke City Gladiators announced they were joining the CIF for the 2015 season and would play an abbreviated 11-game schedule as a partial replacement for the New Mexico Stars. At the end of the regular season, the four teams (ordered by seeding) that made the postseason were the Sioux City Bandits, Texas Revolution, Wichita Force, and Amarillo Venom. On Thursday, June 11, Texas defeated Wichita 39-27. Two days later, Sioux City beat Amarillo 83-52. This pitted Texas against Sioux City in Champions Bowl I on June 20 in Iowa. It was a highly-anticipated event in both Siouxland and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as the number one offense (Sioux City) faced the top defense (Texas). It was a well-fought game, especially at halftime, as the score was tied 35-35. But a rushing touchdown for eventual Champions Bowl MVP Andrew Prohaska and a Rahn Franklin interception sealed the deal for the Bandits as they defeated the "Revs", 76-61 in front of a raucous crowd of 3,757.


The Mesquite Marshals, Salina Liberty, and Bloomington Edge have announced their entrance into the league, bringing the total amount of teams to 12. The league meetings were on August 19 in Dodge City, Kansas. Lots of news came out, including Darlene Jones resigning as commissioner, citing personal health-related reasons. Ricky Bertz has since been appointed interim commissioner, with the help of Indoor Football League Hall-of-Famer, Tommy Benizio (who was the IFL's commissioner). Stephanie Tucker will also join Bertz and Benizio. The CIF released that there will be a Northern/Southern divisional alignment. However, on January 11, 2016, Bertz stepped down to focus on his team's sales, and Randy Sanders was named the interim commissioner.[7] Each division will have six teams, with the top three teams reaching the playoffs. The team with the best record in each division will receive a bye in the first round. They will play the winners of the 2 vs. 3 seeds.


Team Location Arena Capacity Head Coach Founded Joined
Northern Division
Bloomington Edge Bloomington, Illinois U.S. Cellular Coliseum 7,000 John Johnson 2006 2016
Chicago Eagles Chicago, Illinois UIC Pavilion 9,500 Tim Arvantis 2016 2016
Omaha Beef Ralston, Nebraska Ralston Arena 4,600 Cory Ross 2000 2015
Salina Liberty Salina, Kansas Bicentennial Center 7,583 Eric Clayton 2016 2016
Sioux City Bandits Sioux City, Iowa Tyson Events Center 6,941 Erv Strohbeen 2000 2015
Wichita Force Wichita, Kansas Intrust Bank Arena 13,450 Paco Martinez 2015 2015
Southern Division
Amarillo Venom Amarillo, Texas Amarillo Civic Center 4,912 Julian Reese 2004 2015
Dallas Marshals Mesquite, Texas Mesquite Arena 7,000 Larry Hendrix, Jr. 2016 2016
Dodge City Law Dodge City, Kansas United Wireless Arena 5,500 Sean Ponder 2014 2015
Duke City Gladiators Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum 9,286 Dominic Bramante 2015 2015
San Angelo Bandits San Angelo, Texas Foster Communications Coliseum 5,260 Meadow Lemon 2013 2015
Texas Revolution Allen, Texas Allen Event Center 6,006 Victor Mann 2000 2015

Map of teams[edit]

Current CIF team locations (Northern Division teams in blue; Southern Division teams in red)

Former Teams[edit]

  • New Mexico Stars - Left the league prior to the start of the 2015 season following the resignation of the team's head coach. The team is now a member of the AIF.
  • Salina Bombers - Suspended by the league on May 28, 2015 for failing to meet league obligations. The organization folded later the same day.

Champions Bowl[edit]

When the CPIFL started in 2013, the championship game was known as the "Champions Bowl", so the CIF used the same name for their title game.

Year Title Home Team Away Team Score
2015 Champions Bowl I Sioux City Bandits Texas Revolution 76-61
2016 Champions Bowl II Wichita Force Amarillo Venom 48-45


  1. ^ Krieger, Dan (September 22, 2014). "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report". Our Sports Central. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ewing, Shane (August 22, 2014). "CPIFL and LSFL merger creates league called "Champions Indoor Football"". Wichita, KS: KAKE. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Two indoor football leagues talk merger". San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, TX: Scripps Media, Inc). July 31, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Hamnik, Al (October 14, 2014). "Northwest Indiana's CIFL Dawgs to sit out the 2015 season". The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN: Lee Enterprises). Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ Burbridge, John (January 23, 2015). "Illiana Eagles set indoor football flight plan for the CIF 2016 season". The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN: Lee Enterprises). Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Christ, Bob (February 22, 2015). "NM Stars owners pull plug on season". Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM). Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sanders Named Interim CIF Commissioner". OurSports Central. January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 

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