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Southern Indoor Football League
Current season or competition:
Sports current event.svg.png 2011 SIFL season
SouthernIndoorFootballLeague
Sport Indoor football
Founded 2008
Commissioner Thom Hager
Inaugural season 2009
No. of teams 3
Country(ies) Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
Most recent champion(s) Albany Panthers
Official website SouthernIFL.com
Related competitions American Indoor Football Association
Founder Thom Hager

The Southern Indoor Football League is a professional indoor football league created in 2008.

HistoryEdit

First Season (2009)Edit

Based in Texas and Louisiana, it had five teams for its inaugural season. The Acadiana Mudbugs, Austin Turfcats, Houma Conquerors, Texas Hurricanes, and Louisiana Swashbucklers are the teams that comprised the first season. The 2009 SIFL staff included Commissioner Dan Blum, Director of Operations Robert Winfrey, Director of Communications Dan Ryan, Director of Quality Control Bryan Shoemaker and Director of Creative Services Scott Blanchard. The first round of the playoffs had #1 Louisiana defeating #4 Houma, and #2 Austin defeating #3 Acadiana. The inaugural SIFL season concluded with the President's Cup Championship Game which saw the Louisiana Swashbucklers defeat the Austin Turfcats 59-38.

Consistent Development (2010-present)Edit

The second season of the SIFL played with five teams. The loss of the Austin Turfcats, Houma Conquerors, and Texas Hurricanes were countered with the addition of the Albany Panthers, Columbus Lions, and Greenville Force. The Lafayette Wildcatters, who changed its name from the Acadiana Mudbugs, and the Louisiana Swashbucklers returned for the 2010 season. The 2010 SIFL staff included Commissioner Dan Blum, Director of Operations Robert Winfrey, Director of Communications Matthew Hester,and Director of Quality Control Bryan Shoemaker.

Expansion (2011 and beyond)Edit

After the 2010 season, the Greenville Force was dropped from the SIFL. With the exit of the Force, the SIFL added the Alabama Hammers, Houston Stallions, Mobile Bay Tarpons, Rio Grande Valley Magic, and Trenton Steel for the 2011 season. At the same time, the Abilene Ruff Riders and Corpus Christi Hammerheads made the move to the SIFL from the IFL.

On November 9, 2010, the SIFL announced its merger with the East Division of the American Indoor Football Association, adding the Carolina Speed, Erie Explosion, Harrisburg Stampede, and Richmond Raiders. [1] It was thought that the Fayetteville Guard would also move to the SIFL but another sports marketing group from Fayetteville announced it would field a new team from the Fayetteville market independent to the Guard.[2] This brought the league total to 16 clubs. The AIFA West league was to continue to operate independent of that merger, but most teams in that league have ceased visible operations since December.

TeamsEdit

Former TeamsEdit

Season resultsEdit

2009 Final StandingsEdit

Team Record
*Louisiana Swashbucklers 10-1
Austin Turfcats 9-2
Acadiana Mudbugs 6-5
Houma Conquerors 3-8
Texas Hurricanes 1-9

*-denotes the winner of the President's Cup Championship

The first round of the playoffs had #1 Louisiana defeating #4 Houma, and #2 Austin defeating #3 Acadiana. The inaugural SIFL season concluded with the President's Cup Championship Game which saw the Louisiana Swashbucklers defeat the Austin Turfcats 59-38.

2009 SIFL Award winners
MVP: Kimmie Lewis (Acadiana)
Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Wilridge (Louisiana)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kimmie Lewis (Acadiana)
Special Teams Players of the Year: Tommy Hebert (Louisiana) and Darric Wallace (Austin)
Lineman of the Year: John Paul Jones (Louisiana)
Coach of the Year: Darnell Lee (Louisiana)
Franchise of the Year: Louisiana Swashbucklers.

2010 Final StandingsEdit

Team Record
Albany Panthers 8-3
*Columbus Lions 8-3
Lafayette Wildcatters 6-5
Louisiana Swashbucklers 5-6
Greenville Force 2-8

*-denotes the winner of the President's Cup Championship

The first round of the playoffs had #4 Louisiana defeating #1 Albany, and #2 Columbus defeating #3 Lafayette. The 2010 SIFL season concluded with the President's Cup Championship Game which saw the Columbus Lions defeat the Louisiana Swashbucklers 68-13.

2010 SIFL Award winners
MVP: Cecil Lester (Albany)
Offensive Player of the Year: Chris McCoy (Columbus)
Defensive Player of the Year: Damian Daniels (Columbus)
Special Teams Player of the Year: Trey Crum (Columbus)
Lineman of the Year: Franklin Llyod (Columbus)
Coach of the Year: Lucious Davis (Albany)
Franchise of the Year: Albany Panthers

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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