|2017 IFL season|
|League||Indoor Football League|
|Duration||February 16, 2017 – June 17, 2017|
|Number of teams||10|
|Season MVP||Charles McCullum (Wichita Falls Nighthawks)|
|Intense champions||Arizona Rattlers|
|Intense runners-up||Nebraska Danger|
|United champions||Sioux Falls Storm|
|United runners-up||Iowa Barnstormers|
|2017 United Bowl|
|Runners-up||Sioux Falls Storm|
|Finals MVP||Justin Shirk (LB, ARI)|
The 2017 Indoor Football League season was the ninth season of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Playing with ten teams in two conferences spread across the midwestern and western United States, the league's regular season kicked off on February 16, 2017, when the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles hosted the Nebraska Danger. The regular season ended 18 weeks later on June 18, 2017, with the defending league champion Sioux Falls Storm visiting the Iowa Barnstormers and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks visiting the Nebraska Danger. The playoffs were held in two rounds, with the top two seeds in each conference playing against each other in the conference championships. The winner of those games met in the United Bowl.
For 2017, the IFL maintained its two-conference, no-divisions format, with each of the ten teams playing 16 games during the 18-week regular season. The Billings Wolves and Tri-Cities Fever announced their suspension of operations for the 2017 season, maintaining hope of a return for 2018.In their place, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (owned by Project FANchise, with fans controlling every aspect of the team) were accepted into the IFL as an expansion team, and the Arizona Rattlers joined the IFL after having played the last 24 seasons in the Arena Football League.
|Cedar Rapids Titans||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||U.S. Cellular Center||6,900||2012||2012||Marvin McNutt|
|Green Bay Blizzard||Green Bay, Wisconsin||Resch Center||8,600||2003||2010||Chris Williams|
|Iowa Barnstormers||Des Moines, Iowa||Wells Fargo Arena||15,181||1995||2015||Dixie Wooten|
|Sioux Falls Storm||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Denny Sanford Premier Center||10,678||2000||2009||Kurtiss Riggs|
|Wichita Falls Nighthawks||Wichita Falls, Texas||Kay Yeager Coliseum||7,380||2013||2015||Billy Back|
|Arizona Rattlers||Phoenix, Arizona||Talking Stick Resort Arena||15,505||1992||2017||Kevin Guy|
|Colorado Crush||Loveland, Colorado||Budweiser Events Center||5,289||2007||2009||Jose Jefferson|
|Nebraska Danger||Grand Island, Nebraska||Eihusen Arena||6,000||2011||2011||Hurtis Chinn|
|Salt Lake Screaming Eagles||West Valley City, Utah||Maverik Center||10,000||2016||2017||Matthew Sauk|
|Spokane Empire||Spokane, Washington||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena||10,771||2006||2016||Adam Shackleford|
|Semifinals||2017 United Bowl|
The following were named the top performers during the 2017 season:
Player of the Week
Player of the Week
Player of the Week
| Jamal Miles |
|6|| Mike Tatum |
|12|| Travis Partridge |
| Tyler Knight |
| Khalif Mitchell |
|14|| Travis Partridge |
| Jamie Bender |
| Allen Chapman |
|Most Valuable Player||Charles McCullum||Quarterback||Wichita Falls Nighthawks|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Charles McCullum||Quarterback||Wichita Falls Nighthawks|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Javicz Jones||Linebacker||Iowa Barnstormers|
|Special Teams Player of the Year||Tyler Williams||Kick returner||Wichita Falls Nighthawks|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Verlon Reed||Quarterback||Salt Lake Screaming Eagles|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Trey Wafford||Defensive back||Nebraska Danger|
|Most Improved Award||Travis Partridge||Quarterback||Iowa Barnstormers|
|Adam Pringle Award||Jack Bramswig||Wide receiver||Green Bay Blizzard|
|Coach of the Year||Dixie Wooten||Head coach||Iowa Barnstormers|
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