2020 Indoor Football League season

Last updated
2020 IFL season
League Indoor Football League
Sport Indoor football
DurationScheduled
March 7 – July 25
IFL seasons
2021 

The 2020 Indoor Football League season was the twelfth season of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The league was set to play the season with thirteen teams, up from ten the previous season, by adding three expansion teams, one team from Champions Indoor Football, and one team folding.

Contents

After playing two games, the season was initially postponed on March 12 due to social distancing measures closing venues during the COVID-19 pandemic. [1] On April 13, the league cancelled the rest of the season due to the uncertainty that they would be able to play in any venues in the near future. [2]

Offseason

On August 20, 2019, the Duke City Gladiators joined the IFL after winning back-to-back CIF championships. [3] On September 10, the Oakland Panthers, co-owned by NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, joined the IFL for the 2020 season. [4] On November 1, the league added the Spokane Shock after it was resurrected by former NFL player Sam Adams, with the Spokane team reacquiring the Shock brand following the Spokane Empire's folding in 2017. [5] [6] The Bosselman family were looking to sell the Nebraska Danger, [7] but no owner was found before the deadline for participating in the 2020 season. On November 24, 2019, the IFL added a thirteenth team in Frisco, Texas, owned by the Germain family called the Frisco Fighters. [8] The Germain family also purchased the sponsorship rights for the IFL, the management rights of the league's communications and marketing department, as well as a second expansion for the 2021 season in Columbus, Ohio. [9] [10]

Teams

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoinedHead coach
Arizona Rattlers Glendale, Arizona Gila River Arena [11] 17,12519922017 Kevin Guy
Bismarck Bucks Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck Event Center 10,10020172019Rod Miller
Cedar Rapids River Kings Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S. Cellular Center 5,70020112012Victor Mann
Duke City Gladiators Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum 9,28620152020Pig Brown
Frisco Fighters Frisco, Texas Comerica Center 3,50020192020 Clint Dolezel
Green Bay Blizzard Green Bay, Wisconsin Resch Center 8,60020032010Corey Roberson
Iowa Barnstormers Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 15,18119952015Ameer Ismail
Oakland Panthers Oakland, California Oakland Arena 19,59620192020Kurt Bryan
Quad City Steamwheelers Moline, Illinois TaxSlayer Center 9,20020172019 Cory Ross
San Diego Strike Force San Diego, California Pechanga Arena 12,00020182019 Burt Grossman
Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakota Denny Sanford Premier Center 10,67820002009Kurtiss Riggs
Spokane Shock Spokane, Washington Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,77120062020Billy Back
Tucson Sugar Skulls Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center 8,96220182019Dixie Wooten

Standings

The season began on March 7, 2020, and the league played two games before postponing the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Indoor Football League
WLPCTPFPAGB
Quad City Steamwheelers 101.0005439
San Diego Strike Force 101.0005036
Arizona Rattlers 00000.5
Duke City Gladiators 00000.5
Frisco Fighters 00000.5
Green Bay Blizzard 00000.5
Iowa Barnstormers 00000.5
Oakland Panthers 00000.5
Sioux Falls Storm 00000.5
Spokane Shock 00000.5
Tucson Sugar Skulls 00000.5
Bismarck Bucks 01.00036501
Cedar Rapids River Kings 01.00039541

y – clinched regular season title

x – clinched playoff spot

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Playoffs

The top eight teams would have made the IFL playoffs, with the quarterfinals consisting of the top seed hosting the eighth seed, the second seed hosting the seventh seed, the third seed hosting the sixth seed, and the fourth hosting the fifth seed. In the semifinals, the highest remaining seed would host the lower remaining seed and the next-highest hosts the next-lowest from the quarterfinals. The semifinal winners were to meet in the 2020 United Bowl on the weekend of July 25. [12]

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