Lone Star Football League

Last updated
Lone Star Football League
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Sport Indoor football
Founded2011
Inaugural season2012
Ceased2014
CEO Darlene Jones
No. of teams5
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Last
champion(s)
San Angelo Bandits (1st title)
Most titles Amarillo Venom (2 titles)
Related
competitions
Indoor Football League
Southern Indoor Football League
Official website TexasLSFL.com

The Lone Star Football League (LSFL) was a regional professional indoor football league that played three seasons from 2012 to 2014. All of the LSFL's charter teams were based in the state of Texas, with five teams coming from the Southern Indoor Football League, three from the Indoor Football League, plus one expansion team. The LSFL played three seasons to completion before merging with the Champions Professional Indoor Football League in August 2014 to form Champions Indoor Football.

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History

2012 season

The 2012 season began with the Houston Stallions, Amarillo Venom, Rio Grande Valley Magic, Laredo Rattlesnakes, West Texas Roughnecks, Corpus Christi Hammerheads, and Abilene Ruff Riders participating. While a number of the other teams scheduled to launch in 2012 did not make it to the start of the regular season, only the Mesquite Bandits had their franchise revoked rather than fold voluntarily. [1] The Houston team was 7–0 when it folded halfway through the season. [2] The Amarillo Venom finished the regular season 10–4 and went on to defeat the Rio Grande Valley Magic 62–40 in the LSFL championship game. [3] Former Clemson linebacker Antonio Clay was practicing with the West Texas Roughnecks in Odessa, Texas in 2012.

2013 season

For 2013, the LSFL played with just five teams. Amarillo, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and Abilene (now known as the Bombers) returned from the 2012 season. The league added two new teams; the expansion San Angelo Bandits and the New Mexico Stars (formerly of the Indoor Football League and the LSFL's first and only team outside of Texas). [4] The league announced in October that the Corpus Christi Hammerheads had been removed from the league due to its ownership violating by-laws. The Amarillo Venom defeated the Laredo Rattlesnakes 70–69 to repeat as league champions. [5] After the season, in late September 2013, the Laredo franchise announced it was ceasing operations due to the financial and legal difficulties of its owner. [6]

2014 season

With the Laredo and Abilene franchises failing to return, the LSFL added the West Texas Wildcatters in Odessa [7] and the Rio Grande Valley Sol in Hidalgo to the league.

Merger with the CPIFL

On August 14, 2014, it was announced at the league website that they merged with the Champions Professional Indoor Football League to create what they say is the largest indoor football league in the country. [8] The merged league became known as Champions Indoor Football.

Teams

Map of teams competing in the LSFL Map - Lone Star Football League.svg
Map of teams competing in the LSFL
TeamLocationArena(Capacity)
Amarillo Venom Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center (4,912)
Rio Grande Valley Sol Hidalgo State Farm Arena (5,500)
San Angelo Bandits San Angelo, Texas Foster Communications Coliseum (5,260)
West Texas Wildcatters Odessa Ector County Coliseum (5,131)

Franchising

The LSFL required a $25,000 franchise fee to join, as well as a $25,000 letter of credit. [10]

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Southern Indoor Football League

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Laredo Rattlesnakes

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Frisco Falcons

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2011 Allen Wranglers season

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2010 Arkansas Diamonds season

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The 2015 San Angelo Bandits season was the team's third season as a professional indoor football franchise, third as the "San Angelo Bandits", and first as a member of Champions Indoor Football (CIF). The Bandits were led by head coach Wendell Davis.

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The 2010 Amarillo Venom season was the team's seventh season as a professional indoor football franchise and first in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of twenty-five teams competing in the IFL for the 2010 season, the Amarillo, Texas-based West Texas Roughnecks were members of the Lonestar West Division of the Intense Conference.

West Texas Warbirds

The West Texas Warbirds are a professional indoor football team and a member of Champions Indoor Football. The Warbirds are based in Odessa, Texas, with home games at the Ector County Coliseum.

References

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  2. 1 2 "LSFL-leading Houston Stallions cease operations, affecting Ruff Riders' schedule". Abilene Reporter-News . Abilene, TX. June 5, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
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