Played in Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
|Champions Professional Indoor Football League (2013–2014)|
|Team colors|| Navy, Scarlet, White|
|Mascot||Billie the Regulator|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
|Playoff appearances (1)|
The Oklahoma Defenders were a professional indoor football team and a charter member of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL). Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Defenders played their home games at the Cox Business Center.
The Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) was an indoor football league based along the Midwestern United States region. The league began play in February 2013. In August 2014, the CPIFL and Lone Star Football League (LSFL) completed a merger to form Champions Indoor Football (CIF) to begin play in 2015.
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2016, the population was 413,505, an increase of 12,591 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 991,005 residents in the MSA and 1,251,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.
Cox Business Center is a 310,625 square foot facility in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma with 102,600 square foot column-free exhibit hall space, Oklahoma's largest ballroom, and 34 meeting rooms. Cox Business Center (CBC) is managed by SMG-the world leader in venue management, marketing, and development and owned by the City of Tulsa. In the fiscal year 2015-2016, the economic impact of events held at the CBC was more than $33 million. The facility won the 2017 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers, along with being chosen as the 2017 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site by Convention South and Best Event Center by Tulsa People readers.
It was announced in August 2014, that the team would go dark and cease all operation for the 2015 season, with the goal to return in the 2016 season. Many expect the team to fold and not return for the 2016 season.[ who? ]
The Defenders are the second arena/indoor team based in Tulsa, following the Tulsa Talons which played in arenafootball2 from the league's inaugural season in 2000 until its final season of 2009, and later in the Arena Football League from 2010 until 2011, after which the Talons moved to San Antonio.
The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field, with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.
The 2010 Arena Football League season was the 23rd season in the history of the league. The regular season began on April 2, 2010 and ended on July 31. The season ended with ArenaBowl XXIII on August 20.
The 2011 Arena Football League season was the 24th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 11, 2011 and ended on July 23, 2011. The Jacksonville Sharks, in their second year of existence, defeated the Arizona Rattlers 73–70 in ArenaBowl XXIV on August 12, 2011 to conclude the playoffs.
The Defenders began play in 2012 as a member of the American Professional Football League.The Defenders experienced immediate success, finishing the regular season with a 9-3 record, tied for second place with the Council Bluffs Express. However, the Defenders would get the #3 seed because of the Express holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. In the teams' first-round playoff game, the Defenders lost to the Express 37-32.
The American Professional Football League (APFL) was an indoor football league that was founded in 2003. After the 2012 season, most of the teams left to start the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The league consisted of professional and semi-professional teams, with a few core teams that played a full 10 game schedule and other teams that played partial schedules. At the end of each season, the playoffs were contested between the league's core teams. The first few years of league play were dominated by the Kansas Koyotes, but in later years the league has more parity and more stable members, resulting in the first championship won by another team, the Iowa Blackhawks, and the first championship game not involving the Koyotes, when the Iowa Blackhawks defended their championship against the Mid-Missouri Outlaws in the 2010 APFL season.
For the 2013 season, the Defenders played in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. They posted a 3-9 record in their inaugural season in the CPIFL. The team's sophomore season in 2014 in the CPIFL was not much better with a duplicate 3-9 record.
It was announced in August 2014, that the team would go dark and cease all operation for the 2015 season, with the goal to return in the 2016 season.
|Oklahoma Defenders roster|
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|Oklahoma Defenders (APFL)|
|2012||9||3||0||3rd League||Lost Semi-final (Council Bluffs)|
|Oklahoma Defenders (CPIFL)|
|Final Score||Team Record|
|1||March 1 (Sat)||7:05pm||Kansas Koyotes||72-6||1-0|
|2||March 8 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Dodge City Law||56-49||2-0|
|3||March 16 (Sun)||3:05pm||Wichita Wild||44-50||2-1|
|4||March 22 (Sat)||7:05pm||Sioux City Bandits||46-33||2-2|
|6||April 5 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Lincoln Haymakers||73-61||3-2|
|7||April 12 (Sat)||7:05pm||Bloomington Edge||58-59||3-3|
|8||April 19 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Kansas Koyotes||64-55||4-3|
|9||April 26 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Wichita Wild||37-67||4-4|
|10||May 3 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Sioux City Bandits||52-60||4-5|
|11||May 10 (Sat)||7:30pm||Dodge City Law||33-56||4-6|
|12||May 17 (Sat)||7:05pm||Salina Bombers||40-60||4-7|
|14||May 31 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Kansas Koyotes||63-75||4-8|
|Final Score||Team Record|
|1||March 9 (Sat)||7:30pm||Wichita Wild||26-70||0-1|
|2||March 16 (Sat)||7:30pm||@Kansas Koyotes||62-40||1-1|
|4||March 30 (Sat)||7:30pm||@Kansas City Renegades||47-54||1-2|
|5||April 6 (Sat)||7:30pm||@Salina Bombers||31-50||1-3|
|6||April 14 (Sun)||7:30pm||Mid-Missouri Outlaws||36-34||2-3|
|7||April 20 (Sat)||7:30pm||Bloomington Edge||39-44||2-4|
|8||April 26 (Fri)||7:05pm||@Lincoln Haymakers||40-46||2-5|
|9||May 4 (Sat)||7:05pm||@Wichita Wild||7-73||2-6|
|10||May 11 (Sat)||7:30pm||Kansas Koyotes||48-20||3-6|
|11||May 18 (Sat)||7:30pm||Kansas City Renegades||28-65||3-7|
|12||May 26 (Sun)||4:30pm||@Omaha Beef||21-59||3-8|
|14||June 8 (Sat)||7:30pm||Salina Bombers||34-46||3-9|
|March 24||7:05 PM||@ Sioux City Bandits||Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, IA||L 40-70|
|March 31||7:05 PM||Council Bluffs Express||Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK||W 56-41|
|April 7||7:05 PM||Cheyenne Warriors||Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK||W 54-9|
|April 21||7:05 PM||Sioux City Bandits||Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK||L 29-31|
|April 28||7:05 PM||@ Kansas Koyotes||Landon Arena, Topeka, KS||W 67-20|
|May 12||7:05 PM||@ Springfield Wolfpack||Mediacom Ice Park, Springfield, MO||W 58-22|
|May 19||7:05 PM||@ Colorado Lightning||Colorado Sports and Events Center, Monument, CO||W 2-0 (forfeit)|
|May 26||7:05 PM||Springfield Wolfpack||Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK||W 74-2|
|June 2||7:05 PM||Kansas Koyotes||Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, OK||W 48-19|
|June 16||7:05 PM||@ Mid-Missouri Outlaws||Mathewson Exhibition Center, Sedalia, MO||W 75-10|
|June 23||7:05 PM||@ Council Bluffs Express||Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA||L 39-62|
|June 30||7:05 PM||Mid-Missouri Outlaws||Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK||W 88-41|
|July 7||7:05 PM||@ Council Bluffs Express - APFL Playoffs||Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA||L 32-37|
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