Ultimate Indoor Football League

Last updated
Ultimate Indoor Football League
Most recent season or competition:
2014 UIFL season
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Ultimate Indoor Football League logo
FormerlyUnited Indoor Football League
Sport Indoor football
Founded2010
FounderMichael Taylor
Andrew Haines
Inaugural season 2011
Ceased2014
PresidentJim Krause
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Last
champion(s)
Corpus Christi Fury
Most titles Cincinnati Commandos
Corpus Christi Fury
Florida Tarpons
& Saginaw Sting (1)
Sponsor(s) Rawlings
Conquest Sports Foundation
Conquest Club Card
ProSportsRecruit.com
Trophy Awards
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Related
competitions
Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Continental Indoor Football League
Professional Indoor Football League
Official website UIFLfootball.com

The Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) was a regional professional indoor football league that began its inaugural season on February 18, 2011 [1] as the Ultimate Indoor Football League before playing as the United Indoor Football League in 2012, then switched back to "Ultimate" for the 2013 season. After the 2014 season, the league merged with X-League Indoor Football.

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History

On February 18, 2011, the first-ever UIFL game was played between the Saginaw Sting and the Eastern Kentucky Drillers. [1] The inaugural game was held at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan. [1] The league co-founders are Michael Taylor and Andrew Haines; Haines was also the owner and founder of the Atlantic/American Indoor Football League and the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League. The UIFL has a logo nearly identical to the one used by the AIFL in the 2006 season (though it favors blue instead of red), and will apparently also use the AIFL red, white, and blue football also in use in the American Indoor Football Association. The league is based in Canton, Ohio.

The league's first five teams were located in the Appalachia region, with teams based in Canton, Ohio; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Pikeville, Kentucky; Highland Heights, Kentucky; and Huntington, West Virginia. Of those five markets, three (Canton, Johnstown, and Huntington) had teams in Haines' previous league, the AIFL. The two markets in Kentucky have never had a professional indoor football team in any league (though Highland Heights is usually considered part of the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area, and the city of Cincinnati has had several indoor teams). The sixth team, the Saginaw Sting, came from the Indoor Football League.

2011 season

The complete 2011 season concluded without any teams folding, nor any games being missed or rescheduled. The Northern Kentucky River Monsters finished with the best regular season record, 11-3. However, due to league sanctions they were not able to host any playoff games and were dropped to a four seed.

Saginaw finished 9-5, followed by Eastern Kentucky at 8-6, Huntington at 7-7, Johnstown at 6-8, and Canton at 1-13.

Saginaw defeated Northern Kentucky, 48-47, in the first semifinals of the Ultimate Bowl I Playoffs, sponsored by Trophy Awards. In the other semifinal game, Eastern Kentucky advanced to the championship game with a 20-4 victory over Huntington. Ultimate Bowl I, also sponsored by Trophy Awards, was played Friday, June 9, 2011, at the Dow Center in Saginaw, MI, with the Sting claiming an 86-69 victory over the visiting Drillers.

Following the Northern Kentucky River Monsters' elimination from the playoffs, owner Jill Chitwood and the UIFL came to terms allowing the River Monsters to leave the UIFL. [2] Draft

  1. 1 overall pick: Victor Sesay, DL Johnstown Generals

2012 season

On June 15, 2011, Michael Taylor and Andrew Haines sold their controlling slate in the UIFL to Assured Equities IV, a Florida corporation, for the sum of 1.45 million dollars. [3] As part of the acquisition, UIFL Co-Founder Andrew Haines will remain as League President and a member of the Board of Directors, and UIFL Co-Founder Michael Taylor will continue as a consultant and a member of the Board of Directors for Assured Equities. [4]

For 2012, there will be at least eleven new expansion teams, based in Rome, Georgia; Estero, Florida; Tupelo, Mississippi; Marion, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania, and Lakeland, Florida. Of these markets, five (Rome, Tupelo, and Lakeland) previously had teams in the AIFL, while Estero previously had a team in arenafootball2; The Cincinnati Commandos and Marion Blue Racers have come previously from the Continental Indoor Football League; and the Erie Explosion moves from the Southern Indoor Football League. (Incidentally, the acquisition of the Explosion brings the league full-circle; the Explosion was the last surviving remnant of the AIFL, tracing its history to the Erie Freeze in 2005.)

On July 22, 2011, the UIFL named Jared Lorenzen the league's Commissioner. [5]

On January 19, 2012, the league was sold by Cecil Van Dyke and Assured Equities IV, back to Andrew Haines and Michael Taylor. [6] The league took on the name United Indoor Football League for the 2012 season (at the time, the United (outdoor) Football League had suspended operations; the league reverted to the Ultimate Indoor Football League when the outdoor UFL ended its suspension). Six teams folded in the process, including charter members Canton and Huntington, plus four teams (Carolina Aviators, Danville Dragons, Tennessee Rail Runners, and Kentucky Monsters) that never took the field, reducing the number of teams in the league from 16 to 10. Haines resigned his post as league president in June 2012. [7]

2013 season

The 2013 season saw a reduction to six teams. Furthermore, prior to championship weekend, three of the four teams that had been eliminated had announced their intentions to jump leagues and join the Xtreme Indoor Football League. The UIFL has stated it is exploring all options regarding the future of the league. The Florida Tarpons won Ultimate Bowl III, with a victory over the Corpus Christi Fury.

2014 season

The UIFL fielded four teams for the 2014 season; in addition to the returning Tarpons and Fury, the Miami Inferno and Missouri Voodoo joined the league. Another team called the Austin Nitro had been listed on the UIFL's website, however, no further information was ever announced about that team. In addition, a new team based out of Columbia, South Carolina known as the Capital City Revolt was set to join in time for the 2015 season. However, the Voodoo and Inferno both folded mid-season, leaving the Tarpons and Fury as the only two teams remaining in the UIFL for the season. After the Fury beat the Tarpons in Ultimate Bowl IV by a score of 60-23, both teams announced they were joining X-League Indoor Football for the 2015 season. With the Revolt's subsequent announcement of delay of operations until the 2016 season, the UIFL announced they were now defunct.

Complete UIFL team roster

Announced but never began play

Progression

Year# of teamsExpansion teamsFolded teamsAnnexed teamsSuspended teamsLeft leagueRelocated teamsName changes
20116 Canton Cougars
Eastern Kentucky Drillers
Huntington Hammer
Johnstown Generals
Northern Kentucky River Monsters
Saginaw Sting
201210 Florida Tarpons
Lakeland Raiders
Mississippi Hound Dogs
Rome Rampage
Western Pennsylvania Sting
Canton Cougars
Huntington Hammer
Northern Kentucky River Monsters
Cincinnati Commandos*
Erie Explosion**
Marion Blue Racers*
Northern Kentucky River Monsters***
Saginaw Sting***
Saginaw Sting****
20136 Corpus Christi Fury
Missouri Monsters
Sarasota Thunder
Cincinnati Commandos****
Erie Explosion****
Eastern Kentucky Drillers****
Marion Blue Racers****
Rome Rampage → Georgia Rampage
Western Pennsylvania Sting → Miami Sting***
20144 Miami Inferno
Missouri Voodoo
Sarasota ThunderGeorgia Rampage*****
Lakeland Raiders*****
Missouri Monsters*****

Timeline

Missouri VoodooMiami InfernoCorpus Christi FurySarasota ThunderMissouri MonstersMiami StingGeorgia RampageMississippi Hound DogsMarion Blue RacersLakeland RaidersFlorida TarponsErie ExplosionCincinnati CommandosSaginaw StingNorthern Kentucky River MonstersJohnstown GeneralsHuntington HammerEastern Kentucky DrillersCanton CougarsUltimate Indoor Football League

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References

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  2. UIFL & NKY River Monsters Agree to Part Ways
  3. UIFL's selling agreement
  4. Assured Equities IV Acquires the UIFL
  5. Reigning UIFL MVP Lorenzen named Commissioner Archived 2011-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
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