United Bowl (IFL)

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First playedAugust 15, 2009
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The United Bowl is the Indoor Football League's championship game. It has been played every year since 2009, except for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current United Bowl champions are the Massachusetts Pirates, who won their first United Bowl in 2021 in their first season in the league. The Storm won six straight United Bowls from 2011 to 2016. [1]

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History

The IFL continues to use the "United Bowl" name originally used by United Indoor Football (UIF). The UIF used this name before they merged with Intense Football League to form the Indoor Football League. The UIF held United Bowl I, II, III, and IV in 2005 through 2008, with all four being won by the Sioux Falls Storm. Although the name "National Indoor Bowl Championship" was used for the 2008 contest between the UIF and the Intense Football League, the "United Bowl" name continues to be used for the combined league's championship instead.

2009 United Bowl

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Seconds before the Outlaws 2009 United Bowl victory

The 2009 United Bowl featured the Intense Conference champs, the Billings Outlaws, against the upset-minded United Conference champs River City Rage. The game became a scoring onslaught at the start of the first quarter with each team scoring touchdowns. The Outlaws defense snagged a pick in the second quarter which led to another offensive touchdown and a commanding two score lead by halftime. The Rage fought back though, recovering an onside kick at the beginning of the third quarter and driving the ball the length of the field for a touchdown. That would be the closest the game would get for the Rage. The Outlaws would put up just enough points to keep a comfortable lead throughout the fourth and after recovering an onside kick in the last minute of the game, the Outlaws kneeled the ball and took home the crown with a score of 71–62 in a loud, sold-out Rimrock Auto Arena.

2010 United Bowl

In the 2010 United Bowl, the Billings Outlaws of the Intense Conference took the league championship by defeating the Sioux Falls Storm of the United Conference by a score of 43–34 in front of a sold-out crowd in the Billings Sportsplex (a training facility, used by the Outlaws after their arena suffered storm damage during the Billings tornado).

2011 United Bowl

The 2011 United Bowl was won by the United Conference champion Sioux Falls Storm when they beat the Intense Conference Champion Tri-Cities Fever 37–10 on July 16, 2011.

2012 United Bowl

The 2012 United Bowl was a re-match from 2011 and was once again won by the United Conference champion Sioux Falls Storm when they beat the Intense Conference Champion Tri-Cities Fever 59–32 on July 14, 2012.

2013 United Bowl

The 2013 United Bowl was once again won by the United Conference champion Sioux Falls Storm when they beat the Intense Conference Champion Nebraska Danger 43–40 on June 29, 2013.

2014 United Bowl

The 2014 United Bowl was a rematch from 2013 and was once again won by the United Conference champion Sioux Falls Storm when they beat the Intense Conference Champion Nebraska Danger 63–46 on June 28, 2014.

2015 United Bowl

The 2015 United Bowl was a rematch from 2013 and 2014. For the fifth consecutive year the United Conference champion Storm won the league title with at 62–27 victory over the Intense Conference champion (Nebraska Danger). It was Sioux Falls' 9th title in franchise history.

2016 United Bowl

For the sixth consecutive year the United Conference Champion Storm won the league title with a 55–34 victory over the first year Intense Conference Champion Spokane Empire on July 23, 2016. It is Sioux Falls' 10th title in franchise history.

2017 United Bowl

The Sioux Falls Storm advanced to their eighth consecutive United Bowl but lost to the Arizona Rattlers by a score of 50–41. It was the Rattlers first season in the IFL after 25 years in the Arena Football League.

2018 United Bowl

The Sioux Falls Storm once again advanced to the United Bowl, their ninth straight. They were defeated by the Iowa Barnstormers 42–38, marking the Barnstormers' first title in the IFL.

2019 United Bowl

The Sioux Falls Storm reached the United Bowl once again, this time their 10th straight. They beat their United Bowl losing streak that started in 2017, and beat the Arizona Rattlers (a rematch from 2017's United Bowl) 56–53. This was their 11th Franchise Title.

2021 United Bowl

For the first time since 2009, the Sioux Falls Storm did not qualify for the United Bowl. On September 12, the Massachusetts Pirates defeated the Arizona Rattlers 37–34 in overtime, earning the Pirates their first title in their first season as a member of the IFL.

Results

GameDateWinning teamLosing teamMVPSiteAttendance
2009 August 15, 2009 Billings Outlaws 71 RiverCity Rage 62 Chris Dixon Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark 8,351
2010 July 17, 2010Billings Outlaws43 Sioux Falls Storm 34Chris Dixon (2)Billings Sports Plex2,500
2011 July 16, 2011Sioux Falls Storm37 Tri-Cities Fever 10Chris Dixon (3) Sioux Falls Arena 4,696
2012 July 14, 2012Sioux Falls Storm59Tri-Cities Fever32 Jeremiah Price Sioux Falls Arena4,901
2013 June 29, 2013Sioux Falls Storm43 Nebraska Danger 40Terrance BryantSioux Falls Arena5,202
2014 June 28, 2014Sioux Falls Storm63Nebraska Danger46Chris Dixon (4)
James Terry
Sioux Falls Arena4,500
2015 July 11, 2015Sioux Falls Storm62Nebraska Danger27Brandon Johnson-Farrell Denny Sanford Premier Center 9,245
2016 July 23, 2016Sioux Falls Storm55 Spokane Empire 34Lorenzo BrownDenny Sanford Premier Center9,000
2017 July 8, 2017 Arizona Rattlers 50Sioux Falls Storm41Justin ShirkDenny Sanford Premier Center
2018 July 7, 2018 Iowa Barnstormers 42Sioux Falls Storm38 Ryan Balentine Wells Fargo Arena
2019 July 13, 2019Sioux Falls Storm56Arizona Rattlers53Lorenzo Brown (2) Gila River Arena 14,635
2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 September 12, 2021 Massachusetts Pirates 37Arizona Rattlers34Alejandro Bennifield (1) Footprint Center

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References

  1. "2017 IFL RECORD AND FACT BOOK" (PDF). goifl.com. Retrieved August 2, 2017.