2016 IFL season
LeagueIndoor Football League
SportIndoor Football
DurationFebruary 20, 2016 – July 23, 2016
Number of teams10
Regular season
Season MVPCharles McCullum (Wichita Falls)
Playoffs
Intense championsSpokane Empire
  Intense runners-upNebraska Danger
United championsSioux Falls Storm
  United runners-upCedar Rapids Titans
2016 United Bowl
ChampionsSioux Falls Storm
  Runners-upSpokane Empire
IFL seasons
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (gold jerseys with black accents) vs. Triangle Torch (black jerseys with and red and yellow accents) at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 25, 2016
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (gold jerseys with black accents) vs. Triangle Torch (black jerseys with and red and yellow accents) at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 25, 2016

The 2016 Indoor Football League season was the eighth season of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Playing with ten teams in two conferences located primarily in mid-level cities in the central United States, the league's regular season kicked off on February 20, 2016 and ended on June 24, 2016. The playoffs were held in three rounds, with the top seed in each conference receiving a first-round bye as the second and third seeds facing each other in the conference semifinal (both division winners had automatic bids, and the third seed was a wild card), with the winner of that game facing the top seed in a conference championship game followed by the winners of those games meeting in the United Bowl.[1]

Teams

All ten teams from the previous season were scheduled to return, and a new team called the Spokane Empire joined the IFL. The team was originally going to be called the Spokane Shock after the owner of the franchise decided to leave the Arena Football League on September 1, 2015, for the IFL due to easier regional travel. However, on October 12, 2015, the AFL released a statement saying that the franchise and the AFL could not come to terms over the purchase and use of the Shock identity (name, logos, colors, etc.) and that the AFL has retained the rights to the identity.[2] In addition, the IFL accepted the expansion franchise of the Minnesota Havok. Two teams retained their locations but changed their team name; the former Colorado Ice changed its name to the Colorado Crush,[3] and the former Bemidji Axemen changed their name to the Minnesota Axemen.[4]

The IFL originally announced that it would continue with a two-conference format, but would return to having two divisions in each conference, with each of the 12 teams playing 16 games during the 18-week regular season. This was two more teams, games, and weeks than the numbers as played in the 2015 IFL season.[5] However, prior to the season, the league terminated the two Minnesota teams and returned to a division-less two conference format.

Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined
United Conference
Cedar Rapids Titans Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S. Cellular Center 6,900 2012 2012
Green Bay Blizzard Green Bay, Wisconsin Resch Center 8,600 2003 2010
Iowa Barnstormers Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 15,181 1995 2015
Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakota Denny Sanford Premier Center 10,678 2000 2009
Wichita Falls Nighthawks Wichita Falls, Texas Kay Yeager Coliseum 7,380 2013 2015
Intense Conference
Billings Wolves Billings, Montana Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark 7,000 2015 2015
Colorado Crush Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 5,289 2007 2009
Nebraska Danger Grand Island, Nebraska Eihusen Arena 6,000 2011 2011
Spokane Empire Spokane, Washington Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,771 2015 2016
Tri-Cities Fever Kennewick, Washington Toyota Center 6,000 2005 2010

Expansion/Contraction

On September 9, 2015, the IFL announced the Minnesota Havok would join the league for the 2016 season. The Havok were to play their home games at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota,[6] however, the league terminated the franchise prior to the start of the season for failing to meet league obligations.[7][8]

On November 25, 2015, the Minnesota Axemen franchise was terminated by the league for failing to meet the league's operational standards and commitments.[9]

Standings

Playoffs

Wild Card Round Conference Championships 2016 United Bowl
3 Nebraska 44
3 Nebraska 64 1 Spokane 55
2 Billings 52 I1 Spokane 34
U1 Sioux Falls 55
2 Cedar Rapids 28
3 Wichita Falls 36 1 Sioux Falls 54
2 Cedar Rapids 66

Awards

Individual season awards

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Charles McCullum Quarterback Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Offensive Player of the Year Demarius Washington Wide Receiver Colorado Crush
Defensive Player of the Year Jeremiah Price Defensive Lineman Cedar Rapids Titans
Special Teams Player of the Year Korey Williams Wide Receiver Sioux Falls Storm
Offensive Rookie of the Year Trevor Kennedy Running Back Spokane Empire
Defensive Rookie of the Year Jabari Gorman Defensive Back Nebraska Danger
Most Improved Award Markeith Summers Wide Receiver Green Bay Blizzard
Adam Pringle Award Peter Evans Offensive Lineman Iowa Barnstormers
Coach of the Year Billy Back Head Coach Wichita Falls Nighthawks

1st Team All-IFL

Offense
Quarterback Charles McCullum, Wichita Falls
Running back Trevor Kennedy, Spokane
Wide receiver Demarius Washington, Colorado
Brady Roland, Iowa
Jordan Jolly, Wichita Falls
Offensive tackle Myniya Smith, Sioux Falls
Dave Lefotu, Spokane
Center Charlie Sanders, Sioux Falls
Defense
Defensive line Jeremiah Price, Cedar Rapids
Brandon Peguese, Sioux Falls
Xzavie Jackson, Cedar Rapids
Linebacker Tyler Knight, Sioux Falls
Defensive back Michael Green, Billings
Rashard Smith, Colorado
Jabari Gorman, Nebraska
Robert Brown, Spokane
Special teams
Kicker Rockne Belmonte, Wichita Falls
Kick returner Korey Williams, Sioux Falls

2nd Team All-IFL

Offense
Quarterback Charles Dowdell, Spokane
Running back Tyler Williams, Wichita Falls
Wide receiver Markeith Summers, Green Bay
O. J. Simpson, Nebraska
Bryan Pray, Iowa
Offensive tackle James Atoe, Colorado
A. J. Harmon, Cedar Rapids
Center Nathaniel Ryan, Billings
Defense
Defensive end Benjamin Perry, Spokane
Walter Thomas, Wichita Falls
Claude Davis, Sioux Falls
Linebacker Nikolas Sierra, Cedar Rapids
Nick Haag, Spokane
Defensive back Boubacar Cissoko, Tri-Cities
Elijah Fields, Sioux Falls
Dee Maggitt, Jr., Tri-Cities
Special teams
Kicker Nicholas Belcher, Cedar Rapids
Kick returner Chevelle Buie, Green Bay

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References

  1. ^ "IFL Concludes Annual Meetings - Indoor Football League". Archived from the original on 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ AFL Issues Statement on Spokane Shock Archived 2015-12-17 at the Wayback Machine, ArenaFootball.com, October 12, 2015
  3. ^ "Introducing the Colorado Crush - Indoor Football League". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16.
  4. ^ "INDOOR FOOTBALL: It's official: Hello 'Minnesota' Axemen". Bemidji Pioneer. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "IFL Announces 2016 Schedule - Indoor Football League". Archived from the original on 2015-10-09.
  6. ^ "Minnesota Havok Join IFL". Indoor Football League. September 9, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Minnesota Havok Fold Before Season Starts". Mankato Free Press. January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report". OurSportsCentral. February 1, 2016.
  9. ^ IFL Issues Statement on Minnesota Axemen, IFL website, November 25, 2015
  10. ^ "2016 All-IFL Teams Announced". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 30, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.