Missouri Valley Football Conference
Established1982 (chartered)[1]
1985 (began football)
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFCS
Members11
Sports fielded
  • 1 (football)
    • men's: 1
    • women's: 0
RegionMidwest
Former namesGateway Football Conference (1992–2008)
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference (1982–1992)
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
CommissionerPatty Viverito (since 1982)
Websitewww.valley-football.org
Locations

The Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC), formerly the Gateway Football Conference, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a football-only conference.

History

Gateway Conference logo
Gateway Conference logo

The Missouri Valley Football Conference has a complex history that involves three other conferences:

In 1985, the MVC stopped sponsoring football. At that time, the two remaining I-AA members from the MVC (Illinois State and Southern Illinois) joined Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Southwest Missouri State, and Western Illinois from the AMCU and together became a football conference under the Gateway's auspices.[3] Indiana State, which had left MVC football after the 1981 season to become a Division I-AA independent while remaining a full MVC member, would join the next year.[4]

In 1992, when the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference merged with the MVC,[1] the football conference kept the Gateway charter, with a minor name change to Gateway Football Conference. After Eastern Illinois joined the Ohio Valley Conference for football in 1995, Youngstown State joined in 1997 and was followed by Western Kentucky University in 2001. Southwest Missouri State changed its name to Missouri State in 2005.

Western Kentucky moved to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A) after the 2006 season.[5] Left with seven members for the 2007 season, Great West Football Conference members North Dakota State and South Dakota State[6] were invited to join the conference beginning with the 2008 season.[7] Subsequently, the Gateway Football Conference changed its name to the Missouri Valley Football Conference in June 2008. This change aligned the conference with the Missouri Valley Conference, a conference in which five of the nine Missouri Valley Football schools were (and still are) all-sports members. The conferences continue to share the "Missouri Valley" name, and space in the same building in St. Louis, but remain separate administratively.[8]

The University of South Dakota joined as the 10th member in 2012. The University of North Dakota joined as the 11th member in 2020, bringing back the yearly rivalries among North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State which had existed under the Division 2 North Central Conference that NDSU and SDSU left in 2004-05. [9][10][11]

Member schools

Illinois State
Illinois
State
Indiana State
Indiana
State
Missouri State
Missouri State
North Dakota State
North Dakota State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa
South Dakota
South Dakota
South Dakota State
South Dakota State
Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois
Western Illinois
Western Illinois
Youngstown State
Youngstown State
Locations of Missouri Valley Football Conference Members
Horizon League member
Missouri Valley Conference member
Summit League member

Current members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Initial primary
Conference when joining MVFC
Current
primary
conference
Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana 1865 1986 Public 12,144 Sycamores     Missouri Valley
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 1985 20,635 Redbirds    
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 23,502 Bears     Summit League Missouri Valley
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 2020 13,772 Fighting Hawks     Summit League
North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota 1890 2008 12,461 Bison    
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876 1985 10,497 Panthers     Missouri Valley
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862 2012 9,971 Coyotes     Summit League
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota 1881 2008 11,405 Jackrabbits    
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois 1869 1985 11,366 Salukis     Missouri Valley
Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois 1899 7,490 Leathernecks     Summit League Summit League
Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio 1908 1997 12,155 Penguins     Horizon

Former members

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Primary
conference
during
tenure
in MVFC
Current
primary
conference
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895 1985 1995 Public Panthers     Summit League OVC
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 2001 2007 Hilltoppers     Sun Belt C-USA

Membership timeline

University of North DakotaUniversity of South DakotaSouth Dakota State UniversityNorth Dakota State UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityYoungstown State UniversityIndiana State UniversityWestern Illinois UniversitySouthern Illinois UniversityUniversity of Northern IowaMissouri State UniversityIllinois State UniversityEastern Illinois University

Conference champions

Conference titles by school

School Championships Championship Years
Northern Iowa
16
1985, 1987, 1990†, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995†, 1996, 2001, 2003†, 2005‡, 2007, 2008†, 2010, 2011
North Dakota State
10
2011†, 2012, 2013, 2014†, 2015†, 2016†, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Southern Illinois
5
2003†, 2004, 2005‡, 2008†, 2009
Western Illinois
5
1988, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002†
Illinois State
3
1999, 2014†, 2015
Missouri State
3
1989, 1990†, 2020‡
Eastern Illinois*
2
1986, 1995†
Youngstown State
2
2005‡, 2006
South Dakota State
2
2016†, 2020‡
North Dakota
1
2020‡
Western Kentucky*
1
2002
Indiana State
0
N/A
South Dakota
0
N/A

2-way tie for conference championship
3-way tie for conference championship
* Team no longer in conference

NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national championships

Team Titles Title Years Finals Runner-up
North Dakota State 9 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 9
Youngstown State 4 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 7 1992, 1999, 2016
Southern Illinois 1 1983 1
Western Kentucky 1 2002 1
Northern Iowa 0 1 2005
Illinois State 0 1 2014
South Dakota State 0 1 2020

Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Records

Overall winning streaks

# Team Streak Spoiler Season(s)
1. North Dakota State 39 † Southern Illinois[12] 2017–2020
2. North Dakota State 33 Northern Iowa 2012–2014
3. North Dakota State 14 South Dakota State 2015–2016
4. Northern Iowa 13 Delaware 2006–2007
Western Kentucky 13 Auburn 2002–2003

FCS Record [13]

Consecutive conference wins

  1. North Dakota State, 19 (2017–2020)
  2. North Dakota State, 18 (2012–2014)

Facilities

Team Stadium Capacity
Illinois State Hancock Stadium 13,391
Indiana State Memorial Stadium 12,764
Missouri State Plaster Sports Complex 17,500
North Dakota Alerus Center 12,283
North Dakota State Fargodome 19,000
Northern Iowa UNI-Dome 16,324
South Dakota DakotaDome 10,000
South Dakota State Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium 19,340
Southern Illinois Saluki Stadium 15,000
Western Illinois Hanson Field 17,168
Youngstown State Stambaugh Stadium 20,630

References

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  2. ^ "Gateway Conference Adding Six Teams in Men's Football". Los Angeles Times. St. Louis, Missouri. August 25, 1985. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Universities plan new football conference". Carbondale, Illinois: St. Joseph Gazette. July 9, 1985. p. 2G. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Indiana State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "WKU Regents Approve Move To Division 1-A (sic) Football". Western Kentucky University. 2006-11-02. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2006-11-03.
  6. ^ "Gateway Eyes Dakotas For Expansion". ESPN. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2006-11-19.
  7. ^ "Gateway Expands to Nine Members". Gateway Football Conference. 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-09.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Gateway Football Conference Changes Its Name". Gateway Football Conference. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-07.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "North Dakota to Join Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference". Espn991.com. 2017-01-24. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  10. ^ "Sources: North Dakota set to leave Big Sky Conference | Big Sky Conference". billingsgazette.com. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  11. ^ "Report: UND to join Summit League in 2018, MVFC in 2020". Argusleader.com. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-04-23.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "NDSU's 39-game winning streak ends with lopsided loss at Southern Illinois".
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-11. Retrieved 2018-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)