Fayetteville Force
Founded2010
LeagueSIFL (2011-present)
Team historyFayetteville Force (2011-present)
ArenaCumberland County Crown Coliseum
Based inFayetteville, North Carolina
Team colorsBlack, Green, Brown, White
                   
OwnerAIFA
Championships0
Division titles0
Websitewww.FayettevilleForce.net

The Fayetteville Force is a professional indoor football team in the Southern Indoor Football League. The Force plays its home games at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum. The team began play in 2003 as the Myrtle Beach Stingrays' of the National Indoor Football League in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, compiling a 6-8 record in their inaugural season.

History[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of the 2004 season, the NIFL pulled the team out of Myrtle Beach, and the team almost folded. However, some local investors saved the team, playing as the Carolina Stingrays in the Florence Civic Center. They managed to finish 3-6 in their shortened season.

Original Fayetteville Guard logo

The following year, the team was purchased again and moved to Fayetteville to replace af2's Cape Fear Wildcats, who had moved to Albany, Georgia and are currently playing as the South Georgia Wildcats. The new team had originally been called the Fayetteville Heat, but later on changed their name to the Fayetteville Guard. The team started their season 0-5, but went 7-2 in their final nine regular season games, thus earning them a 7-7 record and a playoff berth. The team defeated the Dayton Warbirds in the first round, but lost to the Cincinnati Marshals in the divisional round.

The Guard did even better in 2006, posting a 13-1 record in the regular season, then defeating the Lakeland Thunderbolts and River City Rage en route to Indoor Bowl VI, where they would lose to the Billings Outlaws. The best player ever for the Fayetteville Guard was former Hawaii QB-K Shawn-Ke'ali'i Withy-Allen, 6'5", 234 lbs.

In August 2006, it was reported that the Guard were moving to the World Indoor Football League [1]. However, the Guard denied these rumors by announcing that they were staying in the NIFL in a press conference two months later.

With to the merger of the AIFA and SIFL, a new Fayetteville based sports marketing group claimed the right to field a SIFL team from the Fayetteville market. The Guard will not be back this season, but a new team not affiliated with the Guard or its owners, called the Fayetteville Force, will be the new representation for the Cape Fear area.

Season-by-Season[edit | edit source]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Myrtle Beach Stingrays (NIFL)
2003 6 8 0 3rd Atlantic Southern --
Carolina Stingrays (NIFL)
2004 3 6 0 3rd Atlantic Southern --
Fayetteville Guard (NIFL)
2005 7 7 0 3rd Atlantic Central Won AC Quarterfinal (Dayton)
Lost AC Divisional (Cincinnati)
2006 13 1 0 1st Atlantic Central Won AC Semifinal (Lakeland)
Won AC Championship (River City)
Lost Indoor Bowl VI (Billings)
Fayetteville Guard (NIFL/Independent)
2007 12 0 0 1st Atlantic
Fayetteville Guard (AIFA)
2008 5 9 0 4th EC Eastern --
2009 8 6 0 2nd Southern Lost Divisional (Columbus)
2010 2 12 0 6th Eastern --
Fayetteville Force (SIFL)
2011 -- -- -- -- --
Totals 59 52 0 (including playoffs)

2005[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Result Att. Record
Regular Season
March 26 at River City L, 46-43 3,892 0-1
April 2 Odessa L, 52-46 2,991 0-2
April 9 at Cincinnati L, 57-54 4,208 0-3
April 16 Rome L, 60-57 2,828 0-4
April 23 at Montgomery L, 35-20 3,965 0-5
April 30 Montgomery W, 64-21 N/A 1-5
May 8 at Rome L, 48-45 (OT) 1,250 1-6
May 13 at Kissimmee W, 47-34 1,102 2-6
May 21 River City W, 60-51 N/A 3-6
May 28 Cincinnati W, 48-34 1,634 4-6
June 4 Kissimmee W, 55-14 2,600 5-6
June 11 Daytona Beach W, 41-37 4,012 6-6
June 18 at SW Louisiana L, 53-38 4,012 6-7
June 25 Miami W, 62-2 3,012 7-7
First Round
July 9 Dayton W, 78-63 2,180 8-7
Divisional Round
July 16 Cincinnati L, 70-69 3,443 8-8

2006[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Result Att. Record
Regular Season
March 25 at Montgomery W, 44-7 2,144 1-0
April 1 at Osceola W, 58-55 1,897 2-0
April 9 at Florida W, 44-41 N/A 3-0
April 14 at Greensboro W, 45-26 3,218 4-0
April 22 Osceola W, 54-51 3,200 5-0
April 29 at Lakeland L, 60-41 2,697 5-1
May 4 at Charleston W, 62-44 1,800 6-1
May 13 Cincinnati W, 70-26 2,097 7-1
May 20 Palm Beach W, 59-20 2,000 8-1
May 27 Palm Beach W, 70-0 4,185 9-1
June 3 Tennessee W, 78-14 2,645 10-1
June 10 Greensboro W, 58-40 1,563 11-1
June 17 Charleston W, 74-14 1,241 12-1
June 24 Montgomery W, 68-14 2,385 13-1
Divisional Round
July 16 Lakeland W, 44-18 3,129 14-1
Conference Championship
July 22 at RiverCity W, 72-70 (OT) 3,223 15-1
Indoor Bowl VI
July 28 at Billings L, 59-44 7,934 16-1

2007[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Result Record
Regular Season
March 31 Columbia W, 69-18 1-0
April 14 The Marshals W, 77-14 2-0
April 20 at Greensboro W, 60-28 3-0
April 28 at The Marshals W, 59-28 4-0
May 5 Atlanta W, 64-22 5-0
May 26 at Columbia W, 34-24 6-0
June 2 Greensboro W, 68-28 7-0
June 9 The Marshals W, 91-6 8-0
June 23 Columbia W, 108-0 9-0
June 30 at Greensboro W, 63-24 10-0
July 7 Greensboro W, 47-0 11-0
July 14 Wyoming W, 48-34 12-0

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