Mid-States Football Association
Sports fieldedFootball only
RegionMidwestern United States
CommissionerJames D. Houdeshell

The Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri. The MSFA was organized in 1993, and on-field competition began in 1994. The MSFA is divided into two leagues, The Mideast and the Midwest.

Charter members included Geneva College, Lindenwood University, Malone College, Olivet Nazarene University, Saint Xavier University, Taylor University, Tiffin University, Trinity International University, the University of Findlay, Urbana University, and Westminster College.

MSFA member schools have won eight NAIA National Championships since the inception of the league in 1993. An MSFA team has played in each of the last seven championships, winning six of the seven, including each of the last three. The two MSFA division champions earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Series.

National Championship appearancesEdit

Year MSFA Member Opponent Result Score
1995Findlay (OH) Central WashingtonTie 21-21
1997Findlay (OH) WillametteWon 14-7
1998Olivet Nazarene (IL)Azusa Pacific (CA)Lost17-14
2004Saint Francis (IN)Carroll (MT)Lost15-13 (2 OT)
2005Saint Francis (IN)Carroll (MT)Lost27-10
2006Saint Francis (IN)Sioux Falls (SD)Lost23-19
2011Saint Xavier (IL) Carroll (MT)Won 24-20
2012Marian (IN) Morningside (IA)Won 30-27 (OT)
2013Grand View (IA) Cumberlands (KY)Won 35-23
2014Marian (IN)Southern OregonLost 55-31
2015Marian (IN) Southern OregonWon 31-14
2016Saint Francis (IN) Baker (KS)Won 38-17
2017Saint Francis (IN) Reinhardt (GA)Won24-13

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

In 2019, Indiana Wesleyan and Lawrence Tech will begin conference play as members of the Mideast League. In order to retain balance between the two leagues, Lindenwood-Belleville and Missouri Baptist shifted divisions to play in the Midwest League.

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
Mideast League
Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan 1963 1,055 Cardinals 2011 Wolverine–Hoosier
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Indiana 1920 15,872 Wildcats 2019 Crossroads
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 1932 4,154 Blue Devils 2019 Wolverine–Hoosier
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 1,800 Knights 2007 Crossroads
University of Saint Francis (IN) Fort Wayne, Indiana 1890 1,883 Cougars 1998 Crossroads
Siena Heights University Adrian, Michigan 1919 2,274 Saints 2012 Wolverine–Hoosier
Taylor University Upland, Indiana 1846 1,887 Trojans 1994 Crossroads
Midwest League
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 1,900 Lynx 2015 American Midwest
Missouri Baptist University St. Louis, Missouri 1828 2,800 Spartans 2015 American Midwest
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, Illinois 1907 4,666 Tigers 1994 Chicagoland
Robert Morris University Chicago, Illinois 1913 3,156 Eagles 2013 Chicagoland
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 1882 3,343 Fighting Bees 1996 Chicagoland
University of St. Francis (IL) Joliet, Illinois 1920 3,352 Fighting Saints 1999 Chicagoland
Saint Xavier University Chicago, Illinois 1846 5,028 Cougars 1994 Chicagoland
Trinity International University Deerfield, Illinois 1897 2,730 Trojans 1994 Chicagoland

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Primary
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 Oilers 1994 1998 Great Lakes
Geneva College Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 1848 Golden Tornadoes 1994 2007 Presidents
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 Vikings 2009 2015 Heart of America
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant, Iowa 1842 Tigers 1996 2012 St. Louis
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Lions 1994 1996 Mid-America
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 Pioneers 1994 2011 Great Lakes
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Bearcats 1998 2011 Great Lakes Valley
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 Panthers 2004 2009 Great Lakes
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Hawks 2003 2012 Great Lakes Valley
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 Dragons 1994 2002 Great Lakes
Trine University Angola, Indiana 1884 Thunder 1996 2003 Michigan
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 1994 2008 Mountain East
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa 1903 Warriors 2009 2014 North Star
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 Cavaliers 1996 2011 Great Lakes
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Titans 1994 1998 Presidents
William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa 1873 Statesmen 2002 2015 Heart of America

Membership timelineEdit

    Mideast League            Midwest League     


The MSFA sponsors teams only in football. For other sports, MSFA-member schools are affiliated with a variety of other conferences; including the American Midwest Conference, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Crossroads League, and the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference.


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