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National Indoor Football League was a professional indoor football league in the United States. For their first six years, the league had teams in markets not covered by either the Arena Football League or its developmental league, af2, however, that changed briefly with their expansion into AFL markets such as Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles, and af2 markets such as Fort Myers and Houston.


The NIFL, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, was founded by Carolyn Shiver. The league started operations in 2001, with many teams coming from Indoor Football League being bought the previous year and folding operations. In 2002, the league added in the teams from the Indoor Professional Football League. 2003 was the most successful year for the league as 24 teams played a mostly complete schedule, with few cancellations. From 2004 to 2007, the NIFL would experience the ups and downs of any minor professional league. The NIFL's final season was 2007.

NIFL Season-by-season

Former Teams

Teams that left the NIFL to join (or plan to join) another league

Defunct teams/failed expansion

Indoor Bowl games

Year Winner Loser Score
2001 Mississippi Fire Dogs Wyoming Cavalry 55-21
2002 Ohio Valley Greyhounds Billings Outlaws 55-52
2003 Ohio Valley Greyhounds Utah Warriors 45-37
2004 Lexington Horsemen Sioux Falls Storm 59-38
2005 Tri-Cities Fever Rome Renegades 47-31
2006 Billings Outlaws Fayetteville Guard 59-44
2007 San Diego Shockwave No Playoff

See also