Wichita Falls Nighthawks, Sioux Falls Storm apply for CIF, bring up Expansion

Robbie Rouse Sioux Falls Storm

Recently the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) wrapped up the owners meeting for the upcoming 2018 season. One of the discussions mentioned at the meetings were about the number of teams for next season. In 2017, there were 14 teams in the CIF. Now the CIF is looking to add more teams. Here are some potential Expansion Teams looking to join the CIF 

Wichita Falls Nighthawks, Sioux Falls Storm apply for CIF, bring up Expansion

This past season, the Indoor Football League (IFL) saw 10 teams take the field for play. At the end of the season, Arizona won their sixth championship overall and 1st in the IFL.

Now, entering the 2018 season, some teams are bolting to the CIF due to others in the league that are ceasing operations.

Shortly after the season concluded, the Spokane Empire announced that that have pulled out of the IFL, as well as a franchise entirely.

Then Wednesday, the IFL announced that five teams were committed to the league for the 2018 season. The Sioux Falls Storm and Wichita Falls Nighthawks were not on it.

The 6-time champions Sioux Falls Storm and Wichita Falls Nighthawks are rumored to leave and go to Champions Indoor Football (CIF) in 2018. According to both teams, they have both applied to the league and are currently waiting for word on if they are accepted or not.

If the Sioux Falls storm they are getting a contender on the football. Starting as the Sioux Falls Cobras in the IFL in 2000, then to the National Indoor Football League back to the Indoor Football League and potentially Champions indoor Football (CIF). As a member of the IFL, they have won six championships. As for the Wichita Falls Nighthawks, they are a relatively new team that entered the IFL in 2015. In the three seasons of existence, they have only been to the playoffs only once.


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