The Quad City Steamwheelers are expected to announce at a press conference on Wednesday that the resurrected franchise will be heading to Champions Indoor Football (CIF) in 2018.
The news was first reported by the Quad Cities Times.
In 2000, the Steamwheelers were introduced to professional indoor football in the AF2 league (Arena Football 2). Af2 was a “developmental” league for the AFL (Arena Football League).
For nine seasons in the AF2, they would finish the regular season in the top five of either their division or conference. The steamwheelers would make the postseason seven out of nine seasons. The team would compete in a total of eleven playoff games. In 2000, they would win the first Arena Cup and then in Arena Cup 2 in 2001, After that, they would either not be in the playoffs, were defeated in the first round, or were defeated in the semifinal round.
When the team folded after the 2009 season, they walked away with a winning record, earning 108 wins, 53 losses, and 2 championship titles.
Heading into 2018, the Quad City Steamwheelers will be competing in the Champions Indoor Football North division. But, in order to bring the title back to quad City Steamwheelers will have to compete against teams like Sioux Falls Storm, Bloomington, Omaha Beef; Kansas City Phantoms; Salina Liberty, Bismarck Bucks, West Michigan Ironmen.
Now, I know I am going to sound like a television advertisement but wait…theres more. The Quad City Steamwheelers are not the only team joining the CIF. According to the commissioner of the CIF, over the next two weeks, more teams will announce that they have joined the CIF.
You can watch the Quad City Steamwheelers be introduced tomorrow at 12:30 ET/ 1:30 PM CT on the Steamwheelers Facebook page or come out to the iWireless Center.
Stay tuned for more information on the CIF and all things Indoor Football here on LWOS Indoor Football.