This afternoon the Indoor Football League announced they would follow the lead of various other leagues and suspend the season.
The IFL is the first of the three remaining Indoor/Arena leagues to postpone their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, coming after only one full week of play.
In their statement, the IFL has stated that games in Oakland and San Diego will be played as normal, however without fans in attendance.
Currently no statement has been made on Champions Indoor Football, whose season begins this month, or the NAL whose season begins next month.
The full press release from the Indoor Football League can be found below:
In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of this weekend’s games in Frisco and Sioux Falls, along with the state of California’s limit on the size of crowds due to the pandemic, the Indoor Football League will be postponing its season until further notice following Saturday night’s games in Oakland and San Diego.
Both games are still scheduled to kick off at 6:05 PT, but will be played with no fans in attendance. Each game will be broadcast live on Youtube.
“This is an unprecedented situation that we are taking very seriously,” said IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “We are monitoring this on a constant basis and are working with the local municipalities and arenas in all of our markets. Our goal is to resume play as soon as possible. The health of our players, coaches, staff, fans, and sponsors is of utmost importance to our teams and to the league, and we will not compromise on those values.”
The IFL will continue to evaluate ongoing events and the safety of our players and will rely on the guidance of public health experts and our league’s Board of Directors in determining when to restart the 2020 season.
UPDATE: The CIF has announced that they will also delay the start of the 2020 Season.