Champions Professional Indoor Football League
|Most recent season or competition:|
2014 Champions Professional Indoor Football League season
|Ceased||2014; merged with LSFL to make CIF|
|Director||Bob Scott, Jerry Ploeger, Ethan Henson, John Blazek|
|No. of teams||9|
|Wichita Wild (2nd title)|
|Most titles||Wichita Wild (2 titles)|
The Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) was an indoor football league based along the Midwestern United States region. The league began play in February 2013. In August 2014, the CPIFL and Lone Star Football League (LSFL) completed a merger to form Champions Indoor Football (CIF) and began play in 2015.
During the off-season, teams held open tryouts for free-agent players to earn invites to pre-season camps. Free agent tryouts ranged from October to January depending on the individual team. Pre-season typically ran the duration of February and could involve exhibition games with teams inside the league or outside teams in other indoor football leagues. The regular season schedule was a 12-game format typically starting in mid-March and going until mid-June. Each team played six home games and six road games, typically on Friday and Saturday nights, with some exceptions like occasional Sunday afternoon games. The four teams with the best overall record at the end of the season qualified for post-season play. The teams with the best records hosted the first round of the playoffs, with the first-place team hosting the fourth-place team and the second-place team hosting the third-place team. The league did not have a divisional split. The second round of the playoffs was considered the CPIFL Championship game to crown the league champion each year.
In August 2012, Sioux City Bandits' managing partner, Bob Scott, generated the idea of a league that would be run by team owners, and not by a president. The idea came after the Bandits had spent two years in the American Professional Football League. The focus was to build the highest level of indoor football in the Midwest by adding teams to the league, linking "well-established teams currently coming from Iowa, Missouri and Kansas." The CPIFL brought together the top indoor football teams in the Midwest from existing leagues such as the Arena Football League, Indoor Football League, and the American Professional Football League to fill the new league. The CPIFL is bringing back rivalries from the past. Tulsa (Oklahoma Defenders) vs. Wichita (Wild), Lincoln (Haymakers) vs. Omaha (Beef), Lincoln vs. Sioux City (Bandits) and Omaha vs. Sioux City are a few examples. The league gained its first member on August 11, 2012, when the Bandits officially announced their intentions to join the CPIFL. Also on August 11, the league voted that James Bain would be the league's first Commissioner.
On August 14, 2014, it was announced on the league website that they had merged with the Lone Star Football League to create what they claimed to be the largest indoor football league in the country.
|Bloomington Edge||Bloomington, Illinois||U.S. Cellular Coliseum (7,000)|
|Dodge City Law||Dodge City, Kansas||United Wireless Arena (4,200)|
|Kansas Koyotes||Topeka, Kansas||Landon Arena (7,777)|
|Lincoln Haymakers||Lincoln, Nebraska||Pershing Center (4,526)|
|Oklahoma Defenders||Tulsa, Oklahoma||Tulsa Convention Center (8,900)|
|Omaha Beef||Ralston, Nebraska||Ralston Arena (4,020)|
|Salina Bombers||Salina, Kansas||Bicentennial Center (7,583)|
|Sioux City Bandits||Sioux City, Iowa||Tyson Events Center (7,500)|
|Wichita Wild||Park City, Kansas||Hartman Arena (5,000)|
- Mid-Missouri Outlaws – played 2013 season in CPIFL before leaving to join outdoor semi-pro Central Plains Football League.
- Kansas City Renegades – played 2013 season in CPIFL, then abruptly folded.
CPIFL Champions Bowl results
|2013||Wichita Wild||Salina Bombers||47–34|
|2014||Wichita Wild||Sioux City Bandits||46–41|
- Michael Brauer (August 2, 2012). "Bandits bolt APFL, hope to form new league". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Nick Filipowski (August 11, 2012). "Bandits to join Champions Professional Indoor Football League". www.ktiv.com. NBC. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Nick Filipowski (August 16, 2012). "James Bain Named Commissioner of CPIFL". www.ktiv.com. NBC. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Wild to join new indoor football league". The Wichita Eagle. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Merger Between CPIFL and LSFL is a Success Archived 2014-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, CPIFL website, August 14, 2014
- "Blaze Owner To Buy Edge, Team To Play In New League". CPIFL.org. Champions Professional Indoor Football League. October 12, 2012. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- Deacon, Joe (October 12, 2012). "Bloomington Edge sold to Blaze owner, changing to new league". The Pantagraph. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Professional Football Makes Its Debut In Dodge City". Champions Professional Indoor Football League. September 26, 2013. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- "Kansas Koyotes Join Champions Professional Indoor Football League". Champions Professional Indoor Football League. October 8, 2012. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- Hambleton, Ken (September 11, 2012). "Indoor football team coming to Lincoln". JournalStar.com. Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Michael Brauer (August 11, 2012). "Bandits join CPIFL; new franchise possible in Lincoln". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- "Inaugural CPIFL Season to Kick-Off on March 9". Champions Professional Indoor Football League. November 14, 2012. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- "Salina Bombers name of new indoor football team". Salina Journal. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2012.