As 2016 comes to a close, the Indoor Football League will look back at the Top Ten Players from the 2016 season. The countdown will culminate with the announcement of the Top IFL Player of 2016 being announced on New Year's Eve.
The IFL is pleased to announce that Sioux Falls Storm LB Tyler Knight has been named Number 5 on the IFL's Top Ten Players of 2016.
Breaking into the top half of the IFL's countdown is two-time IFL Defensive Player of the Year and perennial All-IFL LB Tyler Knight. One of the IFL's top defensive stars, Knight's tremendous 2016 campaign helped lead the Sioux Falls Storm to their sixth consecutive United Bowl trophy.
Knight had a record setting season in 2016 as he was all over the field, setting an IFL single season record with 169 total tackles. Knight recorded nine games in which he topped double-digit tackles. In addition, Knight excelled at special teams too as he tied for the league lead with eight blocked kicks.
As 2016 comes to a close, the Indoor Football League looks at the Top Ten Players from the 2016 season. The countdown will culminate with the announcement of the Top IFL Player of 2016 being announced on New Year's Eve.
The IFL is pleased to announce that Sioux Falls Storm WR/KR Korey Williams has been named Number 6 on the IFL's list Top Ten Players of 2016.
Williams, the 2016 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year, was a special talent for the Storm in 2016 as his dynamic play throughout the season helped the Storm win their sixth consecutive United Bowl championship.
After a two-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Williams returned to the Storm with big results. Williams proved to be deadly on special teams as he led the IFL with six return touchdowns last season, two more than any other IFL player. An all-purpose weapon, Williams also added 18 rushing touchdowns and 10 touchdown receptions.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2017 regular season schedule. The 18-week, 80-game schedule kicks off on Thursday, February 16 and concludes on Saturday, June 17.
The 2017 season marks the IFL's ninth season of play. Two new members, the Arizona Rattlers and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles are set to take the field next spring and join eight incumbents in a battle for the 2017 United Bowl crown. The 2017 conference alignments are as follows:
Cedar Rapids Titans
Green Bay Blizzard
Sioux Falls Storm
Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles
Phoenix, AZ - The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of the league's newest team, the Arizona Rattlers.
The historic Rattlers organization brings almost 25 years of indoor/arena football experience and a winning pedigree to the IFL. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers organization has won ten division titles and has appeared in ten championship games, winning five.
The Rattlers will compete as new members in the IFL 2017 season. The team will continue to compete in Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ.
"We are excited about competing in the IFL," said Rattler Owner Ron Shurts. "Our loyal fan base and the Rattlers brand have always been my number one concern. This change affords our fans an opportunity to enjoy many more years of success and allows the Rattlers brand to continue to grow."
"Today is a tremendous day in the history of the IFL," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "We are glad to welcome one of the preeminent indoor football organizations in the country to the IFL. The Arizona Rattlers organization has prided itself in continued success, both on and off the field, for nearly a quarter century. This longevity is a testament to the quality of their organization and their passionate fanbase."
Las Vegas, NV - The 2016 Indoor Football League (IFL) Annual Board of Directors Meetings begin Monday, September 19 and continue through Tuesday, September 20 at Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The IFL League Office, representatives from each IFL team and many other special guests and business partners will be in attendance.
Among the items to be discussed during the meetings are the 2017 schedule, conference alignment, marketing plans and the continued evolution of business practices to expand the league's business model.
"The Annual IFL Board of Directors Meetings is essential in establishing a strong plan and a strong tone for the upcoming season," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "Going into our ninth season, the goal is to continue to better ourselves not only as playing partners but as business partners. The collaboration that occurs during the League Meetings leads to the implementation of sound business strategies that continue to position the IFL as a leader in the indoor/arena football industry."
IFL fans and followers can expect additional information and exclusive interviews with team members from around the league on all of the IFL social media platforms. Fans are encouraged to visit the IFL's Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the League's official website www.goifl.com.
The Indoor Football League (IFL), in conjunction with the Spokane Empire and Sioux Falls Storm, will be holding a joint media day at 3:00 PM CT on Friday, July 22 in the Sioux Falls Convention Center in regards to the 2016 United Bowl Championship game.
Owners, coaches and select players from the Intense Conference representative Spokane Empire (13-4) and the United Conference representative Sioux Falls Storm (16-1) will be available to issue statements about the upcoming game and answer questions.
Among the players in attendance for the Spokane Empire will be captains QB Charles Dowdell, LB Nick Haag, DB Josh Ferguson and OL Dave Lefotu. The representatives for the Sioux Falls Storm will be QB Lorenzo Brown, WR/RB Korey Williams, and LB Tyler Knight.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2016 Team Awards for outstanding achievements during the IFL regular season.
Franchise of the Year: Sioux Falls Storm
The Sioux Falls Storm have been named the 2016 IFL Franchise of the Year. Selected by their peers, factors considered for achieving this award consisted of attendance, sales, public relations, marketing, on-field performance, community involvement and overall representation of the IFL.
"For the past 17 years this franchise has striven for excellence on and off the field," said Storm Owner Todd Tryon. "We've always prided ourselves in setting the standard for all of professional indoor football. Recruit great people, create an atmosphere that people want to be a part of, and then get out of the way!"
The Sioux Falls Storm posted a league-best 15-1 record in 2016 and will be hosting the United Conference Championship on July 16th. During the 2016 season, the five-time IFL United Bowl Champions led the IFL in attendance averaging 7,532 fans per game and posted a new IFL attendance record of 9,972 fans during their Week 8 matchup. Off the field, the Storm continued to set benchmarks in public relations and community involvement. For the second consecutive season, the Storm have contributed and raised over $100,000 for the betterment of the Sioux Falls community.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2016 All-IFL First and Second Team selections.
The Sioux Falls Storm finished the 2016 season with a league best 15-1 record and lead the IFL with seven selections to the all-league teams. Stalwart Offensive Linemen Myniya Smith and Charlie Sanders paved the way for the Storm's league-leading rushing attack and have each been named to their sixth consecutive First Team All-IFL list. Joining Smith and Sanders on the First Team list are DL Brandon Peguese, LB Tyler Knight and KR Korey Williams. Knight led the IFL in tackles (169) while Williams led IFL in kick return touchdowns (6). DL Claude Davis and DB Elijah Fields each earned Second Team Honors.
In their first year of IFL play the Spokane Empire earned six selections to the All-IFL list. Explosive rookie RB Trevor Kennedy has been named First Team All-IFL after leading the IFL in rushing touchdowns with 28. OL Dave Lefotu paved the way for Kennedy and has also been honored with First-Team accolades. After leading the Empire in tackles (104) and interceptions (7) DB Robert Brown earned First Team honors. QB Charles Dowdell, DL Benjamin Perry and LB Nick Haag all take home Second Team honors.
The Cedar Rapids Titans and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks each placed five players on the All-IFL teams in 2016.
For the Titans, the team's ferocious pass rushing duo of DL Xzavie Jackson and DL Jermiah Price each earned First Team honors after combining for 27.5 sacks in 2015, OL A.J Harmon, LB Nikolas Sierra and four-time IFL Special Teams Player of the Week Nicholas Belcher earn Second Team honors.