The Indoor Football League’s Board of Directors, in an effort to provide each of its member teams the best possible opportunity for a successful 2021 season, announced that it has voted to push back the 2021 IFL Kickoff Weekend to the weekend of May 14, 2021.
The Sioux Falls Storm remains committed to our fans, season ticket holders, partners and the other IFL partner teams. Jason Headlee, President of the Sioux Falls Storm states, “We are lucky that we are in a good place in South Dakota. We can be 100% open and enjoy football right now. However, in order to be good partners and support the other teams in our League, this is a necessary step. The additional time will allow them to be able to be open to greater percentages of fans and have a successful year, which is what we all want.”
“In trying to best meet the varying needs of all of our member teams, we determined as a league that delaying the start of the season is in the best interest of the IFL,” said league Commissioner Todd Tryon. “With a national footprint that stretches from the East Coast to the West Coast and from North Dakota all the way down to Texas, this year calls for us to be flexible and to consider the unique restrictions, or lack thereof, of each of our 12 markets.
“We view this as a positive step, as we have been able to put together a schedule that will allow each team the best opportunity for success in its own local market, while also allowing for additional time for our country as a whole to make greater strides in our collective efforts against the COVID pandemic. At the same time, we realize there will continue to be issues related to COVID and we have spent many hours developing plans on how we will deal with in-season situations that may arise.”
The IFL has developed a comprehensive system of COVID protocols and procedures that places the safety of the league’s fans, players, coaches, team and league staff, and partners at the forefront, including roster modifications, team testing procedures, limits on how teams interact within large group settings.
“The IFL is committed to delivering to our fans the best indoor football product in the world, and we look forward to kicking off our 13th season,” Tryon added. “We have many more exciting announcements regarding national broadcasts and other national partners that we look forward to sharing in the coming weeks.”
The IFL is America’s longest consecutive-running indoor football league. For more information on the IFL and its member teams, please visit GoIFL.com.