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IFL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2021 SEASON


For Immediate Release

November 17, 2020

IFL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2021 SEASON

2021 Schedule Features 12 Teams, 16 Games Per Team

 SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Indoor Football League will kick off its 13th season with a Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, March 26, 2021, featuring the defending United Bowl champion Sioux Falls Storm hosting the Green Bay Blizzard, the league announced on Tuesday. Adding to the excitement around the league’s kickoff weekend is the induction of the newest members of the IFL Hall of Fame during halftime of the Hall of Fame Game.

The announcement of the Hall of Fame Game comes as part of the release of the IFL’s 2021 schedule. America’s longest continuously-running indoor football league, the IFL will kick off in 2021 with 12 teams stretching from the East Coast to the West Coast and from as far north as Wisconsin and the Dakotas all the way south to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

The first full weekend of IFL action in 2021 will be the first weekend of April when all 12 teams are in action, beginning with a pair of games on Friday, April 2.

Each team will play 16 regular season games in 2021 – eight home and eight on the road. The expanded schedule, up from 14 scheduled games in 2020, is a nod of appreciation to the fans and corporate partners that stuck with the teams and league during the shortened 2020 COVID-impacted season.

Some interesting facts about the 2021 IFL schedule:

  • The 2021 roster of IFL teams includes six teams that will be playing their first seasons in the league and six “veteran” IFL brands.
  • The defending champion Sioux Falls Storm has earned the right to open the season in the spotlight, and from the first game the Storm will wear targets on their backs, including rematches of the past three United Bowls against Arizona and Iowa.
  • The IFL’s 2021 campaign includes five traditional holiday weekends – Easter Weekend, Mother’s Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Father’s Day Weekend, and the weekend of the Fourth of July.
  • Five of the six first-year teams will get to test their mettle against veteran IFL teams in Week 2, which is the first weekend of play for each of the first-year IFL teams; the lone matchup between two rookie IFL teams to open the season is Spokane at Frisco.
  • There are only two of the 17 full weekends of play in 2021 when there will not be a game played in the state of Arizona – Week 9 and Week 15, which is Fourth of July weekend. During Week 8 the state of Arizona will be hosting 3 of the 5 IFL games played that weekend.
  • The league will play its 16-game regular season schedule over 18 weeks technically, but all except Sioux Falls and Green Bay — the Hall of Fame Game participants — will play their 16 games over 17 weeks.
  • The postseason, which will feature eight teams, starts the weekend of July 30 with the first-round games, followed by the semifinals the weekend of August 6 before the final two teams enjoy a bye week in advance of the United Bowl the weekend of August 20.

The IFL opens in three new markets in 2021, with the Massachusetts Pirates, Northern Arizona Wranglers, and Louisville Xtreme joining the league. In addition to those three new organizations, the 2021 season will also mark the first time the Spokane Shock, Duke City Gladiators, and Frisco Fighters will take the field. Each of those teams joined the league in 2020, but none were able to play due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the league following its first week of play.

In addition to the 12 teams playing in 2021, the IFL has five additional teams set to play in 2022, including the expansion Columbus Wild Dogs, Quad City Steamwheelers, San Diego Strike Force, Oakland Panthers, and Cedar Rapids River Kings.

“We are extremely excited to be able to continue to grow the IFL, especially given the climate we are in during this atypical year,” said IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “We were able to maintain our strict standards for team ownership and attract some great individuals and ownership groups into our league, which will only make us better. The future of the IFL continues to be very bright.”

Generally concentrated in the Midwest and western part of the United States, the addition of Massachusetts will allow the league to eventually expand into a new region of the country. The addition of Louisville and Northern Arizona bolster the league’s footprint in the middle of the country and the southwestern United States.

“The IFL has never before been situated for greater success, both within our local team markets and nationally,” Tryon added. “We have a solid plan for expansion, along with national growth as it relates to our league broadcasts and league sponsorships, and we have great league members who all believe in the same vision. It’s been too long since we’ve been able to get on the field and allow our great athletes to perform for our fans, and for us the Hall of Fame Game can’t come soon enough.”

For more information about the Indoor Football League, please visit www.goifl.com.

 

2021 IFL WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

All times Central Time

 WEEK 1

SUNDAY, MARCH 28

Green Bay at Sioux Falls, 3:05 pm

WEEK 2

FRIDAY, APRIL 2

Spokane at Frisco, 7:05 pm

Massachusetts at Bismarck, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 3

Arizona at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Louisville at Green Bay, 7:05 pm

Sioux Falls at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Tucson at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

WEEK 3

SATURDAY, APRIL 10

Iowa at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Sioux Falls at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Frisco at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Arizona, 8:05 pm

Green Bay at Spokane, 8:05 pm

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Louisville at Tucson, 5:05 pm

WEEK 4

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

Arizona at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 17

Duke City at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

Tucson at Spokane, 9:05 pm

SUNDAY, APRIL 18

Iowa at Louisville, 3:05 pm

Bismarck at Green Bay, 3:05 pm

Bye: Frisco, Massachusetts

WEEK 5

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

Duke City at Frisco, 7:05 pm

Bismarck at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 24

Massachusetts at Louisville, 6:05 pm

Green Bay at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Spokane at Arizona, 8:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Tucson, 8:05 pm

WEEK 6

FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Louisville at Frisco, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 1

Sioux Falls at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Green Bay at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Tucson at Arizona, 8:05 pm

Spokane at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

Bye: Iowa, Duke City

WEEK 7

FRIDAY, MAY 7

Frisco at Green Bay, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 8

Northern Arizona at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Massachusetts at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Louisville at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

Duke City at Tucson, 8:05 pm

Arizona at Spokane, 9:05 pm

WEEK 8

FRIDAY, MAY 14

Bismarck at Green Bay, 6:05 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 15

Iowa at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

Frisco at Tucson, 8:05 pm

 SUNDAY, MAY 16

Duke City at Arizona, 5:05 pm

Massachusetts at Northern Arizona, 5:05 pm

Bye: Spokane, Louisville

  WEEK 9

FRIDAY, MAY 21

Sioux Falls at Green Bay, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 22

Duke City at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Arizona at Louisville, 6:05 pm

Tucson at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Frisco at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Spokane, 9:05 pm

WEEK 10

FRIDAY, MAY 28

Bismarck at Iowa, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 29

Spokane at Louisville, 6:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Frisco at Arizona, 8:05 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 30

Massachusetts at Tucson, 5:05 pm

Bye: Green Bay, Sioux Falls

 WEEK 11

FRIDAY, JUNE 4

Iowa at Green Bay, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 5

Sioux Falls at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Duke City at Frisco, 7:05 pm

Tucson at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

Louisville at Spokane, 9:05 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 6

Arizona at Massachusetts, 12:05 pm

WEEK 12

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

Frisco at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Green Bay at Louisville, 6:05 pm

Iowa at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Tucson at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Spokane at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

Arizona at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

WEEK 13

FRIDAY, JUNE 18

Massachusetts at Green Bay, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 19

Arizona at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Sioux Falls at Frisco, 7:05 pm

Louisville at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Tucson, 8:05 pm

Bismarck at Spokane, 9:05 pm

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

Iowa at Green Bay, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 26

Spokane at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Bismarck at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

Tucson at Arizona, 8:05 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 27

Frisco at Louisville, 3:05 pm

WEEK 15

FRIDAY, JULY 2

Massachusetts at Frisco, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 3

Iowa at Louisville, 6:05 pm

Spokane at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Bye: Arizona, Northern Arizona, Tucson, Bismarck, Green Bay, Sioux Falls

 WEEK 16

FRIDAY, JULY 9

Iowa at Frisco, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 10

Bismarck at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Green Bay at Louisville, 6:05 pm

Northern Arizona at Arizona, 8:05 pm

Duke City at Tucson, 8:05 pm

Sioux Falls at Spokane, 9:05 pm

WEEK 17

FRIDAY, JULY 16

Spokane at Bismarck, 6:05 pm

Frisco at Sioux Falls, 7:05 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 17

Louisville at Massachusetts, 6:05 pm

Green Bay at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Duke City at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

Arizona at Tucson, 8:05 pm

WEEK 18

THURSDAY, JULY 22

Massachusetts at Spokane, 9:05 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 24

Tucson at Duke City, 7:05 pm

Louisville at Frisco, 7:05 pm

Sioux Falls at Iowa, 7:05 pm

Bismarck at Northern Arizona, 8:05 pm

Green Bay at Arizona, 8:05 pm