Contact: Matthew Felan, (804) 347-6840
Raiders Join Southern Indoor Football League
SIFL & AIFA Announce Merger
(Richmond) – Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) commissioner Gary Tufford announced yesterday (November 9, 2010) that six teams from the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) have joined the Southern Indoor Football League as part of a merger between the two leagues, including the Richmond Raiders.
The six teams – Richmond (VA) Raiders, Fayetteville (NC) Guard, Harrisburg (PA) Stampede, Erie (PA), Trenton (NJ) Steel and Carolina (NC) Speed will play as part of the Southern Indoor Football League in various divisions.
“We are absolutely thrilled to join the Southern Indoor Football League,” said Richmond Raiders General Manager Matthew Felan. “Our entry into the SIFL will allow us to play 8 different teams throughout the course of the season as well as 7 different and unique teams at home.”
The Southern Indoor Football League was founded by Thom Hager in 2008 out of his desire to create an economic model that allows teams to compete on the field while ensuring long-term viability in the business community. The SIFL has grown from its original six teams to the current 16 teams. Hager is also the owner of the Lake Charles-based Louisiana Swashbucklers, one of indoor footballs most storied franchises.
“Now that we (SIFL) have extended our footprint into a “super regional” that includes the northeast it is imperative that we not only grow these new teams but also nurture our existing ones. We have a responsibility to the teams, fans and the sport itself to create great rivalries, quality entertainment and affordable budgets,” said Tufford.
“The Raiders are very well positioned geographically in the newly formed Southern Indoor Football League,” Felan noted. “We are a short drive from Fayetteville, Charlotte, Trenton and Harrisburg. The SIFL set up allows us to form strong rivalries, particularly with our neighbors to the south in North Carolina.”
The SIFL will kick off the 2011 season in March with 16 teams in all. The member teams are: Erie, PA, Harrisburg PA, Trenton, NJ, Richmond, VA, Fayetteville, NC, Charlotte, NC, Columbus, GA, Albany, GA, Huntsville, AL, Mobile, AL, Lafayette, LA, Lake Charles, LA, Houston, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Rio Grande Valley, TX, and Abilene, TX.
For more information regarding the Southern Indoor Football League log onto www.southernifl.com.
The Richmond Raiders are a professional indoor football team that plays in the Southern Indoor Football League with games played at the Richmond Coliseum. The Raiders offer fast paced, high scoring football action in an affordable, family friendly atmosphere. The Raiders are committed partners in the Richmond community through various volunteer and philanthropic efforts.
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