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Will Birmingham play in the Southern Indoor Football League?

November 2008
A new indoor football league has been announced, the Southern Indoor Football League, that will begin play in 2009. It is reported that Birmingham has committed to a team for the league's 2010 season, should it occur.

The SIFL is spear-headed by the owner of the Lake Charles-based Louisiana Swashbucklers that has been part of the Indoor Football League.

Along with Lake Charles, the league has commitments from owners in Texas (Austin, Houston, and Pasadena) and Louisiana (Houma and Lafayette).

In addition to Birmingham, the league has commitments for 2010 from groups in the Texas cities of Beaumont, Galveston, and Waco as well as the Florida cities of Lakeland, Pensacola, Tallahassee.

No information was given on who the individual or group from Birmingham was that made the commitment.

Each team will play a 12-game schedule starting in next April.

April 2010
The Southern Indoor Football League kicks off its second season, but it does not include a team from Birmingham.

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The Southern Indoor Football League played for three years, from 2009 to 2011.

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After the 2011 season, a majority of the teams broke off to join two new leagues, the Texas-based Lone Star Football League and the Southeast-based Professional Indoor Football League. The remaining three teams were claimed by the revived American Indoor Football Association.

While a Birmingham team never materialized, the league did feature two teams from Alabama in 2011; Huntsville's Alabama Hammers and the Mobile Bay Tarpons.

Birmingham would eventually have another indoor football team, when the Alabama Outlawz helped start the X-League in 2014.
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