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The Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri. The MSFA was organized in 1993, and on-field competition began in 1994. The MSFA is divided into two leagues, The Mideast and the Midwest.

Mid-States Football Association
MSFA
Mid-States Football Association logo
Established1993
AssociationNAIA
Members13
Sports fielded
  • Football only
RegionMidwestern United States
CommissionerJames D. Houdeshell
Websitewww.mid-statesfootball.org
Locations
Mid-States Football Association locations

Charter members included Geneva College, Lindenwood University, Malone College, Olivet Nazarene University, Saint Xavier University, Taylor University, Tiffin University, Trinity International University, the University of Findlay, Urbana University, and Westminster College.

MSFA member schools have won eight NAIA National Championships since the inception of the league in 1993. An MSFA team has played in each of the last seven championships, winning six of the seven, including each of the last three. The two MSFA division champions earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Series.

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National Championship appearancesEdit

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

In 2019, Indiana Wesleyan and Lawrence Tech will begin conference play as members of the Mideast League. In order to retain balance between the two leagues, Lindenwood-Belleville and Missouri Baptist shifted divisions to play in the Midwest League.

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
Conference
Mideast League
Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan 1963 1,055 Cardinals 2011 Wolverine–Hoosier
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Indiana 1920 15,872 Wildcats 2019 Crossroads
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 1932 4,154 Blue Devils 2019 Wolverine–Hoosier
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 1,800 Knights 2007 Crossroads
University of Saint Francis (IN) Fort Wayne, Indiana 1890 1,883 Cougars 1998 Crossroads
Siena Heights University Adrian, Michigan 1919 2,274 Saints 2012 Wolverine–Hoosier
Taylor University Upland, Indiana 1846 1,887 Trojans 1994 Crossroads
Midwest League
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 1,900 Lynx 2015 American Midwest
Missouri Baptist University St. Louis, Missouri 1828 2,800 Spartans 2015 American Midwest
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, Illinois 1907 4,666 Tigers 1994 Chicagoland
Robert Morris University Chicago, Illinois 1913 3,156 Eagles 2013 Chicagoland
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 1882 3,343 Fighting Bees 1996 Chicagoland
University of St. Francis (IL) Joliet, Illinois 1920 3,352 Fighting Saints 1999 Chicagoland
Saint Xavier University Chicago, Illinois 1846 5,028 Cougars 1994 Chicagoland
Trinity International University Deerfield, Illinois 1897 2,730 Trojans 1994 Chicagoland

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Primary
Conference
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 Oilers 1994 1998 Great Lakes
(NCAA D-II)
Geneva College Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 1848 Golden Tornadoes 1994 2007 Presidents
(NCAA D-III)
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 Vikings 2009 2015 Heart of America
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant, Iowa 1842 Tigers 1996 2012 St. Louis
(NCAA D-III)
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Lions 1994 1996 Mid-America
(NCAA D-II)
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 Pioneers 1994 2011 Great Lakes
(NCAA D-II)
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Bearcats 1998 2011 Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA D-II)
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 Panthers 2004 2009 Great Lakes
(NCAA D-II)
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Hawks 2003 2012 Great Lakes Valley
(NCAA D-II)
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 Dragons 1994 2002 Great Lakes
(NCAA D-II)
Trine University Angola, Indiana 1884 Thunder 1996 2003 Michigan
(NCAA D-III)
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 1994 2008 Mountain East
(NCAA D-II)
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa 1903 Warriors 2009 2014 North Star
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 Cavaliers 1996 2011 Great Lakes
(NCAA D-II)
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Titans 1994 1998 Presidents
(NCAA D-III)
William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa 1873 Statesmen 2002 2015 Heart of America

Membership timelineEdit

    Mideast League            Midwest League     

 

SportsEdit

The MSFA sponsors teams only in football. For other sports, MSFA-member schools are affiliated with a variety of other conferences; including the American Midwest Conference, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Crossroads League, and the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference.

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