Mid-States Football Association
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|
|Region||Midwestern United States|
|Commissioner||James D. Houdeshell|
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.
National Championship appearancesEdit
|1995||Findlay (OH)||Central Washington||Tie||21-21|
|1998||Olivet Nazarene (IL)||Azusa Pacific (CA)||Lost||17-14|
|2004||Saint Francis (IN)||Carroll (MT)||Lost||15-13 (2 OT)|
|2005||Saint Francis (IN)||Carroll (MT)||Lost||27-10|
|2006||Saint Francis (IN)||Sioux Falls (SD)||Lost||23-19|
|2011||Saint Xavier (IL)||Carroll (MT)||Won||24-20|
|2012||Marian (IN)||Morningside (IA)||Won||30-27 (OT)|
|2013||Grand View (IA)||Cumberlands (KY)||Won||35-23|
|2014||Marian (IN)||Southern Oregon||Lost||55-31|
|2015||Marian (IN)||Southern Oregon||Won||31-14|
|2016||Saint Francis (IN)||Baker (KS)||Won||38-17|
|2017||Saint Francis (IN)||Reinhardt (GA)||Won||24-13|
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.
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.