World Indoor Football League (2007)
The World Indoor Football League (WIFL) was an indoor football league founded by Harry Pierce, owner of the Rome Renegades and Raleigh Rebels of the American Indoor Football League. The league was a splinter league that formed after disgruntled ownership in the AIFL, caused significant turmoil and resulted in several teams leaving the league.
|CEO||Gary Tufford (Executive Director & Commissioner)|
Both the Rebels and Renegades were to play in the league, with the Rebels to be renamed as the Carolina Bombers. However, on October 16, 2006, Pierce folded both franchises.
Daytona Beach Thunder player Javan Camon, in his second year with the club, died February 26, 2007 as a result of injuries received during a game against the Columbus Lions. Camon was involved in a helmet-to-helmet block during the late stages of the game. He was attended by paramedics and doctors at the Ocean Center arena for approximately 25 minutes without recovering. He was pronounced dead on arrival at an area hospital.  So, in his honor, the league's MVP award was named after him as the Javan Camon Award. The award was given to Marvin Stone of the Augusta Spartans. Columbus Lions' Jason Gibson was named Coach of the Year, and Danny Burnham of Rome, Georgia. was named Fan of the Year for his efforts assisting the league's PR department.
Daytona Beach also made some news in the indoor football ranks when arena football legend Barry Wagner joined the team in March 2007; Daytona Beach had previously attempted such a publicity stunt by signing Terry Bradshaw to a similar contract in 2006. The Osceola Ghostriders also featured former New England Patriot Greg Jefferson for one game.
On June 30, the league's only championship game, the World Indoor Bowl, took place in Columbus, Georgia with the Augusta Spartans defeating the host Columbus Lions 63-60 before a crowd of 3,529.
World Indoor BowlEdit
The World Indoor Bowl was the championship game of the World Indoor Football League. The only World Indoor Bowl was played between the regular season champion Columbus Lions and the Augusta Spartans, who won a semi-final game against the Osceola Ghostriders to earn the berth.
|Game||Year||Winning Team||Losing Team||Site|
|World Indoor Bowl I||2007||Augusta Spartans||63||Columbus Lions||60||Columbus Civic Center|
Announced WIFL teams that never participated in league playEdit
- Carolina Bombers – ceased operations during 2006 off-season
- Charleston Sandsharks – announced move from NIFL, then withdrew and joined AIFA
- Huntington Heroes – announced move from, then returned to, AIFA
- Rome Renegades – ceased operations during 2006 off-season
- Tallahassee Titans – were to move from the AIFA to WIFL for the cancelled 2008 season.