World Indoor Football League 1988


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World Indoor Football League 1988 [Reference: 1]


The World Indoor Football League was the second Arena Football League after the AFL in 1986. Set up as a rival in 1988, it announced teams in six cities, most of whom had never had an NFL team, or had recently lost one (St. Louis and Baltimore). There was to be a 10-game schedule with the winners of each Conference qualifying for the “World Bowl” – the second league to use the name after the World Football League of 1974-1975. The League, however, failed financially, with Baltimore, San Antonio and Indiana folding just 11 days before the start of the league, and the remaining three franchises aiming to join the Arena Football League in 1989.


[1] Jay Jacox / Arena Fan (2020) Barbarians at the Gate [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 December 2019]


[3] Wikipedia (2020) Professional Spring Football League Logo [Internet] Available from:  [Accessed 1 November 2020]


Thanks to Gareth Quigley, Kevin Smyth, Frank Winters and Barry Wyse.

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