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{{Cleanup|date=March 2007}} {{Infobox sports league
| title = Mid Continental Football League
| logo = mcfllogo.jpg
| current_season =
| pixels = 200px
| sport = [[American football]]
| founded = 1991
| fame =
| motto =
| teams = 9
| country = {{USA}}
| champion = [[Detroit Seminoles]]
| most_champs = [[Detroit Seminoles]] (3), [[Kane County Eagles]] (3), and [[Southern Michigan Timberwolves]] (3)
| website = [http://www.mcfl.org MCFL Homepage]
| ceo = [[Ted R. Serama]] (President)
| TV =
}} The '''Mid Continental Football League''' (MCFL) is a [[semi-professional]] [[American football|football]] league formed in [[1991]]. Teams usually consist of unpaid athletes and volunteer staff working together to field a competitive and professional product both on and off the field. == Overview == The league currently consisting of 9 teams in the [[Kentucky]] '''(1)''', [[Indiana]] '''(1)''', [[Ohio]] '''(3)''', and [[Michigan]] '''(4)''' areas. The MCFL operates under the guidance of an executive committee. This committee is made up of different people from various teams within the league. There is also a Board of Directors, consisting of the general managers from each member team. These board members represent the one vote per team in the league. The MCFL is a member of the [[American Football Association (American football)|American Football Association]], which serves as the national organization for non-professional leagues and teams from coast-to-coast. The regular season is a nine-week schedule during which each team has one [[bye (sports)#Bye week|bye week]] and plays eight. At the end of each regular season, eight teams, form an eight-team [[single-elimination tournament]] that culminates with the [[MCFL Championship game]]. This game is held at the home stadium of the team with the highest seed remaining at the end of the playoffs. During the spring, following the championship game, selected all-star players from all teams meet in the [[MCFL All-Star game]], held in various locations in past years. == League History ==
{{details|History of the Mid Continental Football League}} The MCFL began play in 1991. The founding four members were the [[Cleveland Falcons (football)|Cleveland Falcons]], [[Dayton Steelers]], [[Wyandot Chiefs]], and [[Shenango Valley Blasters]]. The Cleveland Falcons defeated the Dayton Steelers 7-0 to win the first MCFL Championship game. As of [[2008]], the MCFL has a presence [[Indiana]], [[Kentucky]], [[Michigan]], and [[Ohio]]. The MCFL once had a presence in [[Illinois]], [[Missouri]], [[New York]], [[Ontario]], [[Pennsylvania]], and [[Wisconsin]]. The New York teams split off in 1997 and became the [[Northeastern Football Alliance|New York Amateur Football League]].{{Fact|date=April 2008}}


== 2008 ==
{{main|2008 Mid Continental Football League season}} The [[Cleveland Lions]] did not play in 2008, the team took a leave of absence. The [[West Michigan Force]] joined the [[United States Football Alliance]] for 2008. The [[Central Kentucky Studs]] (later renamed the Chargers) were admitted to the MCFL by the Expansion Committee on [[February 24]], [[2008]] by a vote of 5-4. They were the only team admitted for the 2008 Season. The league converted to two conferences. The [[National Conference]] and [[American Conference]]. Following the 2008 season, the [[Kentucky/Ohio Xtreme]] and the [[Hardin County Wolverines]] left the league for the [[United States Football Alliance]] for the 2009 season. The [[Central Kentucky Chargers]] folded after one year of existance. == Teams ==

Helmet
Team
Location
Founded
Join MCFL
American Conference
[[Image:firehelmet.png|100px]]
[[Columbus Fire]]
[[Bexley, Ohio]]
1997
2007
[[Image:seminolehelmet.png|100px]]
[[Detroit Seminoles]]
[[Detroit, Michigan]]
1994
2003
[[Image:furyhelmet.png|100px]]
[[Flint Fury]]
[[Flint, Michigan]]
2003
2005
[[Image:comethelmet2.png|100px]]
[[Kings Comets]]
[[Sharonville, Ohio]]
1998
1999
National Conference
[[Image:blackravenhelmet.png|100px]]
[[Detroit Ravens]]
[[Berkley, Michigan]]
2004
2007
[[Image:mustanghelmet.png|100px]]
[[Indiana Mustangs]]
[[Noblesville, Indiana]]
1991
1993
[[Image:bullhelmet.png|100px]]
[[Louisville Bulls]]
[[Louisville, Kentucky]]
1988
1992
[[Image:swarmhelmet.png|100px]]
[[Ohio Swarm]]
[[Dublin, Ohio]]
1993
1994
[[Image:twolveshelmet.png|100px]]
[[Southern Michigan Timberwolves]]
[[Monroe, Michigan]]
1994
1994

==Conference Championship Teams==

  • 2008
    • American: [[Detroit Seminoles]]
    • National: [[Louisville Bulls]]

==MCFL Championship Teams==
{{main|Mid Continental Football League Championship game}} *1991 - [[Cleveland Falcons (football)|Cleveland Falcons]]

  • 1992 - [[Cleveland Falcons (football)|Cleveland Falcons]]
  • 1993 - [[Toronto Athletics]]
  • 1994 - [[Toledo Thunder]]
  • 1995 - [[Racine Raiders]]
  • 1996 - [[Southern Michigan Timberwolves]]
  • 1997 - [[Southern Michigan Timberwolves]]
  • 1998 - [[Kane County Eagles]]
  • 1999 - [[Southern Michigan Timberwolves]]
  • 2000 - [[Kane County Eagles]]
  • 2001 - [[Kane County Eagles]]
  • 2002 - [[Cleveland Lions]]
  • 2003 - [[Detroit Seminoles]]
  • 2004 - [[Cleveland Lions]]
  • 2005 - [[Detroit Seminoles]]
  • 2006 - [[West Michigan Force]]
  • 2007 - [[Detroit Ravens]]
  • 2008 - [[Detroit Seminoles]]

==Championship Games==

'''[[National Conference]]'''
'''[[American Conference]]'''

<!--! class="unsortable" | Shield-->
Date
Winning Team
Score
Losing Team
Venue
City
October 4, 2008
'''[[Detroit Seminoles]]'''
35–0
[[Louisville Bulls]]
[[Southfield High School]]
[[Detroit, Michigan]]
October 13, 2007
'''[[Detroit Ravens]]'''
36–21
[[Detroit Seminoles]]

[[Detroit, Michigan]]
October 14, 2006
'''[[West Michigan Force]]'''
38–28
[[Detroit Seminoles]]


==Former/Defunct Teams==

Team
Location
Founded
Folded
Joined
Resigned
[[Buffalo Gladiators]]
[[Buffalo, New York]]


1993
1996
[[Buffalo Lancers]]
[[Buffalo, New York]]


1994
1996
[[Canton Hurricanes]]
[[Canton, Ohio]]


1993
1993
[[Central Kentucky Studs/Chargers]]
[[Danville, Kentucky]]
2008
2008
2008
2008
[[Central Ohio Lions]]
[[Fairborn, Ohio]]


2005
2005
[[Chicago Panthers]]
[[Chicago, Illinois]]


1997
1997
[[Cincinnati Cowboys]]
[[Cincinnati, Ohio]]


1993
1994

*[[Cincinnati Falcons]]

  • [[Cleveland Falcons (football)|Cleveland Falcons]]
  • [[Cleveland Lions]]
  • [[Columbus Sharks]]
  • [[Cook County Cardinals]]
  • [[Dayton Drive]]
  • [[Dayton Steelers]]
  • [[Detroit Panthers (MCFL)|Detroit Panthers]]
  • [[Erie Hawks]]
  • [[Evansville Vipers]]
  • [[Fort Wayne/River City Rhinos]]
  • [[Genesee Bandits]]
  • [[Hardin County Wolverines]]
  • [[Hornell Dragons]]
  • [[Illinois Flying Tigers]]
  • [[Jackson Bombers]]
  • [[Kalamazoo Tornadoes]]
  • [[Kane County Eagles]]
  • [[Kentucky/Ohio Xtreme]]
  • [[Lafayette Generals]]
  • [[Lafayette Lions]]
  • [[Lockport Invaders]]
  • [[Lorian County Rebels]]
  • [[Lorian County Steelmen]]
  • [[Michigan Bearcats]]
  • [[Michigan Renegades]]
  • [[Michigan Twisters]]
  • [[Milwaukee Marauders]]
  • [[Monroe County Wildcats]]
  • [[North Coast Rebles]]
  • [[Northern Kentucky Raiders]]
  • [[Pontiac Chargers]]
  • [[Racine Raiders]]
  • [[Rochester Warriors]]
  • [[Sangamo Express]]
  • [[Shenango Valley Blasters]]
  • [[Springfield Buccaneers]]
  • [[St. Louis Bulldogs]]
  • [[St. Louis Outlaws]]
  • [[Stark County Wolfpack]]
  • [[Syracuse Express]]
  • [[Toledo Thunder]]
  • [[Toronto Athletics]]
  • [[West Michigan Force]]
  • [[Will County Buccaneers]]
  • [[Will County Force]]
  • [[Wyandot Chiefs]]

==USA Bowl== {{see|USA Bowl}}
<!-- Deleted image removed: [[Image:USABOWL.jpg|thumb|200px|USA Bowl logo (2006)]] -->
At the end of each season, the winner of the MCFL Championship game has the option to travel to [[Miami, Florida]] to compete in the [[USA Bowl]] against another semi-pro team who has won their league's championship game. The winning team is given the title of '''National Champions'''. However, this title is often disputed because the title is not official. {{Fact|date=April 2007}} The game has been typically held in the [[Miami Orange Bowl]]. With the destruction of the [[Miami Orange Bowl]], it is unknown if the USA Bowl will continue at this venue or at all. ==All-Star Series==
===MCFL All-Star Game=== Up until the 2006 season, the MCFL held a traditional all-star game. The league would be split up into two teams (red and blue) and pit the best players of the league against the other. ===MCFL vs AFL All-Star Game===
{{see|Alliance Football League}}
In 2006, the MCFL agreed to send their best players to compete in an annual all-star game against the [[Alliance Football League]]. On Saturday [[May 27]]th, [[2006]]. The MCFL played the AFL all-stars in [[Bluefield, West Virginia]]. The MCFL All-Stars hosted the AFL All-Stars on [[May 26]]th, 2007 in [[Kings Mills, OH]]. However, at the time, the AFL had folded with most of the teams forming the [[United South Football League]]. The remaining teams, the [[Bluefield Barrons]] and the [[Knoxville Knights (football)|Knoxville Knights]], played independent schedules for the rest of the season. With the AFL only being made of two teams, the AFL sent the Barrons and other select players from the AFL to compete in the All-Star game. Effectively making the game the MCFL All-Stars vs the Bluefield Barrons with all-star caliber players from other AFL teams. The MCFL won by a score of 40-7. The AFL will continue in 2008, but the series between the AFL and MCFL has been discontinued in favor of replacing the AFL with the [[Mid Ohio Football League]]. ===MCFL vs MOFL All-Star Game===
{{see|Mid Ohio Football League}}
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}} On [[May 10]]th, [[2008]], the MCFL played the [[Mid Ohio Football League]] in an All-Star game in [[Cincinnati, Ohio]]. The MCFL won by a score of 58 to 0. == Logo == <!-- Deleted image removed: [[Image:MCFL2.GIF|thumb|150px|Old MCFL Logo|<nowiki>{{deletable image-caption|1=Saturday, 15 March 2008}}]]</nowiki> -->
This logo, depicting the flags of the [[Flag of the United States|United States]] and [[Flag of Canada|Canada]], was possibly first used by the league in 1993, when Canadian teams entered the league. {{Fact|date=February 2007}} The current logo contains an image of the [[American flag]], a [[Football (ball)|football]], and a red helmet with a white facemask with 'MCFL' in white letters on the side. The logo also contains ten stars. There is not specific reasoning for the number of stars. == External links ==

  • [http://www.mcfl.org/ Official Website]
  • [http://www.mcfl.org/smf/ Official Messageboard]
  • [http://www.semiprofootball.org/ Semi-pro Football Headquarters]
  • [http://www.mghelmets.com/ MG's Helmets, creator of page's helmets]
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