*Founded by Canadian business man David M Parsons, the GIL concept and launch has been in the making for over 3 years now. The GIL is the only indoor professional football league to be showcasing 3 down Canadian professional rules. Along with bringing a cost effective model to franchises owners and an affordable price tag for fans, the league also wants to help teams sustain a long term future.
The uniqueness of the league and its rules has attracted many ownership groups to consider having teams in the league. The GIL will also bring arena football back to Canada for the first time since 2001-2002 when the Toronto Phantoms played in the AFL (with the American rules). Except, there will be Canadian rules (55-yard field, 3 downs, and 7 on 7). The footprint of teams for the league was set to be in Canada and the Great Lakes Region of the U.S., but those plans have shifted and Southern states in the U.S. have shown interest in having teams. Talks have already been in discussion with some established franchises as well some brand new markets that the indoor game hasn't seen football yet to this date.
Very closely related to the CFL, the GIL will be the indoor version of the CFL. Canadian Football is unique to American’s and American Football is unique to Canadian’s, therefore this league will satisfy the interest of many people. Canadian Football is sometimes shown in America on ESPN, but is regularly shown on TSN in Canada.
The GIL is excited to provide opportunities to emerging players and established players to learn Canadian rules on a pro level, to help give them the exposure they need to move up to the next level (The CFL. The league will provide teams a platform to test out an all new business model that has never been played either in Canada or the U.S.