By Chris Mabry
Today, in Illinois the Quad Cities Steamwheelers announced via Facebook Live that the franchise is moving to the IFL (Indoor Football League).
Last season, the Steamwheelers announced that the team would return to play after ceasing operations for eight years. In Quad Cities first and only season in the CIF (Champions Indoor Football), they played 12 games and finished the 2018 regular season with a record of 8-4. In their first playoff game, the Steamwheelers faced the Sioux City Bandits. In that playoff game, the Bandits defeated Quad Cities 54-46 to advance to the conference championship game.
Now, with the move to IFL, Quad Cities will have some intense competition and some familiar foes. In 2019 Quad Cities will face teams like the Iowa Barnstormers who were in the AF2 the last time this team was playing. As for new opponents they will face the Arizona Rattlers who were IFL champions in 2016 and 5-time champions in the AFL.
Congratulations on the move Quad Cities! Good luck in 2019.