Wichita Force

Wild to join new indoor football league

The Wichita Wild is leaving the Indoor Football League for a new league with teams planned in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Iowa.

The Champions Professional Indoor Football League will begin play next season with at least five teams and a commissioner, James Bain, who was once the Wild’s assistant general manager.

“The CPIFL is a great fan friendly league and for the first time in franchise history gives our fans the opportunity to travel to most of our away games,” Wild general manager John Blazek said in a statement Tuesday.

So far, Wichita is the only team leaving the IFL for the new league. Three confirmed members of the new league — Sioux City Bandits, Oklahoma Defenders and Mid-Missouri Outlaws — were in the American Professional Football League last season. A fifth confirmed franchise will be in the Kansas City area.

The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reported that franchises in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Springfield, Mo., were planning on joining the new league.