“Indoor Football-Back in San Diego”
The San Diego Strike Force will play football at the Pachanga Center, the old Sports Arena, this winter and spring.
Indoor Football is coming back to San Diego, led by owner Greg Anderson, a former Denver Broncos wide receiver-cornerback, who also played in the Arena League. The GM will be longtime player agent Brian Cox. The team is hiring Ameer Ismael, a former NFL linebacker with the Chiefs and Jaguars as coach.
The Indoor Football League expanding to 10-teams, with a western flavor, with teams in Phoenix, Tucson, among others. The anchors of league are the legendary Iowa Barnstormers and Arizona Rattlers, who came from the original Arena League, that has operated for better than 30-years.
The Arena League was the founding grounds for QB-Kurt Warner, who became an NFL-Hall of Famer and Super Bowl quarterback.
The season opens February 22nd. Team President Greg Anderson had lots to say about the debut of indoor football, a decade after the San Diego Riptide played here for 3-years.
Arena Owner-Ernie Hahn
..52-year old building has had a lot of successful teams in our building
..Gulls-Sockers are cornerstones of 130-events we do each year.
Chris Ressen-IFL-Exdcutive Committee
..10-team league very supportive of Westward expansion
..Strike Force-great building block
..Exciting brand of football-fast paced-family fun
..We brought Arizona Rattlers into league 3-years ago.-won title
..Iowa Barnstorms won title last year
Greg Anderson-Team President
..Excited to be in San Diego-a real football city
..Dream is to go to the championship game
..Having 2-teams here (Fleet) is good for San Diego fans
..We’d like to have 2,500 a game to start and build
Brian Cox-General Manager
..We want to be right here-right now.
..We put together a dream team in front office
..There are only so many players who can be in NFL-CFL
..This is a league of opportunity…take talents and move forward.
..Go to camp with 40-layers…21-on active roster…4-taxi squad
..We will build our roster with young free agents
..This is a quarterback league..
..You play well-kids will get opportunity to go up the ladder
..QB needs quick release..if you play indoors game-you can play NFL
..We can tap skill players at quarterback and wide receiver
..IFL has two man in motion rules….4-downs…no punting…Field goals
..We will use 3-wides and quick run back who becomes 4th receiver
..No blitzing allowed in games…can only rush three players
..This will be a Defensive coordinators nightmare
..Brandon Cox-foirmer Utah QB will be our Player Personnel Director
..Former AFL-star receiver Antonio Chapman will work with us too to get players.