The third season of the Midwest Football Alliance is nearly upon us. The games of the 2012 season have started to become memories and perhaps motivators for the upcoming season. Moving forward there are many exciting changes, from the teams involved to post season. The biggest question on everyone’s mind is who’s in and who’s out.
I would like to take a moment to thank two teams that exited on their own accord. The Capital City Crush ended last season with a 2012 (7-2) record. The Crush made a name for themselves with a stout defense and air attack featuring 2 time All MFA receiver Sean Trotter. In both seasons (MFA) they made it to the post season. The Midwest Rampage for two successful seasons. They played hard-nosed football and were known for plays that could turn the tide of the game i.e. pick 6’s and punt returns. Another great team that made it the post season both seasons with one Championship Game appearance in the leagues inaugural season.
The 2013 Midwest Football Alliance Teams
The Des Moines Blaze representing the greater Des Moines area of Iowa and two time defending champions of the Midwest Football Alliance.
The Sioux Falls Stallions representing Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were league runner up last year and the recent winner of the SPFL Pigskin Winter Classic.
The Quad City Raiders representing the Quad Cities area. Heading into their sophomore season the Raiders look to improve on making it to the second round of the playoffs.
The Pella Knights representing Pella, IA. The Knights improved last season finishing above .500 and making their first MFA post season appearance.
The Iowa Sharks representing Sutherland, Iowa. The team with a history of success is looking forward to the opportunity to return to its former shape and looks for this season to be a statement year.
The Midwest Titans representing Excelsior Springs and the greater Kansas City Area. The 2012 Champions of the Alliance Football League made up of over 18 teams spanning the Midwest and northeast
The North Iowa Knights representing Pomeroy, Iowa are a new team looking to make their footprint in the M.F.A.
The Heartland Falcons representing Omaha, Nebraska. Not to be mistaken for any other team from the past the Falcons are determined to break loose and shake things up.
The Post Season
Winning a Championship is the ultimate and most immediate goal for all teams this year. It doesn’t stop there though. It’s been said before that you have to play the best to be the best. Here’s the break down.
1st Round of MFA Playoffs: August 3rd
2nd Round: August 10th
MFA Championship: August 17th
All Star Game – This is where it starts to get interesting. In years of the past, players were selected to the All MFA teams. It was a great honor. This year those players will do more than be mentioned. 55 of the best players will go up against 55 of the best players of the GMFL (Great Midwest Football League): September 28th
The champion of the MFA will go head to head against the champion of the GMFL. : October 5th
The runners up of both respective leagues will face off and showcase the talents that got them to a championship match. : October 12th
Over these coming weeks there will be a 4 part mini-series covering the 8 teams giving a more in-depth introduction and feel of the teams. The new season kicks off May 4th, 2013 approaches and with changes to the post season, it could have national implications.