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Jacksonville Sharks Join Indoor Football League: What’s Next in 2024?

The Indoor Football League (IFL) rings in a new era as the Jacksonville Sharks, a franchise with a powerful indoor football brand and rich history, are set to join the league in 2024. This addition not only augments the IFL’s lineup but also revives some classic rivalries.

The Jacksonville Sharks: A Glance at Their Legacy

With a commendable history dating back to 2010, the Sharks have been part of the AFL, including a National Arena Bowl championship win in 2011, before transitioning to the National Arena League (NAL). Their tenure in the NAL resulted in league championships in 2017, 2019, and 2023.

Their journey has been marked by numerous triumphs, challenges, and transitions. The team has faced ownership changes, coaching shifts, and strategic decisions that have all contributed to their current position. From their almost undefeated inaugural NAL season to their constant striving for excellence, the Sharks have earned their reputation as a powerhouse.

What the Move Means for the IFL

As the IFL gears up for the 2024 season, the addition of the Jacksonville Sharks isn’t merely a new listing on the schedule; it’s a pivotal moment for the league.

“To pick up another historic brand like the Jacksonville Sharks, is one of many reasons to tune into the IFL for 2024,” expressed IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “Jacksonville is a first-class organization that will help make everyone better. We are excited to add them to the mix of great IFL franchises as we build for 2024.”

This move is indeed a “huge win” for the fan base, as stated by the Sharks’ Head Coach Jason Gibson, and an opportunity to reignite old rivalries with teams like the Arizona Rattlers and Massachusetts Pirates.

The Arena: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

The Sharks’ home games will be hosted at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, a $130 million facility that has been their home since 2010.

A New Chapter for the Sharks and the IFL

The Jacksonville Sharks’ move to the Indoor Football League is more than a change of leagues; it’s a continuation of their pursuit of excellence and a promising development for indoor football enthusiasts.

As the IFL concludes its fifteenth season and looks forward to the 2024 line-up, the addition of the Sharks offers an exciting opportunity for fans, players, and the entire league. The integration of such a historic franchise ensures that the next season will be filled with thrilling games, revitalized rivalries, and endless possibilities for the future of the IFL.

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Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of XFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL coverage since its 2018 revival. Launching XFL News Hub soon after the league's return announcement, Mark has established the platform as a primary source for comprehensive XFL updates. Renowned for his in-depth knowledge and commitment to sports journalism, Mark actively engages the XFL community, welcoming interactions at

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