September 12, 2020
Today, the Simulation Football League formally announces it will expand from 22 to 24 teams for the Winter 2021 season, which will begin in January. The official application process will begin in the coming weeks. The one-time expansion fee for Season 16 is $150 per franchise upon being voted in and signing the team’s League Affiliation Agreement.
In the meantime, the SFL’s current teams now begin their push to the playoffs as rosters have locked for the season. That means all 440 players currently on rosters across the league will play out the stretch. 20 will ultimately become champions. With no teams clinched and all still mathematically alive for a playoff spot, Week 9 action will start Sat. September 12.
The SFLm season is now five weeks away, with kickoff Friday October 9, but will play with 9 teams – not the previously announced 12 – up one from the debut minor league season. Due to a lopsided interest in offensive positions, Boise and Lincoln have volunteered to sit out the season with hopes to return in the spring. One of the new teams, the Lexington Minors, will also wait until the spring to debut. The nine teams set to play this fall – Albuquerque, Annapolis, Birmingham, Madison, Memphis, Ottawa, Salt Lake City, San Jose and Tacoma will play a 9-week regular season with 8 games against all 8 opponents. Four teams will still make the playoffs with the semifinals and the Championship taking place the week of December 3-9.
“At this point in the season, we don’t want to leave the league in a position where defensive talent is hard to come by in Season 16’s class,” said SFL Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “After we had a head coach that needed to step away for life reasons, two of our other teams found relief in taking a season off after working hard during the SFL season too – everyone needs a break. Players on these three teams will be reallocated and in the coming weeks, newcomers will continue to fill available slots leading up to the draft.”