Throwback Max

Welcome to the International Football Federation online home. The IFF, the defunct spring football league lasted just one press conference. The league didn't make it past their first and only press conference. The league had no television contract and no formal ownership groups. This site opened up in the fall of 2004. The purpose for this site is allow fans to remember this press conference league which folded shortly after the press conference.

International Football League Teams;
New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Denver, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Jose, Houston, Hartford, Hawaii.
Toronto Turbos and Connecticut Patroits were the rumored nicknames of the franchises.

News Updates on the IFF
Marty York of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that the Toronto Turbos have been axed from the IFF lineup to give the league an even 12 teams. York gave no word on exactly which cities will round out the league. He also confirmed a rumor that ESPN will televise IFF games though he provided no details of the deal. Toronto owner Ed Litwak and GM Peter Young will now join up with the Boston Revolution. They are interested in hiring Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Ron Lancaster and claim that the bulk of the team will be made up of CFL free agents.

According to a source close to the IFF, the league will open its first season the weekend of March 4-5. They will play a 16-game schedule with two preseason contests. With a $4,000,000 salary cap, most players will be paid between $65,000 and $85,000 with three star players splitting an additional $1,000,000 per team. The IFF has also come to an agreement with the Fan Ownership League, spearheaded by USFL founder Dave Dixon. That league will most likely bring in ownership groups from Seattle, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, San Jose and Connecticut have been dropped from the IFF lineup, Detroit and Denver are questionable, Honolulu is definitely in and Mexico City remains a possibility. Fox broadcaster Craig Fertig, a former quarterback and coach at USC, has been named the leauge's director of football operations.

At this time, IFF majority owners are Len Robins (Boston), Lee Brook and Linda LaRousso (Dallas, San Antonio or Houston), Tom Flanagan (Chicago), Bob Peyton (Honolulu), Jerry Saperstein and John Hess (New York), Arthur Blackwell (Detroit), Bill Tatham, Jr. (Denver, former owner of Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws), Bill Markham (Orlando), Len Bloom (Anaheim), Ed Litwak and Steven Bass (Toronto or Tampa) and Mark Weniger (GM Los Angeles).

Mobile Admirals owner Billy Cox admitted that his squad has had talks with the IFF about joining the new league next year. He also said that his franchise may play several games in Birmingham and two other Alabama cities next season.

The International Football Federation plans to open its first season of play in March, 2000. Parties interested in teams for New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Orange County (CA), Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati, Denver, Boston and Chicago have been attending meetings and appear to be committed to the league. The IFF wants to field between 12 and 16 franchises and have targeted Memphis, Atlanta and Salt Lake City among others to round out the lineup. In an interesting note, the league plans to incorporate elements similar to those in the USFL, WFL and CFL including a new multi-colored football, instant replay, a territorial draft, multiple motion on offense and abolishment of point-after-touchdown kicks and fair catches, while also moving kickoffs back to the 20 yard line. The league was scheduled to announce all of its teams on June 10 during meetings in New York City but still has no word on a television contract, an essential element for a successful league.

The IFF planned to begin play in March of 2000 with expected franchises in Los Angeles, New York, South Florida, Toronto, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Northern California, Denver, Memphis, Cincinnati/Kentucky, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, and Orange County, California. Dennis Murphy, the federation's organizing committee chairman, said the league would have at least 12 teams and play a 16-game schedule. He also said the league will disclose a television contract in June. Eight cities have reportedly committed to the league and six more could be added at a formation meeting on April 30 in Chicago.