Mid-States Football Association

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mid-States Football Association
Mid-States Football Association logo
Sports fielded
  • Football only
RegionMidwestern United States
CommissionerGary Newsome
Mid-States Football Association locations

The Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri. The MSFA was organized in 1993, and on-field competition began in 1994. The MSFA is divided into two leagues, the Mideast and the Midwest.

Charter members included Geneva College, Lindenwood University, Malone College, Olivet Nazarene University, Saint Xavier University, Taylor University, Tiffin University, Trinity International University, the University of Findlay, Urbana University, and Westminster College.

MSFA member schools have won eight NAIA National Championships since the inception of the league in 1993. An MSFA team has played in each of the last seven championships, winning six of the seven, including each of the last three. The two MSFA division champions earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Series.

National Championship appearances[edit]

Year MSFA Member Opponent Result Score
1995 Findlay (OH) Central Washington Tie 21–21
1997 Findlay (OH) Willamette Won 14–7
1998 Olivet Nazarene (IL) Azusa Pacific (CA) Lost 17–14
2004 Saint Francis (IN) Carroll (MT) Lost 15–13 (2 OT)
2005 Saint Francis (IN) Carroll (MT) Lost 27–10
2006 Saint Francis (IN) Sioux Falls (SD) Lost 23–19
2011 Saint Xavier (IL) Carroll (MT) Won 24–20
2012 Marian (IN) Morningside (IA) Won 30–27 (OT)
2013 Grand View (IA) Cumberlands (KY) Won 35–23
2014 Marian (IN) Southern Oregon Lost 55–31
2015 Marian (IN) Southern Oregon Won 31–14
2016 Saint Francis (IN) Baker (KS) Won 38–17
2017 Saint Francis (IN) Reinhardt (GA) Won 24–13
2019 Marian (IN) Morningside Lost 38–40

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

In 2021, Madonna began conference play as a member of the Mideast League, and Judson has competed in the Midwest.[1]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
Mideast League
Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan 1963 Private (Lutheran LCMS) 1,055 Cardinals 2011 Wolverine–Hoosier
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Indiana 1920 Private (Wesleyan Church) 15,872 Wildcats 2019 Crossroads
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 1932 Private (Nonsectarian) 4,154 Blue Devils 2019 Wolverine–Hoosier
Madonna University Livonia, Michigan 1930 Private (Catholic) 3,250 Crusaders 2020
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 Private (Catholic) 1,800 Knights 2007 Crossroads
University of Saint Francis (IN) Fort Wayne, Indiana 1890 Private (Catholic) 1,883 Cougars 1998
Siena Heights University Adrian, Michigan 1919 Private (Catholic) 2,274 Saints 2012 Wolverine–Hoosier
Taylor University Upland, Indiana 1846 Private (Christian) 1,887 Trojans 1994 Crossroads
Midwest League
Judson University Elgin, Illinois 1963 Private (American Baptist) 1,231 Eagles 2021 Chicagoland
Missouri Baptist University St. Louis, Missouri 1828 Private (Southern Baptist) 2,800 Spartans 2015 American Midwest
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, Illinois 1907 Private (Nazarene) 4,666 Tigers 1994 Chicagoland
Roosevelt University Chicago, Illinois 1945 Private (Nonsectarian) 7,500 Lakers 2020
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 1882 Private (Catholic) 3,343 Fighting Bees 1996
University of St. Francis (IL) Joliet, Illinois 1920 Private (Catholic) 3,352 Fighting Saints 1999
Saint Xavier University Chicago, Illinois 1846 Private (Catholic) 5,028 Cougars 1994
Trinity International University Deerfield, Illinois 1897 Private (Evangelical) 2,730 Trojans 1994

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Primary
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 Oilers 1994 1998 Great Lakes
Geneva College Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 1848 Golden Tornadoes 1994 2007 Presidents
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 Vikings 2009 2015 Heart of America
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant, Iowa 1842 Tigers 1996 2012 St. Louis
NAIA Ind. in 2021
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Lions 1994 1996 Mid-America
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 Lynx 2015 2018 Dropped sports
Malone University Canton, Ohio 1892 Pioneers 1994 2011 Great Lakes
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Bearcats 1998 2011 Great Lakes Valley
Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 1911 Panthers 2004 2009 Great Lakes
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Hawks 2003 2012 Great Lakes Valley
Robert Morris University Chicago, Illinois 1913 Eagles 2013 2019 Merged into
Roosevelt University
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio 1888 Dragons 1994 2002 Great Lakes
Trine University Angola, Indiana 1884 Thunder 1996 2003 Michigan
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 Blue Knights 1994 2008 Mountain East
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa 1903 Warriors 2009 2014 North Star
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio 1960 Cavaliers 1996 2011 Great Lakes
Westminster College New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1852 Titans 1994 1998 Presidents
William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa 1873 Statesmen 2002 2015 Heart of America

Membership timeline[edit]

    Mideast League            Midwest League     


The MSFA sponsors teams only in football. For other sports, MSFA-member schools are affiliated with a variety of other conferences; including the American Midwest Conference, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Crossroads League, and the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference.


  1. ^ "Judson University to Join Mid-States Football Association". Judson Eagles. May 10, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2020.

External links[edit]