The Sudbury Indoor Football League — a league that was borne out of boredom — is entering it's second season this winter.
"It was an idea (my friends) and I had to stay busy during the winter, so we decided to start a football program," Chris Duke, one of the founders of the league, said. "We figured lots of people would play because there's not much to do during the winter."
Duke played football throughout high school, but come graduation, he wasn't ready to hang up his cleats. The same went for co-founder Anna Macdonald.
As far as the two are aware, the SIFL is the first indoor flag football league in the city. They said it's an appealing sport, even for those who have never played before.
"It's really easy to pick up," Macdonald said. "There's something for everybody. There's throwing, there's receiving, there's even people who volunteer to be a referee or time-keeper."
"It's a fun league," Duke added. "People don't have to worry about it being to serious."
The SIFL has a charitable component as well. After all the necessary costs of running a league have been covered, the remainder of the funds collected through registration will be donated to the CTV-Lions Children's Christmas Telethon.
"We didn't want to make any money," Duke said. "It's a fun, for-charity league."
In its inaugural year, the league collected roughly $2,000, which will be donated at this year's telethon.
Last year, there were six teams in the league. Duke said he's hoping the league will grow to at least 10 teams this year. The season, which lasts about 14 weeks, starts in November and takes place at the Indoor Soccer Centre on Falconbridge Highway.
Participants must be at least 16 years of age, and teams can be a mixture of men and women. Those interested in participating are asked to register by the end of September.
For more information, or to register, contact Chris Duke at [email protected] or 705-662-2378, or visit sifl.ca.