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BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Edge once again has changed leagues, switching from Champions Indoor Football to the Indoor Football League for the 2018 season.

The IFL announced the addition of Bloomington and West Michigan on its website Tuesday afternoon.

The Edge are returning to the IFL, where they played as an original member from 2009-12. The IFL is generally regarded as the No. 2 indoor league behind the Arena Football League.

"We were drawn back to the IFL for many reasons," Edge owner Omar Khokhar said in the league's statement. "The IFL has several titans of indoor football, including the Iowa Barnstormers and the Arizona Rattlers, as well as several top-notch rivals within our geographic footprint.

"Finally, the IFL has a robust digital platform that offers an attractive platform to our business partners and will help continue to grow our brand."

After leaving the IFL, the Edge spent two seasons in the CPIFL, one in the X-League and the last two in the CIF. The Edge went 7-5 in both of its CIF campaigns and advanced to the postseason each year.

Bloomington also made the playoffs in all four of its IFL seasons, but lost in the first round each time. The Edge went 38-22 overall as an IFL member.

The IFL currently has seven teams for 2018 after competing with 10 this year. In addition to Arizona, Iowa and West Michigan, the IFL includes the Cedar Rapids Titans, the Green Bay Blizzard and the Nebraska Danger.

The Phoenix-based Rattlers, a longtime AFL franchise and five-time ArenaBowl champion, capped their first IFL season with a United Bowl victory in June.

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Assistant Sports Editor for The Pantagraph.

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