Central States Football League

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Central States Football League
Central States Football League logo
Sports fielded
  • 1 (football)
    • men's: 1
    • women's: 0
RegionSouth Central United States
HeadquartersWaco, Texas
CommissionerTony Stigliano
Central States Football League locations

The Central States Football League (CSFL) was a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions were located in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Arizona and competed only in football. The conference was established in 2000 and its charter members included Haskell Indian Nations University, Langston University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and Peru State College. In 2017, the Sooner Athletic Conference, which served as the primary conference for the majority of the CSFL's membership decided to sponsor football beginning in 2018. As a result the conference's membership shifted to that conference.[1]


The Central States Football League did not compete in the 2012 season.

Final members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
Arizona Christian University Phoenix, Arizona 1960 683 Firestorm 2015 Golden State
Bacone College Muskogee, Oklahoma 1880 900 Warriors 2002 Sooner
Langston University Langston, Oklahoma 1897 2,700 Lions 2000;
Red River
Lyon College Batesville, Arkansas 1872 600 Scots 2015 American Midwest
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, Oklahoma 1909 1,720 Aggies 2007;
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas 1927 2,013 Lions 2000;
Texas College Tyler, Texas 1894 600 Steers 2004 Red River
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 2,647 Rams 2017 Sooner
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas 1908 8,000 Pioneers 2013 Sooner

Earlier members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Haskell Indian Nations University Lawrence, Kansas 1884 Fighting Indians 2000 2006 Dropped football
Lincoln University (MO) Jefferson City, Missouri 1866 Blue Tigers 2000 2001 Great Lakes Valley
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma 1897 Rangers 2000 2012 Great American
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1910 Bison 2013 2015 Great American
Peru State College Peru, Nebraska 1865 Bobcats 2000 2007 Heart of America
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 Crimson Storm 2004 2012 Great American
  • Haskell Indian Nations — dropped football in 2015.[2]

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member   Alliance member 


  1. ^ "SAC to add football in 2018 | Sooner Athletic Conference". www.soonerathletic.org. Archived from the original on 2018-06-25.
  2. ^ "Football Dropped at Haskell University; Other Sports to Be Axed". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved June 9, 2015.