Strike Force, San Diego’s Professional Indoor Football Team, is Holding Tryouts in Pasadena

Published : Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 6:31 PM

San Diego Strike Force, the newest entry into the 10-team Indoor Football League, will be holding open tryouts in Pasadena on Saturday, January 5, at Pasadena High School atheletic field, located at 2564-2622 Cooley Place.

A San Diego Strike Force announcement on Thursday said the Pasadena tryouts will be from 12 noon to about 3 p.m. A San Diego tryout is scheduled for next Saturday, January 12.

The Indoor Football League grew out of a six-team Intense Football League that two Texas businessmen set up in 2003. The league grew from six to eight to 10 teams for five seasons.

In 2004, several veteran team operators in the Midwest formed a league titled the United Indoor Football Association and enjoyed four years of success.

In 2008, the two leagues agreed to dissolve their former affiliations and form the new Indoor Football League or IFL.

San Diego Strike Force joined the league last November. The team’s home arena will be the former San Diego Sports Arena in Mission Valley, now known as the Valley View Casino Center.

Strike Force has already signed several players, including a quarterback from Los Angeles and three players with San Diego ties, according to a Fox Sports report. The list includes quarterback Jihad Vercher, from Salesian High School and Tiffin University; running back Jereke Armstrong from San Pasqual HS and University of San Diego; wide receiver Rashad Ridley from San Diego HS and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; and wide receiver Daniel Walsh, from Cathedral Catholic HS and TCU.

The team will report to training camp on February 4 with a 40-man roster to begin preparations for the regular season which begins on February 22 in Moline, Illinois. San Diego will play against the Quad City Steamwheelers.

Home games for 2019 will be played at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, with the home opener set for Sunday, March 3 at 5:05 p.m.

Saturday’s tryouts at Pasadena High School will accommodate a maximum of 40 players, according to the announcement. A registration fee of $85 per person will be collected on site. Interested players are advised to confirm their attendance through an online registration form available through www.sdstrikeforce.com/tryouts/pasadena-tryouts.

For more information, visit www.sdstrikeforce.com or email Brandon Cox at brandon@sdstrikeforce.com.