Pioneer Football League

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Pioneer Football League
Years Active
Prior Name(s)/Conference(s)
Successor Conference(s)

The Pioneer Football League (PFL) is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a college football-only conference. It has member schools that range from New York, North Carolina, and Florida in the east to California in the west. It is headquartered in St. Louis, in the same complex that also contains the offices of the Missouri Valley Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference. Unlike most other Division I FCS conferences, the Pioneer League consists of institutions that choose not to award athletic scholarships ("grants-in-aid") to football players.

Member schools

Current members

School Location Joined
Butler Bulldogs Indianapolis, Indiana 1991
Davidson Wildcats Davidson, North Carolina 2001
Dayton Flyers Dayton, Ohio 1991
Drake Bulldogs Des Moines, Iowa 1991
Marist Red Foxes Poughkeepsie, New York 2009
Morehead State Eagles Morehead, Kentucky 2001
Presbyterian Blue Hose Clinton, South Carolina 2021
San Diego Toreros San Diego, California 1992
St. Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies St. Paul, Minnesota 2021
Stetson Hatters DeLand, Florida 2013
Valparaiso Crusaders Valparaiso, Indiana 1991

Former members

School Location Joined Left
Austin Peay Governors Clarksville, Tennessee 2001 2006
Campbell Fighting Camels Buies Creek, North Carolina 2008 2018
Evansville Purple Aces Evansville, Indiana 1991 1998
Jacksonville Dolphins Jacksonville, Florida 2001 2020
Mercer Bears Macon, Georgia 2013 2014
Pioneer Football League
All Schools Butler Bulldogs • Davidson Wildcats • Dayton Flyers • Drake Bulldogs • Marist Red Foxes • Morehead State Eagles • San Diego Toreros • Stetson Hatters • Valparaiso Crusaders
Venues Jayne Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference