DODGE CITY, Kan. -

It started out as a friendly discussion about a future all-star game between the leagues, but after months of talks and negotiations, the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) and the Lone Star Football League (LSFL) have taken it a step further, joining forces, creating what may be the largest league of its kind.

The CPIFL currently boasts nine teams spread across six central and midwestern states, while the LSFL contains five members, four of which reside in Texas, Abilene, Amarillo, McAllen, Odessa, San Angelo and an additional team in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

The league is also in talks with other teams to create a league of roughly 16, but could be as high as 20 teams.

Owners say the merger keeps in line with the league’s stable structure for both the quantity and regional locations of its member teams.

"People can relate better to us playing a team in Oklahoma or Amarillo as opposed to a team from New York or Florida or whatever it might be. It just means something more to them because it’s right down the street almost in one sense,” said Dodge City Law owner and general manager, Ricky Bertz.

Now while the merger is not quite official just yet, the CPIFL anticipates finalizing a deal with the LSFL by the middle of next week.

There could also be additional outside teams applying for membership over the next month as well.

But no matter the number, the league will undoubtedly have a new look to it heading into 2015.