Arena Football 2018 Are You Ready

Where Will Your Team Play In 2018

Change changing places. Root yourself to the ground. Word to the wise – Well you get what’s coming. One word can bring you round. Changes! The famous words of Yes rings LOUD and CLEAR in 2017. What was thought of as Solid Ground is now being scrutinized and what was fact last year, may not happen in 2018.

The indoor/arena football idea was conceived from Indoor soccer. The first league The Arena Football League started in 1987 as was found on ESPN. The game was played on fields identical in size to a standard professional ice hockey rink, 200 by 85 feet. Fields were 50 yards long with the 25 yard line being mid-field. Depending on the rink, each end zone was generally eight yards deep. This allowed for games to be played indoors because the field was slightly over half as wide as a standard football field.

While they have varied from league to league, the rules of arena/indoor football are designed to allow for an eight vs. eight football game. The arena/indoor football season typically begins in early spring.

Many leagues have been formed since the late 1980s. The most prominent have been the AFL and AFL2. Even with substantial television contracts some leagues have not survived for a variety of reasons. The original leagues paid players higher salaries, and with the rising expense of playing in major cities, expenses rose. Additionally, owners could not agree on a business model. In fact, prior to the 2009 season several NFL owners owned Arena Football League teams.

In 2014 the Arena League was circled around the Arena Football league and things were going good. After the AFL changed Commissioners, all the pieces started to fall about. The major teams Orlando, Arizona and Jacksonville left for greener pasture. The Rattlers joining the IFL, the Predators suspended operations and the Sharks started the National Arena League.

The National Arena League held their own in the first year with some competitive football teams. With the Jacksonville Sharks leading the league.

That is where the fighting and the back stabbing started. Teams promised one thing and then did another. Teams used LEVERAGE from the other leagues to try to push the leagues into doing their will. The emergence of the American Arena League is the catalyst for the changes of 2018.

American Arena League is a first-year league that will begin playing in the spring of 2018 and is run by a management team of industry veterans and retired professional athletes. Our team has over 30 years experience in working with and running sports organizations from minor league indoor football and baseball to major league baseball. It is our belief that AAL member teams need a strong support system from its league office to enhance their success.

With the High Country Grizzlies jumping ship from the NAL to the AAL, the Future of the NAL is up in the air. With what looked like a season with 11 or 12 teams, the NAL now has 6, which is one more then the AFL has.

The NAL is “talking” about new teams in Ft Myers, Orlando, NY and other cities, but as of now the only teams that are seeing some movement as the Jacksonville Sharks, Columbus Lions and Monterrey Steel. Not much coming out of the Georgia Firebirds, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks or Jersey Flight.

As for now the Jacksonville Sharks fans are sitting back… holding their breath and are waiting to see what the most talked about team in Indoor/arena leagues is going to do now.


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