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Arena Football League 2010-2015

Arena Football League Logo [Reference: 2]

AFL 2010

PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
South Division
*Jacksonville Sharks161240893806.750
*Tampa Bay Storm161150926812.687
*Orlando Predators16880865845.500
Alabama Vipers16790812860.437
Southwest Division
*Tulsa Talons161060994899.625
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz166100833870.375
Dallas Vigilantes163130833870.187
Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings1631307991030.187
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
West Division
*Spokane Shock161330988843.812
*Arizona Rattlers161060957885.625
Utah Blaze1621407421040.125
Midwest Division
*Milwaukee Iron1611501043903.687
*Chicago Rush161060906873.625
Cleveland Gladiators16790938906.438
Iowa Barnstormers16790829830.438
Arena Football League Standings 2010 [Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
2010Spokane Shock57Arizona Rattlers49
2010Milwaukee Iron64Chicago Rush54
2010Tampa Bay Storm68Tulsa Talons38
2010Jacksonville Sharks69Orlando Predators73
Conference Championship
2010Spokane Shock60Milwaukee Iron57
2010Tampa Bay Storm63Orlando Predators62
Arena Bowl XXIII
2010Spokane Shock69Tampa Bay Storm67
Arena Football League Playoffs 2010 [Reference: 1]

AFL 2011

PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
South Division
*Jacksonville Sharks1814401158908.778
*Georgia Force1811701007931.611
*Orlando Predators1811701001933.611
Tampa Bay Storm187110802933.389
New Orleans Voodoo1831508261017.187
East Division
*Cleveland Gladiators181080904840.556
Pittsburgh Power18990870972.500
Milwaukee Mustangs187110872972.389
Philadelphia Soul186120914969.333
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Chicago Rush181350957833.722
*Dallas Vigilantes18117010611007.583
Tulsa Talons188100894889.444
Kansas City Command186120854974.333
Iowa Barnstormers1851309161116.278
West Division
*Arizona Rattlers1816201114836.818
*Spokane Shock1899010571027.500
Utah Blaze1899010801017.500
San Jose Sabercats18711010221080.389
Arena Football League Standings 2011 [Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
2011Chicago Rush54Dallas Vigilantes51
2011Jacksonville Sharks63Orlando Predators48
2011Arizona Rattlers62Spokane Shock33
2011Georgia Force50Cleveland Gladiators41
Conference Championship
2011Arizona Rattlers54Chicago Rush48
2011Jacksonville Sharks64Georgia Force55
Arena Bowl XXIV
2011Jacksonville Sharks73Arizona Rattlers70
Arena Football League Playoffs 2011 [Reference: 1]

AFL 2012

PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
South Division
*Jacksonville Sharks181080930884.556
*Georgia Force18990812923.500
*New Orleans Voodoo188100979995.444
Tampa Bay Storm18810010211108.444
Orlando Predators184140770902.222
East Division
*Philadelphia Soul1815301228919.833
Cleveland Gladiators188100879873.444
Milwaukee Mustangs1851309601061.278
Pittsburgh Power185130824963.278
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Central Division
*San Antonio Talons1814401042942.778
Chicago Rush18108010471044.556
Iowa Barnstormers1871109481022.389
Kansas City Command183150705938.167
West Division
*Arizona Rattlers1813501118890.722
*San Jose Sabercats18126011431027.667
*Utah Blaze18126011281051.667
Spokane Shock18108010631048.556
Arena Football League Standings 2012 [Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
2012Utah Blaze35San Antonio Talons34
2012Jacksonville Sharks58Georgia Force56
2012Arizona Rattlers51San Jose Sanercats48
2012Philadelphia Soul66New Orleans Voodoo53
Conference Championship
2012Arizona Rattlers75Utah Blaze69
2012Philadelphia Soul89Jacksonville Sharks34
Arena Bowl
2012Arizona Rattlers72Philadelphia Soul54
Arena Football League Playoffs 2012 [Reference: 1]

AFL 2013

PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
South Division
*Jacksonville Sharks181260941883.667
*Orlando Predators1871109651032.389
*Tampa Bay Storm187110959980.389
New Orleans Voodoo1851308331069.278
East Division
*Philadelphia Soul1812601052839.667
Cleveland Gladiators1841408471047.222
Pittsburgh Power1841407261014.222
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Chicago Rush181080973947.556
*San Antonio Talons181080782884.556
Iowa Barnstormers186120827913.333
West Division
*Arizona Rattlers1815301203866.833
*Spokane Shock1814401198896.778
*San Jose Sabercats1813501033877.722
Utah Blaze187110896988.389
Arena Football League Standings 2013 [Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
2013Spokane Shock69Chicago Rush47
2013Jacksonville Sharks69Tampa Bay Storm62
2013Philadelphia Soul59Orlando Predators55
2013Arizona Rattlers59San Jose Sabercats55
Conference Championship
2013Philadelphia Soul75Jacksonville Sharks59
2013Arizona Rattlers65Spokane Shock57
Arena Bowl XXV
2013Arizona Rattlers48Philadelphia Soul39
Arena Football League Playoffs 2013 [Reference: 1]

AFL 2014

PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
South Division
*Orlando Predators1811701005957.611
Tampa Bay Storm188100904953.444
Jacksonville Sharks187110879862.389
New Orleans Voodoo1831507701011.167
East Division
*Cleveland Gladiators181710991782.944
*Pittsburgh Power1815301015778.833
*Philadelphia Soul189901021949.500
Iowa Barnstormers1861206481046.333
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Pacific Division
*San Jose Sabercats181350999723.722
*Spokane Shock181170957843.611
Portland Thunder185130816965.278
West Division
*Arizona Rattlers1815301151905.833
San Antonio Talons1831507811052.167
Los Angeles Kiss1831506991010.167
Arena Football League Standings 2014 [Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
2014Cleveland Gladiators39Philadelphia Soul37
2014San Jose Sabercats55Spokane Shock28
2014Orlando Predators56Pittsburgh Power48
2014Arizona Rattlers52Portland Thunder48
Conference Championship
2014Cleveland Gladiators56Orlando Predators46
2014Arizona Rattlers72San Jose Sabercats56
Arena Bowl XXVI
2014Cleveland Gladiators32Arizona Rattlers72
Arena Football League Playoffs 2014 [Reference: 1]

AFL 2015

PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
South Division
*Orlando Predators1812601023951.667
*Jacksonville Sharks181080971901.556
Tampa Bay Storm187110820942.389
East Division
*Philadelphia Soul1815301060823.833
*Cleveland Gladiators188100953959.444
New Orleans Voodoo183141693920.194
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Pacific Division
*San Jose Sabercats1817101061662.944
*Spokane Shock187110847971.389
Portland Thunder185130858975.278
West Division
*Arizona Rattlers1814401003825.778
Las Vegas Outlaws185121741910.308
Los Angeles Kiss184140724915.222
Arena Football League Standings 2015 [Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
2015San Jose Sabercats65Portland Thunder28
2015Philadelphia Soul47Cleveland Gladiators38
2015Jacksonville Sharks55Orlando Thunder33
2015Arizona Rattlers72Spokane Shock41
Conference Championship
2015San Jose Sabercats70Arizona Rattlers67
2015Jacksonville Sharks61Phildalphia Soul56
Arena Bowl
2015San Jose Sabercats68Jacksonville Sharks47
Arena Football League Playoffs 2015 [Reference: 1]

Report

After cancelling the 2009 season in order to restructure, following the debts incurred by the failed court case brought against the Indoor Professional Football League over copyright infringement in 1998, and over-expansion with its official minor league – arenafootball2 – from 2000-2010, the Arena Football League re-launched in 2010, with Spokane Shock winning the Arena Bowl, followed by Jacksonville Sharks in 2011 and Arizona Rattlers three-in-a-row from 2012 to 2014, and then San Jose Sabercats in 2015.

The league then underwent a significant drop in teams, from 12 in 2015 to 8 in 2016 and 5 in 2017 (see: https://eirball.ie/2020/02/19/arena-football-league-2016-2019/ )

About the AFL

The Arena Football League was the original Indoor or Arena American Football League, established in 1986. After the court ruling in 1998 that its patent (awarded in 1989) only referred to the rebound nets either side of the goalposts, everything else was football, and not under copyright, as it was already in the common sphere.

This opened the door to rival Indoor Leagues, and in an attempt to see them off Arena Football League created Arena Football 2, an official Minor League. This was an over-expansion and coupled with the debts from the court case related to the patent, it incurred a legacy debt that left the League in no position to continue after 2019.

About Arena / Indoor Football

Indoor Football, also known as Arena Football was developed in 1986 as an 8v8 form of Indoor American Football. After an initial few seasons where the game was developed with a 4 team league, a full seasons League with eventually over a dozen teams was developed in the 1990 which was considered by the Wall Street Journal to be a fifth major.

The Arena Football League over-expanded in the 2000s with a Minor League, and its importance (and number of teams) waned since it first experienced financial diffulties  in 2009, and it ceased operations after the 2019 season due to the legacy debt incurred.

There is now, however, Indoor Football Leagues all over America, all of which would now be considered Minor League or Semi-Pro (AAA, AA, or even A)

Indoor Football is played on a 50-yard field with two 8-yard endzones, and teams have 5 downs (attempts) to reach the endzone or the ball is turned over. 3 of those downs must be passing plays, making Indoor Football highly explosive and high scoring.

The main difference between Arena Football & Indoor Football is the rebound nets either side of the goalposts in Arena Football, which is the only part of the original patent given to the Arena Football League in 1989, that a subsequent ruling in 1998 ruled was copyright, the rest being Football already in other leagues.

References:

Sources:

[1] Arena Football League (2016) 2016 Record and Factbook pp. 101-109 / 45.

Images

[2] Arena Football League (2019) Arena Football League Reveals New Logo [Internet] Available from: https://snagfilms-a.akamaihd.net/0000015a-a977-d135-adda-fb7fb65f0000/images/c3/b8/20eb27b6418aa78b71d4679d2988/1545950679236_1545950297199_viewliftarticle_16x9images_16x9Images.png [Accessed 17 September 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Tim Leadingham. Bart Barden & Sam Thompson.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 20 February 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

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