Arena Football League af2 2001

Final Standings

Arena Football League af2 American Northeast 2001

1Richmond Speed1330814605
2Carolina Rhinos1240687519
3Charleston Swamp Foxes790702765
4Norfolk Nighthawks790631611
5Roanoke Steam790597704
6Greensboro Prowlers5110538673
7Rochester Brigade4120542749

Arena Football League af2 American Southeast 2001

1Tallahassee Thunder1150789610
2Macon Knights1060814696
3Augusta Stallions970776682
4Jacksonville Tomcats970767737
5Florida Firecats790656675
6Pensacola Barracudas5110621698
7Columbus Wardogs0160418948

Arena Football League af2 National Midwest 2001

1Quad City Steamwheelers15101016453
2Tulsa Talons1330774676
3Iowa Barnstormers970797721
4Wichita Stealth790715726
5Peoria Pirates790569689
6Louisville Fire6100711736
7Lincoln Lightning6100532705

Arena Football League af2 National South Central 2001

1Tennessee Valley Vipers1420872611
2Birmingham Steeldogs1240873703
3Baton Rouge Blaze1060746783
4Bossier City Battle Wings790843845
5Arkansas Twisters6100782762
6Lafayette Roughnecks3130654868
7Memphis Xplorers3130607893

Playoff Results

Arena Football League af2 Playoffs 2001


Quad City Steamwheelers from Moline, Illinois, repeated as af2 ArenaCup Champions thanks to a 55-51 victory over Richmond Speed from Virginia in ArenaCup 2001. Ironman Scott Hvistendahl hauled in a 3 yard Touchdown Reception from Quarterback Jay McDonagh with 10 seconds remaining to give the Steamwheelers the victory. A little over a minute earlier Kevin Harvey had caught a 13-yard reception from QB Bob Bees in the endzone to give Richmond a 48-44 lead in a rollercoaster game where the lead changed hands 16 times with neither team recording back-to-back scores. The game was played in front of 8,261 fans in Moline, Illinois.

Quad City Steamwheelers had finished the regular season National Conference Midwest Division Champions on 15-1 before defeating Macon Knights (10-6, American Southwest) 80-55 in the Quarter-Final Round and Carolina Rhinos (12-4, American Northeast) 35-16 in the Semi-Final Round. Richmond Speed’s path to the ArenaCup included posting a 13-3 record to win the American Conference Northeast Division title before knocking out Birmingham Steeldogs (12-4, National South Central) 67-60 in the Quarter-Final Round and in an exciting overtime game overcoming Tennessee Valley Vipers from Hunstsville, Alabama (14-2, National South Central) in the Semi-Final Round. Other teams to make the Playoffs were American Southeast Champions Tallahassee Thunder (11-5) and National Midwest runners-up Tulsa Talons (13-3).

About Arena Football League af2

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 (af2) in 2000, 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.

For the second af2 season in 2001, the league consisted of 28 franchises, in two conferences (American and National). The American Conference (East Coast) had two divisions of seven teams each: Northeast and Southeast and the National Conference (Central USA) also had two divisions of seven teams (Midwest and South Central). The top two teams in each division qualified for the playoffs, seeded 1-8.


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 diffulty 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.

Photo of Classic Moline Steam Tractor

PEKIN, NORTH DAKOTA, September 2, 2018: An old restored classic Minneapolis Moline and other tractors are displayed at the Labor Day Stump Lake Village Threshing Bee. Copyright: rjfiskness


[1] Arena Football (2001) Game Center -> 2001 Standings [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 November 2022]

[3] Arena Football (2001) Game Center -> Scores [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 November 2022]

[4] Arena Football (2001) Game Center -> Scores [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 November 2022]

[5] Arena Football (2001) Arena Cup – > Quad City repeats in a rubberband battle [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 November 2022]

[6] Arena Football (2001) -> Teams [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 November 2022]

Image References

[8] PEKIN, NORTH DAKOTA, September 2, 2018: An old restored classic Minneapolis Moline and other tractors are displayed at the Labor Day Stump Lake Village Threshing Bee. Copyright: rjfiskness [Internet] Available from:,%20north%20dakota,%20september%202,%202018:%20an%20old%20restored%20classic%20minneapolis%20moline%20and%20other%20tractors%20are%20displayed%20at%20the%20labor%20day%20stump%20lake%20village%20threshing%20bee..html?vti=n5qwnxcjeuf7d73tnf-1-30 [Accessed 19 November 2022]


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


Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 19 November 2022

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