Arena / Indoor Football Leagues

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.

Note: For Women’s Indoor Football Leagues, including both Serious Leagues such as the Super 8 Football League in Baja California (Mexico) and Lingerie/Legends Football Leagues (where the Women wear sexy apparel) see Women’s American Football

Note 2: The American grading system for Pro Leagues is 1. Major League, 2. AAA League, 3. AA League, 4. A League, 5. Semi-Pro State Leagues.

Equivalent to 1. Premier League / Major League Soccer, 2. EFL/USL Championship, 3. EFL/USL League 1, 4. EFL/USL League 2, and 5. National League/NPSL in the English and American Soccer System.

Note 3: League in Bold sometimes considered Major Football Leagues.

Major Arena Football Leagues

Arena Football League (Major National Leagues):

Arena Football League 1987-1991

Arena Football League 1992-2000

Arena Football League 2001-2008

Arena Football League 2010-2015

Arena Football League 2016-2019

Arena Football League (Seasons):

2019

AAA Arena Football Leagues:

(Overviews): Final Tables & Playoff Results organised on a decade-by-decade or era-by-era basis.

(Seasons): Results & Standings organised on a season-by-season basis. The League Seasons give just that Leagues Results & Standings for the given year i.e. National Arena League 2019 gives just the 2019 season results and Standings for the NAL.

AAA Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (National)

AAA National Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews): 

Indoor Football League 2009-2012

AAA Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (West of Mississippi)

Leagues taking in the West, and parts of the South & Midwest that are west of the Mississippi.

AAA Western Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews):

Professional Indoor Football League 1998-2001

Indoor Football League 2013-Present

Indoor Football League (Seasons):

2019 2020

AAA Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (East of Mississippi)

Leagues taking in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest & South that are East of the Mississippi.

AAA Eastern Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews):

Professional Indoor Football League 2012-2015

National Arena League 2017-Present

National Arena League (Seasons):

2019 2020

AA Indoor Football Leagues (Season Overviews)

The AA Arena Football League Season Overviews give the Final Standings of each of the Leagues for the given years (i.e. all 2-3 AA Arena Leagues per year)

2019

AA Indoor Football Leagues (North East & South East) 

Eastern Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews):

Leagues primarily located along the Eastern Seaboard of the USA.

American Indoor Football Association 2007-2010 (*Included teams in West)

American Indoor Football 2012-2016 (*Included teams in West)

American Arena League 2018-Present

AA Indoor Football Leagues (Mid-West):

Leagues primarily located in the Midwest but also taking in parts of the West & Texas.

Indoor Football League 2000

United Indoor Football 2005-2008

Champions Indoor Football 2015-Present

Champions Indoor Football (Seasons):

2019 2020

AA Indoor Football Leagues (South):

Southern Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews):

Leagues primarily located in the South but also taking in parts of the Northeast & Midwest.

Intense Football League 2004-2008

Southern Indoor Football League 2009-2011

Lone Star Football League 2012-2014

X-League Indoor Football 2014-2015

Supreme Indoor Football 2017

National Gridiron League (Seasons):

2020

AA Indoor Football Leagues (West):

Leagues primarily located in the West but taking in parts of the Midwest & Texas.

American Indoor Football Association 2007-2010 (*Primarily East Coast)

American Indoor Football 2012-2016 (*Primarily East Coast)

Super 8 Football League West Coast 2016-Present (*Also see NW Mexico-Southwest USA)

American West Football Conference (Seasons):

2019 2020

AA Indoor Football Leagues (NW Mexico-Southwest USA)

Leagues primarily located in California & Baja California (Mexico), but also taking in Nevada & Texas.

Super 8 Football League Baja (Overview):

Super 8 Football League Baja 2012-Present

Super 8 Football League West Coast (Overview):

Super 8 Football League West Coast 2016-Present

Super 8 Football League Tournaments (Overview):

Super 8 Football League Bowls & Tournaments 2010-Present

Super 8 Football League Tournaments (Seasons):

Winter Bowl 2015 Copa Tijuana 2017 Eight Man Outdoor 2020

World Arena Football Leagues

Arena and Indoor Football Leagues located outside of the USA.

World Arena Leagues (Overviews):

China Arena Football League 2016-2019

China Arena Football League (Seasons):

2019

Ladies Indoor Football Leagues

Super 8 Football League Ladies Baja (Mexico):

Super 8 Football League Ladies Championship 2016-2017

Legends Football Leagues

United States Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues

Lingerie Bowl 2004-2009

Lingerie Football League 2009-2012

Legends Football League United States 2013-2019

World Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues

Lingerie Football League Canada 2012-13

Legends Football League | Australia 2013-2014

Pretty Girls Football League | Mexico 2017

Legends Football League United States (Seasons):

2019

Women’s X-Leagues

X-League Extreme Football League (Seasons):

2020

Image References

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[1] Irish American Football Association (2018) Nostalgia – A look a some pictures from the archives [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20171016_165339-1024×768.jpg [Accessed 3 July 2018]

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[2] Brian O’Reilly – Irish Independent (2014) February 13 2014: Video: Irish woman becomes star of Australia’s Lingerie Football League [Internet] Availabble from: https://cdn-03.independent.ie/videos/article30006990.ece/fd099/AUTOCROP/h342/West%20Cork’s%20Linda%20Holland%20on%20reaching%20football’s%20largest%20stage%20in%20Australia%20(Generated%20thumbnail) [Accessed 29 November 2019]