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 (Seasons):
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):
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):
Indoor Football League (Seasons):
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):
National Arena League (Seasons):
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)
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)
AA Indoor Football Leagues (Mid-West):
Leagues primarily located in the Midwest but also taking in parts of the West & Texas.
Champions Indoor Football (Seasons):
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.
National Gridiron League (Seasons):
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):
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 West Coast (Overview):
Super 8 Football League Tournaments (Overview):
Super 8 Football League Tournaments (Seasons):
World Arena Football Leagues
Arena and Indoor Football Leagues located outside of the USA.
World Arena Leagues (Overviews):
China Arena Football League (Seasons):
Ladies Indoor Football Leagues
Super 8 Football League Ladies Baja (Mexico):
Legends Football Leagues
United States Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues
World Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues
Legends Football League United States (Seasons):
X-League Extreme Football League (Seasons):
 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]
 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]