Arena Indoor Football
About Arena / Indoor Football
This version of American (or Gridiron) Football has become extremely popular in Mexico.
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): 2019
Picture Credit:  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]
AAA Arena Football Leagues
IFL; PIFL: NAL
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):
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):
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AA Indoor Football Leagues (North East & South East)
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Eastern Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews):
Leagues primarily located along the Eastern Seaboard of the USA.
American Indoor Football 2012-2016 (*Included teams in West)
American Indoor Football Association 2007-2010 (*Included teams in West)
Picture Credit:  American Arena League Forum Facebook (2018) Profile, September 28, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/c375.0.600.600a/p600x600/42638379_674264769609815_5888126070888071168_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=0efndG4RomIAX-N9wjI&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=21d37d85f63b746b94a24d10fede4b19&oe=5EF4D741 [Accessed 19 February 2020]
AA Indoor Football Leagues (Mid-West)
CIF; CIFL: UIF; IFL
Leagues primarily located in the Midwest but also taking in parts of the Atlantic, West & Texas.
Picture Credit:  Champions Indoor Football (2019) logo [Internet] Available from: http://gocif.net/images/logo.png %5BAccessed 26 November 2019]
AA Indoor Football Leagues (South)
LSFL; XLIF; SIF; SIFL; IFL
Southern Indoor Football Leagues (Overviews):
Leagues primarily located in the South but also taking in parts of the Northeast & Midwest.
United Arena League (Seasons): 2021
National Gridiron League (Seasons):2020
Picture Credit:  Supreme Indoor Football Twitter (2017) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/632384925950341121/fcRIgzt5_400x400.png [Accessed 19 February 2020]
AA Indoor Football Leagues (West)
AWFC: AIFA; AIF; S8FL;
Leagues primarily located in the West but taking in parts of the Midwest & Texas.
Super 8 Football League West Coast 2016-Present (*Also see NW Mexico-Southwest USA)
American Indoor Football 2012-2016 (*Primarily East Coast)
American Indoor Football Association 2007-2010 (*Primarily East Coast)
Picture Credit:  American West Football Conference Twitter Account (2019) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1113654646696865792/w5D1Q9P1_400x400.png [Accessed 11 March 2020]
Mexican Arena Indoor Leagues
Liga Extrema se Football Arena (LEXFA)
LEXFA season Standings (All Arena Divisions): 2019
LEXFA Spring / Primavera (All Arena Division Standings): 2020
Liga Extrema de Football Arena Mexico
LEXFA Zona Golfo de Mexico (Seasons): Spring 2013
LEXFA Zone Occidente (Seasons): Spring 2013
Picture Credit:  LEXFA Wayback Machine (2020) Lexfa-ORO-2 [Internet] Available from: https://arenafootball.com.mx/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Lexfa-ORO-2.png [Accessed 8 August 2020]
Baja California; California; Nevada; Texas
Baja California (Arena):
Baja Series (Seasons): 2019
West Coast (Arena):
West Coast Series (Seasons): 2020
Baja-California-Nevada Tournaments (Arena / Outdoor):
Super 8 Football League Tournaments (Seasons):
Picture Credit:  Super 8 Football League (2018) Super 8 Football League Logo [Internet] Available from: http://super8footballleague.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/10378207_1545248759045177_2010222216677056541_n.jpg [Accessed 20 July 2019]
World Arena Football Leagues
Arena and Indoor Football Leagues located outside of the USA.
World Arena Leagues (Standings and Playoffs)
China Arena Football League (Results)
FIAF Italian Federation of American Football (Bowl Results)
Picture Credit:  China Arena Football League (2019) CAFL 2019 Competition Medal [Internet] Available from: http://caflfootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/CAFL-2019-Competition-Medal-768×768.png [Accessed 10 December 2019]
Fan Controlled Football (7v7)
Fan Controlled Football (Seasons): 2021
Picture Credit:  Fan Controlled Football League Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, 19 September 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/FCFL/photos/a.1232640490095873/3913614228665139/ [Accessed 28 February 2021]