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 revealing 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.

LEXFA Lega Extrema de Football Americano Logo [References: 1]

Picture Credit: [1] LEXFA Wayback Machine (2020) Lexfa-ORO-2 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 August 2020]

LEXFA – Lega Extrema de Football Americano is the biggest Arena Indoor Football League in the World comprising four levels of play in Mexico with inter-locking schedules between the Divisions.


Arena Indoor Football Leagues


Lega Extrema de Football Americano (LEXFA)

LEXFA season Standings (All Arena Divisions): 2019

LEXFA Spring / Primavera (All Arena Division Standings): 2020

Lega Extrema de Football Americano Mexico

Lega Extrema de Fútbol Arena México (LEXFA) Division I Otoño 2013-2019

Liga Extrema de Football Arena Mexico (LEXFA) Autumn Division II 2013-2016

LEXFA Zona Golfo de Mexico (Seasons): Spring 2013

LEXFA Zone Occidente (Seasons): Spring 2013

Super 8 Football League Logo

Picture Credit: [5] Super 8 Football League (2018) Super 8 Football League Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 July 2019]

Baja-California-South West

Arena Indoor Football Leagues

Baja California; California; Nevada; Texas

Super 8 Football League Baja California (Arena):

Super 8 Football League Baja 2012-Present

Super 8 Football League Baja Series (Seasons): 2019

Super 8 Football League West Coast (Arena):

Super 8 Football League West Coast 2016-Present

Super 8 Football League West Coast Series (Seasons): 2020

Super 8 Football League Baja-California-Nevada Tournaments (Arena / Outdoor):

Super 8 Football League Bowls & Tournaments 2010-Present

Arena League 2020 , Eight Man Outdoor 2020Battle 4 San Diego 2019Copa Tijuana 2017 , Winter Bowl 2014  

Arena Football League Logo 2019

Picture Credit: [3] Arena Football League (2019) Arena Football League Reveals New Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 September 2019]

The Arena Football League was founded in 1985 as the first successful Indoor Football League. It lasted until 2019 and was so far the only Arena Indoor Football League to be a Major League or Alternative League to the NFL (National Football League).

Indoor Football League Logo 2019

Picture Credit: [4] Indoor Football League (2019) image_handler [Internet] Available from:  [Accessed 26 February 2021]

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

AAA West

Arena Indoor Football Leagues


Indoor Football League

Formed from merger of United Indoor Football (AA Midwest) and Intense Football League (AA South & West) 

Indoor Football League 2013-Present

Indoor Football League 2009-2012

IFL (Results): 2021 2020 2019

AAA Western Arena Indoor Football Leagues 1998-2001

Professional Indoor Football League 1998-2001

Picture Credit: [9] National Arena League (2018) logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 26 November 2019]

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

AAA East

Arena Indoor Football Leagues

National Arena League

National Arena League (Seasons):

Formed by former AAA Professional Indoor Football League (North East & South) and AAA American Indoor Football (North East, Midwest, South & South West) teams

National Arena League 2017-Present

2019 2020

AAA Eastern Arena Indoor Football Leagues 2007-2016

Professional Indoor Football League 2012-2015

American Indoor Football 2012-2016 

American Indoor Football Association 2007-2010

Champions Indoor Football
Champions Indoor Football

Picture Credit: [9] Champions Indoor Football (2019) logo [Internet] Available from: %5BAccessed  26 November 2019]

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

AA Mid-West

Arena Indoor Football Leagues


American Arena League

American Arena League 2018-Present

American Arena League (Seasons):2021

Midwest Arena Indoor Football Leagues 2005-2014

Champions Professional Indoor Football League 2013-2014

Continental Indoor Football League 2007-2012

United Indoor Football 2005-2008

Indoor Football League 2000

Picture Credit: [3] Supreme Indoor Football Twitter (2017) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 19 February 2020]

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

AA South

Arena Indoor Football Leagues


Elite Indoor Football (Seasons):


National Gridiron League (Seasons):


Champions Indoor Football (Texas & Prairie States)

Champions Indoor Football 2015-Present

2021 2020 2019 

Southern Arena Indoor Football Leagues 2004-2015

X-League Indoor Football 2014-2015

Lone Star Football League 2012-2014

Southern Indoor Football League 2009-2011

Intense Football League 2004-2008

Champions Indoor Football
Champions Indoor Football

Picture Credit: [9] Champions Indoor Football (2019) logo [Internet] Available from: %5BAccessed  26 November 2019]

Leagues in other smaller markets in USA.

A Level Smaller Markets

Arena Indoor Football Leagues

Texas; North West; California & South West; South East

North West

American West Football Conference (Seasons):2019 2020

South East

United Arena League (Seasons): 2021

Supreme Indoor Football 2017

China Arena Football League Logo

Picture Credit: [10] China Arena Football League (2019) CAFL 2019 Competition Medal [Internet] Available from:×768.png [Accessed 10 December 2019]

Arena and Indoor Football Leagues located outside of the USA.

World Arena Football Leagues


World Arena Leagues (Standings and Playoffs)

China Arena Football League 2016-2019

China Arena Football League (Results)


FIAF Italian Federation of American Football (Bowl Results)

Federazione Italiana American Football FIAF Winter League Snowbowl 1992-2002

Picture Credit: [1] Fan Controlled Football League Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, 19 September 2020 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 February 2021]

Fan Controlled Football is a 7v7 Arena Indoor League where fand decided by vote which plays to make throughout the game.

Fan Controlled Football (7v7)


Fan Controlled Football (Seasons):