American football is one of America's most loved sports and football is a solid part of American culture. Arena football brings two of the most popular sports in North America together, combining the best elements of football and ice hockey. The tactics and techniques of American football merge with the speed and intensity of ice hockey to create a fast-paced game that thrills spectators. The Arena Football League is one of the oldest leagues in the country and attracts passionate and dedicated fans. Experience everything the game has to offer with Arena Football League tickets on StubHub.
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Arena Football League history
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The sport of arena football came into prominence in the early 1980s and The Arena Football League (AFL) started in 1987. The AFL is a professional indoor American football league that is similar to the traditional version of the game but operates under a different set of rules. AFL sanctioned arena football takes place on an indoor padded surface 46m long and 26m wide with 7m endzones. The field is around a quarter of the surface area of an NFL field and allows the players to navigate the pitch quickly.
Arena football is an eight a side game and also employs rules that favour offensive plays, this results in fast-paced, high-scoring games that thrill fans. The AFL is one of the longest-running football leagues in North America, with only the Canadian Football League and the National Football League operating longer. The AFL remains popular with fans and attracts just under 10,00 passionate supporters a game.
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Arena Football League highlights
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The AFL has expanded and contracted over the years with the league currently operating with five teams. The teams are all based in the eastern United States with clubs representing Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. This has increased the level of natural rivalry with each team looking to better their neighbours.
The Philadelphia Soul are the team to beat in the AFL. The Soul won the Arena Bowl in 2008 before losing consecutive finals in 2012 and 2013. Philadelphia tasted victory at their fourth final in the last eight years with a 56-42 victory over the Arizona Rattlers in the 2016 final. Fans of the Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor are hoping their sides can hit the ground running and challenge for top honours. Make sure to catch all the drama as it unfolds with Arena Football League tickets on StubHub.