Texas-based Arena Football Association expands to six teams for 2022, targets nationwide expansion
League expansion is among the topics that will be discussed at the first in-person league owners meeting, scheduled for December 5-8 at the Embassy Suites Galleria in Houston, TX.
Built on the pillars of equity, diversity and inclusion, the six teams Arena Football Association (AFA) will mark the start of his second professional season with the first face-to-face meeting of the owners of the League, scheduled for December 5-8 at the Embassy Suites Galleria in Houston, TX.
Founded by African-American entrepreneurs Douglas C. Freeman, Maximillian L. Hamilton and Frederic smith, the AFA debuted in June 2021 as a five-team league. It has expanded to six teams for the 2022 season with franchises located statewide. They include the Amarillo Venom, the West Texas (Odessa) Warbirds, the Texas (Houston) Jets, the Rio Grande Valley Dorados, the Texas (North Richland Hills) Crude, and the North Texas (Ft. Worth) Bulls.
âGreat professional sports have traditionally favored male ownership and exploitation,â said Freeman. âOur league is changing the landscape of team ownership in professional sports, providing women and ethnic minorities the opportunity to own and operate teams alongside their male counterparts. This expansion of leadership talent will pave the way for a new generation of owners, players, coaches, front office staff and officials.
The AFA 2022 season will be played from April through July with the League Championship game, The Carrier Cup, scheduled to be played aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which is stationed in Corpus Christi, TX.
The Arena Football Association is a rarity in that it was launched in the midst of a global pandemic, one of, if not the only professional sports league to do so. And the AFA is focused on placing its franchises in underserved markets, targeting cities with populations ranging from 200,000 to 2 million.
“Our goal is to bring teams to regions that have not hosted football on a professional scale., ” Freeman added. “And we want to go places other professional leagues haven’t dared, hence the decision to host this year’s title game aboard the USS Lexington.”
The Arena Football Association has already entered into a streaming agreement with FloSports. Matches are played on a 50-year-old pitch with eight players per team and 15-minute quarters. Players play both offense and defense, and games tend to be extremely scoring, as evidenced by the 136 combined points scored by Amarillo Venom and League champion West Texas Warbirds in the July 2021 championship. .
AFA is committed to making its games affordable and suitable for families. Ticket prices start on average at $ 20, and the teams are offering discounted packages for families and veterans.
The Arena Football Association is built on a world-class business model designed to drive the growth of the league. Each team must adhere to strict business principles that help ensure economic stability.
More information on the Arena Football Association is available at http://arenafa.com/.