The Arena Football Association’s 2022 season will officially begin this weekend with games in Fort Worth and Odessa, Texas. Magnolia State Spartans of Jackson, MS will face the North Texas Bulls on foot Worth tomorrow night (April 15) at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and the Texas Jets (Houston) will face West Texas Warbirds at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa on Saturday evening (April 16).
“It’s been a long time coming and a lot of incredible work has been done by our entire league from top to bottom to get to this point, but we’re very excited to finally get the fans into our arenas and get the ball in. the air,” said the co-founder of the Arena Football Association Doug Freeman.
The streaming platform FloSports will broadcast both matches live. The Spartans-Bulls contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. CDT and the Jets-Warbirds contest is also scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. CDT.
The AFA was originally scheduled to kick off its 2022 campaign last Saturday night in Wichita, but a waterline disruption in the Wichita Force arena forced that game to be rescheduled for May 14.
Friday night’s opener features one of two newest entries to join the AFA in Magnolia State. The first-year expansion Spartans are coached by Dexter Allen and driven by a wide receptor Marcel Newson and defensive lineman Charles Brookswho both played for National Arena League champion Albany Empire in 2021. Newson, who attended Mississippi College, went to training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017 and competed in the Spring League in 2019 The Bulls, 2021 American Arena League champions, are coached by Victor Mann. North Texas went 8-1 last season, including a 60-43 win over the Charlotte Thunder in the AAL Championship Game. The Bulls’ best returning players are wide receivers Chris Franklintwo-way lineman Drew Nichols and defensive back Jimmy Keys.
The Texas Jets, based in Humble, Texas, are coached by Ty Peace and led by the quarterback Michael Foggin. The Jets made their 2021 debut in the Lone Star Series where they went winless in three starts. They will face a team from West Texas coached by Tate Smith. Lone Star Series champions in 2021 with a perfect 7-0 record, the Warbirds are led offensively by the quarterback Skyler Howarda former West Virginia standout who spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2017. Howard has a prime target at wide receiver Jordan Gandywho had 19 receptions for 407 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021. On the other side of the ball, the Warbirds are led by defensive back Joseph Nuttall, Jr.who had 27 tackles and seven breakups during the 21 campaign.
Built on the pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Arena Football Association focuses on placing its franchises in underserved markets, targeting cities with populations ranging from 200,000 to 2 million. . The League is built on a world-class business model designed to drive league growth. Each team must adhere to strict business principles that help ensure economic stability.
More information about the Arena Football Association can be found at https://arenafa.com/.