|League||Arena Football League|
|Duration||April 26 – August 11, 2019|
The 2019 Arena Football League season is the 32nd season in the history of the Arena Football League (AFL). Prior to the start of the season, the league expanded from four to six teams with two added expansion teams. The 12-game regular season began on April 26 and will end on July 21.
The league announced the Atlantic City Blackjacks expansion team on January 22, 2019, that is operated by the same ownership group as the Albany Empire. On February 7, 2019, the league re-added the Columbus Destroyers as another expansion team to bring the league back to six teams.
Schedule and playoff changesEdit
The 2019 season consists of a 13-week schedule during which each team will play 12 games and have one bye week.
At the end of the regular season, the top four teams will participate in the ArenaBowl playoffs, in which the top seed will face the 4th seed while the 2nd seed will face the 3rd seed in a home and home series. The team in each series with the highest aggregate score will advance to the ArenaBowl. If the aggregate score in either series is tied after the second game in the home-and-home semifinals, the game will continue in the AFL's standard overtime format. While the semifinals will consist of two games in each pairing, ArenaBowl XXXII will still be one game.
Regular season standingsEdit
<section begin=standings />
|2019 Arena Football League standings|
|Albany Empire xy||9||2||.818||548||447||4–1||5–1||—||W1|
|Philadelphia Soul x||7||4||.636||496||458||4–2||3–2||2||W4|
|Washington Valor x||6||5||.545||482||502||3–2||3–3||3||W1|
|Baltimore Brigade x||6||5||.545||465||411||4–2||2–3||L1|
|Atlantic City Blackjacks||4||7||.364||490||515||3–2||1–5||5||L1|
y - clinched regular season title
x - clinched playoff berth <section end=standings />
Announced attendance figures for each home game. In the weekly columns, dashes (—) indicate away games or a bye week, while bold font indicates the highest attendance of each team.
|Team / Week||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||Total||Average|
|Albany Empire||11,682||9,208||—||—||—||8,744||10,287||—||9,417||—||—||—||Template:Sum||Script error|
|Philadelphia Soul||9,245||—||9,843||—||—||8,672||7,164||6,910||—||10,564||—||—||—||Template:Sum||Script error|
|Washington Valor||—||—||8,044||6,357||—||—||—||7,179||6,795||7,136||—||—||Template:Sum||Script error|
|Columbus Destroyers||—||—||—||7,035||6,122||—||6,029||6,260||7,604||—||—||9,275||—||Template:Sum||Script error|
|Atlantic City Blackjacks||—||6,139||—||4,054||4,386||4,632||—||—||—||—||7,104||—||Template:Sum||Script error|
|Baltimore Brigade||5,195||4,381||4,990||—||4,079||—||—||—||—||4,206||—||4,609||—||Template:Sum||Script error|
Updated through games of July 14, 2019.
- ↑ "Arena Football League team approved for Atlantic City". The Press of Atlantic City. January 22, 2019. https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/arena-football-league-team-approved-for-atlantic-city/article_a9d9ede4-1578-51e2-8532-026dc863b5fc.html.
- ↑ "Albany Empire Parent Company Chosen to Operate New Atlantic City AFL Franchise". January 23, 2019. https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/albany-empire-parent-company-chosen-to-operate-new-atlantic-city-afl-franchise/n-5440873.
- ↑ "THE ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION TO COLUMBUS, OHIO". AFL. February 7, 2019. https://www.arenafootball.com/article/columbusannouncement.
- ↑ "Arena Football League Announces 2019 Schedule, Rule Changes". https://arenafootball.com/article/new-article13022019174227.