The Central Division is one of four divisions that make up the Arena Football League. It's also one of two divisions that make up the "American Conference", now part of the "National Conference". The division was first formed in 1995 when expansion teams were formed and put into the current divisions.

Division lineupsEdit

1995 and 1996

Creation of the Central Division as part of the American Conference. Iowa, St. Louis, and Memphis are enfranchised for this division.


  • Iowa Barnstormers
  • Milwaukee Mustangs
  • Portland Forest Dragons
  • Texas Terror

Memphis moved to Portland as the Forest Dragons. St. Louis Stampede folded. Texas Terror moved in from National Conference's Southern Division.


Grand Rapids Rampage enfranchised. Portland moved to American Conference's Western Division. Texas Terror renamed Houston Thunderbears.


Albany from National Conference's Eastern Division moved in to this division as Indiana Firebirds, relocated in Indianapolis. Chicago Rush and Detroit Fury enfranchised. Houston moved to Western Division. Iowa moved to Uniondale, New York as New York Dragons.


  • Chicago Rush
  • Detroit Fury
  • Grand Rapids Rampage
  • Indiana Firebirds

Milwaukee Mustangs folded.


Dallas moved in from Western Division. Detroit Fury moved to Eastern Division.


  • Chicago Rush
  • Colorado Crush
  • Detroit Fury
  • Grand Rapids Rampage
  • Indiana Firebirds

Colorado moved in from Western Division. Dallas moved to Eastern Division. Detroit moved back from Eastern Division.

2005 and 2006

  • Chicago Rush
  • Colorado Crush
  • Grand Rapids Rampage
  • Nashville Kats

Detroit and Indiana folded. Nashville Kats (not to be confused with Georgia Force of the Southern Division which are the original Kats team) enfranchised.


Kansas City moved in from Southern Division.


  • Chicago Rush
  • Colorado Crush
  • Grand Rapids Rampage
  • Kansas City Brigade

Nashville folded. Kansas City suspended. The AFL has been put on a one-year hiatus in 2009.


Central Division moved to National Conference as Midwest Division. Cleveland moved in from Eastern Division (which is moved to the American Conference for this season as the Southwest Division). Milwaukee Iron as well as the second Iowa Barnstormers franchise (not to be confused with the original one known as the New York Dragons) moved in from the now-defunct af2.


The Midwest Division changed its name back to Central Division. Dallas and Tulsa moved in from Southwest Division (now Eastern Division). Cleveland and Milwaukee moved to the Eastern Division. Kansas City reactivated.


  • Chicago Rush
  • Iowa Barnstormers
  • Kansas City Command
  • San Antonio Talons

Dallas suspended, Tulsa relocated to San Antonio.


  • Chicago Rush
  • Iowa Barnstormers
  • San Antonio Talons

Kansas City folded.

Division ChampionsEdit

  • 1995: St. Louis Stampede (9-3)
  • 1996: Iowa Barnstormers (12-2)
  • 1997: Iowa Barnstormers (11-3)
  • 1998: Houston Thunderbears (8-6)
  • 1999: Iowa Barnstormers (11-3)
  • 2000: Iowa Barnstormers (9-5)
  • 2001: Grand Rapids Rampage (11-3)
  • 2002: Chicago Rush (9-5)
  • 2003: Dallas Desperados (10-6)
  • 2004: Chicago Rush (11-5)
  • 2005: Colorado Crush (10-6)
  • 2006: Colorado Crush (11-5)
  • 2007: Chicago Rush (12-4)
  • 2008: Chicago Rush (11-5)
  • 2010 (as Midwest Division): Milwaukee Iron (11-5)
  • 2011: Chicago Rush (13-5)
  • 2012: San Antonio Talons (14-4)

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