A-League Sports Fresh Approach to Arena Football
LAKELAND, FLORIDA – A-League, the newly formed arena football league headquartered in Lakeland and set to play their first season in the spring of 2019 has a new approach to the game.
According to league Commissioner Gary Tufford, the game of arena football is still a great event but the time has come to mold it into a fresh new package that better fits the cities and venues of the smaller more appreciative markets in which they will play. “Look, I love arena football; I have a long history with the game and have seen the best and worst of times. When it is all said and done, you have to adjust with the times and we believe it is time for some new rules and innovations that better reflect the arena game, the size of our venues, the needs of our fans and the time they spend at our events.”
The A-League will feature several unique innovations featuring new rules designed to speed up game play and enhance the fan experience. Teams will only carry 16-man rosters, which must include at least two players who play both offensive and defense. Dubbed “The Deuce”, these two way players must play all 60 minutes on both sides of the ball. Tufford added “This is reminiscent of the early days of arena ball where we had ironman players. As a coach you will have to find the best athletes you can to fill those spots and as a fan you get to see some great players leaving it all on the field”. The league currently is seeking local and regional players with a high level of experience and want to extend their football playing days.
There will also be no kicking in the game. The elimination of the kicking game dramatically improves the pace of the game and eliminates many dead ball fouls and timeouts. Teams will scrimmage from their own five-yard line, or if turned over on downs, will scrimmage from that spot.
A totally unique element of the A-League is the scheduled double header game concept. All four teams will host a regular-season doubleheader where all teams will play in the same arena in back-to-back games. Tufford is passionate about this, “This is something we have wanted to do for a very long time while operating other leagues. Thinking outside the traditional guidelines is what makes this sport fun. Fans can enjoy seeing all the teams in the league in one evening, yet it costs them no more at the box office”. Tickets for these games will be all inclusive, highlighting a complete night of football for one affordable price.
The A-League season will run from May to the end of July, 2019. All teams are owned and operated by A-League Sports with teams located in a tight footprint of local Florida markets including, Lakeland, FT Myers, Sarasota and Bradenton. Plans are in place for the addition of two to four new teams for the 2020 season. Each team will play an eight-game regular season with four home games in each team’s home venue.
For more information regarding the A-League and it’s member teams log onto www.aleaguefootball.com