2019 Aaf Season

The 2019 AAF season is the first season in the history of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The season began on February 9, 2019, and will be capped with a four-team playoff starting on April 20, 2019, and a championship game to be played at Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas on April 27, 2019. The Alliance of American Football has eight teams competing for its inaugural season. Each team will play a ten-game regular season: six in-conference games (home-and-away against each of the other three teams) and four out-of-conference games (one game against each of the four teams; two home and two away). Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 9 are non-conference games.

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2019 Alliance of American Football season
LeagueAlliance of American Football
SportAmerican football
DurationRegular season: February 9 – April 14, 2019
Playoffs: April 20–21, 2019
Championship: April 27, 2019
Number of games10–game regular season
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)CBS Sports, Turner Sports, NFL Network

The 2019 AAF season is the first season in the history of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The season began on February 9, 2019, and will be capped with a four-team playoff starting on April 20, 2019, and a championship game to be played at Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas on April 27, 2019.[1]

Teams

  Eastern Division
  Western Division

The Alliance of American Football has eight teams competing for its inaugural season.

Club City Stadium Head coach
Eastern Conference
Atlanta Legends Atlanta, Georgia Georgia State Stadium Kevin Coyle
Birmingham Iron Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Tim Lewis
Memphis Express Memphis, Tennessee Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Mike Singletary
Orlando Apollos Orlando, Florida Spectrum Stadium Steve Spurrier
Western Conference
Arizona Hotshots Tempe, Arizona Sun Devil Stadium Rick Neuheisel
Salt Lake Stallions Salt Lake City, Utah Rice–Eccles Stadium Dennis Erickson
San Antonio Commanders San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Mike Riley
San Diego Fleet San Diego, California SDCCU Stadium Mike Martz

Standings

2019 Alliance of American Football standings
Eastern Conference
Club W–L PCT CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
Orlando Apollos 5–1 .833 3–0 166 99 67 .424 .407 L1
Birmingham Iron 3–2 .600 2–1 91 64 27 .464 .294 L2
Atlanta Legends 2–3 .400 1–2 67 123 -56 .536 .333 W2
Memphis Express 1–5 .167 0–3 90 135 -45 .545 .600 L2
Western Conference
Club W–L PCT CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
San Antonio Commanders 3–2 .600 2–1 96 110 -14 .630 .563 W2
San Diego Fleet 3–2 .600 2–1 111 89 22 .407 .438 W1
Arizona Hotshots 3–3 .500 1–2 131 123 8 .441 .444 W1
Salt Lake Stallions 2–4 .333 1–2 112 121 -9 .529 .333 W1
(x)–qualified for playoffs; (y)–Conference Champions; (z)–Alliance Champions

Schedule

Each team will play a ten-game regular season: six in-conference games (home-and-away against each of the other three teams) and four out-of-conference games (one game against each of the four teams; two home and two away). Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 9 are non-conference games.[2]

2019 Alliance of American Football schedule
Home Away Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Win Loss
Tie Upcoming
Eastern Conference
Atlanta Legends
(2–3)
ORL SD BIRM ARIZ MEM SA ORL BIRM SL MEM
6–40 12–24 12–28 14–11 23–20 v v v v v
Birmingham Iron
(3–2)
MEM SL ATL SA ORL SD MEM ATL ARIZ ORL
26–0 12–9 28–12 11–12 14–31 v v v v v
Memphis Express
(1–5)
BIRM ARIZ ORL SD ATL SL BIRM ORL SA ATL
0–26 18–20 17–21 26–23 20–23 9–22 v v v v
Orlando Apollos
(5–1)
ATL SA MEM SL BIRM ARIZ ATL MEM SD BIRM
40–6 37–29 21–17 20–11 31–14 17–22 v v v v
Western Conference
Arizona Hotshots
(3–3)
SL MEM SL ATL SA ORL SD SA BIRM SD
38–22 20–18 15–23 11–14 25–29 22–17 v v v v
Salt Lake Stallions
(2–4)
ARIZ BIRM ARIZ ORL SD MEM SA SD ATL SA
22–38 9–12 23–15 11–20 25–27 22–9 v v v v
San Antonio Commanders
(3–2)
SD ORL SD BIRM ARIZ ATL SL ARIZ MEM SL
15–6 29–37 11–31 12–11 29–25 v v v v v
San Diego Fleet
(3–2)
SA ATL SA MEM SL BIRM ARIZ SL ORL ARIZ
6–15 24–12 31–11 23–26 27–25 v v v v v

Playoffs

Following the 10-week regular season, the top two teams in each conference will face each other in conference championship games, hosted by the higher seeded team. These semifinals will be held on April 20 and April 21.[3] The winners will then meet in the league championship game on April 27 at a neutral site, Sam Boyd Stadium in the Las Vegas Valley.[4][5]

Semifinals AAF Championship
April 20 or 21
Hosted by E1
 E1    
 E2     Saturday, April 27
Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, Nevada
 
       
April 20 or 21
Hosted by W1
     
 
 W1  
 W2    

Attendance

Announced attendance figures for each home game. In the weekly columns, dashes (—) indicate away games, while bold font indicates the highest attendance of each team.

Team / Week12345678910TotalAverage
San Antonio Commanders27,85729,176 57,033 28,517
Orlando Apollos20,19120,39418,358 58,943 19,648
San Diego Fleet20,01914,78920,823 55,631 18,544
Birmingham Iron17,03917,3196,53913,310 54,207 13,552
Memphis Express11,98013,621 25,601 12,801
Atlanta Legends10,71710,829 21,546 10,773
Arizona Hotshots11,7518,8659,351 29,967 9,989
Salt Lake Stallions10,4129,3028,150 27,864 9,288
Total 76,838 78,494 56,312 38,327 54,313 26,508         330,792  
Average 19,210 19,624 14,078 9,582 13,578 13,254           15,036

Updated through games of March 16, 2019.
Source: [6][7][8]

Awards

Players of the week

Officials

The league uses the eight-official system, also seen in NCAA college football. There are six officiating crews, staffed with officials from FBS conferences.[14]

Referees[14]
No. Name FBS Conference
2Reggie SmithBig 12
9Tra BlakeACC
10John O’NeillBig Ten
19James CarterSEC
81Brandon CruseBig 12
84Jeff HeaserACC

The officiating crews include one former NFL official—Jimmy DeBell, a back judge on the Smith crew—and three former NFL players: Nate Jones (side judge, Cruse crew), Terry Killens (umpire, Blake crew), and Mike Morton (umpire, Cruse crew).[14]

Broadcasting

CBS Sports, Turner Sports and NFL Network serve as the Alliance's broadcast partners for the 2019 season. The CBS Sports deal was announced at the time the league launched, while the Turner Sports and NFL Network contracts were announced less than two weeks before the season began.[15]

  • CBS Sports carried the two inaugural games (February 9) regionally via the CBS broadcast network, and will have the championship game broadcast nationwide on the same network (CBS subsequently added one conference championship game on April 21, and one week 10 regular season game, making the network's AAF schedule five games in 2019).[16] CBS Sports Network carries a game of the week throughout the regular season on Sunday afternoons.
  • The Turner Sports contract includes one regular season game (February 16) and a conference championship game on TNT, and a Saturday afternoon game of the week on Bleacher Report's live streaming service, B/R Live. The network has the option to move games to TNT—TNT picked up two additional midseason Saturday afternoon games from B/R Live.[17]
  • NFL Network carries the remainder of the league's games, a Saturday night and Sunday night game each week.

Each AAF team has a local radio partner, ensuring that all games are carried on the radio in some form. Sirius XM Radio carries a Game of the Week package.[18]

References

  1. Benjamin, Cory (October 23, 2018). "Alliance of American Football will host its first two championship games in Las Vegas". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  2. "2019 Inaugural Season Regular Season Schedule". aaf.com.
  3. "How the AAF Playoffs and Schedule Work". Bleacher Report. March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. "2019 AAF standings: Let's take a look at how all the teams stack up in both divisions". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  5. Adams, Jonathan (16 February 2019). "AAF Rules: How Do the Playoffs & Championship Work?". Heavy.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  6. Talbot, Damond (March 10, 2019). "Week 5 AAF Attendance increased by 16k total fans". nfldraftdiamonds.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  7. Talbot, Damond (March 16, 2019). "Week 6 AAF Attendance is off to a rough start after Stallions/Express game". nfldraftdiamonds.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  8. @smajovits0820 (March 16, 2019). "Attendance for tonights game in Orlando is 18,358" (Tweet). Retrieved March 16, 2019 via Twitter.
  9. "The Alliance announces Week 1 Players of the Week". aaf.com. February 12, 2019.
  10. Balzer, Howard (February 19, 2019). "The Alliance announces Week 2 Players of the Week". aaf.com. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  11. Balzer, Howard (February 26, 2019). "Pair of Fleet stars headline Week 3 Players of the Week honors". aaf.com. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  12. Balzer, Howard (March 5, 2019). "Farrow II, Jackson, MacGinnis named Players of the Week". aaf.com. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  13. Balzer, Howard (March 12, 2019). "Players Of The Week: Woodside, Kelly and Koo stand tall". aaf.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  14. 1 2 3 Austro, Ben (February 7, 2019). "Officiating crews for the 2019 AAF season". footballzebras.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  15. "Alliance partners with top media companies for inaugural season". aaf.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  16. Feldman, Jacob (March 14, 2019). "CBS Adds More Alliance of American Football Games to Broadcast Schedule". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  17. "TNT adds March 9 and March 23 AAF games after AAF ratings beat some NHL and MLS broadcasts". Awful Announcing. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  18. "Hear gridiron greats battle in the new Alliance of American Football". Sirius XM Radio. February 7, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
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