2019 Arena Football League season
The 2019 Arena Football League season was the 32nd and final 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 ended on July 21.
|2019 Arena Football League season|
|League||Arena Football League|
|Duration||April 26 – August 11, 2019|
|Season champions||Albany Empire|
|#1 vs #4 champions||Albany Empire (#1)|
|#1 vs #4 runners-up||Baltimore Brigade (#4)|
|#2 vs #3 champions||Philadelphia Soul (#3)|
|#2 vs #3 runners-up||Washington Valor (#2)|
|Finals MVP||Tommy Grady (Albany)|
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 consisted of a 13-week schedule during which each team played 12 games and had one bye week.
At the end of the regular season, the top four teams participated in the ArenaBowl playoffs, in which the top seed faced the fourth seed while the second seed faced the third seed in a home-and-home series. The team in each series with the highest aggregate score advanced to the ArenaBowl. If the aggregate score in either series was tied after the second game in the home-and-home semifinals, the game would have continued in the AFL's standard overtime format. While the semifinals consisted of two games in each pairing, ArenaBowl XXXII was still one game.
Final season standingsEdit
|2019 Arena Football League standings|
|Albany Empire xy||10||2||.833||620||474||5–1||5–1||—||W2|
|Washington Valor x||7||5||.583||538||552||4–2||3–3||3||W2|
|Philadelphia Soul x||7||5||.583||523||530||4–2||3–3||L1|
|Baltimore Brigade x||7||5||.583||500||439||4–2||3–3||W1|
|Atlantic City Blackjacks||4||8||.333||518||550||3–3||1–5||6||L2|
y - clinched regular season title
x - clinched playoff berth
All times listed are in EDT.
|Sat. July 27||7:00 p.m.||(4) Baltimore Brigade||26–61||(1) Albany Empire||Times Union Center • Albany, NY||Recap|
|Sun. July 28||3:30 p.m.||(3) Philadelphia Soul||69–33||(2) Washington Valor||Capital One Arena • Washington, D.C.||Recap|
|Sat. August 3||7:00 p.m.||(1) Albany Empire||62–21||(4) Baltimore Brigade||Royal Farms Arena • Baltimore, MD||Recap|
|Sun. August 4||4:00 p.m.||(2) Washington Valor||41–48||(3) Philadelphia Soul||Wells Fargo Center • Philadelphia, PA||Recap|
|Sun. August 11||8:00 p.m.||(3) Philadelphia Soul||27–45||(1) Albany Empire||Times Union Center • Albany, NY||Recap|
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||SF||AB||Total||Average|
|Atlantic City Blackjacks||—||6,139||—||4,054||4,386||4,632||—||—||—||—||7,104||—||6,266||N/A||32,581||5,430|
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