July 12, 2024

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AFL releases playoff, Arena Bowl format as regular season nears end

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The Arena Football League released its 2024 playoff and championship format ahead of the final three weeks of the regular season.

The first round matchup is scheduled for July 6, the semi finals will be on July 13 and the Arena Bowl is slated for July 19. The dates are preliminary and may change based on venue availability.

League officials stated the Arena Bowl will be held at a neutral site that has yet to be announced.

Out of the nine teams in the league, five will make the playoffs. The top seed will be on a first round bye, while the two and three seeds will automatically advance and compete in the semifinals. The four and five seed teams will play against each other in the first round with the winner advancing to play the number one seed.

All top seeded teams will host only one playoff game.

“The team owners and league office, led by Commissioner Jeff Fisher, have been working around the clock to format this year’s playoff schedule,” Chris Chetty, CEO of the AFL, said in the release. “Certainly not an easy task but they got it done. They deserve all of the credit.”

The standings are below as of Week 7 with the undefeated Albany Firebirds emerging to clinch the top seed.

1. Albany Firebirds(7-0)
2. Billings Outlaws(5-1)
3. Salina Liberty(4-2)
4. Orlando Predators(3-2)
5. Southwest Kansas Storm(4-3)
6. Nashville Kats(3-4)
7. West Texas Desert Hawks(3-4)
8. Wichita Regulators(1-4)
9. Washington Wolfpack(1-5)

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