In 28 days, on February 9th 2019 the NFL will experience it’s first real competition in decades before the XFL make it a three-way dog fight in 2020.
6 days after the Super Bowl, the first ever game produced from the Alliance of American Football will kick off at the Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, FL.
If you’re yet to get your teeth stuck into the AAF let me give you a brief overview. The AAF is a new spring-time based professional football league founded in partnership by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.
The league will initially begin with 8 teams although there are active plans to expand the league depending on the initial success. Those 8 cities are;
- Atlanta (Legends)
- Birmingham (Iron)
- Memphis (Express)
- Orlando (Apollos)
- Arizona (Hotshots)
- San Antonio (Commanders)
- San Diego (Fleet)
- Salt Lake City (Stallions).
6 of the 8 sides will call home in the stadium of G5 teams;
- Georgia State Stadium (Atlanta)
- Legion Field (Birmingham)
- Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis)
- Spectrum Stadium (Orlando)
- Alamodome (San Antonio)
- SDCCU Stadium (San Diego)
As the resident AAF writer here at LFS, I often get asked which team should you root for. Usually I’d tell you to find an ex NFL or college player you were a fan of and follow that team, however the AAF have actually given you the answer.
The Alliance of American Football has recently announced that they will work with a different draft system to that which we’re all familiar with. Players will instead be allocated to teams based on the region where they played college ball.
Which means, if your favourite college ballers take a stab at the pros (albeit in the AAF) they’ll all be on the same team!
The association between college and pro team has recently been announced as well:
College: Georgia, Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Savannah State, Albany State, Clark-Atlanta, Fort Valley State, Morehouse, Shorter, Valdosta State, West Georgia,
NFL:Falcons, Jaguars, Panthers, Redskins
College: Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, NC State, Maryland, Missouri, UAB, South Alabama, Troy, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Samford, Miles College, North Alabama, Tuskegee, West Alabama
NFL: Bills, Browns, Patriots, Steelers
CFL: Montreal, Ottawa
College: Tennessee, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, Carson-Newman, Lane, Tusculum
NFL: Bengals, Colts, Saints, Titans
College: Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF, USF, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Jacksonville, Stetson, Florida Tech, West Florida
NFL: Buccaneers, Dolphins, Giants, Jets
College: UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois, Texas Tech, Washington State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northwestern, UTEP
NFL: 49ers, Bears, Cardinals, Ravens
College: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, Rice, Houston, SMU, TCU, North Texas, UTSA, Texas State, Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Angelo State, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas-Permian Basin, West Texas A&M
NFL: Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles, Texans
College: USC, Stanford, Washington, Colorado, San Diego State, Fresno State, San Jose State, UNLV, Hawaii, UC Davis, Cal Poly, Sacramento State, San Diego, Azusa Pacific, Humboldt State
NFL: Chargers, Lions, Raiders, Rams
CFL: BC Lions
College: Cal, Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma State, Utah State, Boise State, BYU, Wyoming, Air Force, Southern Utah, Weber State, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Idaho, Idaho State, Dixie State
NFL: Chargers, Lions, Raiders, Rams
I’m incredibly interested to see where this leads as a concept and whether or not we as viewers will accept it in the first place. Instead of a draft, players will simply be sent to the team which is affiliated with their college team.
Imagine if your favourite WR and QB duo, or your favourite offensive line players all graduated together. They’ll be able to play for your favourite AAF pro team as well!
But what if your school wasn’t listed above?
If the school isn’t listed and they haven’t played professionally in the NFL/CFL they’d be free agents to sign anywhere.
Well, if the player has any kind of NFL or CFL experience and they’re not directly coming out of college? Well each AAF team has been allocated an NFL and CFL team.
For example, if Aaron Rodgers were to become a free agent and leave the NFL, he would be allocated a team (Salt Lake) in the AAF through an affiliation which means that every team cannot bid for his services.
All I know right now for sure, is that I’ve got something to fill my time in the NFL off season. The more football the better!
Let me know who your AAF team is in the comments below!