Arena Football, Arena Football League, Rival Pro Leagues

Arena Football League 1992-2000

AFL 1992

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
Northern Division
*Detroit Drive10820488314.800
*Cincinnati Rockers10730451341.700
*Albany Firebirds10550422416.500
*Cleveland Thunderbolts10460311362.400
Southern Division
*Orlando Predators10910484281.900
*Tampa Bay Storm10910472354.900
Charlotte Rage10370357320.300
New Orleans Night100100258491.000
Western Division
*Dallas Texans10550354383.500
*Sacramento Attack10460354395.400
Arizona Rattlers10460319420.400
San Antonio Force10280268461.200

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Orlando Predators50Cleveland Thunderbolts12
Detroit Drive48Sacramento Attack23
Dallas Texans48Albany Firebirds45
Tampa Bay Storm41Cincinnati Rockers36
Semi-Finals
Detroit Drive57Dallas Texans14
Orlando Predators24Tampa Bay Storm21 OT
Arena Bowl VI
Detroit Drive56Orlando Predators38

Reference: [1]

AFL 1993

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
American Conference
*Detroit Drive121110506372.917
*Arizona Rattlers12750486489.583
*Dallas Texans12390454551.250
Cincinnati Rockers122100394525.167
Cleveland Thunderbolts122100357484.167
National Conference
*Orlando Predators121020526355.833
*Tampa Bay Storm12930571389.750
*Charlotte Rage12660440509.500
*Miami Hooters12570429481.417
*Albany Firebirds12570482490.417

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Orlando Predators41Miami Hooters13
Tampa Bay Storm48Albany Firebirds34
Detroit Drive51Dallas Texans6
Arizona Rattlers56Charlotte Rage49
Semi-Finals
Detroit Drive38Arizona Rattlers34
Tampa Bay Storm55Orlando Predators52
Arena Bowl VII
Tampa Bay Storm51Detroit Drive31

Reference: [1]

AFL 1994

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
American Conference
*Albany Firebirds121020642507.833
*Arizona Rattlers12840525449.667
*Massachusetts Marauders12840586504.667
*Las Vegas Sting12570382487.417
Cleveland Thunderbolts122100445548.167
Milwaukee Mustangs120120376609.000
National Conference
*Orlando Predators121110595341.917
*Tampa Bay Storm12750561564.583
*Charlotte Rage12570442521.417
*Fort Worth Cavalry12570559490.417
Miami Hooters12570398491.417

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Arizona Rattlers53Charlotte Rage24
Albany Firebirds49Las Vegas Sting30
Orlando Predators34Fort Worth Cavalry13
Massachusetts Marauders 58Tampa Bay Storm51
Semi-Finals
Orlando Predators51Massachusetts Marauders42
Arizona Rattlers40Albany Firebirds33
Arena Bowl VIII
Arizona Rattlers36Orlando Predators31

Reference: [1]

AFL 1995

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Central Division
*St. Louis Stampede 12930519533.750
*Iowa Barnstormers12750593511.583
*Memphis Pharaohs12660459491.500
Milwaukee Mustangs12480541619.333
Western Division
*San Jose Sabercats12840524412.667
*Arizona Rattlers12750599587.583
Las Vegas Sting12660532498.500
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
*Albany Firebirds12750649560.583
Charlotte Rage12570446519.417
Connecticut Coyotes121110409591.083
Southern Division
*Tampa Bay Storm121020605378.833
*Orlando Predators12750542471.583
Miami Hooters121110361609.083

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Tampa Bay Storm53Memphis Pharaohs41
Albany Firebirds51St. Louis Stampede49
Orlando Predators55San Jose Sabercats37
Iowa Barnstormers56Arizona Rattlers52
Semi-Finals
Tampa Bay Storm56Albany Firebirds49
Orlando Predators56Iowa Barnstormers49
Arena Bowl IX
Tampa Bay Storm48Orlando Predators35

Reference: [1]

AFL 1996

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Iowa Barnstormers141220712601.857
*Milwaukee Mustangs141040704566.714
*St. Louis Stampede14860706627.571
Memphis Pharaohs140140400688.000
Western Division
*Arizona Rattlers141130736646.786
*Anaheim Piranhas14950602505.643
San Jose Sabercats14680536540.429
Minnesota Fighting Pike144100471706.286
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
*Albany Firebirds141040873622.714
Charlotte Rage14590591643.357
Connecticut Coyotes142120540695.167
Southern Division
*Tampa Bay Storm141220698504.857
*Orlando Predators14950651572.643
Florida Bobcats14680598593.429
Texas Terror141130421731.071

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Tampa Bay Storm30Anaheim Piranhas16
Iowa Barnstormers52St. Louis Stampede49
Albany Firebirds79Milwaukee Mustangs59
Arizona Rattlers65Orlando Predators48
Semi-Finals
Tampa Bay Storm55Arizona Rattlers54
Iowa Barnstormers62Albany Firebirds55
Arena Bowl X
Tampa Bay Storm42Iowa Barnstormers38

Reference: [1]

AFL 1997

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Iowa Barnstormers141130803645.786
*Milwaukee Mustangs14860669667.571
Texas Terror14680733756.429
Portland Forest Dragons142120446701.143
Western Division
*Arizona Rattlers141220713540.857
*San Jose Sabercats14860548563.571
Anaheim Piranhas142120615735.143
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
*Nashville Kats141040740660.714
*New Jersey Red Dogs14950660596.643
Albany Firebirds14680745714.429
New York CityHawks142120522691.143
Southern Division
*Orlando Predators141040678505.714
*Tampa Bay Storm14860548521.571
Florida Bobcats144100519645.429

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Orlando Predators45New Jersey Red Dogs37
Iowa Barnstormers68San Jose Sabercats59
Arizona Rattlers46Minnesota Fighting Pike29
Tampa Bay Storm52Nashville Kats49
Semi-Finals
Iowa Barnstormers52Orlando Predators34
Arizona Rattlers49Tampa Bay Storm46 OT
Arena Bowl XI
Arizona Rattlers55Iowa Barnstormers33

Reference: [1]

AFL 1998

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Houston ThunderBears14860734732.571
Milwaukee Mustangs14770719718.500
Iowa Barnstormers14590582716.357
Grand Rapids Rampage143110550710.214
Western Division
*Arizona Rattlers141040786650.714
*San Jose Sabercats14770659643.500
Portland Forest Dragons144100677762.286
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
*Albany Firebirds141040793692.714
*New Jersey Red Dogs14860679699.571
New York CityHawks143110568717.214
Southern Division
*Tampa Bay Storm141220794513.857
*Orlando Predators14950655623.643
*Nashville Kats14950711659.643
Florida Bobcats143110637710.214

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Orlando Predators58Nashville Kats43
Arizona Rattlers50Houston ThunderBears36
Tampa Bay Storm65San Jose Sabercats46
New Jersey Red Dogs66Albany Firebirds59
Semi-Finals
Tampa Bay Storm49New Jersey Red Dogs23
Orlando Predators38Arizona Rattlers33
Arena Bowl XII
Orlando Predators62Tampa Bay Storm31

Reference: [1]

AFL 1999

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Iowa Barnstormers141130750643.786
*Grand Rapids Rampage14860726654.571
*Milwaukee Mustangs14770621721.500
Houston ThunderBears144100742815.286
Western Division
*Arizona Rattlers141040749639.714
Portland Forest Dragons14770613597.500
San Jose Sabercats14680712746.429
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
*Albany Firebirds141130822674.786
New Jersey Red Dogs14680583666.429
New England Sea Wolves14590647723.357
Buffalo Destroyers141130467642.071
Southern Division
*Tampa Bay Storm141130690488.786
*Nashville Kats14860754710.571
*Orlando Predators14770634646.500
Florida Bobcats143110555701.214

Reference: [1]

Quarter-Finals
Orlando Predators41Tampa Bay Storm19
Albany Firebirds55Grand Rapids Rampage45
Arizona Rattlers34Nashville Kats30
Iowa Barnstormers66Milwaukee Mustangs34
Semi-Finals
Orlando Predators48Iowa Barnstormers41
Albany Firebirds73Arizona Rattlers47
Arena Bowl XIII
Albany Firebirds59Orlando Predators48

Reference: [1]

AFL 2000

TeamPWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Central Division
*Iowa Barnstormers14950797677.643
*Milwaukee Mustangs14770750714.500
*Grand Rapids Rampage14680628721.429
Houston ThunderBears143110709810.214
Western Division
*San Jose Sabercats141220871648.857
*Arizona Rattlers141220727592.857
*Oklahoma Wranglers14770654605.500
Los Angeles Avengers143110659831.214
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division
*Albany Firebirds14950815706.643
*New England Sea Wolves14950694696.643
*Buffalo Destroyers14590615767.357
New Jersey Red Dogs144100698773.286
Southern Division
*Orlando Predators141130663568.786
*Nashville Kats14950671593.643
*Tampa Bay Storm14860657598.571
Carolina Cobras143110641783.214
Florida Bobcats143110537704.214

Reference: [1]

First Round
Arizona Rattlers41Buffalo Destroyers34
Oklahoma Wranglers52New England Sea Wolves38
Nashville Kats57Grand Rapids Rampage14
Tampa Bay Storm72Milwaukee Mustangs64
Quarter-Finals
Orlando Predators34Tampa Bay Storm24
San Jose Sabercats63Oklahoma Wranglers40
Arizona Rattlers53Albany Firebirds50
Nashville Kats63Iowa Destroyers56
Semi-Finals
Nashville Kats51San Jose Sabercats42
Orlando Predators56Arizona Rattlers44
Arensa Bowl XIV
Orlando Predators41Nashville Kats38

Reference: [1]

Report

A period of rapid expansion in the early 1990s, coupled with stability afterwards saw the Arena Football League become what the Wall Street Journal called the ‘Fifth Major’.

Detroit Drive won Arena Bowl VI in 1992, defeating Orlando Predators 52-38, but were unable to repeat as they lost Arena Bowl VII the following year to Tampa Bay Storm, on a 51-31 scoeline.

Orlando were defeated finalists again in 1994, losing to Arizona Rattlers this time, 36-31. In 1995, they lost their third Arena Bowl in four years, as Tampa Bay Storm won 48-35 in Arena Bowl IX.

Tampa Bay repeated in 1996, winning Arena Bowl X 42-38 over Iowa Barnstormers, and like in 1994, this was followed by an Arizona Rattlers triumph, 55-33 over Iowa, who lost their second Arena Bowl in a row.

Orlando Predators finally overcame their Arena Bowl jinx, winning the 12th edition 62-31 in a comprehensive victory over Florida rivals Tampa Bay Storm. They were unable to repeat the feat in 1999, as Albany Firebirds finally won the Bowl, defeating Orlando 59-48.

Orlando appeared in their third Arena Bowl in a row in 2000, winning the title 41-38 in a close encounter with Nashville Kats.

A rival Indoor Football League, the Professional Indoor Football League had started in 1999, and the Arena Football League took them to court, arguing it was a breach of the copyright awarded to them, however the Judge ruled the copyright was restricted to the rebound nets either side of the goalposts and eveything else was just Football, and therefore not under copyright.

This opened the door for a flood of rival Arena Leagues, and the AFL responded by starting its own development league, the AF2. This, however, was an over-expansion, and the League was no longer the main Major League rival to the NFL, the spot now taken by the XFL, which had garnered a Major TV Network deal.

References:

Sources:

[1] Arena Football League (2016) 2016 Record and Factbook pp. 67-83 / 52.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Fiona Corrigan, Caoimhe Mullaney, Alan Delaney, Alan Grey, Elise McManus, Ian Breathnach, Donie, Mark Mahon.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

World Gridiron Archive

Last Updated: 18 March 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and World Gridiron Archive 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

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