National Arena League

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The  National Arena League (NAL) is a  US arena football league  that was founded in 2017.


The founders of the Columbus Lions decided in 2016 to found their own league, the National Arena League. The reason for this are many different teams that withdrew from other arena football leagues. Teams from the Arena Football League (AFL) and American Indoor Football (AIF), which was dissolved in 2016, took part, as well as some newly established franchises.

The first game in league history was played by the Columbus Lions against the Jacksonville Sharks in front of 2,456 spectators. The Sharks won 56:41.

In the course of the season, some teams had to withdraw from play due to lack of funding. This affected the Corpus Christi Rage and the Dayton Wolfpack .

The first titleholders are the Jacksonville Sharks , who won the final 27:21 against the Columbus Lions .


Originally, 15 game days were planned per team, but since two teams were eliminated during the season, a team could only play a maximum of 12 game days.

The first four teams in the table qualify for the playoffs, with the first in the table playing against the fourth and the second in the table against the third. The better placed team has home rights. The two winners then play the NAL Championship, the final of the league.

2017 season

Participating teams

team place arena capacity
Columbus Lions Columbus, Georgia Columbus Civic Center 7,573
Corpus Christi Rage Corpus Christi, Texas American Bank Center 10,000
Dayton Wolfpack Dayton, Ohio Team only plays away games, no home games !!!
Georgia Firebirds Albany, Georgia Albany Civic Center 8,436
High Country Grizzlies Boone, North Carolina George M. Holmes Convocation Center 8.325
Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 13.011
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Allentown, Pennsylvania PPL Center 8,500
Monterrey Steel Monterrey, Nuevo León Arena Monterrey 17,599

Closing table

2017 National Arena League standings
S. N Streak
1 - Jacksonville Sharks 11 1 L1
2 - Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 9 1 W7
3 - Columbus Lions 9 3 W6
4 - Monterrey Steel 7th 4th W1
High Country Grizzlies 3 7th L4
Georgia Firebirds 2 9 L5
Dayton Wolfpack 0 7th L7
Corpus Christi Rage 0 9 L9


Jacksonville 43
Monterrey 32
Jacksonville 27
Columbus 21st
Leigh Valley 50
Columbus 52

Individual evidence

  2. Jump up ↑ Jacksonville Sharks vs. Columbus Lions (Mar 17, 2017). Retrieved July 23, 2017 .
  3. Sharks dominate National Arena League, which is experiencing growing pains in first year . In: . ( [accessed July 23, 2017]).
  4. ^ Alan Harwell: Another indoor football team bites the dust, Rage calls it quits after going 0-9 . ( [accessed July 23, 2017]). Another indoor football team bites the dust, Rage calls it quits after going 0-9 ( Memento of the original from July 22, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /