The upstart American Flag Football League (AFFL) played their test game using former National Football League (NFL) players such as Michael Vick and Terrell Owens but in front of a handful of spectators.
The AFFL uses “e-flags” which is a proprietary player- and ball-tracking technology that includes a flag pull alert system to instantly alert officials through a custom app when and where the flag was pulled on the field. Additional technology has been designed to determine forward progress and foster consistent officiating uses ultra-wideband to track positional data and is accurate up to four inches. The league hopes that officials will have these tools in order to spot the ball and keep the game moving.
High tech flag football? They might want to create some fans with their high tech innovations too.
In the test game, Michael Vick threw for 547 yards and eight touchdowns to lead his team to a 64-41 win in front of a lot of empty seats in San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on Tuesday Night. Fullback Evan Rodriguez had nine receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the game. He was named the Launch Game MVP.
The league plans to move forward with an eight-team league next season. Eight league-owned franchises will take part in a nationwide open tournament in the summer of 2018. Hundreds of teams will vie for the opportunity to take on some of their heroes in live action. The tournament will award a cash prize to the champions.
Let’s face it. Flag football is a lot like softball. More people would rather play than watch it. I’m not sure if this new league will actually play a game. Even if you employ former NFL stars on the rosters of the teams, will it just be a novelty or an NFL senior citizens league?
A professional flag football league is not what football needs. Where are you going to play? How will the league compete with other sports – especially if they compete against established tackle football teams? Flag football is good for the recreational league but not for a professional sports league. There’s not much excitement watching retired NFL players attempting to pull an e-flag.
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American 7s Football League (A7FL) – The league will get national exposure on ELEVEN Sports Network on Sunday, July 9th for the A7FL Championship Game. The league’s third championship game will be played at Palisades Credit Union Park. NJ Paterson U, NJ Savage, PA Immortalz, NJ BIC, NJ Chiefs, Baltimore Kings, Baltimore Gators and PA Dynasty will begin the playoffs this weekend.
American Flag Football League (AFFL) – The league’s inaugural “test” game will be played on Tuesday, June 27th at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The game will feature Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco and Justin Forsett. The league has advertised to be a modern version of flag football and will feature several technical innovations to the game.
American Hockey League (AHL) – Martin Frk scored the winning goal with 7:19 left in regulation to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 4-3 win in Game 6 of the Calder Cup finals to defeat the Syracuse Crunch. This is the Griffins’ second Calder Cup title in five years.
American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) – The league’s “Cross Coast Challenge” concluded last weekend with a high scoring game in Toronto. The Rush overcame an early three goal deficit for a 33-27 win over San Francisco. After trailing 16-15 at halftime, the Rush went on a 5-1 run to start the second half and never looked back. The current division leaders are: South-Raleigh (10-1), East-Toronto (8-3), Midwest-Minnesota (8-1) and West-San Francisco (7-3)
Arena Football League (AFL) – Philadelphia Soul running back, Mykel Benson, became the fifth player to rush for 100 touchdowns in league history. He joined the elite group on his second touchdown in the win over Tampa Bay. The Soul remain undefeated and on top of the league at 9-0 followed by Tampa Bay (7-2), Cleveland (3-7), Baltimore (2-6) and Washington (1-7).
Arena Pro Football (APF) – The Richmond Roughriders won the championship over the Florida Tarpons 74-61. On the game’s final play, Tarpons’ quarterback Chris Wallace rolled to his left looking for a receiver. Two Roughrider defenders closed in on Wallace as he hurried the pass which was intercepted by linebacker Malique Johnson who returned it for a touchdown to end the game and give the Roughriders the title. Richmond (8-0) completed an undefeated season. Although the Roughriders claimed the first title in the APF, it will be their last in the league as it is set to merge with the CAN-AM Indoor Football League to form the American Arena League but Roughriders’ owner isn’t sure about following the rest of the league into the merger. Owner Gregg Fornario is considering other options including the National Arena League (NAL) and Indoor Football League (IFL).
Big 3 Basketball League (BIG3) – The inaugural season of the 3-on-3 basketball league tips off this weekend in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. The league was created by Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz. The league will feature eight teams with former NBA players.
Champions Indoor Football League (CIF) – The Omaha Beef will face the Texas Revolution on Friday for the CIF title. Omaha defeated the Sioux City Bandits 55-45 and Texas got past the Amarillo Venom 77-71 in the semifinals.
Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) – Here are the current Top 10 rankings in the GDFL:
North Mississippi Road Warriors
River City Pythons
Indoor Football League (IFL) – Nebraska Danger quarterback Drew Powell was named the league’s offensive player of the week after leading his team to a 59-44 win over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks. Powell completed 17 of 23 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 71 yards. Sioux Falls Storm defensive back Rashard Smith was the defensive player of the week as he helped his team end the Iowa Barnstormers’ 11-game winning streak returning an interception 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Storm a 21-point lead with less than five minutes left.
Major League Futsal (MLF) – Diablos Ensenda MX leads the Men’s Pro Division with 18 points. The Women’s Pro Division is led by Alianza F.C. with 3 points. Futsal is the official version indoor soccer which played without dasher boards.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) – Davey Emala and Will Manny combined for eight goals in Boston’s 16-9 win over the Outlaws in Denver on Saturday night. The win avenged Boston’s loss to Denver two weeks ago. Boston goalie Tyler Fiorito earned the Coca-Cola Player of the Game after stopping 20 of the 29 shots against him. He made eight saves and did not allow a goal in the fourth quarter. The teams were within a goal of each other at the end of the first quarter and within two goals after the second quarter, but Boston pulled away by outscoring Denver by a 7-2 margin in the second half. The loss drops Denver into a first place tie with the Ohio Machine (5-2).
Major League Quidditch (MLQ) – Boston (3-0), Rochester (3-0), Austin (3-0) and Los Angeles (3-0) continue to lead their respective divisions early in the season. Austin’s Monroe Augustine leads the Individual Quaffle Stats with 12 goals and nine assists. This weekend’s matches will feature Boston hosting Ottawa and Phoenix at San Francisco.
National Arena League (NAL) – The playoffs are set for this weekend’s league semifinal games. The Columbus Lions (9-3) will travel to play the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (9-1) while the Jacksonville Sharks (11-1) will host the Monterrey Steel (7-4). The Steel upset the Sharks in the final regular season game last weekend 44-37.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) – Here are the current standings for the league:
USSSA Pride (8-2)
Scrap Yard Dawgs (7-5)
Chicago Bandits (9-7)
Texas Charge (7-6)
Akron Racers (5-7)
Beijing Eagles (0-9)
North American Soccer League (NASL) – Week 14 of the NASL Spring Season comes with another stern test of Miami FC’s title-winning credentials. Miami faces the New York Cosmos, who sit seven points behind along with the San Francisco Deltas in the table, on Saturday night. A win at Riccardo Silva Stadium would move Miami closer to gaining the Spring Championship. A loss, of course, would bring the rest of the pack a little closer. The Deltas head north to take on FC Edmonton and the club has yet to lose on the road in league play. The other Saturday night kickoff gets underway in Cary as North Carolina FC squares off with Indy Eleven. On Sunday, Jacksonville Armada FC hosts Puerto Rico FC as both sides look to rebound from conceding four goals apiece a weekend ago.
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – The North Carolina Charge are still on top of the league with 21 points. The Charge will play Boston this weekend. Boston is in 9th place in the standings.
Supreme Indoor Football (SIF) – The Cape Fear Heroes had little trouble with the Cap City Bulls in the first round of the league playoffs. The Heroes ran away with the game 63-14. Unfortunately, there appears to be no information about the next round this weekend.
United Soccer League (USL) – Trevin Caesar had a hat trick and a highlight-reel assist to lead Sacramento Republic FC to a 6-2 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 in front of a sellout crowd of 11,569 at Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday night.
Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) – In the second round of the playoffs:
St. Louis Slam 69, Madison Blaze 8
Orlando Anarchy 57, Cincinnati Sizzle 6
Arkansas Wildcats 36, Austin Outlaws 6
Southern Oregon Lady Renegades 46, Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz 6
Toledo Reign 22, Maine Mayhem 7
Boston Renegades 27, DC Divas 24
Chicago Force 45, Pittsburgh Passion 0
Dallas Elite 53, Minnesota Vixen 0
Montreal Blitz 49, New York Sharks 27
Tampa Bay Inferno 35, Carolina Phoenix 26
San Diego Surge 35, Central California War Angels 34
Mile High Blaze 28, Sin City Trojans 14
This week’s schedule for the third round:
Chicago at Boston
San Diego at Dallas
Tampa Bay at Montreal
Mile High at St. Louis
Orlando at Toledo
Arkansas at S. Oregon
Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) – Glory Johnson recorded her fourth 20-point game of the season to help the Wings get their second consecutive win over the Stars, 81-78. Johnson ended the day recording her sixth double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Throughout the game, the Wings found themselves down by as much as 14, then were lifted back up when Skylar Diggins-Smith drove it up the lane late in the fourth quarter sinking a layup and a chance to make the 3-point play, when a foul was also called on San Antonio’s Erica deSouza. At the line, Diggins-Smith completed the play to give the Wings a one point lead over the Stars 79-78. The team sealed the win, when Karima Christmas-Kelly was sent to the foul line and sunk one to put the Wings up 81-78. Three Wings players recorded double figures for the day. Diggins-Smith and Christmas-Kelly scored 16 points, with Diggins-Smith leading the team in assists dishing out six.
American Flag Football League (AFFL) – This is a new start-up league which plans to hold a pilot game next month in San Jose to feature its new 7-on-7 style of flag football. The league is looking for eight league-owned teams to start playing in 2018. Former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick is expected to play in the pilot game. The league will be unique in the ways it attempts to use technology during the game.
American Hockey League (AHL) – Both the Eastern and Western Conference finals are tied at 1-1. In the East, the Providence Bruins evened the series with the Syracuse Crunch with a 2-1 win in overtime. The San Jose Barracuda tied up their series on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Grand Rapids.
American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) – The leading goal scorers after Week 8 are:
Jay Froude (Dallas) 33
Caleb Denecour (Austin) 32
Jeremy Langdon (Jacksonville) 31
Jackson Stearns (San Jose) 30
Anthony Davis (Detroit) 28
Arena Football League (AFL) – The Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Washington Valor 53-47 on Saturday in Tampa. Storm WR Joe Hills led the team with 123 yards and three touchdowns including the game winning score with three seconds remaining. With the win, the Storm (5-1) keeps pace with the undefeated Philadelphia Soul (6-0). The Soul defeated the Cleveland Gladiators 64-46 as WR Darius Reynolds had seven catches for 85 yards and three touchdowns.
CAN-AM Indoor Football League (CAN AM) – The East Division championship which was originally scheduled to be played between the Vermont Bucks and Boston Blaze has been changed to the Bucks playing the Central Penn Chargers. The change is reported to be due to the merger with the American Arena League.
Champions Indoor Football League (CIFL) – Tucker Milliken was successful on a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Omaha Beef at 42-39 won over the West Michigan Ironmen. The Beef trailed 39-32 late in the fourth quarter when Skyler Scott scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. On the next possession, Omaha defensive back Paul Robinson picked off a pass and returned it to the Ironman 6-yard line to set up Milliken’s game winning field goal. The Beef will host the Sioux City Bandits this weekend.
ECHL – The Colorado Eagles and Manchester-South Carolina winner will meet in the Kelly Cup final. Manchester forced a seventh game with a decisive 5-1 win over South Carolina on Monday.
Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) – The nation’s largest semi-pro football league kicked off the 2017 season as the defending champion Oklahoma Thunder defeated the Mississippi Road Warriors 14-8. In a shocker, the Chattanooga Eagles used a ball control offense along with stingy defense to upset the Georgia Crush 8-6.
Indoor Football League (IFL) – The Iowa Barnstormers (10-2) extended its winning streak to eight straight after a 50-47 win over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks (9-3). Kicker Kenton Chun connected on an 18-yard field goal to give the Barnstormers the lead. The Nighthawks missed a chance to tie the game on their possession as they missed a field goal try when time expired.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) – Chazz Woodson scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the overtime period as he led the Florida Launch to a 9-8 win over the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday. The Launch got their second win of the season while the Rattlers dropped to 2-3. The Denver Outlaws remain atop of the MLL with a 4-0 record.
Major League Soccer (MLS) – The Chicago Fire was named the MLS Team-of-the-week after three straight wins including shutouts against the Colorado Rapids (3-0) and D.C. United (1-0). The Fire has climbed within five points of Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference. Sporting Kansas City continues to lead the Western Conference by three points.
National Arena League (NAL) – The Columbus Lions attacked and destroyed the Dayton/Atlanta Wolfpack 77-0 before a record crowd of 6,425 on Military Appreciation Night. The onslaught started in the 2nd quarter, as the Lions offense got on track, and the vaunted “Black Shirt” defense systematically attacked the Pack offense series after series, creating turnovers, sacks, and locking down any attempts to advance the football passed midfield. The offense got on track as well with 4 TD passes by Darren Daniel, two to standout Tristan Purifoy, and two more to Greg Hollinger, who suited up in place of Durron Neal who is attending a CFL tryout. Joe Marshall added a 1 yd. TD plunge to make the score 39-0 at halftime.
North American Soccer League (NASL) – Miami FC defeated Indy Eleven 3-2 to maintain the top spot in the standings while the Jacksonville Armada FC lost a key game to North Carolina FC 3-1. The league plays a spring and fall season.
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Barcelona has approved a developmental plan to add a team to the league. It will be the first European club to have a team in an American league.
Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) – The Minnesota Lynx (3-0) and Los Angeles Sparks (2-0) are the only undefeated teams in the league. Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 27 points and Maya Moore added 21 in an 89-87 win over the Dallas Wings. Elena Delle Donne scored 27 points to lead the Sparks to a 99-89 win over the Washington Mystics.
United Soccer League (USL) – The Tampa Bay Rowdies cruised into the next round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada U23s at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Open Cup is a tournament featuring teams from all levels of the American soccer system regardless of league. The Rowdies will play either Miami FC or the South Florida Surf in the next round on May 31st.
United States Hockey League (USHL) – Chicago Steel defeated the Sioux City in overtime to capture their first Clark Cup championship in team history. Tyler Gratton scored the game winner 11:30 into overtime.