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Valor Not Victorious, Glads Defend The Land
Dropping their second game of the season, the Washington Valor (1-2) struggled to come out ahead at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Gladiators (1-3) picked up their first win in front of 9,223 on Friday night, a final score of 48-34.

Valor Game Preview: Road to Redemption
The Washington Valor (1-1) are headed to Cleveland, Ohio where they’ll face the Gladiators (0-3) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28th inside of Quicken Loans Arena.

Not Enough (Super)heroes in the District
The Washington Valor were handed their first loss of the season Saturday by the defending ArenaBowl champs, the Philadelphia Soul, in front of 12,122 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. A final score of 49-31 on a rainy evening in the nation's capital.

Valor put up a Valiant effort, but lose to the Philadelphia Soul
The Washington Valor was looking to go 2-0 to start the season, but ran into the defending AFL Champion, Philadelphia Soul at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.

Valor Game Preview: Philly Comes To Washington
After an early bye, the boys in red, white and blue are ready to get back to business. The Soul (1-0) are coming to town and will square off against the Valor (1-0) 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22nd at Verizon Center. The game will broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network. Only one will remain undefeated.

Arena Football: Back in the Nation's Capital
The year was 1987 and the Arena Football League was a new face in the professional football scene. The Washington Commandos played throughout out D.C., Maryland and Virginia from 1987-1990, opening the inaugural season away against the Pittsburgh Gladiators.

Storm Drop Third Consecutive Home Opener, Fall Short Against Defending Champs
Number of the night not found in the box score? 2014. First 2-0 start to the season since 2014. First home opener victory since 2014. First win over the Philadelphia Soul since 2014. All of that, and more, was at stake on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. And for the Tampa Bay Storm, it just wasn’t meant to be.

It's officially official. Week 1 is in the books. While I only got a chance to catch some of the Cleveland/Tampa Bay game, I was at the Washington Valor home opener. Verizon Center was buzzing, with the energy in the air, it felt like this was a playoff game and Arena Football had been a staple in D.C. for the last fifteen years.

AFL Starts 30th Anniversary Season – Who Should Care?
The Arena Football League is about to kickoff its 30th Anniversary season, a feat that not very many professional sports leagues can claim to have reached. The turf is about to be rolled out and laid down. The infamous rebound nets and uprights will be constructed and hung from the arena rafters to make this niche sport the exciting brand of competition that it is. But how many people really know that the AFL season kicks off today? And to be honest, who should really care?

Washington Valor: A Look Ahead
Spring is here and that means so is Arena Football. If you haven't heard by now D.C. has a new team. If you're a Washington Redskins fan, that means you can finally get your football fix before September. In their inaugural season, the Washington Valor hit the field this Friday April 7th against another new expansion team, the Baltimore Brigade.

A Match Made in Heaven, the AFL and Me!
As the 30th season of the Arena Football League approaches, I have been thinking a lot about what the league has meant to me over the years. It has been a really fun league to follow as a reporter and as a fan.

Ted Leonsis brings The DMV to the top of the AFL
The old expression that two is better than one seem’s to be Washington businessman and AFL Owner Ted Leonsis motto. After announcing in March that he would be bringing the AFL back to Washington D.C. to add to his already impressive resume, Leonsis and his company Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced last month that they would be adding a second expansion team, bringing the AFL to Baltimore for the first time.

eBay Today #2 - A Phantom Arena Teams Merchandise
We are back again with more "off the wall" AFL finds on Ebay. This time, we've uncovered some phantom Arena Football merchandise. No, not the old Toronto Phantoms, although you can find some old Phantom mascot bobbleheads and other items pop up from time to time. But, this week we'll be pointing out some actual products that were made for an af2 team that never even hit the field!

Monumental Sports & Entertainment All in on AFL; Adds Second Team for 2017
The Arena Football League was hit with a major spark earlier today as Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced in a press release that it has agreed to field a new team in Baltimore that will start play in the upcoming 2017 season.

An Homage to the Orlando Predators
No city should ever lose a sports franchise at any level. There's just too much invested in each franchise. Too many fans, too many players, too many coaches, too many guys who sell popcorn, too many interns who are just hoping to get a start in sports. When a team goes away at any level, all of that goes away, too.

eBay Today #1 - Tampa Bay Storm replica ArenaBowl ring
We are kicking off a new feature series here at ArenaFan. We're combing through the depths of Arena Football League related items that can be found on eBay and will present them to you every so often. Our first eBay Today feature is a Tampa Bay Storm replica 1991 ArenaBowl championship ring.

The Fortune that will Bind Arena Football and Prominence
Before climbing up the ladder of success as the CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, Butera played Division III football as a defensive end for his school, Trinity College. In a way, this may have played a role in his full-time shift from casino executive to arena football commissioner.

Rattlers a no-show as Soul roll to title
You can't spot a great football team a 21-point lead seven minutes into any game. The Arizona Rattlers simply did not show up to play in ArenaBowl 29 on Friday afternoon at Gila River Arena about a half hour west of their usual home field -- the Snake Pit in downtown Phoenix.

Soul win ArenaBowl XXIX 56-42
END OF GAME - The Philadelphia Soul are the champions of the world. After failing against Arizona twice in the ArenaBowl before, the Soul overcame nearly coughing up a 21-point lead to win their second championship in franchise history. The Soul used a strong fourth quarter to put together their 56-42 victory. Continuing coverage of ArenaBowl XXIX is right here at

Rattlers Turn Over ArenaBowl XXIX to Soul
21-0. That’s how the ArenaBowl began. Advantage Philadelphia Soul. Then the game began. The Arizona Rattlers fought back to tie the game 42-42 at the 14:50 mark in the 4th quarter.

ArenaFan Staff Makes ArenaBowl XXIX Picks
As has become an annual tradition at ArenaFan, our staff has made its selections for who we all think will win ArenaBowl XXIX between the Arizona Rattlers and the Philadelphia Soul.

Super Soul Prove Doubters Wrong, Win ArenaBowl XXIX
GLENDALE, AZ - I was wrong. I was absolutely dead wrong, and I didn't think the Philadelphia Soul had the horses to run with the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIX. I didn't think they had the mental toughness to overcome when things went wrong in the raucous Snake Pit. And I was wrong.

Take Three: Soul and Rattlers meet again
There have been no two teams better than the Philadelphia Soul and Arizona Rattlers over the last six years. Statistically speaking, the Rattlers are 86-20 and the Soul are 70-36, the top two records of the eight teams in the AFL. The two best quarterbacks in the league? Nick Davila (Rattlers QB,) and Dan Raudabaugh (Soul QB.) This is the best of the best in the AFL, with seemingly a top five player at every position.

AFL could reach tipping point moment with ArenaBowl XXIX
ArenaBowl XXIX is just 24 hours away, and the match-up between the Arizona Rattlers and the Philadelphia Soul is just about everything the AFL could have ever asked for. These two teams are now both 15-3 this year with one loss for each of them against the other one.

Sixth title would cement Rattlers as GOAT
The Arizona Rattlers have a unique opportunity this Friday — not only do they have a chance to win an Arena Football League record sixth overall championship, they also can cement their standing as the greatest franchise in AFL history.