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Arena Football League Announces 2017 Schedule

Courtesy: AFL Communications

LAS VEGAS (January 5, 2017) — The Arena Football League’s 30th Anniversary Season is set to kick off on Friday, April 7, as the 2017 AFL schedule was officially released today. Expansion teams will kick off the season at Verizon Center when the Washington Valor host Baltimore on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET.

The Cleveland Gladiators, Philadelphia Soul, Tampa Bay Storm, Washington Valor and the soon-to-be-named Baltimore team will comprise the roster of teams in 2017 with each playing 14 games and receiving four byes during the 18-week regular season. The AFL elected to reduce to a 14-game schedule for the 2017 season with the goal of returning to between 16 and 18 games in the future.

“Although it’s our 30th season, in many ways 2017 represents a new beginning for the AFL. We are fortunate to have incredibly loyal and enthusiastic fans who really enjoy the excitement of Arena Football,” AFL Commissioner Scott C. Butera said. “We believe this community deserves teams run by the best in class professional sports organizations who are truly dedicated to the success of their teams and enjoyment of their fan base. For the first time, our league represents just that. We are also excited to introduce two new cities in Washington and Baltimore and expect many more to come in the upcoming seasons.”

The defending ArenaBowl champion Philadelphia Soul will begin their title defense on Saturday, April 15 when they travel to play the Tampa Bay Storm at Amalie Arena at 7 p.m. The AFL will be announcing its broadcast schedule in the near future.

The 2017 Arena Football League training camps will begin on March 15.

2017 AFL Schedule (All times Pacific)
Week 1 – Apr. 7 – Baltimore at Washington – 4pm
– Apr. 8 – Tampa Bay at Cleveland – 4pm
– Philadelphia Bye Week

Week 2 – Apr. 15 – Philadelphia at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Baltimore at Cleveland – 4pm
– Washington Bye Week

Week 3 – Apr. 22 – Philadelphia at Washington – 4pm
– Cleveland at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Baltimore Bye Week

Week 4 – Apr. 28 – Washington at Cleveland – 4pm
– Apr. 29 – Baltimore at Philadelphia – 4pm
– Tampa Bay Bye Week

Week 5 – May 5 – Philadelphia at Cleveland – 4pm
– May 7 – Tampa Bay at Baltimore – 10am
– Washington Bye Week

Week 6 – May 13 – Baltimore at Philadelphia – 4pm
– Tampa Bay at Washington – 4pm
– Cleveland Bye Week

Week 7 – May 20 – Cleveland at Philadelphia – 4pm
– Washington at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Baltimore Bye Week

Week 8 – May 27 – Philadelphia at Washington – 10am
– Cleveland at Baltimore – 4pm
– Tampa Bay Bye Week

Week 9 – Jun. 3 – Baltimore at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Cleveland at Washington – 4pm
– Philadelphia Bye Week

Week 10 – Jun. 10 – Cleveland ay Philadelphia – 4pm
– Washington at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Baltimore Bye Week

Week 11 – Jun. 16 – Baltimore at Cleveland – 4pm
– Jun. 17 – Tampa Bay at Philadelphia – 4pm
– Washington Bye Week

Week 12 – Jun. 23 – Washington at Baltimore – 4pm
– Jun. 24 – Philadelphia at Cleveland – 4pm
– Tampa Bay Bye Week

Week 13 – Jul. 1 – Washington at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Baltimore Bye Week
– Cleveland Bye Week
– Philadelphia Bye Week

Week 14 – Jul. 8 – Philadelphia at Baltimore – 4pm
– Tampa Bay at Cleveland – 4pm
– Washington Bye Week

Week 15 – Jul. 15 – Washington at Philadelphia – 4pm
– Tampa Bay at Baltimore – 4pm
– Cleveland Bye Week

Week 16 – Jul. 22 – Baltimore at Washington – 4pm
– Cleveland at Tampa Bay – 4pm
– Philadelphia Bye Week

Week 17 – Jul. 29 – Philadelphia at Baltimore – 10am
– Cleveland at Washington – 4pm
– Tampa Bay Bye Week

Week 18 – Aug. 4 – Washington at Baltimore – 4pm
– Aug. 5 – Tampa Bay at Philadelphia – 4pm
– Cleveland Bye Week

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