Arena Football League: Week 12 Preview, Understanding the AFL Playoff Format

by Corey Mansfield

Our weekly previews have become a little redundant since their is only four teams in the league. These teams are meeting for the fourth time on the season and not a whole lot has changed. The only major change this week is that Philadelphia Soul have reactivated former league MVP Dan Raudabaugh from injured reserve. It isn't clear how much Raudabaugh will play this week with the recent success of Shane Austin. However, this is Raudabaugh's team and he'll be their quarterback as they make their run of their 3-peat.

The Red Rocket is back, does that mean a 3-peat in Philly? (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I decided to write about this crazy race for first place in the AFL. Currently, three teams: Baltimore, Albany, and Philadelphia could finish with the top overall seed in playoffs. Washington is the only team that is mathematically eliminated from the possibility of being the top seed with their 1-9 record.

Here's a snapshot of the Arena League standings from Arenafan.com


This is so tight...and it's going to be fun to watch these games over the next two weeks.

Tie-breakers are determined by "Points-For" against your opponent. Currently, Baltimore holds the top seed by record and points.

If Baltimore wins then it's pretty certain they will have the first overall seed and play Washington. Leaving Philadelphia and Albany to battle it out for second place in the finale. If Albany and Philadelphia finish in 2nd and 3rd place then they'll meet in the first round of the playoffs with the higher seed getting to decide what venue they play at first...

Okay, Let's take a deep breath before explaining the playoff format...

Good? Now let's explain the playoff format in the AFL.

The playoffs start immediately after week 12 and will take place over following two weekends.

Seeding
#1 Seed vs #4 Seed
#2 Seed vs #3 Seed

Each team plays each other twice in a row (one home and one away). The higher seed gets the choice of whether they want the home game to be the first or second playoff game.

To advance, you must either win both games, or win one of the two games, but have a higher cumulative score than the opponent.

This an interesting playoff format and could see some interesting play calling  at the end of games especially if a team needs to score a certain amount of points to advance.

No one know how all this is going to shake out, but it's going to be really fun to watch. Don't miss out and watch the two games this week.


Albany Empire (6-4) at Washington Valor (1-9),  June 29, 2018, 7pm Capital One Arena 

Baltimore Brigade (7-3) at Philadelphia Soul (6-4) June 30, 2018, 7pm, Wells Fargo Center


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