Indoor and Arena Football History
arenafootball2 (af2)Active: 2000-2009
As the originator of football indoors, the Arena Football League quickly noticed the growth of the game in midsized markets and countered the burgeoning indoor leagues with its own minor league, arenafootball2. Not only would af2 give Arena Football a presence in more markets, it would also provide the AFL with a training ground for its players.
With the growing AFL behind it, af2 bought out the upstart Southeast-based Xtreme Football League (no relation to the WWE outdoor league) and launched in 2000 with 16 teams. Like its parent league, af2 used the endzone rebound nets, a patented feature of Arena Football play, along with the complete Arena Football rule set.
The league continued its aggressive growth when Orlando Predators Entertainment bought out the midwestern Indoor Football League in 2001. In the process, af2 absorbed three IFL markets (Peoria, Lincoln and Wichita) and eliminated a competitor.
In 2005, arenafootball2 brought in the Amarillo Dusters from the Intense Football League, forcing the remaining teams in that league to join the National Indoor Football League for a year. The following season, the league added the NIFL's Everett Hawks, one of that league's strongest teams.
Baton Rouge Blaze
Charleston Swamp Foxes
Cincinnati Jungle Kats
Corpus Christi Sharks
Daytona Beach ThunderBirds
Fort Wayne Fusion
Mahoning Valley Thunder
New Haven Ninjas
Quad City Steamwheelers
Rio Grande Valley Dorados
San Diego Riptide
South Georgia Wildcats