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Arena Football League announces Playoff Structure Information

Detailed information on the 2019 AFL playoff structure, matchups and tie-breaking procedures can be found below.


2019 Arena Football League Playoff Structure:

Home-and-home series, Game 1: Weekend of July 26-27.

Home-and-home series, Game 2: Weekend of August 2-3.

ArenaBowl 32: August 11, 2019 (ESPN2)



Information about the 2019 AFL Playoffs:

The top four teams from the 2019 regular season will advance to the playoffs, which will take place over the course of two weekends – the weekend of July 27 and the weekend of August 3. Each series will be played in a home-and-home format. While the seeds will be determined later in the season, the matchups for the playoffs are as follows:



·First Seed vs. Fourth Seed

·Second Seed vs. Third Seed


The highest-seeded team will choose which game of the home-and-home series they host. As such, the opposing team will host on the other weekend.


There are two scenarios where games could continue into overtime: if teams have the same aggregate score at the end of regulation after Game 2, or if the game is tied at the end of regulation in either Game 1 or Game 2. In an effort to maintain the standard AFL game structure, regardless of aggregate scores, standard AFL overtime rules will apply.


The two teams with the highest aggregate scores at the end of these series will face off in ArenaBowl 32, and the highest-seeded of those two teams will host the ArenaBowl on August 11. All locations throughout the postseason are subject to arena availability.



Tie-Breaking Procedures:

Top Postseason Seed (#1) – If two teams are tied for the top postseason seed:

1.              Head-to-head: best win percentage of games played by the two teams

2.              Strength of schedule

3.              Point differential in head-to-head games

4.              Best net points in all games

5.              Coin toss


Top Postseason Seed (#1) – If three or more teams are tied for the top postseason seed:

* Note: If three or more teams are tied, follow steps until one team is eliminated. When there are two remaining teams, revert back to Step 1 of the two-team tiebreaker (above) to determine which team advances.

1.              Head-to-head: best win percentage of games between the clubs

2.              Strength of schedule

3.              Best net points in all games

4.              Coin toss


Remaining Postseason Seeds (#2-#4) – If two teams are tied:

1.              Head-to-head: best win percentage of games between the clubs

2.              Strength of schedule

3.              Point differential in head-to-head games

4.              Best net points in all games

5.              Coin toss


Remaining Postseason Seeds (#2-4) – If three or more teams are tied:

* Note: if three or more teams are tied, follow steps until one team is eliminated. Once two teams remain, revert back to Step 1 of the two-team tiebreakers to determine which team will advance.

1.              Head-to-head: best win percentage of games between the clubs

2.              Strength of schedule

3.              Best net points in all games

4.              Coin toss


As of 7/2/19, two teams secured playoff spots: the Albany Empire and the Philadelphia Soul.




Arena Football League Week 10 Players of the Week: Soul’s Raudabaugh, Brigade’s Victorian

Dan Raudabaugh

OFFENSIVE: Dan Raudabaugh | QB, Philadelphia Soul

Dan Raudabaugh (QB, Philadelphia Soul) earned the Week 10 Offensive Player of the Week honors. Raudabaugh went 21-32 for 231 yards with seven touchdowns, leading his team to a 54-43 victory over the Albany Empire. The win secured a playoff spot for the Soul.

The 10-year veteran has the Soul on a three-game winning streak dating back to June 16. He ranks second in the League in touchdowns (48) and ranks third in yards (2307). This is Raudabaugh’s 10th year in the League, and his eighth with the Philadelphia Soul.

Josh Victorian

DEFENSIVE: Josh Victorian (#7) | DB, Baltimore Brigade

Josh Victorian (DB, Baltimore Brigade) Defensive Player of the Week Honors for Week 10 after a solid all-around performance in the Brigade’s 50-12 victory over the Columbus Destroyers. Victorian had one of the best defensive performances this season with three tackles (all solo), one tackle for loss, and three pass breakups. In addition, he had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Victorian ranks fourth in the League in total tackles with 49 (45 solo) and ranks tied for fourth-most in defensive interceptions (4). This is Victorian’s seventh year in the AFL, and his third with the Brigade.





Arena Football League Rankings after Week 10


Let’s look at how the “power” rankings break down this week!


1. Philadelphia Soul (6-4)


This week’s new number one team. The Soul are back to playing top level ball and it’s a perfect time for Clint Dolezel’s squad to find its groove with just weeks before the playoffs. This weekend’s impressive win over Albany showed that the Soul have what it takes to make some noise in the playoffs. This Soul team is over its midseason stretch of losing four out of five games and is now riding a three-game win streak along with a clinched playoff berth.


2. Baltimore Brigade (6-4)


Baltimore could be a number 1 team too. Baltimore is playing some of the best football in the league, period. Take away the bizarre ending of the Washington game and Baltimore would have four wins in as many weeks. This weekend they put together an all-around clinic with the offense being productive, the defense getting takeaways and even special teams adding some points to the scoreboard. On offense Shane Boyd has been great and he has a solid receiving core featuring all-time great Joe Hills, and solid contributors Brandon Collins and Milton Williams. The defense plays fast and is aggressive after the ball. The Brigade lead the league in forced fumbles (15) and ranks second in interceptions (13). You don’t want to play this team right now.


3. Albany Empire (8-2)


While the Empire are still one of the best teams in the league, they have looked “normal” the past couple of weeks. After starting the season a dominant 6-0, many asked would this team run the table to an undefeated season. However, the last four weeks have been tougher than expected, including two losses and two narrow victories. This week they fell a little behind and the defense just couldn’t slow down the high-powered Philadelphia offense to potentially mount a comeback. Even though they have struggled recently, all the pieces of a championship team are there: Malachi Jones, Tommy Grady, Joe Sykes, etc. Albany has a bye week this weekend.


4.  Atlantic City Blackjacks (4-6)


Who would have thought the first team to score 70 points this season would be the Atlantic City Blackjacks led by Smith and not Randy Hippeard, wow! The offense was nearly unstoppable, and the defense created some big turnovers in the second half to blow the game open. Credit coach Ron James and staff for putting Warren Smith and this team in a spot to crash the playoffs following the disappointing performance against Philadelphia in week 8. The Blackjacks will continue their push for the playoffs in this weekend’s matchup against the Soul.


5.  Washington Valor (5-5)


The Week 10 loss to the Blackjacks was rather shocking. Washington had been playing very well in recent weeks and even played well most of the game against the Blackjacks too. But the offense struggled mightily including three second half turnovers by QB Arvell Nelson. Add in that Warren Smith had the Blackjacks offense running the best it had all season and suddenly, the game became a blowout. The Valor shouldn’t panic yet as they are still in a good spot to make the playoffs, but they must tighten up these next few weeks or the reigning champs will find themselves sitting this postseason out.


6. Columbus Destroyers (1-9)


The Destroyers have been competitive in most games this season and could be at least 4-5.  Last week against Baltimore, they were completely blown out. This young squad showed a lot of promise in the first half but completely fall apart in the second half. Mistakes and turnovers saw this game quickly spiral out of hand for the Destroyers. While this team is out of the playoffs, each game will give valuable reps to this young, but promising core, especially QB Grant Russell. Team has a lot of young talent that just needs the experience it is getting in their first season back in the AFL.










Destroyers offense gets stymied in 50-12 shellacking at Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by, fell to the Baltimore Brigade at Royal Farms Arena on Friday night, 50-12. With the loss, the Destroyers drop to 1-9 on the season. Quarterback Grant Russell threw for two touchdowns in the loss, with both of those going to wide receivers Fabian Guerra and Rob Wheelwright. Wheelwright, a Columbus native, made his Destroyers debut in tonight’s game.


The Destroyers started the game with the ball and marched down to the four-yard line before a Russell fumble led to defensive back Nias Martin recovering and returning it 46 yards for a touchdown to give Baltimore an early 7-0 lead.


Later in the second quarter, the Brigade extended their lead to 14-0 when quarterback Shane Boyd found wide receiver Milton Williams for a 14-yard score. Columbus got on the board on the next drive when Russell connected with Guerra for a 31-yard touchdown, trimming Baltimore’s lead to 14-6. After a sack from defensive end Khreem Smith on fourth down gave the ball back to the Destroyers, Russell found Wheelwright for his first professional touchdown. Columbus missed the two-point conversion, making the score, 14-12. Brigade defensive back Joe Powell returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards for a score to give Baltimore a 21-12 lead at the half.


In the third quarter, Boyd found wide receiver Joe Hills for a 24-yard touchdown to extend the Baltimore lead to 27-12. On the ensuing kick-off, defensive back LaRico Stevenson fumbled into the end zone where it was recovered by a Destroyers player but resulted in a safety to make the score 29-12 in favor of the Brigade. A couple possessions later, Baltimore defensive back Josh Victorian picked off Russell and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Brigade their largest lead of the game, 36-12.


The Brigade tacked one two more scores in the fourth quarter, as wide receiver Brandon Collins rushed for a one-yard score and back-up quarterback Shane Morris found Hills for his second touchdown of the game, sealing a 50-12 home win for Baltimore.


Next up for the Destroyers after next week’s bye is a home match-up with the Albany Empire on Sunday, July 14th at 3:00pm from Nationwide Arena. The game can be seen live on WSYX 6.2, heard on CD102.5, and streamed on ESPN3.


Final book and full statistics can be found HERE.


The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit or stop by the Big Lots! Box Office at Nationwide Arena to get your seats today! For partnership opportunities, please click HERE. Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.




Daily Almanac for Friday, July 5, 2019: Fourth of July Weekend

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