American West Football Conference

The American West Football Conference (AWFC) is a professional indoor American football league created in 2018 by Platinum Events & Security, LLC, the owners of the Idaho Horsemen. The league's inaugural season began play in 2019.[1]

American West Football Conference
SportIndoor football
Founded2018
FounderPlatinum Events & Security LLC
Inaugural season2019
PresidentChris Reynolds
CommissionerDon Miller
No. of teams3
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Idaho Horsemen
Official websiteAmericanWestFootballConference.com

HistoryEdit

After being unable to join the Indoor Football League or Champions Indoor Football citing financial and travel issues, Chris Reynolds, owner of the Idaho Horsemen announced that his ownership group Platinum Events & Security, LLC, created a new indoor league, the American West Football Conference (AWFC).[2] The league was created to fill the void of a lack of west coast teams and leagues and to decrease travel costs of operating the regional teams.[1][3] The league was announced with four teams: the Horsemen, Reno Express, Tri-Cities Fire, and the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks. The AWFC later added the Sacramento Spartans, but the team's facilities did not meet league standards and was removed a month before the start of the season.[4]

The first game in league history was the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks at the Idaho Horsemen on March 23, where the Horsemen won 33–22.[5] The season's first forfeit came on May 4 when the Skyhawks did not travel to play the Reno Express, who instead played a local semiprofessional team in order to fulfill its lease agreement. The following week, the only scheduled game was also postponed citing travel issues with the Tri-Cities Fire visiting Idaho, but was made-up on June 19. Idaho went undefeated and won the championship game 40–20 over Reno.

For the 2020 season, the league announced expansion teams in Yakima, Washington,[6] and the San Francisco Bay Area,[7] although the Bay Area team never launched.[8] In February 2020, the Reno Express was removed from the schedule[9] and the Tri-Cities Fire folded,[10] which led to the Idaho Horsemen and Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks both announce they would play independent schedules.[11][12] The league then announced it would be playing the 2020 season with three teams — Idaho, Wenatchee, and Yakima — while looking for non-league teams to fill in the lost games including the minor outdoor team, Tri-City Rage, filling in for the Fire's six scheduled away games.[13]

TeamsEdit

CurrentEdit

Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined Head coach
Idaho Horsemen Nampa, Idaho Ford Idaho Center 12,279 2017 2019 Chris Reynolds
Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks[14] Wenatchee, Washington Town Toyota Center 4,300 2018 2019 Meadow Lemon
Yakima Canines Yakima, Washington Yakima SunDome[15] 2019 2020
 
 
Canines
Location of AWFC teams

Former teamsEdit

SeasonsEdit

2019 seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Final standings.[16]

2019 American West Football Conference
Team W L PCT PF PA GB STK
yIdaho Horsemen 12 0 1.000 597 331 W12
xWenatchee Valley Skyhawks 6 6 .500 461 381 6 W2
xReno Express 6 6 .500 339 396 6 W1
Tri-Cities Fire 0 12 .000 303 592 12 L12

y – clinched regular season title

x – clinched playoff spot

PlayoffsEdit

  Semifinal     Final
                 
    3 Reno Express 20
  3 Reno Express 28     1 Idaho Horsemen 40
  2 Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks 27  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "HISTORY". Official Website. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE". AWFC Insider. October 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Castete, Aaron (October 21, 2018). "Western US based indoor football league forming for 2019". Arena Football Talk. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER". AWFC. February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Mike Prater: These Horsemen don't appear headless". The Idaho Press. March 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "YAKIMA CANINES JOIN AWFC". AWFC. September 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "A NEW AWFC TEAM IN THE BAY AREA". AWFC. November 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "AWFC Facebook post January 13, 2020". Facebook. January 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Yakima Canines set for arena football at the SunDome". Yakima Herald. February 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tri-Cities Fire Facebook post February 26, 2020". Facebook. February 26, 2020.
  11. ^ "Idaho Horseman Facebook post February 26, 2020". Facebook. February 26, 2020.
  12. ^ "Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks Facebook post February 26, 2020". Facebook. February 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "THE TRI-CITIES FIRE UN-EXPECTANTLY CLOSES UP SHOP!". AWFC. February 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Darby, Uriah (October 9, 2018). "Evening News October 9, 2018". NCW Life Channel. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "AWFC Lands in Yakima!". Arena Football Talk. September 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "AWFC Standings". AWFC. Retrieved June 27, 2019.

External linksEdit