|2008 Arena Football League season|
|League||Arena Football League|
|Duration||February 29, 2008 – July 27, 2008|
|Season champions||Philadelphia Soul|
|Season MVP||Matt D'Orazio, PHI|
|National Conference champions||Philadelphia Soul|
|National Conference runners-up||Cleveland Gladiators|
|American Conference champions||San Jose SaberCats|
|American Conference runners-up||Grand Rapids Rampage|
|Runners-up||San Jose SaberCats|
|Finals MVP||Matt D'Orazio, PHI|
The 2008 Arena Football League season was the 22nd season of the Arena Football League and final season before the 2009 season cancellation and subsequent bankruptcy of the original AFL corporate entity. The regular season began play on February 29, 2008 and concluded on June 22. The playoffs began the following week, and ArenaBowl XXII was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27 between the National Conference champion Philadelphia Soul and the American Conference champion San Jose SaberCats. This game was won by the Soul, 59–56.
Prior to the season, it was announced that the Austin Wranglers would move to the af2, and the Nashville Kats folded, thus leaving the league with 17 teams. The Las Vegas Gladiators relocated to Cleveland.
|New York Dragons||8||8||.500||822||819||2–6||4–7||5–3||3–5|
|New Orleans VooDoo||8||8||.500||893||835||2–4||2–6||6–2||2–6|
|Tampa Bay Storm||8||8||.500||903||876||4–2||5–5||5–3||3–5|
|Grand Rapids Rampage||6||10||.375||952||968||3–3||4–6||3–5||3–5|
|Kansas City Brigade||3||13||.188||752||923||1–5||1–9||2–6||1–7|
|San Jose SaberCats||11||5||.688||945||875||6–0||9–1||6–2||5–3|
|Los Angeles Avengers||5||11||.313||847||1004||3–3||4–6||4–4||1–7|
|Wild Card Playoffs||Divisional Playoffs||Conference Championships||ArenaBowl XXII|
|Matt D'Orazio, PHI||301||416||72.4%||3,331||72||4||131.3|
|Raymond Philyaw, CLE||357||514||69.5%||4,320||83||10||126.5|
|Joe Germaine, UTA||411||605||67.9%||4,869||97||13||122.9|
|Russ Michna, CHI||239||351||68.1%||2,721||57||7||122.4|
|Chris Greisen, GEO||399||585||65.9%||4,956||97||17||121.7|
|Marlion Jackson, CLE||105||353||3.2||23|
|Josh White, DAL||88||265||3.0||8|
|Dawan Moss, KC||86||244||2.8||10|
|Dan Alexander, CHI||70||241||3.4||12|
|Harold Wells, CLB||103||224||2.2||17|
|Derek Lee, CLB||142||1,762||12.4||32|
|Chris Jackson, PHI||140||1,692||12.1||49|
|T.T. Toliver, ORL||118||1,645||13.9||31|
|Jason Willis, NY||136||1,555||11.4||30|
|Huey Whittaker, UTA||126||1,547||12.3||32|
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