2013 Arena Football League season

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2013 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationMarch 23, 2013 – August 17, 2013
Regular season
Season champions Arizona Rattlers
Season MVP Erik Meyer, SPO
AFL Playoffs
American Conference champions Philadelphia Soul
  American Conference runners-up Jacksonville Sharks
National Conference champions Arizona Rattlers
  National Conference runners-up Spokane Shock
ArenaBowl XXVI
Champions Arizona Rattlers
  Runners-up Philadelphia Soul
Finals MVP Rod Windsor, ARZ
AFL seasons

The 2013 Arena Football League season was the 26th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 23, 2013, with a five-game slate, the first of which to kick off being between the Utah Blaze and the Pittsburgh Power, and ended on July 27, 2013, with the Utah Blaze and Cleveland Gladiators as the last game to kick off. [1] [2] The Arizona Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Soul by a 48–39 score in ArenaBowl XXVI to conclude the league's playoffs. [3]

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League business

Teams

The league dropped to 14 teams during the offseason. The Kansas City Command ceased operations on August 23, 2012, [4] as well as the Georgia Force on October 14, 2012. [5] The Milwaukee Mustangs suspended operations for 2013, eyeing a return to play in the 2014 season. [6]

Television

It was announced on November 13, 2012, that the league had reached an agreement with CBS Sports Network to air 19 regular-season games, as well as two playoff games. The network was scheduled to air the league's "game of the week" each Saturday. The main CBS network was to televise ArenaBowl XXVI on August 17, 2013. [3]

Regular season standings

American Conference
East Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(2) Philadelphia Soul 126.66710528392–26–35–47–2
Cleveland Gladiators [a] 414.22284710472–23–73–61–8
Pittsburgh Power 414.22272610142–24–81–83–6
South Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(1) Jacksonville Sharks [b] 126.6679418836–011–06–36–3
(3) Orlando Predators [c] 711.38996510322–45–74–53–6
(4) Tampa Bay Storm 711.3899599802–44–62–75–4
New Orleans VooDoo 513.27883310692–44–63–62–7
National Conference
Central Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(2) Chicago Rush [d] 108.5569739472–25–53–57–3
San Antonio Talons 108.5567828842–23–84–56–3
Iowa Barnstormers 612.3338279132–23–72–74–5
West Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(1) Arizona Rattlers 153.83312038664–29–38–17–2
(3) Spokane Shock 144.77811988964–28–27–27–2
(4) San Jose SaberCats 135.72210338773–36–48–25–3
Utah Blaze 711.3898969881–53–84–53–6

Eight teams qualify for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining. [7]

Key: Conference and division champion  Division champion  Clinched playoff berth 

Tie-breakers

Playoffs

Conference Semifinals Conference Championship ArenaBowl XXVI
         
1Jacksonville69
4 Tampa Bay 62
1 Jacksonville 59
American Conference
2Philadelphia75
2Philadelphia59
3 Orlando 55
A2 Philadelphia 39
N1Arizona48
1Arizona59
4 San Jose 49
1Arizona65
National Conference
3 Spokane 57
2 Chicago 47
3Spokane69

Conference semifinals

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
NationalAugust 110:00 p.m. EDT Chicago RushSpokane ShockSpokane, 67–49 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena [9]
AmericanAugust 37:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay StormJacksonville SharksJacksonville, 69–62 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [10]
AmericanAugust 37:05 p.m. EDT Orlando PredatorsPhiladelphia SoulPhiladelphia, 59–55 Wells Fargo Center [11]
NationalAugust 48:00 p.m. EDT San Jose SaberCatsArizona RattlersArizona, 59–49 US Airways Center [12]

Conference championships

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
AmericanAugust 107:00 p.m. EDT Philadelphia SoulJacksonville SharksPhiladelphia, 75–59 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [13]
NationalAugust 109:00 p.m. EDT Spokane ShockArizona RattlersArizona, 65–57 US Airways Center [14]

ArenaBowl XXVI

DateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
August 171:00 p.m. EDT Philadelphia SoulArizona RattlersArizona, 48–39 Amway Center [15]

All-Arena team

Offense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Erik Meyer, Spokane Nick Davila, Arizona
Fullback Derrick Ross, Philadelphia Odie Armstrong, Arizona
Wide receiver Adron Tennell, Spokane
Joe Hills, Tampa Bay
Anthony Jones, Philadelphia
Rod Windsor, Arizona
Reggie Gray, Chicago
Jeron Harvey, Jacksonville
Center Brennen Carvalho, Philadelphia Billy Eisenhardt, Arizona
Offensive lineman Christian Johnson, Philadelphia
Rich Ranglin, Arizona
Michael Huey, Arizona
George Bussey, San Jose
Defense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Defensive end Joe Sykes, San Antonio
Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia
Mike Lewis, Iowa
Jerry Turner, Jacksonville
Nose guard Tim McGill, San Antonio Jason Stewart, San Jose
Middle linebacker Francis Maka, San Jose Aaron Robbins, Jacksonville
Jack linebacker Jamar Ransom, San Antonio Huey Whittaker, San Jose
Defensive back Clevan Thomas, San Jose
Virgil Gray, Arizona
Terrance Smith, Jacksonville
Rayshaun Kizer, Philadelphia
Arkeith Brown, Arizona
Fred Shaw, San Antonio
Special teams
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Kicker Garrett Lindholm, Arizona Carlos Martinez, Philadelphia
Kick returner Terrance Sanders, Spokane Dominic Jones, Orlando

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