2016 Arena Football League season

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2016 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationApril 1, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Regular season
Season MVP Nick Davila, ARZ
League postseason
American Conference champions Philadelphia Soul
  American Conference runners-up Jacksonville Sharks
National Conference champions Arizona Rattlers
  National Conference runners-up Cleveland Gladiators
ArenaBowl XXIX
Champions Philadelphia Soul
  Runners-up Arizona Rattlers
Finals MVP Shaun Kauleinamoku, PHI
AFL seasons

The 2016 Arena Football League season was the 29th season in the history of the Arena Football League. Prior to the start of the season, the league contracted to eight teams. The 16-game regular season then began on April 1, 2016 and ended on August 1, 2016. The league, however, kept its eight-team playoff format, which meant that every club qualified for the postseason.

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League business

Teams

The Las Vegas Outlaws and the New Orleans VooDoo were dropped from the league at the end of the 2015 season because new ownership groups could not be found for either team. The Spokane Shock jumped to the Indoor Football League on September 1, 2015. [1] The AFL claimed ownership of the Shock name, forcing the team to rename itself the Spokane Empire. [2] On October 30, 2015, the league announced that there would not be any expansion teams for the 2016 season; this event occurred just under three hours before what had been slated to be the expected announcement of an expansion franchise in San Antonio to be owned by the ownership group of the San Antonio Spurs. The group owning the 2015 league champion San Jose SaberCats returned the franchise to the league on November 12, 2015 for "reasons unrelated to League operations". Commissioner Scott Butera said the league would try to find new ownership, but this was not forthcoming in time for the team to operate during the 2016 season to defend its championship. [3] Because the league was now down to eight teams for the 2016 season, there were still the American and National Conferences but no divisional play. The Cleveland Gladiators were moved to the National Conference to maintain a balance between the conferences. [4] The league took over operations of the former Portland Thunder in January 2016 [5] and rebranded it as the Portland Steel. [6] The 2016 schedule was announced on December 10, 2015. [7]

ArenaBowl Playoffs

All teams from both conferences qualified for the playoffs. As in the prior season, there were the Conference Semifinals, the Conference Championships, and ArenaBowl XXIX.

In the American Semifinals, the Soul beat the Storm 63–41 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Sharks beat the Predators 69–68 in overtime; the National Semifinals saw the Rattlers beat the Steel 84–40 and the Gladiators beat the Kiss 56–52 in San Diego, California.

The Rattlers doubled up the Gladiators 82–41 in the National Conference title game. In the American Conference title game, the Soul edged the Sharks by a score of 55–50.

The Philadelphia Soul upset the heavily-favored Arizona Rattlers 56–42 in ArenaBowl XXIX in Glendale, Arizona for their second AFL title.

Alignment

ConferenceTeams
American Jacksonville Sharks, Orlando Predators, Philadelphia Soul, Tampa Bay Storm
National Arizona Rattlers, Cleveland Gladiators, Los Angeles Kiss, Portland Steel

Regular season standings

x - Clinched conference title.

Playoffs

Conference Semifinals Conference Championships ArenaBowl XXIX
         
1 Arizona84
4 Portland 40
1 Arizona82
National Conference
3 Cleveland 41
2 Los Angeles 52
3 Cleveland56
N1 Arizona 42
A1 Philadelphia56
1 Philadelphia63
4 Tampa Bay 41
1 Philadelphia55
American Conference
3 Jacksonville 50
2 Orlando 68
3 Jacksonville69OT

Conference semifinals

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
AmericanAugust 67:00 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Sharks69–68 (OT)Orlando Predators Amway Center [8]
NationalAugust 610:00 p.m. EDT Portland Steel40–84Arizona Rattlers Talking Stick Resort Arena [9]
AmericanAugust 76:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Storm41–63Philadelphia Soul PPL Center [10]
NationalAugust 76:00 p.m. EDT Cleveland Gladiators56–52Los Angeles Kiss Valley View Casino Center [11]

Conference finals

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
NationalAugust 139:30 p.m. EDT Cleveland Gladiators41–82Arizona Rattlers Talking Stick Resort Arena [12]
AmericanAugust 146:00 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Sharks50–55Philadelphia Soul PPL Center [13]

ArenaBowl XXIX

DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
August 267:00 PM EDT Philadelphia Soul56–42Arizona Rattlers Gila River Arena [14]

All-Arena team

Offense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Nick Davila, Arizona Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Fullback Mykel Benson, Arizona Jeramie Richardson, Philadelphia
Wide receiver Joe Hills, Jacksonville
Rod Windsor, Arizona
Brandon Thompkins, Orlando
Donovan Morgan, Los Angeles
T. T. Toliver, Tampa Bay
Collin Taylor, Cleveland
Center Jordan Mudge, Arizona (tie)
Joe Madsen, Cleveland (tie)
Wayne Tribue, Philadelphia
Offensive lineman Adam Smith, Philadelphia
Cornelius Lewis, Jacksonville
Neal Tivis, Philadelphia
D. J. Brandel, Cleveland
Defense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Defensive lineman Jake Metz, Philadelphia
Damien Borel, Arizona
Teddy Jennings, Philadelphia
Darryl Cato-Bishop, Orlando
Nose guard Randy Colling, Cleveland Dimetrio Tyson, Arizona
Middle linebacker Tyre Glasper, Arizona Dexter Jackson, Jacksonville
Jack linebacker Joe Goosby, Philadelphia Terence Moore, Orlando
Defensive back Tracy Belton, Philadelphia
Greg Reid, Jacksonville
Varmah Sonie, Orlando
Dwayne Hollis, Philadelphia
Marvin Ross, Cleveland
Fred Obi, Los Angeles
Special teams
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Kicker Tommy Frevert, Philadelphia Mark Lewis, Orlando
Kick returner Brandon Thompkins, Orlando Larry Beavers, Cleveland

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