American West Football Conference

Last updated
American West Football Conference
Sport Indoor football
Founded2018
FounderPlatinum Events & Security LLC
Inaugural season2019
PresidentChris Reynolds
CommissionerBrandon Berner [1]
No. of teams5
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Idaho Horsemen
Official website AmericanWestFootballConference.com

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 was in 2019. [2]

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History

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). [3] 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. [2] [4] 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. [5]

The first game in league history was the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks at the Idaho Horsemen on March 23, where the Horsemen won 33–22. [6] 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, [7] and the San Francisco Bay Area, [8] although the Bay Area team never launched. [9] In February 2020, the Reno Express was removed from the schedule [10] and the Tri-Cities Fire folded, [11] which led to the Idaho Horsemen and Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks both announce they would play independent schedules. [12] [13] 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. [14]

On March 13, 2020, the AWFC announced on its website that the 2020 season would be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, citing the high number of cases reported from Washington, one of two states that had a team in the league. [15] On July 31, 2020, the AWFC announced the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the unavailability of arenas during the pandemic. [16] On September 28, 2020, the league announced a new expansion team in the state of Oregon for the 2021 season [17] called the Oregon High Desert Storm. [18] On November 13, 2020, the Tri-Cities were announced as the league's new franchise, which was named the Tri-City Rush a day later. [19] [20]

Teams

Current

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoinedHead coach
Idaho Horsemen Nampa, Idaho Ford Idaho Center 12,27920172019Chris Reynolds
Oregon High Desert Storm [21] Redmond, Oregon First Interstate Bank Center [22] 4,00020202021Keith Evans
Tri-City Rush [23] Pasco, Washington HAPO Center [24] 6,00020202021Brandon Tate
Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks [25] Wenatchee, Washington Town Toyota Center 4,30020182019Meadow Lemon
Yakima Canines Yakima, Washington Yakima SunDome [26] 7,30320192020Warren Reynolds
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    Rush
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    High Desert Storm
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    Location of AWFC teams

    Former teams

    Seasons

    2019 season

    Standings

    Final standings. [27]

    2019 American West Football Conference
    TeamWLPCTPFPAGBSTK
    y Idaho Horsemen 1201.000597331W12
    xWenatchee Valley Skyhawks 66.5004613816W2
    x Reno Express 66.500339396W1
    Tri-Cities Fire 012.00030359212L12

    y – clinched regular season title

    x – clinched playoff spot

    Playoffs

    Semifinals Finals
          
    3 Reno Express 20
    1Idaho Horsemen40
    3Reno Express28
    2 Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks27

    2021 season

    Standings

    As of July 19, 2021. [28]

    2021 American West Football Conference
    TeamWLPCTPFPA
    Idaho Horsemen 61.857415220
    Oregon High Desert Storm 63.667461313
    Tri-City Rush 52.714446243
    Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks 04.00071300
    Yakima Canines 07.000136453

    y – clinched regular season title

    x – clinched playoff spot

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