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
Current season, competition or edition:
2019 American West Football Conference season
SportIndoor football
Founded2018
FounderPlatinum Events & Security LLC
Inaugural season2019
PresidentChris Reynolds
CommissionerDon Miller
No. of teams5
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Idaho Horsemen
Official websiteAmericanWestFootballConference.com

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).[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.

Teams

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoinedHead coach
Idaho HorsemenNampa, IdahoFord Idaho Center12,27920172019Chris Reynolds
Reno ExpressReno, NevadaReno Events Center7,00020182019Troy Hansen
Tri-Cities FireKennewick, WashingtonToyota Center[6]6,00020182019Kevin Heard
Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks[7]Wenatchee, WashingtonTown Toyota Center4,30020182019Keith Evans
Yakima Canines[8]Yakima, WashingtonYakima SunDome[9]20192020
    Location of AWFC teams

    Seasons

    2019 season

    Standings

    Final standings.[10]

    2019 American West Football Conference
    Team W L PCT PF PA GB STK
    yIdaho Horsemen 1201.000597331W12
    xWenatchee Valley Skyhawks 66.5004613816W2
    xReno Express 66.5003393966W1
    Tri-Cities Fire 012.00030359212L12

    y – clinched regular season title

    x – clinched playoff spot

    Playoffs

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

    References

    1. "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. "Indoor football team reaches Tri-Cities deal". Tri-City Herald. January 29, 2019.
    7. Darby, Uriah (October 9, 2018). "Evening News October 9, 2018". NCW Life Channel. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
    8. "YAKIMA CANINES JOIN AWFC". AWFC. September 11, 2019.
    9. "AWFC Lands in Yakima!". Arena Football Talk. September 10, 2019.
    10. "AWFC Standings". AWFC. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
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