League Vision and Model
What is the League’s vision?
The vision of the All American Football League™ is "To harness the fans passion for football, foster academic success and be the professional football league for which graduating players want to play and with which every Division I university wants to affiliate."
What is the model for the League and why this?
The League believes there is a pent up demand for games and seating at the universities and cities that will be hosting League teams. The League wishes to form strong bonds with the NCAA community and to support its mission of promoting graduation success rates and academic progress rates. The League believes that requiring its players to have a 4-year degree will provide strong motivation for players to achieve their degrees, and will attract a high caliber individual. Players will not be able to leave school early to play in the League as they can now for other professional leagues. The League hopes this policy will facilitate a synergistic relationship between the All American Football League™ universities and the NCAA.
How many games will the teams play, and how will a playoff be conducted?
The League's schedule will be collaboratively determined by the
(i) Council of Team Governors, which will be comprised of a senior representative of each team's management, and
(ii) the League's Board of Managers. It's expected that 10 regular season games will be followed by a two-week playoff made up of the League's top four teams. A league champion will be crowned in the championship game, which will be played on Fourth of July eve, 2008.
What is the League's schedule?
The League expects to begin membership and season ticket campaigns in October 2007 and commence play in April 2008.
Will the Spring timing interrupt a host college's spring seasons and other Spring sports?
How will this League be different from the failed XFL and USFL leagues?
Among other things,neither the USFL nor the XFL started out with a format designed to capitalize on an established fan base. Also, it's interesting to note that many observers feel that the USFL would have been successful if it had maintained its original spring season format.
What proof of concept exists for this format?
A quantitative research program was conducted in the last year to accurately gauge the fans' interest within the very regions and markets in which the League is working to have teams. The fans have responded very positively on all League concepts with these top-line results.
What is the relationship between a host school and the hosted team?
On a business level, the host school leases its facilities, which is normally vacant during the Spring season, for use by the League in return for a negotiated fee.
League Ownership, Funding and Officials
Team Ownership - Franchises
What are the player eligibility rules for the new League?
Players must have both graduated with a 4-year college degree or higher degree and have used up all four years of their NCAA playing eligibility. Although the League expects to feature graduates of the host and area schools, any player who meets the education and all other eligibility requirements will be considered, no matter where he played college ball.
Will any of the All American Football League personnel be of NFL caliber?
We expect so. For example, there are a number of players who are still able to play in the NFL who get cut simply because younger players are available for less money, and there are quality players who, for one reason or another, are not quite ready-for-prime-time in the NFL. The League hopes that some of those players will play in the All American Football League.
Because the USFL directly competed for players with the NFL, a direct comparison between the USFL and the All American Football League™ cannot be made, but it's worth noting that 87 USFL players successfully gravitated to the NFL.
A total of 7 men enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for their exploits in the NFL served time in the USFL: Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, George Allen, Sid Gillman, Fred Biletnikoff, Steve Young and Reggie White. Also, 2 Super Bowl MVPS, Doug Williams and Steve Young, played quarterback in the USFL. They were joined in the NFL by Herschel Walker, Sam Mills, Kelvin Bryant, Gary Plummer, Doug Flutie, William Fuller, Bobby Hebert, Brian Sipe, Gary Anderson, Joe Cribbs, Kent Hull, Sean Landeta, Keith Millard, Mike Rozier, Dan Ross, Anthony Carter and Tony and Luis Zendejas.
There were 10 offensive or defensive coordinators, 5 head coaches -- Detroit's Steve Mariucci, Washington's Steve Spurrier, Carolina's John Fox, Houston's Dom Capers and Jim Fassel of the Giants; 3 general managers -- the Chargers' John Butler, the Jets Terry Bradway, and the Rams' Charley Armey and 2 team presidents --Kansas City's Carl Peterson and Bill Polian of Indianapolis who came from the USFL.
Please see additional details on projected players at this page on the League's site: http://aafl.ispacetechnolabs.com/players.html
What will the players be paid?
The League will pay competitive salaries to the players.
Must a player hold a 4-year degree, or can he be working on it?
The player must, without exception, have earned a 4-year degree or more advanced degreeto be eligible to play in League games. However, some players who have not yet earned their degrees may be invited to tryout in the hopes that the opportunity will inspire them to complete their education.
Why require graduation if a player has used up his 4 years of NCAA eligibility?
The League requires graduation to encourage players to complete their educations. We have already received indications that some players have been motivated to finish their degrees.
With college football player graduation rates so low, how will the League find enough quality players to field an entertaining team?
This is a common misconception. The fact is, based on NCAA figures, more than 50% of all college football players on scholarship graduate. Many schools graduate a much higher percentage.
Must the players have played at one of the schools that are hosting a team?
No. The League desires to have many players who are remembered and loved by the fans at the particular school/region, but it's not a requirement that a player must have played for the university hosting a League team.
Anyone who meets the player eligibility standards of possessing a 4-year degree and has exhausted their four years of NCAA playing eligibility can play on any team.
Will the players have an age limit?
At this time there is not an age restriction for players.
How many players will play on each team?
Each team will be comprised of 40 players and supported by a taxi squad.
Will there be a tryout for players?
Yes. The League's first tryouts were held July 2 and July 3 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Subsequent tryouts were held in Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR and Detroit, MI. The next tryout will be held in Texas in October 2007.
When does the League expect to start to sign players?
The League started signing players in September, 2007.
Will foreign (e.g. Canadian and European) university degrees be accepted?
Yes, providing the degree is an acceptably equal level degree as a 4-year bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution.
How will the League avoid talent imbalance so some teams don't have an unfair advantage?
The League expects to conduct various drafts so that each team will have the opportunity to pick players needed to ensure competitiveness.
How can I register now to become a potential player?
You can fill out the form on the Players page of our web site.
Teams and Locations
Ticket Prices and Fan Experience
What will tickets cost?
The League expects that each team will offer a variety of ticket prices starting at about $13 per ticket.
Will there be family-friendly ticket packages?
Absolutely. The League sees families and groups as a prime audience for the games and expects that its teams will offer an enticing pricing structure to satisfy them.
What will season tickets cost and will there be special incentives for the inaugural season?
In order to keep ticket prices at an affordable level, the League expects that each team will offer membership packages to individuals, families and companies that will guarantee renewable season tickets in prime locations, preferred parking and other insider benefits.
Will beer and other alcoholic beverages be sold at the games?
Alcoholic beverages will not be available in games played in a host university's stadium. The availability of alcoholic beverages at other venues will be determined based upon the arrangements for those venues.
Will concession prices be affordable?
The concessions at games of teams hosted by universities will usually be operated by the universities or their concessionaires. So, in those cases, the pricing will be up to them. In other cases, the stadium agreements will determine how concessions are operated and the answer to this question. In all cases, the League shall encourage its teams to provide the best value possible to the fans.
Will games be played in the evening in the hot weather venues?
Saturday night games will be scheduled when appropriate.
What days of the week will the games be played?
Games will usually be played on Saturdays. An occasional Friday night or Monday night game is also possible.
What will the League do to capture the atmosphere you find at college games?
The League will feature enthusiastic players, many of whom will be just out of college. Their youthful exuberance is one of the attractive features of the college game. Their youthful exuberance is one of the attractive features of the college game. They will likely be accompanied by more experienced players, many of whom will be recognizable locally, adding to fan enthusiasm and further enhancing the level of play.
The colors of the state university school will be utilized, as well as the band and cheerleaders when and where possible.
Coaches and Team Staffs
Coaches and Team Staffs