As mentioned in a previous post, the AFL has adopted an 18-game schedule for the 2011 season. In an article posted below, find out when the games will fall on the calendar and how the longer season will impact bye weeks and player rosters.
Read on for my article, which will run in Tuesday’s S-R. Also, there are more details on Raul Vijil, who faces surgery to repair a torn ACL on Wednesday.
Tags: Shock football, 18 games, Vijil, AFL
By Jim Meehan
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The Arena Football League will play an 18-game regular season in 2011.
The change from a 16-game slate was approved at the league’s Board of Directors meetings last week in
“A couple of years ago we talked about the possibility (of playing 18 games) in arenafootball2,” Spokane Shock general manager Adam Nebeker said. “With the economics of the new league, it makes it a more appealing prospect.”
The AFL is expected to have 19 teams next season, up from 15 in 2010 when the league returned from a one-year absence. With 19 teams, at least one team will be idle on the first weekend of the season. The four new additions are based in
Divisional realignment appears to be in order, but nothing has been finalized.
AFL training camps will probably open in mid February with season openers in early March.
With the longer regular season, teams will probably be allowed to carry additional players. Teams currently have 23-man rosters with 20 active on game day.
The AFL playoffs will likely remain at eight teams, four from each conference.
Player salaries ($400 per game, with three “marketing players” earning $1,000) are expected to stay pretty much the same, but there may be some procedural changes regarding marketing players. For example, last season teams settled on three marketing players, but couldn’t make adjustments if the player was injured or left for another league.
Nebeker said the league is studying the idea of a pre-determined site for the ArenaBowl.
Surgery for Vijil
Shock receiver Raul Vijil will undergo surgery Wednesday to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Vijil was injured during the
“It’s unfortunate that it happened, but you just have to roll with it,” Vijil said. “It was healing and healing, but it just didn’t feel stable. I’ll have the surgery and rehab it and see how it feels. I have a lot of thinking to do.”
It typically takes a minimum of 6-9 months to recover following ACL surgery. The 2011 season opener will probably be in early March, roughly seven months away.