Week 4 in the AFL has the Rattlers and Predators put their 3-0 starts on the line. Arizona travel to a Sharks team that has had an indifferent start to the year, and Orlando stay home and welcome the LA Kiss who at 2-1 will look to upset the Predators.
Both winless teams, Portland and Tampa Bay have a bye week.
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS at PHILADELPHIA SOUL – 21.00 – Saturday April 23rd – CBS Sports Network
ARIZONA RATTLERS at JACKSONVILLE SHARKS – Midnight – Sunday April 24th – WatchESPN
LOS ANGELES KISS at ORLANDO PREDATORS – 00.30 – Sunday April 24th - WatchESPN
The third week of games has Arizona and Orlando put their 2-0 starts on the line. Jacksonville will aim to knock the Predators down and go to 2-1 but winless Tampa Bay have a tough task going to Arizona.
We will have the results on our homepage ticker the day after the games.
LOS ANGELES KISS at CLEVELAND GLADIATORS – 00.30am – Sunday April 17th – CBS Sports Network
TAMPA BAY STORM at ARIZONA RATTLERS – 02.00am – Sunday April 17th - WatchESPN
PORTLAND STEEL at PHILADELPHIA SOUL – 21.00pm – Sunday April 17th – ESPN2 and WatchESPN
ORLANDO PREDATORS at JACKSONVILLE SHARKS – Midnight – Tuesday April 19th - WatchESPN
Week 2 in the AFL season sees the Rattlers and Kiss square off in a battle of unbeaten teams after opening week action. So we know there will be at least one 2-0 team heading into Week 3.
Other 1-0 teams, the Soul and Predators have home games so they will be looking to press home that advantage.
Full schedule below
TAMPA BAY STORM at CLEVELAND GLADIATORS – Midnight – Sunday April 10TH – WatchESPN
PORTLAND STEEL at ORLANDO PREDATORS – 00.30 – Sunday April 10TH - WatchESPN
ARIZONA RATTLERS at LOS ANGELES KISS – 04.00 – Sunday April 10TH – ESPN2 and WatchESPN
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS at PHILADELPHIA SOUL – Midnight – Monday April 11TH – CBS Sports Network
The 29th season of Arena Football League kicks off this weekend and even though there is a smaller amount of teams, this doesn’t mean that the action will be any less intense. As of yet no UK TV deal has been struck but those diehard fans that may already have access to WatchESPN for NCAA Football and other sports can tune in to games each week.
We will endeavour to keep you upto date with the schedule and results each week.
Heres the Week 1 slate of games and preview words by Linda Lane, our AFL correspondent in the States.
ORLANDO PREDATORS at TAMPA BAY STORM – Friday April 1st – Midnight – WatchESPN
PHILADELPHIA SOUL at CLEVELAND GLADIATORS – Friday April 1st – Midnight - WatchESPN
The Soul open Friday night In Cleveland, "This is never an easy team to open against. It's always a dog fight, no matter who has the better team and now that training camp is over, they can hit on something other than themselves" says Soul Coach Clint Dolezel.
Philadelphia has kept 15 key core players and have sprinkled in some good talent from teams that have folded this past season. “We picked up Tracy Belton in the secondary, Hollis is in the middle and Wayne Tribune is back, as a center.” added Dolezel. They will however, be without DB James Romain for 1-2 Games due to injuries. Otherwise, Coach Dolezel says they are stacked & can't wait to see what they can do.
Another big plus is the return of the team's QB, Dan Raudabaugh. "Dan is primed for another great season, coming off his best season winning the MVP and being the Offensive Player of the Year.” It is said, a QB's legacy is in the number of his Championships and "He's a # 1 QB, no question about it, we just gotta get over that hump. He gets better every year." Says Dolezel.
There Is also the question of being ready for the opener as a Coach but as Dolezel said "It is always hard with no films to go on but when you face a Coach as many times as we have faced Cleveland's Coach Dunn, and played under him, you kind of know what you've got to do on both sides of the ball. The lower scores will show that".
ARIZONA RATTLERS at PORTLAND STEEL – Saturday April 2nd – 3am – CBS Sports Network
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS at LOS ANGELES KISS – Sunday April 3rd – 2am – WatchESPN