Great Lakes Arena Football

American sports league
Great Lakes Arena Football
SportIndoor football
Founded2023; 1 year ago (2023)
First season2023
No. of teams7
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
West Michigan Ironmen (2023)
Official websitegreatlakesarenafootball.com

The Great Lakes Arena Football (GLAF) is a professional American indoor football minor league based in the Great Lakes region in the United States.[1]

The GLAF is designed to be a regional "bus league" with minimal travel, while league member West Michigan Ironmen have direct control over league operations and membership.[2]

History

After the 2021 American Arena League season concluded, Charlotte Thunder, West Michigan Ironmen and Pennsylvania Union left to form their own league (Arena Professional Football League),[3] with the intent to run a five-team eight-week APFL schedule will run from April 16 through June 4, 2022.[4] But by the time the season started only two Charlotte and Michigan were operating, and the Ironmen ended up playing an independent schedule. That experience, in addition to traveling costs, led them to form a league of their own called "Great Lakes Arena Alliance".[2]

2023 season

For its first season the GLAA planned that five teams would participate in the league's inaugural 2023 season starting on March 4: Chicago Power, Southern Michigan Apex, Battle Creek Smoke, West Michigan Ironmen and Ohio Blitz,[5] but Chicago were removed just before the season started.[6] All remaining teams advanced to the playoffs,[7] with the Ironmen winning the inaugural league championship, after beating the Southern Michigan Apex 81–25.[8]

2024 season

For the 2024 season the league changed its name to Great Lakes Arena Football and plans to feature seven team lineup: the Battle Creek (MI) Smoke, Detroit Knights (originally the Detroit Dark Knights), Michigan Avengerz (Farmington, MI), Ohio Boom (Dayton), Toledo Extreme Shamrocks, West Michigan Ironmen (Muskegon) and Tri-State Bucks (Pioneer, OH).[9]

Teams

Team Home city Home venue Capacity Head coach
Battle Creek Smoke Battle Creek, Michigan Kellogg Arena 6,200 Carlton Brewster
Detroit Knights Detroit, Michigan Reggie “Jetson” Eubanks
Michigan Avengerz Farmington, Michigan
Ohio Boom Dayton, Ohio Dayton Sports Complex -
Toledo Extreme Shamrocks Toledo, Ohio
Tri-State Bucks Pioneer, Ohio
West Michigan Ironmen Muskegon, Michigan Trinity Health Arena 3,000 Nate Smith

Former teams

  • Chicago Power (Chicago, Illinois) — Was part of the original teams for the 2023 season, but were removed just before the season started.
  • Southern Michigan Apex (Kalamazoo, Michigan) - Played the 2023 season, but were removed from league prior to the 2024 season.
  • Ohio Blitz (Lima, Ohio) - Played the 2023 season, but were removed from league prior to the 2024 season.
  • Wisconsin Aviators (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) - Originally announced as a GLAF member for the 2024 season, but then was not included in the final alignment.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report by Dan Krieger January 1, 2024". OurSports Central. January 2024.
  2. ^ a b "West Michigan Ironmen think they've solved a long-term nightmare by forming a league of their own". Muskegon Sports. 22 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Get ready!!!!!!!!!!". Charlotte Thunder Facebook page. October 27, 2021.
  4. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report by Dan Krieger February 7, 2022". OurSports Central. 7 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report by Dan Krieger February 27, 2023". OurSports Central. 27 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report by Dan Krieger April 24, 2023". OurSports Central. 24 April 2023.
  7. ^ "West Michigan Ironmen, in a new league of their own, set to kick off 2023 season at home on Saturday against Ohio". Muskegon Sports. 27 February 2023.
  8. ^ "GLAF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! West Michigan Ironmen vs. Southern Michigan Apex Football". YouTube. 25 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report by Dan Krieger February 26, 2024". OurSports Central. 26 February 2024.
  10. ^ "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report by Dan Krieger January 1, 2024". OurSports Central. January 2024.
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