AIFA's History





  • January 8, 2008 - The Pittsburgh Riverrats move to Erie, PA for the 2008 season.
  • January 11, 2008 - The New Mexico Wildcats are announced as a new expansion team in the AIFA West Division. This is the first professional football team in New Mexico in 47 years.
  • January 12, 2008 - The AIFA sells the Florence Phantoms on behalf of the Florence Ownership Group to Keith Jordan.
  • April 15, 2008 - Simple Me reports in a letter to the league that they would be unable to meet the financial obligations and the AIFA terminates agreement.
  • May 3, 2008 - The AIFA assumes control of the Utah Saints. The league manages and financially supports the team to a successful completion of all scheduled games.
  • May 17, 2008 - AIFA reaches agreement with Fox Sports Net -Pittsburgh, to televise the 2008 league games for remainder of season.
  • June 13, 2008 - Rochester Raiders announce they will play in the AIFA 2009.
  • June 28, 2008 - The AIFA completes season number two as all games played for second consecutive year.
  • July 12, 2008 - The Florence Phantoms, under new ownership of Barbara Spigner, defeat the Reading Express 52-37 and win the Eastern Conference Championship.
  • July 18, 2008 - The Wyoming Calvary defeat the Mississippi Mudcats 54-26 to win the Western Conference Championship. July 25, 2008 -The East meets West as the Florence Phantoms defeat the Wyoming Calvary to win the AIFA Championship Bowl II, 48-12 in front of 4,850 fans.
  • July 25, 2008 - Omar Jacobs, the Florence Phantom quarter-back, wins AIFA Bowl II MVP. Omar was a former NFL and Bowling Green stand-out.
  • August 1, 2008 - The AIFA has awarded an expansion team to Richmond, Virginia. The team will begin playing in 2010.
  • August 1, 2008 - AIFA announces 2008 season all-stars.
  • August 1, 2008 - The AIFA announces the Utah Saints will not return for the 2009 season.
  • August 1, 2008 - Fox Sports Atlantic picks up replays of AIFA games in the month of August.
  • August 4, 2008 - The AIFA sells the Baltimore Mariners to Baltimore business man Alan Taylor and Steven Shockett.
  • August 6, 2008 - AIFA announces the Director of Football Officials, Tom Falcinelli.
  • September 16, 2008 - The Rochester Raiders will not play in the AIFA in 2009.
  • September 19, 2008 - The AIFA 2009 owners meeting is underway in Baltimore, Maryland.

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