Albany Empire announces 2021 schedule

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ATLANTA – The National Arena League announced today it’s official schedule for the 2022 season including it’s regular season games followed by it’s postseason schedule. The NAL’s fifth season will feature six teams including five returning NAL franchises the Albany Empire, Carolina Cobras, Columbus Lions, Jacksonville Sharks, and Orlando Predators.

The league’s latest expansion franchise, the San Antonio Gunslingers, will be joining in on the action for their National Arena League debut. The 2022 season will also mark the NAL’s launch of ironman football, an original and exciting form of arena football. The new rules will have the majority of the players playing dual positions, meaning they will play on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball each game.

This season will feature 14 weeks of regular season play and one playoff weekend, which will be followed by the 2022 NAL championship. The league will continue to use it’s four-team playoffs system advancing the top four teams with the top two seeds earning home field advantage. Winners of both playoff games will advance to the 2022 NAL Championship, with the highest seeded winner hosting the NAL’s fifth championship game in league history.

“We are excited to return for our 5th season and the return of Ironman football,” said NAL Commissioner Chris Siegfried. “We are equally happy to add the San Antonio Gunslingers to our roster of teams. San Antonio is a great city, and I look forward to seeing the product they put on the field in 2022.” Siegfried went on to discuss the rule change, “as for Ironman, it has been a long time coming for the return of the two-way player. This is how the Arena game was meant to be played, and we believe the fans and players will embrace the “new” rule for 2022. Further, I have been flooded with calls and texts from some former arena greats, both players and coaches, expressing their enthusiasm for bringing back the two-way player. 2022 looks to be the best yet for the NAL.”

The league will kick off the 2022 season with a three-game matchup on Saturday, April 23. The entire 2022 NAL Schedule can be found below.


2022 NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

  • Sat. April 23 – Jacksonville @ Albany
  • Sat. April 23 – Carolina @ Columbus
  • Sat. April 23 – Orlando @ San Antonio

WEEK 2

  • Sat. April 30 – Orlando @ Carolina
  • Sat. April 30 – Columbus @ Jacksonville
  • BYE: San Antonio, Albany

WEEK 3

  • Sat. May 7 – Jacksonville @ Carolina
  • Sat. May 7 – Albany @ Orlando
  • Mon. May 9 – Columbus @ San Antonio

WEEK 4

  • Sat. May 14 – Albany @ Jacksonville
  • Sun. May 15 – Columbus @ Orlando
  • Sun. May 15 – San Antonio @ Carolina

WEEK 5

  • Sat. May 21 – Carolina @ Albany
  • Sun. May 22 – Jacksonville @ San Antonio
  • BYE: Columbus, Orlando

WEEK 6

  • Sat. May 28 – San Antonio @ Columbus
  • Sat. May 28 – Albany @ Orlando
  • Sat. May 28 – Jacksonville @ Carolina

WEEK 7

  • Fri. June 3 – San Antonio @ Jacksonville
  • Fri. June 3 – Carolina @ Orlando
  • Sun. June 5 – Columbus @ Albany


WEEK 8

  • Fri. June 10 – Orlando @ Columbus
  • Sat. June 11 – Albany @ San Antonio
  • Sat. June 11 – Carolina @ Jacksonville

WEEK 9

Fri. June 17 – Jacksonville @ Columbus
Fri. June 17 – San Antonio @ Orlando
Sat. June 18 – Albany @ Carolina

WEEK 10

  • Fri. June 24 – Columbus @ Jacksonville
  • Sat. June 25 – Carolina @ San Antonio
  • Sun. June 26 – Orlando @ Albany

WEEK 11

  • Fri. July 1 – Jacksonville @ Orlando
  • Sat. July 2 – Columbus @ Carolina
  • BYE: Albany, San Antonio

WEEK 12

  • Fri. July 8 – Albany @ Columbus
  • Sat. July 9 – Orlando @ San Antonio
  • Sat. July 9 – Carolina @ Jacksonville

WEEK 13

  • Sat. July 16 – San Antonio @ Carolina
  • Sat. July 16 – Jacksonville @ Albany
  • BYE: Orlando, Columbus

WEEK 14

  • Sat. July 23 – Carolina @ Columbus
  • Sat. July 23 – Orlando @ Jacksonville
  • Sat. July 23 – San Antonio @ Albany

NAL PLAYOFFS

  • Sat. July 30 – TBD @ TBD
  • Sat. July 30 – TBD @ TBD

NAL Championship

  • Sat. August 7 – TBD @ TB

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