The 2017 Arena Football League season will kick off this Friday evening when the two expansion teams, the Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade, square off at the Verizon Center. There will be five teams competing in the 2017 season.
The Philadelphia Soul are the defending ArenaBowl champions. They defeated the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIX. The Cleveland Gladiators and Tampa Bay Storm will also be returning for the 2017 season.
Each week, four teams will be in action during two games. One team will be on a bye week. Each team will have four bye weeks during the season.
The Arizona Rattlers left for the Indoor Football League after the offseason. The Jacksonville Sharks left for the National Arena League. Three teams, the Orlando Predators, Los Angeles KISS and Portland Steel, all folded.
The five teams will compete for the Foster Trophy. ArenaBowl XXX is scheduled to be played on Saturday, Aug. 26.