The American Arena League is pleased to announce the creation of an AAL Northern Division which will cover the east coast states of West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.One of the league’s goals is to limit long distance travel. The AAL North is a
product of this commitment. To limit travel, teams will be scheduled to play within their division. They key to forming the AAL North was the return of two established teams.
To round out this division, the AAL is still in discussions with established teams and expansion teams.
The AAL Northern Division will consist of two returning AAL teams; the New Jersey Flight and the West Virginia Roughriders. The Roughriders were the 2017 league champions and played in the 2018 AAL championship game. The division will be rounded out with two new AAL teams. In 2018, owner Cynthia Hudson led the New
England Bobcats to a championship within their league. This season, the Bobcats football operations will be led by respected long-time arena Head Coach, Julien Robinson. The AAL is also excited to announce a new expansion team, the Pittsburgh Defenders. The Defenders are owned by touring hip-hop artist and CEO of the Media
and Entertainment Division of the American Basketball Association, Antjuan “Tjuan Benafactor” Washington and former arena player, Arealius Lee.
“The NJ Flight is excited to once again be a member of the American Arena League”, stated Co- Owner, Kyna Felder-Ruiz.
Pittsburgh Defenders owners - Antjuan “Tjuan Benafactor” Washington and Arealus Lee - "We are extremely excited to join the American Arena League. We look forward to the level of competition this league is known for. We are also beyond
excited to bring arena football back to the City of Pittsburgh. This city has some of the richest football traditions in the country, and we are honored to join in on that tradition"".
“The West Virginia Roughriders are officially back in the AAL !! We are excited to compete once again for the championship and be involved in a very competitive league” - Greg Fornario
“The New England Bobcats organization is excited to gear up for its 2019 Season! In 2018, as a champion in another league, the Bobcats are looking towards the challenge of competing against teams in the AAL in 2019” - Cynthia Hudson.
The AAL Southern Division consists of eight teams to include seven returning AAL teams the; High Country Grizzlies, Charlotte Energy, Cape Fear Heroes, Carolina Havoc, Peach State Cats, Georgia Doom, and Carolina Cowboys. They are joined by the South Carolina Predators.