2022 Arena Football Association season kicks off April 9 with a matchup between the League’s two newest teams

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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AFA announces its full 2022 schedule featuring at total of 30 games

The Magnolia State Spartans and the Wichita Force, the two most recent additions to the Arena Football Association (AFA), will kick off the 2022 season when they meet on Saturday, April 9 at the ICT Center in Wichita. It’s the lone game on the Week 1 AFA schedule and it marks the first of 30 games that comprise the 2022 AFA ledger.

The first-year expansion Spartans are coached by Dexter Allen and led by wide receiver Marcel Newson and defensive lineman Charles Brooks, both of whom played for the National Arena League Champion Albany Empire in 2021. Newson, who attended Mississippi College, went to training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017 and he participated in the Spring League in 2019. The Force are coached by Ene Akpan. They finished 5-6 in the Champions Indoor Football League in 2021 and are led by quarterback Ed Crouch, the former McPherson College signal-caller who was the MVP of the Fan Controlled Football League in 2021.

All six AFA teams will take the field in Week 2. On Friday, April 15, the Magnolia State Spartans will face the North Texas Bulls, the reigning champions of the former American Arena League, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and on Saturday, April 16, the Texas Jets will take on the 2021 Lone Star Series Champion West Texas Warbirds at the Ector County Coliseum and the Rio Grande Valley Dorados will meet the Force at the ICT Center.

“What a great way to start the season with the Spartans and Force, our two newest members, being the first to put the ball in the air,” said AFA co-Founder Doug Freeman. “We couldn’t be more excited. And in Week 2, all six of our teams will be in action, including the defending Lone Star Series Champion Warbirds, and we’ll officially be off and running. It’s going to be a great season from start to finish and we just can’t wait to get it started!”

After opening their seasons on the road, the Texas Jets and Magnolia State Spartans will both play their home openers in Week 3. The Jets will host the Dorados at the Humble Civic Center Arena on Friday, April 22 and the Spartans will play host to the Force at the Neshoba County Coliseum on Saturday, April 23 in a rematch of the 2022 AFA opener.

In an interesting footnote to the 2022 AFA schedule, the Rio Grande Valley Dorados will be a travel team for the season, playing all seven of their contests on the road, and the West Texas Warbirds will play three of their home games at the Amarillo Civic Center. The Dorados last played in 2019 in the International Arena Football League, advancing to the championship game, where they fell to the Mexicah in a game contested in Mexico City. The Dorados will open their 2022 season on the road against the Wichita Force.

“Obviously a lot has changed in the world since 2019,” explained Dorados Managing Partner Mario Rey. “Playing as a travel team this season will allow us to gauge our market and our fans’ interest in returning to indoor events due to the pandemic. The Arena Football Association’s vision and partnership with our organization made the decision to participate this season possible. We look forward to the upcoming season and providing players here in the Rio Grande Valley with an opportunity to play on this stage.” 

The complete 2022 AFA week-by-week and team schedules are below:

Week 1

Saturday, April 9             Magnolia State Spartans at Wichita Force

Byes: Rio Grande Valley Dorados, North Texas Bulls, Texas Jets, West Texas Warbirds

Week 2

Friday, April 15                Magnolia State Spartans at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, April 16          Texas Jets at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, April 16          Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Wichita Force

Week 3

Saturday April 23           Wichita Force at Magnolia State Spartans

Friday, April 22                Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Texas Jets

Saturday April 23           North Texas Bulls vs West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Week 4

Saturday, April 30          North Texas Bulls at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, April 30          West Texas Warbirds at Wichita Force

Byes: Texas Jets, Rio Grande Valley Dorados

Week 5

Sunday, May 8                  Texas Jets at North Texas Bulls

Friday, May 6                    Rio Grande Valley Dorados at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, May 7               Non-League Opponent TBD at Wichita Force

Bye: Magnolia State Spartans

Week 6

Saturday, May 14            Non-League Opponent TBD at West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Saturday, May 14            Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Wichita Force

Saturday, May 14            Non-League Opponent TBD at Magnolia State Spartans

Byes: North Texas Bulls, Texas Jets

Week 7

Saturday, May 21           North Texas Bulls at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, May 21           Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Texas Jets

Saturday, May 21            Non-League Opponent TBD at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, May 21            Non-League Opponent (Arlington Longhorns) at Wichita Force

Week 8

Saturday, May 28            Texas Jets at West Texas Warbirds

Byes: North Texas Bulls, Rio Grande Valley Dorados, Wichita Force, Magnolia State Spartans

Week 9

Saturday, June 4              Magnolia State Spartans at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 4              North Texas Bulls at Texas Jets

Byes: Rio Grande Valley Dorados, Wichita Force

Week 10

Saturday, June 11           Wichita Force at Texas Jets

Sunday, June 12               Rio Grande Valley Dorados at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, June 11           Magnolia State Spartans at West Texas Warbirds

Week 11

Saturday, June 18           Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, June 18           West Texas Warbirds at Wichita Force

Sunday, June 19               Texas Jets at North Texas Bulls

Week 12

Sunday, June 26               Magnolia State Spartans at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, June 25           Non-League Opponent TBD at West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Saturday, June 25           Wichita Force at Texas Jets

Bye: Rio Grande Valley Dorados

Week 1 Playoffs

Date TBD                              6 Seed at 3 Seed

Date TBD                              5 Seed at 4 Seed

Week 2 Playoffs

Date TBD                              Winner of 3-6 Game at 1 Seed

Date TBD                              Winner of 4-5 Game at 2 Seed

Carrier Cup

July 23                                    Carrier Cup aboard the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi Texas 

Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, April 9             Magnolia State Spartans at Wichita Force

Friday, April 15                Magnolia State Spartans at North Texas Bulls

Saturday April 23           Wichita Force at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, April 30          North Texas Bulls at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, May 14            Non-League Opponent TBD at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, May 21            Non-League Opponent TBD at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, June 4              Magnolia State Spartans at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 11           Magnolia State Spartans at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 18           Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Magnolia State Spartans

Sunday, June 26               Magnolia State Spartans at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, July 2                Non-League Opponent TBD at Magnolia State Spartans

Wichita Force

Saturday, April 9             Magnolia State Spartans at Wichita Force

Saturday, April 16          Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Wichita Force

Saturday April 23           Wichita Force at Magnolia State Spartans

Saturday, April 30          West Texas Warbirds at Wichita Force

Saturday, May 7               Non-League Opponent TBD at Wichita Force

Saturday, May 14            Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Wichita Force

Saturday, May 21            Non-League Opponent (Arlington Longhorns) at Wichita Force

Saturday, June 11           Wichita Force at Texas Jets

Saturday, June 18           West Texas Warbirds at Wichita Force

Saturday, June 25           Wichita Force at Texas Jets

North Texas Bulls

Friday, April 15                Magnolia State Spartans at North Texas Bulls

Saturday April 23           North Texas Bulls vs West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Saturday, April 30          North Texas Bulls at Magnolia State Spartans

Sunday, May 8                  Texas Jets at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, May 21           North Texas Bulls at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 4              North Texas Bulls at Texas Jets

Sunday, June 12               Rio Grande Valley Dorados at North Texas Bulls

Sunday, June 19               Texas Jets at North Texas Bulls

Sunday, June 26               Magnolia State Spartans at North Texas Bulls

Rio Grande Valley Dorados

Saturday, April 16          Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Wichita Force

Friday, April 22                Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Texas Jets

Friday, May 6                    Rio Grande Valley Dorados at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, May 14            Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Wichita Force

Saturday, May 21           Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Texas Jets

Sunday, June 12               Rio Grande Valley Dorados at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, June 18           Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Magnolia State Spartans

West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, April 16          Texas Jets at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday April 23           North Texas Bulls vs West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Saturday, April 30          West Texas Warbirds at Wichita Force

Friday, May 6                    Rio Grande Valley Dorados at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, May 14            Non-League Opponent TBD at West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Saturday, May 21           North Texas Bulls at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, May 28            Texas Jets at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 4              Magnolia State Spartans at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 11           Magnolia State Spartans at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 18           West Texas Warbirds at Wichita Force

Saturday, June 25           Non-League Opponent TBD at West Texas Warbirds (at Amarillo)

Texas Jets

Saturday, April 16          Texas Jets at West Texas Warbirds

Friday, April 22                Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Texas Jets

Sunday, May 8                  Texas Jets at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, May 21           Rio Grande Valley Dorados at Texas Jets

Saturday, May 28            Texas Jets at West Texas Warbirds

Saturday, June 4              North Texas Bulls at Texas Jets

Saturday, June 11           Wichita Force at Texas Jets

Sunday, June 19               Texas Jets at North Texas Bulls

Saturday, June 25           Wichita Force at Texas Jets

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