Professional soccer returns to Tallahassee.
Arena Soccer League announced on Twitter Tuesday that Tallahassee will be one of 16 cities participating in the league’s 2024 relaunch.
the afl announced his return in February, and this is the first major league update in five months.
The league will resume operations under the ownership of F1 Sports & Entertainment, which bought the rights in January 2022.
The league is scheduled to open in April 2024, and its website says that both the jerseys and mascots will be revealed at a later date.
There has been no name announcement from Tallahassee, its host venue or ownership group. The teams will play 10 regular season games before the postseason.
The previous indoor soccer teams in the area, the Tallahassee Thunder (2000 to 2002) and the Tallahassee Titans (2006), played at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
“We are delighted to come out of hibernation and make this announcement official,”Anthony, AFL PresidentRossi said at the league launch.
“Our The goal when we acquired the AFL was to bring back a historic brand that deserved to be revived and exhibited again, worldwide. We imagine running the old saying ‘Bigger and Better’, but this time, we want to incorporate the components of a modern business: streaming, betting, technology, Virtual reality and immersive fan participation mixed with good old fashioned Iron Man football.”
The AFL was founded in 1986 and ran until 2009, when the company filed for bankruptcy.
The AFL had a brief revival under new owners in 2010. But less than a decade later, the league was embroiled in a workers’ compensation lawsuit, and disagreements between league owners led to the company closing in 2019.
The AFL joins the United States Football League (USFL) and XFL as spring football leagues, taking place during the National Football League (NFL) offseason.
These leagues often give players a chance to impress in front of NFL scouts and give them the chance to continue their playing careers.
The AFL grew in popularity due to its fast-paced nature and its differences from outdoor football.
Playing on significantly smaller fields than outdoor soccer teams, games often end with high scores and faster action, a change of pace fans enjoyed during the league’s glory days.
Locations announced by the league include:
- Boise, Idaho
- austin, texas
- Chicago, Ill.
- Orlando, Florida
- Tallahassee, Florida
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Saint Louis, Missouri
- west texas
Liam Rooney covers prep sports for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him by email at LRooney@gannett.com or on Twitter @__liamrooneand.