: a game resembling American football that is played on a shorter indoor field between two teams of eight players each
Recent Examples on the Web Lampkin briefly played arena football. —Matt Young, Chron, 6 May 2022 During his career, Curry also worked other sporting events including the Portland Winterhawks, arena football and professional indoor soccer and lacrosse. —oregonlive, 24 Jan. 2023 Taylor played arena football with the Macon Knights from 2000 to 2002 and was a minor league pitcher and infielder for the Greenville (Miss.) Bluesmen during the 2000 season. —Dallas News, 12 July 2022 Dallas Wings could relocate there or an arena football team could be added. —Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2022 The fighting had to go if the NHL was going to craft a profile better than, say, box lacrosse or arena football. —Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Dec. 2022 His first head coaching job was with the Louisville Fire, an arena football team, in 2002. —Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 7 Dec. 2022 North Gwinnett is coached by Bill Stewart, a former UCF linebacker and Orlando Predators arena football player. —J.c. Carnahan, Orlando Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 The former teammate of Specht at Earlham College had coached high school football in Indiana and in Doylestown, Ohio, along with serving arena football roles with the Cincinnati Swarm, Dayton Warbirds and Cincinnati Marshals. —Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 25 Aug. 2022 See More
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