New Pro Football League Announced – Will Feature Bay Area Team

February 7, 2014 9:00 am · 17 comments


A new professional football league featuring a Bay Area team was announced today in San Francisco and will begin with exhibition games later this year.

The A11 Professional Football League (A11FL) will feature a different style of football in which each offensive player is eligible to receive the ball, league officials said at a news conference today at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel.

The San Francisco Bay Area Sea Lions are among eight teams expected to participate in the inaugural 2015 season. Two exhibition games will take place this year on May 17 in Tampa, and June 5 in Dallas and will be aired by ESPN.

The A-11 offense was first developed in the Bay Area in the 2000s by coaches at Piedmont High School, but the style was later banned by a national high school sports board.

A11FL league officials say the sport is safer and more exciting than regular football played on the NFL, college and high school level.

Along with the Bay Area team, the league will feature squads from Los Angeles, New Jersey, Dallas, Chicago and Tampa Bay. Two other home cities will also be announced soon, league officials said.

The 2015 season will begin in late March and continue through July, ending weeks prior to the NFL preseason.

“We are committed to delivering high performance and dynamic football to some of the largest national markets with the most incredible fans during the spring season,” A11FL commissioner Scott McKibben said in a statement.

More information about the league can be found online at

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Jojo Potato February 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I looked at their web site, seems pretty confusing rules wise. League created and will be run by marketing types with lots of vague promises. Might be a good excuse to drink beer however and that’s always a good thing. Good luck to them.

Grob February 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Better than NFL? Cmon, this sounds like a stupid idea. It will fail just like the XFL.

Sacto Rob February 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Sounds like some entrepreneurs dug up eight rich folks looking for a tax shelter. No way this league will catch on, but it’s going to give some people jobs for a while, so you can’t be hating on that.

Rum Or' Monger February 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I hear they want to build a stadium out on
the old weapons station.

$$$ February 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

We have enough football already, and I love my 49ers, but this league will fail. I’m guessing someone has a ton of cash to launder.

Dorothy February 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Oh great! More football. Just what I need to empty the stores when I want to go shopping.

THE NFL WON'T LET THEM SUCCEED February 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I am sure the NFL is going to go out of their way to make it difficult for this league to succeed. Why would they want anyone to compete with the tax exempt success. They don’t what anyone to weasel in on their big cash cow.

Gimli February 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

It would be great if they had affordable ticket prices, unlike the Nfl.

Beacon February 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Sounds like elementary school where everyone went out for a pass.

anonymous February 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Doomed from the start.

Blond February 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Men and their balls! How silly.

mr rogers February 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

The reincarnation of the USFL? Will these guys go the way of the Oakland Invaders?

JRConcord February 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Rich people are giving jobs to young athletes. They want to play and the others are willing to pay. What is the problem. I will give it a chance.

Just me February 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Reminds me of the CFL which didn’t last long.

Now if the leave allowed players to juice out of control it might be somewhat interesting from a gladiatorial point of view

Teacher Wannabe February 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

The NFL owners will squash it, just like they did with the XFL. We don’t need another throwball team, what we need is another football team for the North Bay to compete with San Jose’s Earthquakes ( as awesome as they are, its hard for me to drive south 2X a week.)

Just me February 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Yea. XFL not CFL although the CFL is equally as useless

Leo February 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I read the fan guide on the site, and it’s incredibly vague. They talk about how these rule changes will change the game, but barely go into depth. They talk about increasing safety, but no examples are given. The links on the site are completely mismatched and poorly designed. And there are grammatical error on the site (e.g. “Your best lineman, could be your best receiver.”)

Are there not other sports that deserve a chance at a professional league? Maybe rugby, lacrosse, water polo? I’ve never understood American Football’s popularity.

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