EASTERN Conference





Atlanta Legends pay homage to its city's "heroic, larger-than-life" heroes, from Hank Aaron (Major League Baseball player) and Chipper Jones (Major League Baseball player) to the team's own offensive coordinator, Michael Vick (played for the Atlanta Falcons), as well as "the biggest legends of the civil rights movement," with their colours being purple, gold and white which "represent rich heritage, tradition and royalty." They played at the home of the Georgia State Panthers college football team.

They played their first game against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday February 9 2019 where they lost 40-6. Their first home game was against Birmingham Iron on February 24 where they again lost 28-12. After going 0-3, they finally won their first game against the Arizona Hotshots on March 3 2019.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Albany State, Clark-Atlanta, Clemson, Fort Valley State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Louisville, Mercer, Morehouse, North Carolina, Savannah State, Shorter, Valdosta State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Georgia
CFL: Toronto Argonauts
NFL: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars & Washington Redskins

Birmingham Iron pays tribute to the state's football fans as well as "the hard-working steel workers who provided the iron that fueled the industrial revolution". They played at the home of the UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Blazers college football team.

On March 31, the Iron clinched a playoff berth with a win against Atlanta Legends, though the playoffs were never played as the league suspended football operations on April 2.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Alabama, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Auburn. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Miles College, Mississippi State, NC State, North Alabama, Missouri, Samford, South Alabama, South Carolina, Troy, Tuskegee, UAB, West Alabama
CFL: Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Redblacks
NFL: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots & Pittsburgh Steelers

Memphis Express represents a city that has become one of America's top hubs for transportation and pays tribute to the "logistics" and "new heights" of Tennessee travel. Its colors are red, navy blue and white to represent "America's largest small town." They played at the home of the Memphis Tigers college football team.

On March 16, 2019, shortly after the Express fell to 1-5 in a 22-9 loss to the Salt Lake Stallions, the team announced they had signed Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. On April 2 2019, the league's football operations were suspended.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Arkansas, Austin Peay, Carson-Newman, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Kentucky, Lane College, LSU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Tusculum, UT Martin, Vanderbilt
CFL: Winnipeg Blue Bombers
NFL: Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints & Tennessee Titans

Orlando Apollos draws its inspiration from Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, as well as Florida's "sunshine state" moniker. Deemed "a glowing testament to the power, imagery and energy made possible by the sun," its colors are navy blue, dark orange and bright orange to reflect "the warm Florida sunshine." Its debut coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. They played at the home of the UCF (University of Central Florida) Knights college football team.

The Apollos began play on February 9, winning their first game in blowout fashion, defeating the Atlanta Legends at Spectrum Stadium, 40-6. They would follow the opening win up with another high-scoring effort on the road, defeating the San Antonio Commanders, 37-29. They would win their first five games, and were the AAF's last undefeated team in the inaugural season before losing to the Arizona Hotshots on March 16, 22-17. However, they bounced back the next week by beating the Atlanta Legends, 36-6, to become the first team in the inaugural season to qualify for the playoffs.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Bethune-Cookman, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Florida International. Florida State, Florida Tech, Jacksonville, Miami (Fla.), Stetson, South Florida, UCF, West Florida
CFL: Hamilton Tiger-Cats
NFL: Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets & Tampa Bay Buccaneers

N.B.Team descriptions are provided courtesy of the AAF.