Defunct Arena Football League teams

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The following is a list of football teams that, at one time, played in the Arena Football League. It DOES NOT include teams that relocated and currently still exist. It is listed by the teams FINAL name.



Team First AFL season Final AFL season Previous name(s) Previous name(s) season(s) Notes
Alabama Vipers 2010 2010 Franchise moved to Georgia and became the Georgia Force
Anaheim Piranhas 1994 1997 Las Vegas Sting 1994 - 1995 Reason for cession of operations:
Owner C. David Baker became league Commissioner.
Austin Wranglers 2004 2007 Moved to af2, folded.
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 2010 2010 Franchise moved to New Orleans and became the New Orleans VooDoo
Carolina Cobras 2000 2004
Charlotte Rage 1992 1996
Chicago Politicians 1986 1986 Playtest game only.
Chicago Bruisers 1987 1989
Cincinnati Rockers 1992 1993
Cleveland Thunderbolts 1991 1994 Columbus Thunderbolts 1991
Colorado Crush 2003 2008
Columbus Destroyers 1999 2008 Buffalo Destroyers 1999-2003
Connecticut Coyotes 1995 1996
Dallas Desperados 2002 2008 Replaced by Dallas Vigilantes
Dallas Texans 1990 1993
Dallas Vigilantes 2010 2011
Denver Dynamite 1987 1991 Inactive for 1988.
Detroit Fury 2001 2004
Florida Bobcats 1992 2001 Sacramento Attack,
Miami Hooters
1992,
1993 - 1995
Fort Worth Cavalry 1994 1994
Georgia Force 2002 2012 Inactive for 2010 season.
Grand Rapids Rampage 1998 2008
Houston ThunderBears 1996 2001 Texas Terror 1996 - 1997
Indiana Firebirds 1990 2004 Albany Firebirds 1990 - 2000 Albany Firebirds name and logo returned in af2 in 2009, replacing the Albany Conquest.
Kansas City Command 2006 2012 Kansas City Brigade 2006-2008
Los Angeles Avengers 2000 2008
Los Angeles Cobras 1988 1988
Massachusetts Marauders 1988 1994 Detroit Drive 1988 - 1993
Miami Vise 1987 1987 Showcase game only.
Milwaukee Mustangs 1994 2001
Milwaukee Mustangs 2010 2012 Milwaukee Iron 2010
Minnesota Fighting Pike 1996 1996
Nashville Kats 1997 2007 Returned as the Nashville Kats in 2005.
New England Steamrollers 1988 1988
New Orleans Night 1991 1992
New York Dragons 1995 2008 Iowa Barnstormers 1995-2000 Barnstormers name continues with the new AFL team.
New York Knights 1988 1988
Oklahoma Wranglers 1995 2001 Memphis Pharaohs,
Portland Forest Dragons
1995 - 1996,
1997 - 1998
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs 2010 2010
Rockford Metros 1986 1986 Playtest game only.
San Antonio Force 1992 1992
St. Louis Stampede 1995 1996
Toronto Phantoms 1997 2002 New York CityHawks,
New England Sea Wolves
1997 - 1998,
1999 - 2000
Washington Commandos 1987 1990 Maryland Commandos 1989

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