West Division (AFL)

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West
Conference National Conference
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena Football
Founded 1992 (as the Western Division, as a member of the American Conference)
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) Arizona Rattlers (9th title)
Most titles Arizona Rattlers (9 titles)

The Western Division is one of four divisions that make up the Arena Football League. The Western Division was formed in 1992 when the AFL first split into three divisions. The League used only conferences in 1993 and 1994, but returned to division play in 1995.

Division lineups[edit]

1992

Creation of the Western Division. Arizona, Sacramento, and San Antonio are enfranchised. San Antonio folded in 1993 as the AFL realigned into the American/National conference format, suspending the Western Division (for two years) as well. Also in the 1993 season, Sacramento Attack joined the National Conference as they move to Miami, Florida as the Hooters.

1995

The Western Division returned as an American Conference division. San Jose SaberCats enfranchised.

1996

Las Vegas moved to Anaheim as the Piranhas. Minnesota Fighting Pike enfranchised.

1997

  • Anaheim Piranhas
  • Arizona Rattlers
  • San Jose SaberCats

Minnesota folded.

1998 and 1999

  • Arizona Rattlers
  • Portland Forest Dragons
  • San Jose SaberCats

Anaheim folded. Portland moved in from the American Conference's Central Division.

2000

Los Angeles Avengers enfranchised. Portland moved to Oklahoma City as Oklahoma Wranglers.

2001

  • Arizona Rattlers
  • Houston Thunderbears
  • Los Angeles Avengers
  • Oklahoma Wranglers
  • San Jose SaberCats

Houston moved in from the Central Division.

2002

Dallas Desperados enfranchised. Houston and Oklahoma folded.

2003

  • Arizona Rattlers
  • Colorado Crush
  • Los Angeles Avengers
  • San Jose SaberCats

Colorado Crush enfranchised. Dallas moved to Central Division

2004 and 2005

Colorado moved to Central Division. Las Vegas moved in from National Conference's Eastern Division.

2006 and 2007

  • Arizona Rattlers
  • Las Vegas Gladiators
  • Los Angeles Avengers
  • San Jose SaberCats
  • Utah Blaze

Utah Blaze enfranchised.

2008

  • Arizona Rattlers
  • Los Angeles Avengers
  • San Jose SaberCats
  • Utah Blaze

Las Vegas moved to Cleveland, rejoining the Eastern Division. In 2009, the AFL was put on a one-year hiatus as Los Angeles Avengers folded, San Jose suspended, and Utah played for the AIFA's 2009 season.

2010

The Western Division moved to the National Conference. Spokane moved in from the now-defunct af2. Utah moved back from AIFA.

2011-2013

  • Arizona Rattlers
  • San Jose SaberCats
  • Spokane Shock
  • Utah Blaze

San Jose returned.

2014

Los Angeles Kiss enfranchised, Utah folded, San Jose and Spokane moved to the Pacific Division.

Division Champions[edit]

  • 1992: Dallas Texans (5-5)
  • 1995: San Jose SaberCats (8-4)
  • 1996: Arizona Rattlers (11-3)
  • 1997: Arizona Rattlers (12-2)
  • 1998: Arizona Rattlers (10-4)
  • 1999: Arizona Rattlers (10-4)
  • 2000: San Jose SaberCats (12-2)
  • 2001: San Jose SaberCats (10-4)
  • 2002: San Jose SaberCats (13-1)
  • 2003: San Jose SaberCats (12-4)
  • 2004: Arizona Rattlers (11-5)
  • 2005: Los Angeles Avengers (10-6)
  • 2006: San Jose SaberCats (10-6)
  • 2007: San Jose SaberCats (13-3)
  • 2008: San Jose SaberCats (11-5)
  • 2010: Spokane Shock (13-3)
  • 2011: Arizona Rattlers (16-2)
  • 2012: Arizona Rattlers (13-5)
  • 2013: Arizona Rattlers (15-3)
  • 2014: Arizona Rattlers (TBD)

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