2014 was the 27th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 14, 2014 and ended on July 26, 2014.
Arena Football League season
The city of
Anaheim, California was awarded an expansion team on August 15, 2013. The team, named the Los Angeles Kiss, was the first AFL team to call Los Angeles home since the Los Angeles Avengers in 2008. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of the rock band Kiss, were the owners of the expansion franchise. 
Two teams that competed in
2013 suspended operations, ( Chicago Rush & Utah Blaze) and their rosters were dispersed throughout the league during a dispersal draft on September 6, 2013. 
Milwaukee Mustangs sold their league membership to Terry Emmert, who then started a new franchise in Portland, Oregon named the Portland Thunder. 
On December 17, 2013 it was announced that
ESPN had agreed to a multi-year deal in televising several games, including the ArenaBowl. Additionally, at least 75 games during the season were to be aired on ESPN3, the network's online streaming service. ESPN had owned an equity interest in the former league organization prior to its bankruptcy, and had previously aired games as recently as the 2008 season, prior to the league's hiatus that resulted in the canceled 2009 season. 
With teams expanding, relocating and suspending operations, the AFL announced the divisional alignment for 2014 on October 29, 2013. The two conferences had an even number of teams, and were placed in two divisions.
Cleveland Gladiators, Iowa Barnstormers, Philadelphia Soul, Pittsburgh Power
Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm
Portland Thunder, San Jose SaberCats, Spokane Shock
Arizona Rattlers, Los Angeles Kiss, San Antonio Talons
Regular season standings
Eight teams qualify for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining.
Green indicates clinched playoff berth
Blue indicates division champion Gray indicates division champion and conference's best record
Tie-breakers San Antonio finished in second place in the West Division based on their greater point differential in head-to-head competition with Los Angeles. a
American Conference 2
National Conference 2
Quicken Loans Arena
San Jose SaberCats
US Airways Center
Quicken Loans Arena
Nick Davila, Arizona
Shane Austin, Cleveland
Derrick Ross, Philadelphia
Mykel Benson, San Antonio
Marco Thomas, Iowa Rod Windsor, Arizona Dominick Goodman, Cleveland
Greg Carr, Orlando Darius Reynolds, Iowa Donovan Morgan, Los Angeles
Antonio Narcisse, Pittsburgh
Shannon Breen, Cleveland
Rich Ranglin, San Jose Michael Huey, Arizona
Colin Madison, Pittsburgh Wayne Tribue, Philadelphia
James Ruffin, Spokane Ted Jennings, Philadelphia
Cliff Dukes, Arizona Mike Lewis, Iowa
Jason Stewart, San Jose
Willie McGinnis, Cleveland
Beau Bell, Los Angeles
Francis Maka, San Jose
Tanner Varner, Orlando
Bryce Peila, Portland
Marquis Floyd, Arizona Varmah Sonie, Portland Marrio Norman, Cleveland
Cameron McGlenn, New Orleans Kelvin Rodgers, San Antonio Rayshaun Kizer, Philadelphia
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