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SaberCats Win ArenaBowl XXVIII, 68-47

8/29/2015 - For the first time since 2007, the San Jose SaberCats are the champions of Arena Football. Read More [+]

ArenaBowl XXVIII Capsule

8/29/2015 - The James F. Foster Trophy is on the line as the San Jose SaberCats (17-1) host the Jacksonville Sharks (10-8) in ArenaBowl XXVIII on ESPN. Read More [+]

ArenaBowl Outlook: San Jose SaberCats

8/29/2015 - The SaberCats needed every square inch of the football in the grasp of an outstretched Reggie Gray at the goal line last Saturday night. Read More [+]

ArenaBowl Outlook: Jacksonville Sharks

8/29/2015 - The last time they were here, it was Garcia to Harvey with all zeros on the clock to give the Sharks their first-ever ArenaBowl championship. Read More [+]

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August 14: Portland at San Jose, 11 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

August 15: Cleveland at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)

August 15: Jacksonville at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)

August 15: Spokane at Arizona, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN3)

August 22-23: PLAYOFFS - Conference Championships

August 22: Arizona at San Jose, 8 p.m. ET (ESPNEWS)

August 23: Jacksonville at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)

August 29: ArenaBowl XXVIII: San Jose vs. Jacksonville (ESPN)

 
Regular Season Standings
National West
y
NATIONAL CONFERENCE - WEST DIVISION
Team Overall Points Pct. Division Pct. Home Away Streak
Arizona Rattlers 14-4-0 1003-826 0.778 5-1-0 0.883 8-1 6-3 Won 1
Las Vegas Outlaws 5-12-1 742-910 0.278 3-3-0 0.500 3-5-1 2-7 Lost 4
LA KISS 4-14-0 724-915 0.222 1-5-0 0.167 3-6 1-8 Lost 3

(Updated August 8)

National Pacific
z
x
x
NATIONAL CONFERENCE - PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Overall Points Pct. Division Pct. Home Away Streak
San Jose SaberCats 17-1-0 1061-662 0.944 6-0-0 1.000 8-1 9-0 Won 6
Spokane Shock 7-11-0 847-971 0.389 2-4-0 0.333 4-5 3-6 Won 1
Portland Thunder 5-13-0 858-975 0.278 1-5-0 0.167 5-4 0-9 Lost 1

(Updated August 8)

American South
y
x
AMERICAN CONFERENCE - SOUTH DIVISION
Team Overall Points Pct. Division Pct. Home Away Streak
Orlando Predators 12-6-0 1023-951 0.667 5-1-0 0.833 7-2 5-4 Won 5
Jacksonville Sharks 10-8-0 971-901 0.556 2-4-0 0.333 7-2 3-6 Won 1
Tampa Bay Storm 7-11-0 820-942 0.389 2-4-0 0.333 5-4 2-7 Lost 1

(Updated August 8)

American East
z
x
AMERICAN CONFERENCE - EAST DIVISION
Team Overall Points Pct. Division Pct. Home Away Streak
Philadelphia Soul 15-3-0 1060-823 0.833 6-0-0 1.000 9-0 6-3 Won 2
Cleveland Gladiators 8-10-0 953-959 0.444 3-3-0 0.500 3-6 5-4 Lost 1
New Orleans VooDoo 3-14-1 693-920 0.167 0-6-0 0.000 3-6 0-8-1 Lost 2

(Updated August 8)

 
2015 Playoff Picture

San Jose SaberCats (z, 17-1, 6-0)
San Jose SaberCats
Portland Thunder(x, 5-13, 1-5)
National Conference
Spokane Shock(x, 7-11, 2-4)
Arizona Rattlers
Arizona Rattlers(y, 14-4, 5-1)

Saturday, August 29
on ESPN

Philadelphia Soul(z, 15-3, 6-0)
Philadelphia Soul
San Jose SaberCats
Jacksonville Sharks
Cleveland Gladiators(x, 8-10, 3-3)
American Conference
Jacksonville Sharks(x, 10-8, 2-4)
Orlando Predators (y, 12-6, 5-1)
Jacksonville Sharks
x = Clinched Playoff Berth
y = Clinched Division
z = Clinched Home Field

 
An explanation of playoff seeding can be found at the playoffs seeding and tiebreaker procedure page.

 

 
History

The ArenaBowl is the championship game competed in by the American Conference and National Conference champions at the end of the playoffs. An ArenaBowl has been played every season of the AFL's existence and the winners are awarded the coveted Foster Trophy, named for Jim Foster, one of the founding members of the AFL and its first commissioner.

While the early ArenaBowls were played at the home site of the better regular season or higher seeded team, since 2005 the game has been held in a neutral location with the exception of the 2010 and 2011 ArenaBowls.

The current ArenaBowl champions are the Arizona Rattlers.

ARENABOWLDATE WINNER LOSER SCORE SITE ATTENDANCE
I 8-1-87 Denver Pittsburgh 45-16 Pittsburgh, PA 13,232
II 7-30-88 Detroit Chicago 24-13 Chicago, IL 15,018
III 8-18-89 Detroit Pittsburgh 29-26 Detroit, MI 12,046
IV 8-11-90 Detroit Dallas 51-27 Detroit, MI 19,875
V 8-17-91 Tampa Bay Detroit 48-42 Detroit, MI 20,357
VI 8-22-92 Detroit Orlando 56-38 Orlando, FL 13,680
VII 8-21-93 Tampa Bay Detroit 51-31 Detroit, MI 12,989
VIII 9-2-94 Arizona Orlando 36-31 Orlando, FL 14,368
IX 9-1-95 Tampa Bay Orlando 48-35 St. Petersburg, FL 25,087
X 8-26-96 Tampa Bay Iowa 42-38 Des Moines, IA 11,411
XI 8-25-97 Arizona Iowa 55-33 Phoenix, AZ 17,436
XII 8-23-98 Orlando Tampa Bay 62-31 Tampa, FL 17,222
XIII 8-21-99Albany Orlando 59-48 Albany, NY 13,652
XIV 8-20-00 Orlando Nashville 41-38 Orlando, FL 15,989
XV 8-19-01 Grand Rapids Nashville 64-42 Grand Rapids, MI 11,217
XVI 8-18-02 San Jose Arizona 52-14 San Jose, CA 16,942
XVII 6-22-03 Tampa Bay Arizona 43-29 Tampa, FL 20,469
XVIII 6-27-04 San Jose Arizona 69-62 Phoenix, AZ 17,391
XIX 6-12-05 Colorado Georgia 51-48 Las Vegas, NV 10,822
XX 6-11-06 Chicago Orlando 69-61 Las Vegas, NV 17,506
XXI 7-29-07 San Jose Columbus 55-33 New Orleans, LA 17,506
XXII 7-27-08 Philadelphia San Jose 59-56 New Orleans, LA 17,244
XXIII 8-20-10 Spokane Tampa Bay 69-57 Spokane, WA 10,993
XXIV 8-12-11 Jacksonville Arizona 73-70 Phoenix, AZ 14,320
XXV 8-10-12 Arizona Philadelphia 72-54 New Orleans, LA 13,648
XXVI 8-17-13 ArizonaPhiladelphia48-39Orlando, FL 12,039
XXVII 8-23-14 ArizonaCleveland72-32Cleveland, OH 18,410
XXVIII 8-29-15 San JoseJacksonville68-47Stockton, CA 9,115

ARENABOWL COMPOSITE STANDINGS

TEAM W L PCT. PTS OPP
Albany 1 0 1.000 59 48
Chicago 1 0 1.000 69 61
Denver 1 0 1.000 45 16
Grand Rapids 1 0 1.000 64 42
Spokane 1 0 1.000 69 57
San Jose 4 1 .800 300 212
Detroit 4 2 .667 243 237
Arizona 5 4 .556 458 426
Tampa Bay 5 4 .556 305 380
Jacksonville 11 .500 120 138
Philadelphia 1 2 .333 152176
Orlando 2 5 .286 316 377
Columbus 0 1 .000 33 55
Dallas 0 1 .000 27 51
Georgia 0 1 .00048 51
Nashville 0 2 .000 80 105
Iowa 0 2 .000 71 97
Pittsburgh 0 2 .000 42 84

ArenaBowl MVP Offensive Player of the Game Defensive Player of the Game Ironman/Playmaker of the Game
I Denver WR/DB Gary Mullen - - Denver WR/DB Steve Trimble
II Detroit WR/DB Steve Griffin - - Detroit WR/DB Dwayne Dixon
III Detroit WR/DB George LaFrance - - Pittsburgh WR/DB Cornelius Ross
IV Detroit QB Art Schlichter - - Detroit FB/LB Alvin Rettig
V Tampa Bay WR/LB Stevie Thomas - - Tampa Bay WR/DB Darren Willis
VI Detroit OS George LaFrance - - Detroit OL/DL Flint Fleming
VII Tampa Bay QB Jay Gruden - - Tampa Bay OL/DL Keith Browner
VIII Arizona QB Sherdrick Bonner - -Orlando WR/DB Barry Wagner
IX Tampa Bay OS George LaFrance - - Orlando WR/DB Barry Wagner
X Tampa Bay WR/LB Stevie Thomas - - Iowa WR/DB Leonard Conley
XI Arizona QB Donnie Davis - - Arizona WR/LB Hunkie Cooper
XII Orlando FB/LB Rick Hamilton - - Orlando WR/LB Barry Wagner
XIII Albany OS Eddie Brown - - Orlando WR/LB Barry Wagner
XIV Orlando QB Connell Maynor - - Nashville OL/DL James Baron
XV Grand Rapids OS Terrill Shaw - - Grand Rapids WR/DB Demo Odems
XVI San Jose QB John Dutton - - San Jose WR/DB Omarr Smith
XVII Tampa Bay WR/LB Lawrence Samuels - - Tampa Bay WR/LB Lawrence Samuels
XVIII San Jose QB Mark Grieb San Jose QB Mark Grieb Arizona DS Ricky Parker San Jose WR/LB James Roe
XIX Colorado WR/DB Willis Marshall Colorado WR/DB Willis Marshall Colorado DB Ahmad Hawkins Colorado WR/DB Willis Marshall
XX Chicago QB Matt D'Orazio Chicago QB Matt D'Orazio Chicago DB Dennison Robinson Chicago FB/LB Bob McMillen
XXI San Jose QB Mark Grieb San Jose QB Mark Grieb San Jose DB Omarr Smith San Jose FB/LB Phil Glover
XXII Philadelphia QB Matt D'Orazio Philadelphia WR Chris Jackson Philadelphia DL Gabe Nyenhuis Philadelphia DB/KR Mike Brown
XXIII Spokane QB Kyle Rowley Spokane WR Markee White Spokane DL Jeremy Geathers Spokane WR Huey Whittaker
XXIV Jacksonville QB Aaron Garcia Arizona WR Chris Jackson Jacksonville DB Micheaux Robinson Jacksonville OL/DL Jason Holman
XXV Arizona QB Nick Davila Arizona WR Maurice Purify Arizona DB Arkeith Brown Philadelphia WR Jeff Hughley
XXVI Arizona WR Rod Windsor Arizona WR Rod Windsor Arizona DB Virgil Gray Philadelphia WR Ryan McDaniel
XXVII Arizona QB Nick Davila Arizona QB Nick Davila Arizona DE Cliff Dukes Arizona WR/LB Kerry Reed
XXVIII San Jose WR Reggie Gray San Jose QB Erik Meyer San Jose JLB David Hyland San Jose JLB David Hyland