1996 Arena Football League season

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1996 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
Duration April 25, 1996 – August 26, 1996
ArenaBowl X
Champions Tampa Bay Storm
  Runners-up Iowa Barnstormers
Finals MVP Stevie Thomas, TB
AFL seasons

The 1996 Arena Football League season was the tenth season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 1997. The league champions were the Tampa Bay Storm, who defeated the Iowa Barnstormers in ArenaBowl X. The AFL finally stabilized its scheduled number of games. It expanded to a 14-game season, which would remain until 2003. Previously, the scheduled number of games had not stayed the same for more than three years.

Team movement

The Texas Terror were welcomed as an expansion team.

Meanwhile, the Fort Worth Cavalry were relocated to Minneapolis and became the Minnesota Fighting Pike; the Las Vegas Sting moved to Anaheim, California, becoming the Anaheim Piranhas, and the Miami Hooters were renamed to the Florida Bobcats. The franchise rights to the Denver Dynamite were sold and the team announced they would return in 1997 as the Nashville Kats

Standings

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
Albany Firebirds 10 4 0.714 4 0 1.000
Charlotte Rage 5 9 0.357 2 2 0.500
Connecticut Coyotes 2 12 0.143 0 4 0.000
Southern Division
Tampa Bay Storm 12 2 0.857 5 1 0.833
Orlando Predators 9 5 0.643 5 1 0.833
Florida Bobcats 6 8 0.429 2 4 0.333
Texas Terror 1 13 0.071 0 6 0.000
American Conference
Central Division
Iowa Barnstormers 12 2 0.857 4 2 0.667
Milwaukee Mustangs 10 4 0.714 5 1 0.833
St. Louis Stampede 8 6 0.571 3 3 0.500
Memphis Pharaohs 0 14 0.000 0 6 0.000
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 11 3 0.786 3 2 0.600
Anaheim Piranhas 9 5 0.643 4 1 0.800
San Jose SaberCats 6 8 0.429 1 4 0.200
Minnesota Fighting Pike 4 10 0.286 1 2 0.333
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Purple indicates division champion
  • Grey indicates best regular season record

Playoffs

Quarterfinals Semifinals ArenaBowl X
                 
1 Iowa 52
8 St. Louis 49
1 Iowa 62
4 Albany 55
4 Albany 70
5 Milwaukee 58
1 Iowa 38
2 Tampa Bay 42
2 Tampa Bay 30
7 Anaheim 16
2 Tampa Bay 55
3 Arizona 54
3 Arizona 65
6 Orlando 48

All-Arena team

Position First team Second team
Quarterback Kurt Warner, Iowa Mike Perez, Albany
Fullback/Linebacker Bernard Hall, St. Louis Kevin Carroll, Anaheim
Wide receiver/Defensive back Darryl Hammond, St. Louis
Barry Wagner, Orlando
Randy Gatewood, Arizona
David McLeod, Albany
Wide receiver/Linebacker Hunkie Cooper, Arizona Stevie Thomas, Tampa Bay
Offensive specialist Eddie Brown, Albany Willis Jacox, Iowa
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Sam Hernandez, Anaheim
Fran Papasedero, St. Louis
Kent Wells, Tampa Bay
Jerome Brown, Albany
Ralph Jarvis, Milwaukee
Sylvester Bembery, Tampa Bay
Defensive specialist Rodney Mazion, Anaheim
Patrick McGuirk, San Jose
Carlton Johnson, Anaheim
Tracey Perkins, Tampa Bay
Kicker Kenny Stucker, Milwaukee Pete Elezovic, Albany
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