Today, the Arena Football League announced its 2018 schedule along with some exciting new playoff rules changes that guarantee the excitement of a home playoff game in every city and a new league-wide ticket pass that will give fans a chance to experience the fun of arena football on the road. Now, when Valor fans join the Gridiron 365 club by purchasing a season ticket membership, the package will include tickets to see the Valor in each of the opposing teams’ markets.

The 2018 Valor regular season, presented by Capital One Bank, kicks off with the Valor’s matchup with the Baltimore Brigade on Fri., April 13 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. The Valor’s home opener is set for Week 2, when Washington welcomes the Albany Empire, playing in their inaugural season, to Capital One Arena on Sat., April 21, at 7 p.m.

“We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to the opportunity to play at Capital One Arena in front of our loyal fan base,” Valor head coach Dean Cokinos said. “The schedule, league structure and new playoff format will create built-in rivalries that make this season highly competitive and tremendously entertaining.”

“Arena football is one of the fastest, most engaging games out there,” said Ron Jaworski, Chairman of the AFL Executive Committee. “We are excited to announce some exciting changes for the 2018 season that we believe will bring fans even closer to the game — both at home and on the road.  These changes guarantee the excitement of a home playoff game in every city, and give fans a chance to experience the fun of an away game.”

More detail on these changes, as well as some exciting new league partnerships, will be announced in the coming weeks.


1Fri., April 13@ Baltimore BrigadeRoyal Farms Arena7 p.m.
2Sat., April 21vs. Albany EmpireCapital One Arena7 p.m.
3Sat., April 28@ Philadelphia SoulWells Fargo Center7:30 p.m.
4Sat., May 5@ Albany EmpireTimes Union Center7:30 p.m.
6Sat., May 19vs. Baltimore BrigadeCapital One Arena3 p.m.
7Sat., May 26@ Albany EmpireTimes Union Center6 p.m.
8Sat., June 2vs. Philadelphia SoulCapital One Arena6 p.m.
9Sun., June 10@ Philadelphia SoulWells Fargo Center4 p.m.
10Fri., June 15@ Baltimore BrigadeRoyal Farms Arena7 p.m.
11Fri., June 22vs. Philadelphia SoulCapital One Arena7 p.m.
12Fri., June 29vs. Albany EmpireCapital One Arena7 p.m.
13Sat., July 7vs. Baltimore BrigadeCapital One Arena3 p.m.


  • The Valor play 12 regular season games in total – six at home and six on the road.
  • Week 5, scheduled for the weekend of May 11-13, will be a bye week for all AFL teams.
  • The Valor close the regular season with three-straight home games (Fri., June 22 vs. Philadelphia; Fri., June 29 vs. Albany; Sat., July 7 vs. Baltimore). Washington is one of two teams with a home stand of three-or-more games.
  • Washington takes on each AFL team four times – two at home and two on the road.
  • The Valor play four games on Friday, seven games on Saturday and one game on Sunday.
  • The Valor play nine night games and three afternoon games.
  • Scheduling for the 2018 AFL postseason will be released at a later date.


Full season ticket memberships are currently on sale for 2018 and start as low as $15 per game. Exclusive group packages are also on sale now so call now to reserve your group of 10 or more.  For additional information about joining the Gridiron 365 full season ticket membership club and our group ticket packages please call the Valor Ticket Sales office at 202.661.5005 or e-mail Single game tickets and the full promotional schedule to be released in the coming weeks.


The Arena Football League also announces today, some significant changes to its playoff rules.  For the first time ever, the league will open the 2018 playoffs with a two-game home and home playoff series.  The highest seeded team for each matchup will have the option to select their home date weekend in the playoff series.  If the same team wins both postseason games of the home and home series, that team will advance to ArenaBowl XXXI.  In the event that the series ends in a 1-1 tie, the team with the highest aggregate score in the series will advance.  Should the aggregate score of the series be tied at the end of regulation of the 2 nd game, the teams will immediately play a standard format overtime period to determine which team advances. The champion of the Arena League will still be crowned in a traditional head-to-head matchup in ArenaBowl XXXI.

The competition committee also expects to make changes to game play that will shorten the duration of games and speed up the pace of play.  This will be done in an effort to create an even more engaging and explosive game, and improve the game day experience for our fans.  Specific rule changes as it relates to game play will be announced at a later date.


This year, when fans purchase season tickets for their hometown team, they will also receive complimentary tickets in each of the opposing teams’ markets.  This new league-wide pass will give fans an opportunity to see and support their team on the road, and experience the fun of arena football in each of our great AFL cities. Full details regarding the league-wide season pass will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Images and schedule provided courtesy of the Washington Valor