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February 13, 2019
The defending champion Washington Valor kick off their 2019 campaign, presented by Capital One, Friday, April 26 against the Baltimore Brigade in a rematch of ArenaBowl XXXI at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. Head Coach Benji McDowell and the team will make their home debut in Week 3, hosting Atlantic City on Saturday, May 11 at Capital One Arena.

Full season ticket memberships are currently on sale for the 2019 season and start as low as $15 per game. For additional information about joining the Gridiron 365 full season ticket membership club, please call the Valor Ticket Sales office at 202-661-5005 or e-mail

Kickoff times for all 12 games will be announced at a later date.


1 Fri., April 26 at Baltimore Brigade Royal Farms Arena
2 Sat., May 4 at Albany Empire Times Union Center
3 Sat., May 11 vs. Atlantic City* Capital One Arena
4 Sat., May 18 vs. Philadelphia Soul Capital One Arena
5 Sat., May 25 at Columbus* Nationwide Arena
6 Sat., June 1 at Albany Empire Times Union Center
7 Sun., June 9 at Philadelphia Soul Wells Fargo Center
8 Sat., June 15 vs. Albany Empire Capital One Arena
9 Thurs., June 20 vs. Baltimore Brigade Capital One Arena
10 Sat., June 29 vs. Atlantic City* Capital One Arena
12 Sat., July 13 at Baltimore Brigade Royal Farms Arena
13 Sat., July 20 vs. Columbus* Capital One Arena
*Names for the Atlantic City and Columbus franchises will be announced at a later date


  • Washington will play nine Saturday games (five home, four away), one Thursday game (home), one Friday game (away) and one Sunday game (away).
  • In Week 2, the Valor travel to Albany, N.Y. for a rematch of last season’s semifinals against the Empire.
  • Washington’s longest homestand of the season is three games (Weeks 8-10), when the Valor will take on Albany, Baltimore and Atlantic City in consecutive weeks.
  • Washington will have a bye week in Week 11 (July 5-7), along with Albany, Baltimore and Columbus.
  • The Valor will face off against Albany and Baltimore three times each and Atlantic City, Columbus and Philadelphia twice apiece.
  • The Valor close out the 2019 regular season at home, taking on Columbus on Saturday, July 20 at Capital One Arena.

The playoffs will follow the same format as they did in 2018, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. There will be a pair of home-and-home series between the opponents in the first round of the playoffs. Teams will advance to ArenaBowl XXXII based on the aggregate score of the two games played. Unlike the first round of the playoffs, ArenaBowl XXXII will be a traditional single game and will take place on the second weekend of August.


The AFL also announced the following rule changes intended to increase of the speed of the game:

  • The first-half’s one-minute timing rules will be eliminated. There will be no automatic clock stoppage at the one-minute mark in the second quarter and the game clock will follow regular guidelines. Additionally, in the fourth quarter, the traditional AFL clock stoppage rules will not take effect until the 30-second mark.
  • The number and duration of media timeouts will be reduced.
  • Coaches will have their traditional three timeouts to use per half. Two of the three timeouts will be clock-stoppage timeouts only: the game clock will stop, and the play clock will reset immediately. One of the three timeouts per half will remain as a traditional media timeout.
  • A 60-second play clock will be implemented following the extra-point attempt and/or two-point conversion attempt with the exception of media timeouts.
Further information regarding training camp and festivities surrounding the team’s home opener will be announced at a later date. Media interested in covering the Valor this season may request credentials by emailing at least 48 hours prior to the game or practice.