2018 National Arena League Playoff Picture

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All Seeds Up for Grabs in Final Weekend

ATLANTA, GEORGIA  – In perhaps the most exciting season in arena football, the battle for playoffs seeding continues as the 2018 regular season comes to a close. This weekend will serve as the last regular season weekend and the last chance for 3 teams to earn the top seed for the National Arena League playoffs.  The current standings are #1 Jacksonville Sharks (10-5), #2 Massachusetts Pirates (10-5), #3 Carolina Cobras (9-5), #4 Columbus Lions (8-6). However, all these seeds can change depending what happens this weekend, so check out each team’s playoff picture to see where your team might land in 2018 NAL Playoffs.  The #1 and #2 seeds will host the first round of playoff games the weekend of August 11-14. The highest remaining seed after the first round playoff games will host the second NAL Championship Game on the weekend of August 25-27.

SHARKS PLAYOFF PICTURE:

The Jacksonville Sharks (10-5) have clinched a playoff spot. The following scenarios determine Jacksonville’s seeding:

#1 seed - If the Sharks defeat the Maine Mammoths, they clinch home field throughout the playoffs OR the Sharks lose to the Maine Mammoths AND Lehigh Valley beats Massachusetts Pirates AND Columbus Lions beat the Carolina Cobras.

#2 seed - If the Sharks lose to the Maine Mammoths AND Columbus Lions beat the Carolina Cobras OR the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks beat the Massachusetts Pirates AND the Carolina Cobras beat the Columbus Lions.

#3 seed - If the Sharks lose to the Maine Mammoths AND the Carolina Cobras beat the Columbus Lions AND Massachusetts Pirates beat the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.

#4 seed - Cannot be this seed.

Tie Breaks:  Sharks hold a tie-break over the Pirates based on 2-1 head-to-head victories.

If the Sharks host a first round playoff game, it is scheduled for Saturday August 11, 7pm.  If the Sharks host the NAL Championship game, it will be Sunday, August 26, 5pm.

PIRATES PLAYOFF PICTURE:

The Massachusetts Pirates (10-5) have clinched a playoff spot. The following scenarios determine Massachusetts’ seeding:

#1 seed - If the Pirates defeat the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks AND the Maine Mammoths beat the Jacksonville Sharks, they clinch home field throughout the playoffs.

#2 seed - If the Pirates defeat the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks AND the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Maine Mammoths OR the Pirates lose the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks AND the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Maine Mammoths AND the Columbus Lions beat the Carolina Cobras.

#3 seed - If the Pirates lose to the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks AND the Sharks lose to the Maine Mammoths AND the Carolina Cobras beat the Columbus Lions.

#4 seed - Cannot be this seed.

If the Pirates host a first round playoff game, it is scheduled for Saturday August 11, 7pm.  If the Pirates host the NAL Championship game, it will be Sunday, August 26, 6pm.

COBRAS PLAYOFF PICTURE:

The Carolina Cobras (9-5) have clinched a playoff spot.  The following scenarios determine Carolina’s seeding:

#1 seed - If the Cobras defeat the Columbus Lions AND the Maine Mammoths beat the Jacksonville Sharks AND the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks beat the Massachusetts Pirates, they clinch home field throughout the playoffs.

#2 seed - If the Cobras defeat the Columbus Lions AND Lehigh Valley Steelhawks beat the Massachusetts Pirates AND the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Maine Mammoths OR the Maine Mammoths beat the Jacksonville Sharks AND the Massachusetts Pirates beat the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.

#3 seed - If the Cobras defeat the Columbus Lions AND the Massachusetts Pirates beat the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks AND the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Maine Mammoths.

#4 seed - If the Cobras lose to the Columbus Lions.

If the Cobras host a first round playoff game, it is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14, 7pm.  If the Cobras host the NAL Championship game, it will be Monday, August 27, 7pm.

LIONS PLAYOFF PICTURE:

The Columbus Lions (8-6) have clinched a playoff spot. The following scenarios determine Columbus’ seeding:

#1 Seed: Cannot be this seed.

#2 Seed: Cannot be this seed.

#3 Seed: If the Columbus Lions defeat the Carolina Cobras.

#4 Seed: If the Columbus Lions lose to the Carolina Cobras

Tie Breaks:  Lions hold a tie-break over the Cobras based on 2-0 head-to-head victories.

The Lions cannot host a first round playoff game.  If the Lions host the NAL Championship game, it will be Sunday, August 26, 5pm.

MAMMOTHS PLAYOFF PICTURE:

The Maine Mammoths (6-8) have been eliminated from playoff contention.

STEELHAWKS PLAYOFF PICTURE:

The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (0-14) have been eliminated from playoff contention.

ABOUT NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. The National Arena League kicked off it’s second season in April 2018 with an expansion of three teams - the Maine Mammoths, Massachusetts Pirates, and the Carolina Cobras. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at chris@nationalarenaleague.com or Expansion Chairman Jeff Bouchy at jeff@nationalarenaleague.com. For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/nationalarenaleague.

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