Indoor Footy on Feburary 20th

This Sunday, February 20th, the Orange County Bombers will host the world’s first indoor footy game on an Arena Football field when they take on the San Diego Lions at the Staples Center in downtown LA, home of the LA Lakers.


With the Arena field being only 50 yards by 25 yards, some radical rule changes had to be made to make the game work, and last Sunday the Bombers and the Lions got together to go over the rules and have a scratch match on an Arena sized field. With 7 players a side and a nine foot wide goal, with a 14 foot high cross bar deciding “unders” and “overs” (worth 6 and 3 points respectively), there was understandably some initial confusion, but the players adapted well and everyone agreed that the idea can work and it looks like a lot of fun too. Added to the rule changes is the fact that the boundary is a 5 foot high padded wall and the ball is always in play, and the surface is not exactly the soft grass that we are used to. However it is hoped that this event will help raise awareness of the sport in this area and ultimately attract new recruits.


The Bombers v Lions match starts at 11am, then both clubs will participate in an Aussie Rules exhibition at half time of the LA Avengers game at 3pm. The Avengers game is expected to sellout, meaning a crowd of 15,000 people could be exposed to Australian Rules Football. While the Bombers/Lions exhibition is going on, a promo video supplied by the AFL will run on all screens at the stadium and a kids clinic will be held with a dozen kid’s footballs being given away to potential AFL stars.

- Orange County Bombers

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