The American West Football Conference (AWFC) has announced its 15-week, 30-game regular-season schedule for 2021. After much discussion with our facility partners, the AWFC has made a proactive decision to move the start date back to the first weekend in May due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next few months, our teams and the venues in which they reside (Idaho, Washington and Oregon) will continue to prepare to host games under the guidance of local officials. To view the entire AWFC schedule, please visit AmericanWestFootballConference.com.
The AWFC season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday night, May 8, in Nampa, Idaho where the 2019 AWFC Undefeated Champions Idaho Horsemen will host the Oregon High Desert Storm, based out of Redmond. On Sunday, the Yakima Canines will host the Tri-City Rush of Washington, as the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks will take a first week bye. The 12-game regular season will conclude on Saturday, August 14 followed by the AWFC Playoffs.
The AWFC’s sophomore season will begin with five teams: The Yakima Canines, Tri-City Rush and the Oregon High Desert Storm will join the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks and the Idaho Horsemen to make up the round of teams. The 2019 Inaugural AWFC Season concluded on July 28, 2019 with the AWFC Championship Game in Nampa, Idaho between the Reno Express and the Idaho Horsemen. The Horsemen went on to win the first-ever AWFC Championship, beating the Express 20-40. The Horsemen also swept the league, going undefeated with a 13-0 record.
Here is how the teams finished the 2019 season.
- Idaho Horsemen (13-0)
- Reno Express (7-7)
- Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks (6-7)
- Tri-Cities Fire (0-12)
The 2021 playoffs set-up will stay the same as 2019 with the addition of a fifth team, and will only include the top three teams. The #1 seed will head straight to the Championship game and will host the game. The #2 seed will host the #3 seed for a playoff game to earn the right to play in the 2021 AWFC Championship game.
Deschutes County Fair & Expo
The Deschutes County Fair & Expo has been hosting events safely for the past several months, thanks to their comprehensive COVID-19 operating guide. This plan has been developed in compliance with OHA guidelines, as well as utilizing best practices created by the CDC and other industry leaders. The Oregon High Desert Storm will work alongside Deschutes County
Fair & Expo to ensure the safety of the fans and players alike.
High Desert Storm season tickets are on sale now. They can be purchased at Oreghonstorm.com. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a date to be determined.
Fans can experience exciting AWFC matchups in person by visiting their favorite team’s website and purchasing a season ticket. Individual game tickets will be sold at the team venue or from their ticket solution partner. Individual team websites are as follows:
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