The Alliance of American Football League’s inaugural season doesn’t kick off until next February, but teams will be formed starting next month during four separate scouting combines.
The first combine will take place Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, followed by Houston on the 18th, and Atlanta the 25th and 26th. On Friday, the AAF announced how players at the combine will be allocated to the eight different teams that will make up the league.
According to the league, there will be three phases involved in player allocation. The first phase is college selection, where players will be placed on a team based on where they competed in college. Locally, Bethune-Cookman and Stetson were both named as schools that will fall under the Alliance Orlando team, which is coached by former Florida and South Carolina legend Steve Spurrier.
Other schools that fall under Orlando’s footprint include Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M, Florida International, Jacksonville, Florida Tech and West Florida.
The other two phases in the selection process include professional selection, which places you on a team based on your most recent NFL or CFL team, and open selection, which is for players that did not play at a school in an Alliance footprint or professionally. Players in open selection are available to be tendered a contract by any Alliance team.
According to the league, selected players will be signed to a three-year contract with a minimum base salary of $250,000. The league also offers a comprehensive bonus system that rewards players on performance, wins and fan engagement.
Along with Orlando, the other Alliance cities include Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Diego. Registration for all four combines is open and available online and costs $175.
The 12-week Alliance football season kicks off Feb. 9 on CBS, and concludes with championship weekend April 26-28.