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Shock to play in AFL Pacific with Portland

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by Arena Football League media relations

CHICAGO -- The Arena Football League announced its division alignment for the 2014 season on Tuesday.

The League will once again feature four divisions within two conferences based on geographic relationships; however, in order to maintain historic rivalries and encourage the development of new ones, AFL Ownership has elected to divide alignment into an eight-team American Conference and six-team National Conference for 2014.

The four division names are South, East, Pacific and West. The South and East divisions make up the American Conference and each division has four teams. The Pacific and West divisions make up the National Conference and have three teams in each division.

The two newest AFL markets – Portland and Los Angeles – will join the National Conference with Los Angeles heading to the West Division while Portland will join the San Jose SaberCats and Spokane Shock in forming the new "Pacific Division". The Iowa Barnstormers will move from the National Conference to the American Conference in 2014, joining the Cleveland Gladiators, Philadelphia Soul and Pittsburgh Power in the East Division, while the San Antonio Talons will clash with Los Angeles and Arizona in the National Conference West Division.

The full regular season schedule will be announced in the coming days. AFL Owners will be making a decision on the updated playoff format during meetings to be held in November.

The complete division alignment of the Arena Football League for the 2014 season is as follows:

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

South Division
Jacksonville
New Orleans
Orlando
Tampa Bay

East Division
Cleveland
Iowa
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Pacific Division
Portland
San Jose
Spokane

West Division
Arizona
Los Angeles
San Antonio

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game pitting the American Conference Champions versus the National Conference Champions for the James F. Foster Trophy.

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