2019 schedule released
The 2019 schedule is out, with the Apollos opening the season at home against the Atlanta Legends. Check out the full schedule as well as our breakdown of some key dates below.
The full schedule is below:
No game times yet
Game times and television broadcasts are still to be determined. While this is disappointing, you still have dates where you can plan your 2019 Spring schedule around.
Games on Saturdays
As you can see, the majority of Apollos games are on Saturdays. Just two games, a road contest versus San Antonio and the home/season finale against Birmingham are on Sunday. This consistency is an advantage for the Apollos and they’ll be able to get into a rhythm for most of the season, and in the case of the season finale have an extra day to prepare against a division opponent.
Looking at the 10 game schedule, a few dates stand out:
- Week 3 vs. Memphis
- Week 7 @ Atlanta
- Week 10 vs. Birmingham
Week 3 vs. Memphis
Week 3 to me is one of the most important games of the season, and will have the potential to set the tone for the rest of the year going forward. A few different scenarios are at play. First, the team could be 2-0 heading into the game. Moving to to 3-0 would send a clear message to the Alliance and pave the way towards the playoffs. Alternatively, the team could be 1-1 heading into the game. Depending on who that loss comes against (Atlanta or San Antonio), an early division hole will need to be avoided. In the worst case scenario, where the team is 0-2, the Memphis game will need to be a bounce-back game that resets the path to the playoffs.
Week 7 @ Atlanta
By opening the season against Atlanta, the league is sending a clear message that they view the Orlando/Atlanta rivalry as key to the success of the Alliance’s inaugural season. The follow-up game is equally important. By placing the game later in the season, the match-up has playoff implications. That’s something that could set the tone for the rivalry for years to come. Even if both teams are out of the playoff picture, a win for the Apollos will at least bring bragging rights, and that more than counts for something.
Week 10 vs. Birmingham
As far as rivals go, Birmingham isn’t a natural one for Orlando, but depending on how rosters shake out it could be one of the better matchups in the league. The season finale could be a showcase of the league’s top squads going at it for playoff positioning and possibly a division/conference title. The Iron look to be one of the more stacked rosters in the Alliance, pulling their players from perennial powerhouse programs like Alabama and Auburn. Orlando counters with SEC and ACC powers of their own in Florida and Florida State, not to mention upstart UCF talent. We’ll know more when the final rosters shake out, but this could end up being a matchup of league juggernauts.