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Can you explain what arena football is?

On Feb. 11, 1981, while watching the Major Indoor Soccer League all-star game at Madison Square Garden, James F. Foster drew the outline of a miniature football field over a hockey rink on a manila envelope and penciled in notes on what would evolve into arena football. In doing so, Foster applied the best of the outdoor game with innovative twists 50-yard fields, eight-player single-platoon system, drop kicks and rebound nets. Today there are four indoor football leagues the Arena Football League, Arenafootball 2, the Indoor Professional Football League and the National Indoor Football League.


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