Birmingham gets Alliance of American football team


Birmingham, Ala. – (WIAT) — Professional football is returning to Birmingham starting in 2019.  The Alliance of American football announced Monday, that Birmingham was selected as one of the cities which will have a team in the new spring league.

Former Atlanta Falcons star Quarterback Michael Vick made the announcement via Twitter Monday, saying the rivalry between Atlanta and Birmingham will be a great rivalry in the league.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin along with Alabama native Justin Tuck and others will announce the head coach of the Alliance Birmingham team on Wednesday, June 6th at 11:00 AM.

Birmingham joins Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego and Phoenix as the teams that make up the Alliance of American football which will debut in 2019.

The Alliance of American Football will feature 8 teams who will play a 10 week regular season schedule beginning in February followed by two playoff rounds and a championship game in April. 

The Alliance has made waves by hiring big name coaches to head the fledgling football teams including, Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Brad Childress (Atlanta), Rick Neuheisel (Phoenix), and Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake)

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