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Gladiators Clinch Playoff Spot Before Regular Season’s Final Game

CLEVELAND – The AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators, proudly presented by Unique Home Solutions, announced Tuesday that the team has clinched a berth in the 2017 AFL Playoffs, alongside the Philadelphia Soul and Tampa Bay Storm. Included below is the AFL’s updated Week 17 Playoff Picture.

CLINCHED – Philadelphia Soul (Clinched home field advantage), Tampa Bay Storm, Cleveland Gladiators

Baltimore Brigade (4-8) can clinch a playoff berth:

  1. With a Baltimore win
  2. With a Washington loss

(Due to an oversight in the AFL Playoff scenarios, Baltimore was misinformed that they had clinched a playoff berth earlier this week.)

NOTE: With the possibility of Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington finishing the regular season with a 4-10 record, please note the tiebreaker procedure in that scenario according to the AFL Operations Manual: Section 5 – Playoffs and ArenaBowl.


(Note: If three or more teams are tied, follow steps until one team is eliminated.

Once two teams remain, revert back to Step 1 of the two-team tiebreaker to

determine who advances.)

  1. Head-to-head (best winning percentage in games between the clubs)
  2. Strength of schedule
  3. Best net points in all games
  4. Coin toss

Criteria #1 (as of Week 16)

Cleveland        3-2*     (.600)

Baltimore        3-3       (.500)

Washington     2-3       (.400)

(* By virtue of this tiebreaker scenario, the Cleveland Gladiators have clinched a playoff spot since they cannot finish below Baltimore and Washington)


Week 17 – July 29

1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Soul (11-1) at Baltimore Brigade (4-8) on AFLNow & Twitter

7:00 p.m. Cleveland Gladiators (4-9) at Washington Valor (2-10) on CBS Sports Network

Week 18

August 4 – 7:00 p.m.Washington Valor at Baltimore Brigade on AFLNow

August 57:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) at Philadelphia Soul on CBS Sports Network

All times Eastern 

Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news.

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