Flowers have blossomed, trees have grown taller, leaves have fallen, and the long off-season of the FM Home Loans AFI League has come to an end. The long wait is over. The thirst for football will be quenched. This week the lights will turn bright once again, the pinstriped men will blow their whistles, and the kicker will punt the football high into the air and into the much anticipated 30th season of the FM Home Loans AFI League.
Over thirty-five teams have filled their rosters, with many more teams looking to do the same by next week. Veteran teams, top teams from last year, and rookie teams will all be starting the season with the same record and the same hunger to prove themselves to the league. Many returning teams have improved their rosters in hope to knock off the defending champions. Only time will tell which teams have the heart and the will to stay competitive throughout the tough and tiring season. With every new season comes new stars, moments, memories, and late game heroics. The journey starts this week as many new teams will face veteran squads. There will be new and old faces once again at Kraft Stadium in Jerusalem. Many teams will enter, but only one team will be crowned champions of the 30th FM Home Loans AFI League.