As of 2018 there’s 5 indoor football leagues in operation in the United States, totaling 41 teams total, not counting the two offshoots, the all-female Legends football league (with 4 teams) and the China Arena Football League (six teams but hasn’t played a game since it’s inaugural season in 2016). Looking at the history of each league it’s pretty obvious the leagues and teams are constantly on shaky ground with teams folding in each league every year and even teams jumping from one league to the other and back. It also seems like most teams are only operational for one year before folding due to lack of interest which leads to a lack of funds.
Is there a reason why we have so many indoor football leagues? Every single Wikipedia page for them mentions low attendance as a constant problem and yet new teams and leagues seem to pop up every single year. Who exactly is funding these teams and leagues and why despite their constant failures? And why don’t all these Arena Leagues just merge already?