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AFL playoff format favors Shock

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SPOKANE, WA -- If the 2010 AFL season were to end this week, the Spokane Shock would have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.  But the postseason doesn't start for another month.  The league's playoff format is quite favorable to the Shock.

Eight teams will qualify for the playoffs, four from each conference -- the American and National Conferences.  The four division champions get automatic playoff berths, while the remaining four seeds are determined by best overall record.  The highest seeds will earn homefield advantage each round, all the way through the ArenaBowl, to be played at the highest seeded team site remaining in the postseason. 

As it stands right now, Spokane (10-2) has the best overall record in the league and therefore the highest seed in the playoffs.  The 2010 ArenaBowl will be played on August 20th.  If the Shock can maintain the best record in the AFL and reach the the ArenaBowl, the league's championship game would be played inside Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

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