How Much Money Can a Football Semi-Pro Make?

Any sports league where the pay isn’t considered enough to live on is labelled semi-professional. Players in Arena Football, which is regarded as the most professional semi-pro league, receive yearly salaries ranging from $21,760 to $32,740 on average. Between $17,920 to $26,880 is the starting salary range for an arena football player.

While the majority of semi-pro sports leagues pay its players, Arena Football does not. Instead, a lot of leagues demand that participants pay membership fees, and some even have additional requirements like community service.

Because of this, semi-pro football leagues are typically not thought of as a route to the NFL, but rather as a chance for individuals who love the game to continue playing at a high level into adulthood. In order to participate in away games, players must cover the expense of travel and their own equipment.

If they are able to, players are allowed to secure sponsors to pay for their travel and membership expenses. Although leagues with arenas in warmer regions may start the season earlier, the semi-pro football season normally starts in April and lasts until the end of July. Most semi-pro leagues practise two to three nights a week during the off-season, scheduling practise around the player’s job schedules.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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