What Does a Semi-Pro Football Player Get Paid?

Any sports organization in which the remuneration is not considered sufficient to survive on is considered a semi-professional league. Arena Football, the most professional of the semi-pro leagues, pays its players an average of $21,760 to $32,740 per year. An Arena football player’s beginning wage ranges from $17,920 to $26,880.

Most semi-pro sports leagues do not pay their players, while Arena Football does. Instead, many leagues compel participants to pay membership dues, and some impose community service or other obligations.

As a result, semi-pro football leagues are viewed as a chance for people who love the game to continue playing at a high level into adulthood rather than a path to the NFL. Players should budget for their own equipment as well as travel expenses for distant games. If they are able, players may acquire sponsors to cover the costs of travel and membership.

The semi-pro football season usually starts in April and lasts until the end of July, though leagues with arenas in hotter climates may start sooner. Most semi-pro leagues practice two to three nights a week during the off-season, scheduling practice around their players’ work schedules.

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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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