Arizona Firebirds
Division South
Founded 1974
Inaugural Season 1974
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium (1974–1975)
Sundome (1976–present)
City Tempe, Arizona
Team Owner/President Louis Steele
Head Coach Nelson Mathis
Team Colors Red, Gold, Orange, White
Division titles 1 (1976)
Victory Bowl titles 0
History Arizona Firebirds (1974–present)

The Arizona Firebirds are a professional football team based in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. They are a member of the American Football Association, which they joined in 1974. They play their home games at the Sundome.


The Firebirds were created after Louis Steele, longtime owner of the Toronto Bruins had purchased the San Francisco Whales from Robert Culpepper, moving the Whales to Arizona and folding the Bruins. However, the Whales' name, logo, and history will remain in San Francisco to be used by a future expansion team of the same name, with the Firebirds themselves being considered a first-year expansion franchise.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Victory Bowl Champions Victory Bowl Appearance Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
Arizona Firebirds
1974 AFA West 4th 2 11 1 Missed playoffs
1975 AFA West 4th 6 8 0 Missed playoffs
1976 AFA South 1st 9 5 0 Lost Quarterfinals (Houston) 20–23 (OT)
Total 17 24 1 (includes only regular season)
0 1 0 (includes only the postseason)
17 25 1 (includes both regular season and postseason)
e v American Football Association teams
North: Chicago Butchers · Cincinnati Guardians · Cleveland Ghosts · Detroit Gladiators
Northeast: Boston Captains · Buffalo Stampeders · New York Imperials · Philadelphia Railers · Pittsburgh Miners
Southeast: Atlanta Rebels · Baltimore Royals · Miami Suns · Washington Wasps
South: Arizona Firebirds · Houston Hurricanes · New Orleans Krewe · Texas Stallions
Central: Colorado Centennials · Milwaukee Wolves · Minnesota Angels · St. Louis Aces
West: California Whales · Los Angeles Comets · Portland Dragons · San Diego Destroyers · Seattle Grizzlies