American footballer players have it easy if they want to play a quick game or need to practice. Any large field will do, so long as there are no big trees standing in the way. Arena football players have a rougher time of it. Even though their playing field is slightly smaller, it has the constraints of the sidewalls to keep them from going out of bounds. Something is lost in the strategy of the game when an arena football player suddenly has the freedom to run amok.
You may be able to overcome this by renting out an indoor stadium for your practices. The only problem here is that if it is not already designed for arena football, the turf won’t be right. A sport this rough cannot be played on a typical gym floor, no matter how tough the players think they are.
If an arena football stadium is not available to you and your team to practice, you are going to have to be creative about making one for yourselves.
An arena football field is the same size as a hockey arena, 200 feet by 85. The end zones need to be 8 yards deep with a 9 foot wide goalpost with a crossbar that sits 15 feet above the ground. This is no easy feet to accomplish, especially when you consider that the whole thing has to be enclosed. But if you are willing to make a few compromises it is doable.
The most difficult aspect is those goalposts. You will most likely have to play that by eye in determining if the ball cleared them or not. Many national parks will have cleared fields of this size, just bring a couple of tape measures and start setting boundaries.
For the Not so Serious Players
For arena football players who just want to toss a ball around and practice plays, any open space will be fine. Many people even have yards that are large enough to make long passes in. The one problem with home practices are pets, especially dogs. Dogs get very excited about this type of play and can easily be tripped over or trampled if you and your fellow team mates are not careful.
If practice at home is going to be a regular event, invest in a a high quality, thoroughly reviewed fence like the petsafe stay and play. These are similar to wireless dog fences but confine your pet to a smaller space. Your dog still gets the thrill of being outside, but with no danger of him running out into the street after a missed catch.
As the popularity of arena football continues to grow, you are likely to see more facilities become available for practice. For now though you will have to make do with the open spaces around you to practice your defensive moves and work on those punts.