Played in Albany, Georgia
at the Albany Civic Center
American Indoor Football (2016)
Black, red, yellow, white|
|Owner(s)||Gridiron Central Group|
|General manager||Darien Teals|
League championships (0)|
Conference championships (0)|
Division championships (0)|
The Georgia Firebirds were a professional indoor football team based in Albany, Georgia, and played their home games at the Albany Civic Center. Previously, the Firebirds played as an outdoor football team in various semi-pro leagues before going indoor. The Firebirds joined American Indoor Football (AIF) for the 2016 season but the league folded after one season. The Firebirds then joined the new National Arena League (NAL) for the 2017 season.
The Firebirds were the third indoor/arena football team to call Albany home, following the South Georgia Wildcats of af2 (which played in Albany from 2005 until the league folded in 2009) and the Albany Panthers of the Southern Indoor Football League and later the Professional Indoor Football League (which played from 2010 until 2013, winning the 2011 SIFL and 2012 PIFL championships).
On November 18, 2015, the Firebirds finalized the contract with the city of Albany, Georgia, and the Albany Civic Center, to play indoor football for the 2016 season after several years playing as a semi-professional outdoor team.
On March 20, 2016, the Firebirds lost their first league game as part of American Indoor Football to the Columbus Lions by a score of 86–0. The following day, head coach Davis Daniels, Jr. was fired and replaced by Antwone Savage. They finished the season one spot out of a playoff position after being forced to forfeit their final game of the season due to their team bus breaking down.
In July 2016, the AIF ceased operations leaving the Firebirds without a league. On September 13, the team announced it had joined the newly formed Arena Developmental League (which became the National Arena League) for the 2017 season. In May 2017, the league apparently took over operations of the Firebirds for the remainder of the season. As a result, the league cancelled the Firebirds' away game at the Corpus Christi Rage (another team the league was operating) as a cost cutting measure.
The National Arena League announced in September 2017 that the Firebirds were undergoing an ownership transition but could not commit to the 2018 season while the new ownership were negotiating a new arena lease. By November, the new owners failed to obtain the new lease and were removed from the league as members.
|Georgia Firebirds final roster|
Rookies in italics
|Georgia Firebirds staff|
Statistics and records
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Playoff Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|Totals||6||14||0||All-time record (2016–2017)|
Head coaches' records
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2017 National Arena League season.
|David Daniels, Jr.||2016||0||1||0||.000||—||—|
- "Georgia Firebirds to join the AIF in 2016". Georgia Firebirds. November 18, 2015. Archived from the original on November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
- Carlton Fletcher (November 18, 2015). "Georgia Firebirds, city of Albany finalize arena football pact". www.albanyherald.com. Albany Herald. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- "Firebirds Announce New Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 21, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
- "Wheels derail the Firebirds game vs Savannah". WTOL 11. May 14, 2016.
- "Georgia Firebirds to join Arena Development League". The Albany Herald. September 13, 2016.
- "WEEKLY SPORTS LEAGUE & FRANCHISE REPORT". OurSports Central. May 22, 2017.