SAN FRANCISCO -- The A11 Professional Football League has become a reality for two former Piedmont High coaches with lofty goals, which now includes luring quarterback Tim Tebow.

Kurt Bryan and Steve Humphries, co-founders of the league that will launch later this year with two showcase games, on Thursday officially announced the creation of a new spring football league they've spent more than three years pursuing.

The A11FL will play its first full season in the spring of 2015 and have eight teams, including the San Francisco Bay Area Sea Lions. ESPN will serve as the broadcast partner for the showcase games May 17 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., and June 5 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It will broadcast games weekly in 2015.

Six of the eight teams were announced Thursday, with two more cities to be determined. There will be the Los Angeles Express, New Jersey Generals, Dallas Wranglers, Chicago Staggs and Tampa Bay Bandits.

Scott McKibben, a former executive director of the Rose Bowl, will serve as the league's chief executive officer and commissioner.

Their goal is to create a league that's complementary to the NFL and provides an affordable alternative for football fans with average ticket prices at about $30.

A home venue for the Sea Lions has not been found, but McKibben said they've explored playing at Stanford, Cal and the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.


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The league will not require use of the A11 offense that Bryan and Humphries co-created in 2007 when Bryan was the head coach and Humphries the offensive coordinator at Piedmont.

The offense utilizes two quarterbacks in a scrimmage kick formation (one quarterback lined up at least seven yards behind the line of scrimmage). That allows every player on the field to wear an eligible number (1-49, 80-99), and through a variety of shifts, all 11 players are potentially eligible to catch a pass.

The offense's use at the prep level was limited by a 2009 rule change by the National Federation of State High School Associations that required at least four players to wear numbers 50-79, making them ineligible to catch a pass. Piedmont appealed for the California Interscholastic Federation to not adopt the NFHS change, but it was rejected.

"With the amount of national support that the A11 offense had built up to that point and for us to present that and then get shut down was extremely disappointing," Bryan said. "To be here today, a new spring pro football league centered around the A11 offense, is a great thing for everybody, including the NFHS and the CIF."

With the league trying to get off the ground, signing Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, would be a coup. He recently signed with ESPN to be a college football analyst.

"We have made an offer to Tim Tebow," McKibben said. "We've had probably three or four discussions with people in the Tebow camp."

Bryan, who will be a candidate for the Sea Lions coaching job, and Humphries agree that Tebow would be a great fit for the league and the offense.

"With everybody spread out, you have a 230-pound quarterback who can run and throw and run the speed option and the read option," Bryan said of Tebow. "He is the ideal A11 quarterback."

The league will look to fill rosters with college players who can't find a spot in the NFL. It hopes to line up its eight head coaches soon.