The AIF is set-up as a private ownership for profit LLC. This structure was chosen for many reasons but mostly to protect individual team owners and allow them to do what they do best play football and run their own companies (teams) and not to burden them by league responsibilities.
Being a privately run company, team owners are protected from any legal litigation against the league (as owners), whereas with a single entity all team owners are responsible as owners of the league and held responsible for all actions of the league.
Teams get the benefits of both worlds in the AIF – experienced league staff, team owners sit on the AIF Executive Committee and AIF Standards committee as well as other committees helping to lead and steer the direction of the AIF. Teams also share in league profit sharing, group buying power from league vendors, etc.
The AIF is split into two tiers the Professional League and the Developmental League. Both divisions play on regulation size fields, play by AIF rules and regulations and receive the benefits of professional scouting videos and league statistics.
The Professional League is the top tier and consists of teams playing in local arenas where players are paid and receive benefits like housing, meals, per diem, etc.
The Developmental League is the second tier where players that have been released from the professional league can improve their skills and try to move back up or for younger inexperienced players that want to learn the skills of indoor football. These teams consist of amateur and former professional players and play in smaller arenas or community recreation centers.