Semi-professional leagues are any sports organizations in which the salary is not considered sufficient to live on. Arena Football, considered the most professional among semi-pro organizations, pays its players an average yearly salary of $21,760 to $32,740. The average starting salary for an Arena football player is between $17,920 to $26,880.
Although Arena Football pays its players, most semi-pro sports leagues do not. Instead, many leagues require their players to pay membership dues, and some have community service or other requirements. For this reason, semi-pro football leagues are generally not seen as a path to the NFL, but rather as a way for those who love the game to continue playing at a high level into their adult lives. Players should expect to pay for their own equipment and for the cost of travel for away games. Players are allowed to find sponsors to cover the costs of travel and membership if they are able. The semi-pro football season typically begins in April and runs through the end of July, although leagues that have arenas in warmer areas may begin the season earlier. In the off-season, most semi-pro leagues practice two to three nights a week, organizing practice around the work schedules of their players.