Originally called the Arena Developmental League (ADL), the NAL was founded in June 2016 by Columbus Lions owner Skip Seda and father Keke Seda in the wake of several small indoor leagues folding and teams jumping to other leagues. The league plans to start their inaugural season in March of 2017. On November 18, 2016, the league announced it had changed their name to National Arena League. As part of the change in name, the league management was also restructured so that it was no longer managed by Lions' owner Skip Seda, but was instead managed by all member teams equally. Later that same day, the league added the former AFL team, the Jacksonville Sharks. The owners of the league have so much experience in the Arena Football industry, and that will help this league and all of the teams in it maintain a long term future. The Columbus Lions and Jacksonville Sharks are the most experienced teams in the league. Jacksonville has played in the AFL which was the highest tier of arena football, but now it has died down and in my opinion the NAL has replaced the AFL. The league will have a total of 8 teams with one team in Monterrey, Mexico. The Monterrey Steel, were added to the league on November 20th, 2016. The Steel become the first team outside of the US to play in an American indoor/arena football league since since the Toronto Phantoms of the AFL (2001–2002).