Northern Italian Football League

Northern Italian Football League 1976-1986

NIFL 1976

 PWLTPFPAPct
Blue Knights Vicenza       
Eagles Aviano       
Geronimos Vicenza       
Rangers Tirennia       
Red Machine Aviano       

Reference: [1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 GeronimosW  

Reference: [1]

NIFL 1977

 PWLTPFPAPct
Red Machine Aviano9720  .778
*Geronimos Vicenza9621  .722
Eagles Aviano9540  .556
Blue Knights Vicenza9441  .500
Rangers Tirennia9450  .444
Bosco Rocks Verona9090  .000

Reference: [1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 GeronimosW  

Reference: [2]

NIFL 1978

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Geronimos Vicenza10910  .900
*Red Machine Aviano10820  .800
Blue Knights Vicenza10550  .500
Rangers Tirrenia10550  .500
Eagles Aviano10280  .200
Rhinos Milano10190  .100

Reference: [1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Geronimos VicenzaLRed Machine AvianoW

Reference: [3]

NIFL 1979

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Geronimos Vicenza101000  1.000
Blue Knights Vicenza10622  .700
Eagles Aviano10622  .700
Rangers Tirrenia10460  .400
Bosco Rocks Verona10280  .200
Rhinos Milano100010  .000

Reference: [4]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Geronimos VicenzaW  

Reference: [4]

NIFL 1980

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Blue Knights Vicenza8710  .875
Geronimos Vicenza8620  .750
Eagles Aviano8530  .625
Rangers Tirrenia8530  .625
Rhinos Milano8440  .500
Frogs Gallarate8170  .125
Rams Milano8080  .000

Reference: [5]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Blue Knights VicenzaW  

Reference: [5]

NIFL 1981

 PWLTPFPAPct
Blue Knights Vicenza       
Eagles Aviano       
*Geronimos Vicenza       
Rangers Tirrenia       
Rhinos Milano       

Reference: [6]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Geronimos VicenzaW  

Reference: [6]

NIFL 1982

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Geronimos Vicenza7700308131.000
*Blue Knights Vicenza761027828.857
*Rangers Tirrenia752010480.714
*Rhinos Milano743083174.571
Giaguari Torino734066161.429
Warriors Bologna716040195.143
Frogs Gallarate7070  .000
Crusaders Brindisi / Eagles Aviano (&)       

Reference: [7] (&) Eagles Aviano excluded from the Championship and replaced by Crusaders Brindisi – Other information unavailable [7]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semifinale   
 Blue Knights Vicenza27Rangers Tirrenia14
 Geronimos Vicenza35Rhinos Milano0
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Blue Knights Vicenza6Geronimos Vicenza32

Reference: [7]

NIFL 1983

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Geronimos Vicenza6600297281.000
*Blue Knights Vicenza651016991.833
Frogs Busto Arsizio642011183.667
Rangers Tirrenia63309587.500
Warriors Bologna624055168.333
Giaguari Torino615091151.167
Seamen Milano60600210.000

Reference: [8]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semifinale   
 Geronimos Vicenza20Rangers Tirrenia0
 Frogs Busto Arsizio20Blue Knights Vicenza36
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Blue Knights Vicenza26Geronimos Vicenza21

Reference: [8]

NIFL 1984

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Blue Knights Vicenza541012927.800
*Geronimos Vicenza54107723.800
*Rangers Tirrenia52305741.400
*Eagles Aviano52301352.400
Wildcats Napoli523022119.400
Crusaders Brindisi51403470.200

Reference: [9]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semifinale   
 Blue Knights Vicenza36Rangers Tirrenia0
 Geronimos Vicenza8Eagles Aviano0 ot
 Finale   
 Blue Knights Vicenza7Geronimos Vicenza14

Reference: [9]

NIFL 1985

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Geronimos Vicenza4400  1.000
*Rangers Tirrenia4310  .750
*Blue Knights Vicenza4220  .500
Red Raiders Aviano4130  .250
Mustangs Napoli4040  .000

Reference: [10]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semifinale   
 Geronimos Vicenza14Red Raiders Aviano7
 Rangers Tirrenia19Blue Knights Vicenza12
 Spaghetti Bowl   
 Geronimos Vicenza30Rangers Tirrenia14

Reference: [10]

NIFL 1986

 PWLTPFPAPct
Black Knights Vicenza       
Blue Falcons Vicenza       
Eagles Aviano       
Mustangs Napoli       
Rangers Tirrenia       
Warriors Bologna505025163.000

Reference: [11]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semifinale   
 ?? ?? 
 ?? ?? 
 Gold Bowl   
 ?? ?? 

Reference: [11]

Report

The first domestic Italian American Football League was the Northern Italian Football League , started in 1976, following the first unsuccessful attempts at introducing Pro American Football to Europe in 1973-1975, with the Intercontinental Football League, which was to feature NFL players, and six teams in Europe, including the Rome Gladiators in Italy.

The FIFA (Federazione Italiano Football Americano) association was set up the following year, in 1977, with a four-team National Playoff.

The Northern Italian Football League was started in 1976, with Vicenza teams Geronimos & Blue Knights dominating play, winning all the Spaghetti Bowls between them and finishing in the top two spots in the Regular Season most years.

The NIFL was merged into the Associazione Italiana Football Americano after the 1986 season.

The Italian League was the first domestic American Football League in Europe, with the game being restricted to US Army men playing at Air Force bases in Europe prior to that. The film M*A*S*H had popularised American Football in Europe in 1970, the first time the game had been seen on screen in Europe in a Major Film. See the Intercontinental Football League 1972-1975: Intercontinental Football League 1970-1975

References

Websites

[1] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1976 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1976_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[2] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1977 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1977_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[3] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1978 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1978_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[4] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1979 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1979_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[5] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1980 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1980_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[6] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1981 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1981_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[7] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1982 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1982_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[8] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1983 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1983_nifl.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[9] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1984 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1984_nifl.pdf [Accessed 24 October 2019]

[10] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1985 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1985_nifl.pdf [Accessed 24 October 2019]

[11] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Northern Italian Football League 1986 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1986_nifl.pdfAccessed 24 October 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Santina Farrinella.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 24 October 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

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