US Armed Forces Football (World), US Armed Forces in Europe Football Championships, World Gridiron

United States Air Force in Europe Football League | Finals 1952-1993

Continental Sports Conference Sports Patch [Reference: 9]

USAFE Finals 1952-1993

1952Furstenfeldbruck Eagles26Burtonwood Bullets7
1953Landstuhl Raiders30London Rockets21
1954London Rockets
1955London Rockets
1956London Rockets
1957Toul TigersBurtonwood Bullets
1958Ramstein RamsAlconbury Spartans
1959Weisbaden Flyers
1960SHAPE Indians
1961SHAPE IndiansAlconbury Spartans
1962Weisbaden FlyersChicksands Fighting Chicks
1963 *Bitburg Barons *Weathersfield Raiders *
1964Rhein-Main RocketsChicksands Fighting Chicks
1965Weisbaden FlyersWeathersfield Raiders
1966Weisbaden FlyersWeathersfield Raiders
1967Rhein-Main RocketsBentwaters Phantoms
1968Bentwaters Phantoms
1969Rhein-Main RocketsBentwaters Phantoms
1970Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1971Weisbaden FlyersUpper Hetford Sky Kings
1972Rhein-Main RocketsUpper Heyford Sky Kings
1973Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1974Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1975Weisbaden FlyersBentwaters Phantoms
1976Bitburg BaronsBentwaters Phantoms
1977Bitburg BaronsChicksands Fighting Chicks
1978Bitburg Barons
1979Lakenheath EaglesBitburg Barons
1980Bitburg BaronsLakenheath Eagles
1981Upper Heyford Sky Kings Bitburg Barons
1982Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1983Ramstein RamsUpper Heyford Sky Kings
1984Ramstein RamsBentwaters Phantoms
1985Ramstein RamsUpper Heyford Sky Skings
1986Chicksands Fighting Chicks
1987Lakenheath Eagles
1988Rhein-Main RocketsLakenheath Eagles
1989Rhein-Main RocketsLakenheath Eagles
1990Lakenheath Eagles39Rhein-Main Rockets30
1991Rhein-Main RocketsLakenheath Eagles
1992Rhein-Main RocketsLakenheath Eagles
1993Rhein_Main RocketsLakenheath Eagles

Reference: [1-2, 6]

Note: * The 1963 Title was shared between Bitburg Barons and Weathersfield Raiders as the Final was cancelled after the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.

USAFE Final 1952 – Wembley – Furstenfeldbrook Eagles 26 Burtonwoon Bullets 7 [Reference: 7]


UK Sports ConferenceContinental Sports ConferenceMediterranean Sports Conference
Alconbury SpartansBerlin BearsAviano Eagles (Ita)
Bentwaters PhantomsBitburg BaronsHellenikon Olympians (Gre)
Chicksands Fighting ChicksCamp New AmsterdamMoron
Fairford FalconsLandsberg / Toul TigersSan Vito
Greenham Comon PiratesRhein-Main RocketsTorrejon
Lakenheath EaglesSembach TigersNorthern Italy League (USAREUR)
Mildenhall MaraudersRamstein RamsBlue Knights Vicenza
Upper Heyford Sky KingsSpangdalem Sheikhs/SabersBosco Rocks Verona
Weathersfield RaidersWeisbaden FlyersGeronimos Verona
High Wycombe BucksHahn HawksMissile Support Command Vicenza
Burtonwood BulletsZweibrucken
SHAPE Indians (Paris)

References: [1-6]

Ramstein Rams in Action [Reference: 8]


The United States Air Force in Europe Football League (USAFE – pronounced “You-Safe”) was the League for Air Force Personnel stationed at Cold War Military Bases in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy & Greece.

There were three Conferences: UK Sports Conference, Continental Sports Conference (German & France) and Mediterranean Sports Conference (Italy & Greece). While the MSC was a competitive Conference, the Finals were usually played between the Winners of the UKSC and the CSC.

Following the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, the USAFE Football League was discontinued and the only US Military Football now played in the UK is High School Football at Lakenheath, London Central (High Wycombe), Alconbury & Menwith Hill. [1]

The United States ARmy EURope played a separate League (USAREUR). [6]

The Ramstein Rams, Alconbury Spartans, Burtonwood Bullets & Weathersfield Raiders all played matches in Ireland, including one at Croke Park in aid of the Irish Red Cross. [10-13]



[1] Britball Now (2019) US Miltary Football in the UK [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]

[2] USAFE Football (2019) Teams | CSC [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]

[3] USAFE Football (2019) Teams | UKSC [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]

[4] USAFE Football (2019) Teams | MSC [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]

[5] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2019) United States Army Europe Football Tournament [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]


[6] Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2017) Touchdown in Europe How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 103-105. Published by the author.


[7] Britball Now (2019) USAFE Final 1952 (Wembley) [Internet] Available [Accessed 8 November 2019]

[8] USAFE Football (2019) Ramstein Rams [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]

[9] USAFE Football (2019) CSC Sports Patch [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 November 2019]


[10] Lensmen Photographic Archive (2012) . “The 1950s Ireland in Pictures”. pg. 36. The O’Brien Press Ltd. Dublin, Ireland.

[11] Anon. (1954) . “Photo caption”. Northern Whig. 18 November 1954. pg. 6.

[12] Anon. (1966) . “Rams bring 45 ‘Rough Scrappers”. Belfast Telegraph. 1 September 1966. pg. 18.

[13] Magee, Damian. “English Beer and American Football: Exporting American Football as a Cultural Commodity to the British Isles.” Irish Journal of American Studies, vol. 7, 1998, pp. 121–148. JSTOR, JSTOR,


Thanks to Todd Zboyan & Tim Leadingham.

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 8 November 2019

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