American Football Timelines, World Gridiron

National Football League International Era Timeline 1950-Present

National Football League Logo [Ref: 4]

National Football League Expansion Era, 1952-present

NumberTeamsYears Active
National-American Football League1952-1953
1Dallas Texans (NFL)1952; 1960-1962
2Baltimore Colts (NFL)1953-1982
American Football League1960-1969
3Denver Broncos1960-present
4Houston Oilers1960-1995 [13]
5Los Angeles Chargers1960 [14]
6New York Titans1960-1962 [16]
7Buffalo Bills1960-present
8Boston Patriots1960-1969 [17]
11Oakland Raiders1960-1981 [18]
13San Diego Chargers1961-2018 [20]
14Kansas City Chiefs1963-present
15New York Jets1963-present
17Miami Dolphins1967-present
19Boston Patriots (Birmingham)1968 *
20Cincinnati Bengals1969-present
21Miami Dolphins (Tampa)1969 *
National Football League Relocation Era1950-1982
9Dallas Cowboys1960-present
10St. Louis Cardinals1960-1987 [19]
12Minnesota Vikings1961-present
16Atlanta Falcons1966-present
18New Orleans Saints1968-present
22New England Patriots1971-present [17]
23New York Giants (New Haven, Conn.)1973-1975 [21]
24New York Giants (New Jersey)1976-present [21]
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers1976-present
26Seattle Seahawks1976-present
27Indianapolis Colts1982-present [22]
28Los Angeles Raiders1982-1994 [23]
29Los Angeles Rams (Anaheim)1982-1994 [24]
30New York Jets (New Jersey)1984-present [25]
31Phoenix Cardinals1988-1993
32Arizona Cardinals1994-Present
National Football League South Expansion Era1995-2019
33Carolina Panthers1995-present
34Jacksonville Jaguars1995-present
35St. Louis Rams1995-2018 [27]
36Oakland Raiders1995-2019 [28]
37Baltimore Ravens1996-present
38Tennessee Oilers (Memphis)1997 [29]
39Tennessee Titans (Nashville)1998 [30]
40Houston Texans2002-present
41New Orleans Saints (Baton Rouge)2005
42New Orleans Saints (San Antonio)2005
43San Francisco 49ers (Santa Clara)2014-Present
44Los Angeles Chargers2019-present [20]
45Los Angeles Rams2019-present [36]
46Las Vegas Raiders2020-present [37]
National Football League Major Teams Timeline 1920-present [Ref: 1-7]

National Football League International 1960-Present

NumberTeam (Host City)Years
National Football League Intercontinental1960-1993
49Chicago Bears (Toronto)1960
50Detroit Lions (Montreal)1969
51Pittsburgh Steelers (Montreal)1969
52St. Louis Cardinals (Tokyo)1976
53New Orleans Saints (Mexico City)1978
54Tampa Bay Bandits (USFL)(London)1984
55Minnesota Vikings (Goteborg)1988
56Cleveland Browns (Toronto) #1993
NFL American Bowl / International Series1995-Present
57Minnesota Vikings (London)1983^; 2013
58St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (London)1987+; 2012, 16-17, 19
59Miami Dolphins (London)1988+, 2007, 2015, 2017
60New Orleans Saints (London)1990+, 2008
61San Francisco 49ers (London)1992+, 2010
62Buffalo Bills (Toronto)1995+; 2008-2013 [35]
National Football League American Bowl1986-2019
63Chicago Bears (London)1986
64New York Jets (Montreal)1988
65Los Angeles Rams (Tokyo)1989
66Philadelphia Eagles (London)1989
67Denver Broncos (Tokyo)1990, 1995
68Pittsburgh Steelers (Montreal)1990
69Los Angeles Rams (Berlin)1990
70Buffalo Bills (London)1991
71San Francisco 49ers (Berlin)1991
72Miami Dolphins (Tokyo)1991
73Houston Oilers (Tokyo)1992
74Miami Dolphins (Berlin)1992
75Dallas Cowboys (London)1993
76New Orleans Saints (Tokyo)1993
77San Francisco 49ers (Barcelona)1993
78Minnesota Vikings (Berlin)1993
79Los Angeles Raiders (Barcelona)1994
80Minnesota Vikings (Tokyo)1994
81New York Giants (Berlin)1994
82Houston Oilers (Mexico City)1994
83San Diego Chargers (Tokyo)1996
84Kansas City Chiefs (Monterrey)1996
85Pittsburgh Steelers (Dublin)1997
86Miami Dolphins (Mexico City)1997
87Green Bay Packers (Toronto)1997
88Green Bay Packers (Tokyo)1998
89San Francisco 49ers (Vancouver)1998
90New England Patriots (Tokyo)1998
91Denver Broncos (Sydney)1999
92Atlanta Falcons (Tokyo)2000; 2005
93Indianapolis Colts (Mexico City)2000
94Dallas Cowboys (Mexico City)2001
95Washington Redskins (Osaka)2002
96Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tokyo)2003
National Football League International Series2005-2019
97Arizona Cardinals (Mexico City)2005 [33]
98Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London)2009, 2011, 2019
99Jacksonville Jaguars (London)2013-2019
100Atlanta Falcons (London)2014
101Oakland Raiders (London)2014; 2018-2019
102Kansas City Chiefs (London)2015
103Cincinnati Bengals (London)2016
104Cleveland Browns (London)2017
105Los Angeles Chargers (London)2018
106Los Angeles Chargers (Mexico City)2019
107Green Bay Packers (Winnipeg) ^2019
NFL American Bowl & International Series 1976-2019

Report

The National Football League engaged in a series of International Games and Expansion beginning with Preseason Exhibitions in Canada in the 1950s and 1960. In 1960 the American Football League was successful enough to force a merger with the NFL in 1970, and from 1983 to 1999 the National Football League engaged in the American Bowl Series of Preseason Games in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Tokyo, Mexico City, Gothenburg and Osaka.

The ext round of expansion came in the 19990s with the addition of South Divisions to both the American and National Conferences, and after 2000 was a new International series, with Regular Season games in London, Mexico City and Toronto. Recently there has been a new round of relocations, just as there was in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Notes

For the American Bowl and NFL International Series the Designated Home Team for each game is given with the host city in brackets afterwards. This is the same for games played by National Football League teams in the USA.

Notes

# International Series Match. + American Bowl Match. ^ Non-International Series Preseason Exhibition match.

[10] Baltimore Colts and Dallas Texans of 1952-1953 were part of the National Football League when it was briefly known as the National-American Football League following the merger of the NFL and All-America Football Conference.

[11] NFL considers Baltimore Colts of 1951 & 1953 as separate teams.

[12] Dallas Texans became Kansas City Chiefs in 1963.

[13] Moved to Memphis and became Tennessee Oilers in 1996. name retired by NFL.

[14] Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961.

[15] Minneapolis were awarded a team for the AFL in 1960, but later resigned from the League and were awarded a team for the NFL to begin play in 1961.

[16] New York Titans changed name to New York Jets 1963.

[17] Boston Patriots moved outside Boston in Massachusetts in 1970 and changed name to New England Patriots.

[18] Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles (Anaheim) in 1982.

[19] Chicago Cardinals became St. Louis Cardinals in 1960.

[20] San Diego Chargers moved back to Los Angeles in 2019.

[21] New York Giants moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1973, and East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1975.

[23] Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1982.

[24] Los Angeles Rams moved to Anaheim in 1982.

[25] New York Jets moved into Giants Stadium, New Jersey in 1984.

[26] St. Louis Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988 and then moved to Tempe, Arizona and became Arizona Cardinals in 1994.

[27] Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis 1995.

[28] Los Angeles Raiders moved back to Oakland 1995.

[29] Houston Oilers moved to Memphis becoming the Tennessee Oilers in 1997.

[30] Tennessee Oilers moved to Nashville becoming Tennessee Titans in 1998.

[31] The Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, and were renamed the Ravens. The NFL placed a new team in Cleveland in 1999, and gave them the Cleveland Browns name and history.

[32] The New Orleans Saints played their Home matches in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) and San Antonio (Texas) in 2005 due to the Super Dome in New Orleans being unplayable as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

[33] The Arizona Cardinals were the designated Home Team for an NFL International Regular Season match in Mexico City in 2005.

[34] The Jacksonville Jaguars were the designated Home Team for NFL International Regular Season matches in London from 2007 to present. nicknamed the “Union Jags” by fans.

[35] The Buffalo Bills were the designated Home Team for NFL International Regular Season matches in Toronto from 2008 to 2013.

[36] St. Louis Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2019.

[37] Oakland Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020.

*Single Home match played at the venue indicated.

References

Bibliography

[1] National Football League (2014) “Past Standings” 2014 Official NFL Record & Factbook” pg. 350-399. National football League, Time Home Entertainment. 2014.

Websites

[2] Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005) American Football League Standings (1936-37) [Internet] Available from: http://www.profootballhof.com/news/american-football-league-standings-1936-37/ [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[3] Bob Gill, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1989) Back Before Bengalmania – Cincinnati’s First Brush with the Big Time – [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/11-05-379.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]

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[2] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1998 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id173.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

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[6] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2002 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id177.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[7] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2003 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id178.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[8] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2004 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id179.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[9] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2005 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id180.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[10] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2006 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id181.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[11] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2007 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id182.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

Images

[8] National Football League (2019) Division Standings | 2019 | Preseason [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/standings/division/2019/PRE [Accessed 12 August 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Decy Maher and John Kane.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish, North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 12 May 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

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