American Expeditionary Force Football League (AEFFL) 1919

AEFFL Playoffs

14.03.191989th (Rolling W) Division13Saint-Nazaire0
15.03.1919SOS Tours25GHQ Chaumont0
15.03.191936th (Panther) Division13HQ Le Mans0
21.03.191936th (Panther) Division77th (Hourglass) Division0
22.03.191989th (Rolling W) Division17SOS Tours3
AEFFL ChampionshipVelodrome Parc des Princes, Paris
29.03.191989th (Rolling W) Division1436th (Panther) Division6
American Expeditionary Force Football League (AEFFL) Qualifiers 1919 [Ref: 1]

AEFFL Qualifiers

First Army Final Replay
191936th (Panther) Division3First Armey Corps0
Second Army Final
19197th (Houglass) DivisionYG*28th (Keystone) DivisionL
Third Army Final
191989th (Rolling W) division144th (Ivy) Division0
S.O.S. Base Sections
1919St. Nazairebye – 1918 Champions
S.O.S. Intermediate Sections
1919SOS Tours19SOS Base Section 20
General Headquarters
1919GHQ Chaumont /
GHQ Le Mans
Both Qualified with little opposition
American Expeditionary Force Football League (AEFFL) Qualifiers 1919 [Ref: 1]


The American Expeditionary Force, before heading home from World War I, played a series of morale-boosting games at the end of 1918 and first half of 1919.

In Spring 1919, the remaining Army men in France were not due to return home until July, so the General of the Armed Expeditionary Force, General John J. Persching, gave General Order 241, which stipulated the formation of sports Championships in American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field and Boxing. No one could not participate and the slogan was “Everybody in the game!”.

A budget of $1 Million (doubled to $2 Million by Washington) was made for uniforms – the Equivalent of $27 Million in 2014.

The Championships were organised in Qualifying Rounds for the Various Armies and Divisions, with Playoffs from Quarter-Finals onwards played at large Stadiums in Paris. A Total of 1, 335, 732 Football Players and Spectators took part in the Football Section, making it the Most popular, just ahead of boxing.

The Championship was won by the 89th (Rolling W) Division 14-6 over the 36th (Panther) Division.

These were among the earliest documented Football games in Europe, of the American Code.



[11] Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2017) Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 21-34. Published by the author.


Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Sondra Maher, Rick Kelley & Tim Leadingham.

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