American Football Ireland Irish Teams v USA & Canadian Services & Underage Teams 1991-Present

American Football Ireland logo [Ref: 26]

Irish Teams v USA & Canadian Services & Underage Teams 1991-Present

DateIrish TeamAmerican Team
06.07.1991Irish All-Stars6USAF Lakenheath Eagles (US/UK)W
05.1998Dublin Tigers0Maranatha Baptist Bible College48
05.1998Carrickfergus Knights6Maranatha Baptist Bible College42
2000Irish Lions12Mount St. Josephs HS (MD)36
25.08.2002Carrickfergus Knights6Team Canada U21s34
28.02.2009UL Vikings0Philadelphia Blue Flame (PA)22
27.08.2013Ireland U20s22Greendell Falcons (MB, Can)20
08.04.2017Irish Wolfhounds6Team USA (AFW)54
Irish Teams versus American High Schools and Services 1998-2000 [Ref: 18-24]

Irish Teams v US & Canadian Services & Underage Teams 1993-2017

In 1991 an Irish All-Stars lost to the USAF Lakenheath Eagles, who were USAFE League champions at the time (USAFE was the United States Air Force in Europe Football League from 1947 to early 1990s). the Irish lost heavily, but managed to put a touchdown on the board – Quarterback Eddie Goggins connecting with Wide Receiver Dermot Connolly for a TD Pass. [Ref: 18-19]

The Dublin Tornadoes defeated a US Coastguard team, from the Rota Naval Base in Spain 7-0 in June 1993, and in 1998 another Dublin team, Dublin Tigers, lost to Maranatha Baptist, an American High School team.

In 2000, there was no Irish League and the only match played was the Ireland National Team versus Mount St. Joseph’s High School from Baltimore, Maryland. Ireland lost 36-12, but the match led to the rebirth of American Football in Ireland.

Carricfergus Knights lost 6-34 to a Canadian U21 team in August 2002.

The University of Limerick Vikings also played a match against Philadelphia Blue Flame – losing 22-0 to a team of Firefighters and Policemen playing in the National Services League.

As part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament in 2012, in which over a dozen small Colleges & High Schools from North America played in various venues around Ireland, the Oak Park High School from Winnipeg Manitoba, beat Villanova College, from King City in Ontario 18-9, in front of 3,000 at Pairc Tailteann, in Navan Co. Meath.

The following year, as part of the Gathering Ireland celebrations in 2013, the Greendell Falcons, who play in the Winnipeg Major Football League played two games in Ireland – one against the Ireland U20s team, which they lost, and one against Bristol Academy Pride, who play in the European US High Schools League. Greendell won the latter 39-22 in front of 2,500 spectators at Tallaght Stadium. The Falcons Wide Receiver, Bryce LeBlanc was named MVP.

Ireland’s U20s lost a match in 2017, 54-6 to Team USA American Football Worldwide, a team of Elite High School students representing USA on tours throughout Europe. [Ref: 18-24]

Ireland U20s Offense in action v Greendell Falcons (Manitoba, Canada). [Ref: 48]


[1] Evening Herald (1999) “American Football” Evening Herald, Tuesday, January 5, 1999, pg. 91 [Irish Newspaper Archive: Available online at: [Accessed 21 August 2020][The Irish Newspaper Archive is a Subscription Service]

Social Media Conversations

[18] Kevin Sharkey Facebook Messenger (2020) Facebook Messenger Conversation, 29 May 2020.

[19] Dublin Celts Facebook (2019) Photo, September 8, 2019: “Not strictly Dublin Celts, but in this fame QB Eddie Goggins�� threw a TD pass to WR Dermot Connolly��, we scored against good quality American opposition, these guys were the champions of their league in Europe.” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 7 November 2019]


[18] Anon (1993) Coast Guard at Sea First Down. July 6-12 2000. pg. 19.


[19] Anon (2000) Plucky Irish Denied by Americans First Down. June 12, 2000. pg. 17.


[20] Britball Now (2016) Friendly Results against foreign opposition [1998] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 April 2020]


[21] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2002) August 25th 2002 – TEAM CANADA 34 – 6 CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 October 2017]

[22] Irish American Football Association (2013) IAFA U20s have historic win against Greendell Falcons [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 30 April 2017]

[23] Greendell Falcons (2017) MMFA Schedule [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[24] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 08 August 2016]


[25] Irish American Football Association (2013) IAFA U20s on offense (white jerseys) [Internet] Available from:×433.jpg [Accessed 12 May 2020]


[26] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 February 2020]


Thanks to Anton “Pippo” O’Grady.

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Last Updated: 12 May 2020

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