Below you will find links to the Results & Tables of the Irish American Football League since its first year in 1986, in increasing levels of detail, depending on how much detail you want:
- Bowls (Results of Finals);
- Final Standings & Playoff Results (Decade/Era Overviews);
- Season-by-Season Results;
- Season-by-Season Box-Scores & Match Reports (Scorers and reports for each match each year):
The Irish American Football League has been running since 1986 when the first Shamrock Bowl was played. For the first three seasons the League operated in Ireland only, and then in 1989 became part of the Combined Gridiron League which operated throughout Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. In 1990 the League returned to an Ireland-only league, but only in Northern Ireland, with the sole Republic of Ireland representatives, the Dublin Celts, playing in the UK Second Division (NCMMA) and playing a series of exhibition matches against the Northern Irish teams. Following on from the Irish League Final, the Champions of the Irish League played against the Dublin Celts in the Shamrock Bowl. In 1991 an All-Ireland American Football League was re-established, under the American Football association of Ireland banner, which became the Irish Senior League in 1997, under new management. This was a time when the initial excitement for the new sport faded, and the NFL was no longer on terrestrial TV in Ireland or Britain, and the number of teams dropped to 3 in 1999, and then in 2000 there was no league.
In 2001, a new administration – the Irish American Football Association – re-established the Irish American Football League, as a Winter League in 2001, and a Spring League in 2002, and then in 2003 as ‘Division 1’ with an 8-Man Division 2. Divisions 1 & 2 were merged into one 11-Man, 6-team IAFL in 2004, and the League expanded to 11 teams by 2008, when a new 8-Man Development League was again re-introduced, to help newer teams starting out, and help existing clubs field second teams. the Development League became a full 11-Man Second Level in 2013, with the two tiers renamed the Shamrock Bowl Conference & IAFL 1 Conference. A third Tier, the IAFL 2 Conference was introduced in 2014, leading to a 23-team League at its height.
In 2020 the Irish American Football Association was renamed American Football Ireland, under new management, President Orla McAleese, the first Female President of the Association.
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- This is a record of 11v11 Contact/Kitted American Football.
- For International American Football (Results of American teams in Ireland and Irish teams v American & European Opposition see here:International American Football
For 8v8 Junior/Youth Contact/Kitted American Football (15-19 year-olds) and for 8v8 Adult Contact / Kitted American Football (2nds Teams / smaller towns) and see here: DV8 & Junior Kitted Football
- For other American Football Competitions in Ireland (e.g. Preseason, 4th July Festivals etc) see here: Other American Football
- For Adult Coed Flag Football (non-Contact 5v5 & 7v7) see here: Irish Flag Football
- For International Flag Football see here: International Flag Football
For Other Flag Football (Schools, Colleges & Universities, Junior, Indoor) see here: Other Flag Football
Irish American Football League Bowls
The Results of the Finals of the three levels in the Irish American Football League (11 v 11):
Irish American Football League (Decade/Era Overviews)
Final Standings and playoff matches at a glance over a decade or era span:
Irish American Football League Tiers 2 & 3 (Decade / Era Overviews):
Irish American Football League Level 1 (Season Results & Tables):
The Results & Final Tables only of the Irish League from 1986 to present on a season-by-season basis with a short season report.
AFI Premier Division (2020-Present): 2020
Irish American Football League Level 2 (Season Results & Tables):
AFI Division 1 (2020-Present): 2020
Irish American Football League Level 3 (Season Results & Tables):
AFI Division 2 (2020-Present): 2020
Irish American Football League (Box-Scores & Match Reports)
Detailed information on each match, including scorers, venue & match reports:
AFAI Irish Senior League (Box-Scores & Match Reports): 1999
Other American Football Ireland
The Jordanstown Jaguars, based in Ulster University Jordanstown played in the first full season of the Irish American Football League in 1987. The Trinity Bowl, played from 1992-1995, was the first competition played in Irish Universities, although it did not involve College teams. The Irish Collegiate American Football Association was formed in 1993, and played a Flag Football Summer Bowl over the Summer Holidays, involving both College Students and non-College Students. From 1998 to 1999 the Queen’s University Belfast Broncos competed in the AFAI Irish Senior League, and in 1999 the University of Limerick Vikings were formed, initially as a Flag Football team, and then from 2001 onwards as a fully kitted team playing uin the resurrected IAFL. The First Kitted College Bowl was played in 2006, when there was more than one kitted College team for the first time, namely the University of Limerick Vikings and Dublin City University Saints. The College Championship became a three-team tournament involving the Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts and the University College Dublin Sentinels in 2010 (DCU were no longer fielding a team).
College Bowl / Championship:
IAFA College Championship (Seasons:): 2014
CUSAI American Football College Bowl (Seasons): 2009
Festivals & Exhibitions:
Festivals and Exhibition matches have been organised since 1983, with teams playing in smaller towns in the Irish Regions, or as part of 4th of July Celebrations in both Dublin and all over the Country. Some of these festival matches have attracted up to 5,000 spectators.
Festival matches also take part in preseason, and can also be Regular Season matches or DV8 8-a-side matches.
AFAI All-Ireland American Football League Festivals & Exhibitions (Seasons): 1992
Irish American Football League Preseasons:
Preseason, like in the National Football League is an important part of player development. The Irish American Football League generally plays a two-game preason in preparation for the 8-game regular season.
American Football Ireland Preseason Friendlies (seasons): 2020
Irish American Football League Preseason Friendlies (Box-Score & Match Reports): 1989
All Star Games have been a integral part of Irish American Football since the beginning, as in the National Football League.
Regional Development Leagues
Irish Council of American Football League of Ireland (Seasons): 1989
Irish American Football Season Overviews
Final Tables and International Results in Irish American Football & Flag Football Organised on a Season-by-Season Basis:
 Irish American Football (2016) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/pics/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 5 June 2017]
 Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/images/logo.gif [Accessed 11 December 2017]
 Irish American Football Association (2010) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 1 May 2017]
 Irish American Football Association (2019) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IAFA-Logo-400.png [Accessed 7 April 2019]
 American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Premier Division 2020 (Revised Schedule) [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/calendar/afipremdiv-2020/ [Accessed 22 March 2020]
 Eirball Facebook (2020) Photo, 6 June 2020: “Poster of Irish American Football Teams Colours 1985-1999. Given to me by Cillian Smith (IAFL Commissioner) around 1999.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/2226857640959926/photos/a.2235377026774654/2492486431063711/?type=3&theater [Accessed 6 June 2020][Cropped]