American Football

American Football Ireland

Welcome to the Eirball Irish American Football Index Page. Here you will find links to Results, Tables & Match Reports for: 

American Football Ireland

American Football Ireland (Irish American Football League, Internationals, 8v8 Kitted/Contact, Junior Kitted, Flag Football, College, Other Competitions)

International American Football (Ireland) (NFL, US College and Semi-Pro Teams in Ireland, Irish Teams v European Teams)

Irish American Football League (1983-Present) (All-Time League Results and Standings, Box-Scores, match reports for each year 1983-Present)

8-a-side American Football (Junior Kitted, DV8 Development League)

Other Irish American Football (College championship, Preseason, Festival and All-Star Matches)

International Flag Football (Ireland) (Ireland and Irish Clubs v North American and European Teams)

Irish Flag Football League and Blitzes (All-Time League and Blitz Results for Irish Flag Football 1985-Present)

Other Flag Football (Junior, College and Schools Flag Football in Ireland)

E-Football (Irish Madden and Fantasy leagues based)

Irish American Football Teams (All-Time Records and Year-by-Year Reports including Results and Rosters for Contact/Kitted, 8v8 and Flag Football Teams in Ireland)

Irish American Football Players, Coaches & Officials (Irish Pro and College Players and Coaches, American Football Ireland Officials, Management)

Irish American Football Records (All-Time Won-Loss Records, Scoring charts, Timelines, Division Winners)

North American Football

USA American Football (Irish in United States of America – National Football League, AAA Leagues and Minor Football Leagues)

National Football League (Irish in the NFL 1920-Present)

Early Pro American Football (1890-1919) (Irish involvement in the Early Years of Professional American Football)

American Football Leagues Era (1920-1950) (The first Era of Rival AAA Leagues to the National Football League – including AA Leagues)

United States Football Leagues Era (1960-1985) (The Continental Football League, World Football League and United States Football League plus a number of Other Leagues)

Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (the 8v8 AAA Rival to the NFL in Smaller Markets)

XFL Football Leagues Era (1990-2020) (The Spring Leagues and XFLs)

World American Football Leagues

Canadian Football Leagues (Canadian League Standings and Irish in Canadian Football League and Canadian Minor Leagues)

Mexican American Football Leagues (Mexican American Football League Standings – Pro, College and State)

Japan American Football (Japanese American Football Leagues – Pro, College, Private)

International American Football (World Cups, USA v World, Canada v World, Internationals by Country)

Asian American Football (Korea, China, Asian National Leagues)

World American Football Leagues (Pro) (AAA Pro World American Football Leagues – Europe, United Football League, India, Legends Canada, Australia and Mexico, China)

European American Football (NFL Europe, Eurobowl, Regional European Leagues, National Leagues)

Pacific American Football Leagues (Australia, New Zealand, Oceania State and National Competitions)

Latin American Football (South and Central American National Leagues)

African American Football Leagues (Egypt, Morocco)

Other American Football

USA College Football (Irish in the NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association and Junior Colleges)

Women’s American Football (Women’s Contact Leagues, Legends Football Leagues, Ladies 8v8 Arena Leagues, Female American Football (World)

USA High School Football (Irish involvement in High School Football)

US Armed Forces Football (Air Force, Navy and Army Leagues and Games around the World)

Flag Football World (Major World Flag Football Competitions)

World E-Football (Madden Leagues, Fantasy Football with a World Theme)

Irish American Football

  1. The Irish American Football League (1986-present)
  2. Visiting American teams in Ireland (1942-present)
  3. Irish American Football teams v American teams (1986-present)
  4. Canadian Football matches in Ireland & Irish teams v Canadian teams (1994-present)
  5. Irish International Club & Country matches (1985-present)
  6. Irish College Bowl (2006-present)
  7. Pre-Season Friendlies & Exhibition matches (1986-present)

Irish 8v8 Football

  1. Junior Kitted League (2014-present)
  2. DV8 Development League (2008-2013)
  3. 8-a-side & Junior Kitted Blitzes (1993-2007)
  4. Northern Ireland Junior American League (Kitted) (1991-1992)

Irish Flag Football

  1. Irish Flag Football League (2014-present)
  2. Irish Flag Football Blitzes (2001-present)
  3. Irish Council of American Football (ROI) Flag Football League & Blitzes (1991-2000)
  4. Northern Ireland American Football Association Flag Football (1985-1986)
  5. Northern Ireland Junior American League (Two-Touch) (1987-1990)
  6. Schools, College, Junior & Indoor Flag Football (1993-present)

Other American Football

  1. E-Football

Irish American Football Team Histories

  1. Individual Irish American Football Team Histories (1986-present)
  2. Individual 8v8 and Junior Kitted American Football Team Histories (1991-present)
  3. Individual Flag Football Team Histories (1985-present)
  4. Irish American Football Yearbooks – Team-by-Team Squads and Box-Scores for each year (1942-present)

Irish American Football Records, Players & Coaches

  1. Irish American Football Records (All-Time Won-Loss, Division Champions, Timeline)
  2. Irish American Football Players, Coaches & Officials
  3. Awards & All-Star Teams. 

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:

  1. Bowls (Results of Finals);
  2. Final Standings & Playoff Results (Decade/Era Overviews);
  3. Season-by-Season Results;
  4. 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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Irish American Football League

Irish american Football Association Logo 2001-2003 [Ref: 1]

Image References

[1] Lucky Show – Irish American Football (2016) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/pics/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 5 June 2017]

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:

  1. Bowls (Results of Finals);
  2. Final Standings & Playoff Results (Decade/Era Overviews);
  3. Season-by-Season Results;
  4. 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.

Irish American Football League Bowls

The Results of the Finals of the three levels in the Irish American Football League (11 v 11):

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American Football Ireland Logo 2020-present [Ref: 5]

[5] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFI-Logo-200.png [Accessed 10 February 2020]

American Football Ireland Shamrock Bowls 1986-Present

American Football Ireland 1 Bowls 2014-Present

American Football Ireland 2 Bowls 2014-Present

Irish American Football League (Decade/Era Overviews)

Irish American Football Association Logo [Ref: 4]

[4] 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]

Final Standings and playoff matches at a glance over a decade or era span:

Irish American Football League | Shamrock Bowl Conference 2013-2019

IAFA Irish American Football League 2006-2012: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/22/irish-american-football-association-irish-american-football-league-2006-2012/

Irish American Football Association Winter and Spring League Era 1998-2005: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/21/irish-american-football-association-winter-and-spring-league-era-1998-2005/

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League 1991-1997: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/22/american-football-association-of-ireland-all-ireland-american-football-league-1991-1997/

Irish American Football League Irish League and Conference 1984-1990: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/21/irish-american-football-association-irish-league-and-conference-1984-1990/

Irish American Football League Tiers 2 & 3 (Decade / Era Overviews):

Irish American Football League | 1 Conference 2013-2019

Irish American Football League | 2 Conference 2014-2019

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.

Irish American Football association Logo [Ref: 3]

[3] 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]

AFI Premier Division (2020-Present): 2020

IAFA/IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference (2013-2019): 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

IAFA Irish American Football League (2008-2012): 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

IAFA Super League Era (2001-2007): 2007  2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

AFAI Senior League Era (1997-1999): 1999 1998 1997

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League (1990-1996):  1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990

IAFA Irish League and Conference Era (1986-1989): 1989 1988 1987 1986 

Irish American Football Challenge Era (1983-1985): 1985 1983

Irish American Football League Level 2 (Season Results & Tables):

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Irish American Football League Logo 2004-2010 [Ref: 2]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/images/logo.gif [Accessed 11 December 2017]

AFI Division 1 (2020-Present): 2020

IAFA Irish American Football League 1 Conference (2013-2019): 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 

Irish American Football League (Box-Scores & Match Reports)

Detailed information on each match, including scorers, venue & match reports:

Irish American Football League Logo 1999 [Ref: 6]

IAFA Super League Era (Box-Scores & Match Reports): 2003 2002 2001

AFAI Irish Senior League (Box-Scores & Match Reports): 1999

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League (Box-Scores & Match Reports): 1995 1992 

Irish American Football Season Overviews

Final Tables and International Results in Irish American Football & Flag Football Organised on a Season-by-Season Basis:

IAFA Super League Era (2000-2006): 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01 

AFAI Era (1990-2000): 1999-2000 1998-99

Image References

[1] Irish American Football (2016) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/pics/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/images/logo.gif [Accessed 11 December 2017]

[3] 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]

[4] 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]

[5] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Premier Division 2020 (Revised Schedule) [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/calendar/afipremdiv-2020/ [Accessed 22 March 2020]

[6] 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]

International American Football

American Teams in Ireland (1942-Present)

The first ever American Football games played in Ireland were in the 1940s, when teams of US Servicemen returning from WW2 played matches in Ravenhill (Home of Ulster Rugby) and Croke Park (Home of the GAA) in aid of the Irish Red Cross. Further matches were played in the 1950s & 1960s by US Air Force Personnel stationed at US Air Bases in Britain & Germany during the Cold War. There were also during the late 1980s and up until the mid-1990s high-profile pre-season matches between NCAA College teams and one NFL match between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. 2012 also saw the return of the high-profile NCAA games to Ireland, featuring both NCAA Division I Regular Season Matches, and also the Global Ireland Football Tournament, a series of 6 Regular Season NCAA Division III and High School matches played at a variety of venues across Ireland. 

All Games

American Football in Ireland | ETO, USAFE and High Schools 1942-1973

Games by Era

NFL & NCAA Pre-Season Games in Ireland 1988-1997

NCAA Football | Regular Season Games in Ireland 2012-2016

American High School Football Games in Ireland 2012-Present

Canadian U20 & High School Gridiron Football Teams in Ireland 2012-2013

Box-Scores and Match Reports:

NCAA College Football Classic

Christopher Columbus Classic Bowdoin Polar Bears 7 Tufts Jumbos 6 29 November 1992

Irish Teams v American Teams (1986-Present) 

In the 1980s the first Irish American Football teams were formed following the UK’s Channel 4 TV station airing a Weekly NFL Highlight Show, and matches were organised between Irish Teams and Eastern Football League (Massachusetts area) Semi-Pro Teams. Matches were also irregularly scheduled between Irish teams and US Servicemen and High schools. In 2004 the first matches between Ireland and NCAA Division III teams were organised, and in 2007 these became a regular fixture in Ireland, between Irish Club Teams and NCAA Division III teams. 

All Games Overview

American Football Ireland Irish Teams v USA & Canadian Teams 1985-Present

Games by Era

International American Football | Irish Teams v Eastern Football League Teams 1985-1986

International American Football | Irish Teams v Canadian Semi-Pro Teams 1994-1995

American Football Ireland Irish Teams v USA & Canadian Services & Underage Teams 1993-Present

International American Football | Ireland v NCAA Division III Teams 2004-2005

International American Football | Irish Teams v NCAA Division III Teams 2007-2019

Box-Scores and Match Reports

Irish American Football Association / Global Football (NCAA Division III)

William Wagner Trophy – Tallaght Outlaws 0 Claremont-McKenna Stags 67 – 19 May 2007

Ireland National American Football Team

Ireland National American Football Team 1986-Present

European American Football (Irish Clubs & Team Ireland):

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European Federation of American Football Logo [Ref: 6]

[6] American Football International (2013) EFAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EFAF_logo.gif [Accessed 30 August 2017]

 The Dublin Celts, the first American Football team in Ireland, formed in 1984, played matches against British opposition in 1985 & 1986 due to lack of kitted opposition in Ireland. In 1986 the first Shamrock Bowl was played and the Irish American Football League was started the following year, with the Shamrock Bowl Champions winning the right to represent Ireland in the Eurobowl, the European Champions Cup. Britain was expelled from the European Football League in 1992, and Ireland left the organisation at the same time as it could not afford to play games in continental Europe. Irish teams played a series of matches against English, Scottish and Welsh teams from then until 2000, and the Nations Cup, between Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales was held from 1996-1999. In 2002 Ireland rejoined the European circuit, with the Dublin Rebels playing in the Charleroi Trophy in Belgium, an unofficial Championship for amateur Western European Champions, such as the Irish, Belgian & Dutch Leagues. From 2005-2006 Irish teams returned to playing British teams, and then in 2009 the first Atlantic Cup, an official tournament for the Champions of amateur Western European Leagues was held. Belgian, Dutch, Irish and sometimes either a Luxembourg representative or a team from the French third level competed for this European Tier 3 Trophy until 2016, when the Belgian & Dutch entrants made the step up to EFL (Tier 2) level. From 2014-present a series of matches involving Irish teams and teams from the Atlantic Fringe, such as Scotland and Iberia, have been played, as well as Internationals between Ireland and Belgium and Netherlands. 

Ireland Internationals (Overviews): 

European American Football | Ireland v European Teams 1995-1996

Home Nations American Football | Nations Cup 1996-2000

Four Nations American Football | Nations Cup 1996-1999 (Irish Leprechauns Results)

European Federation of American Football | Team Ireland v British Teams 2004-2006

International Federation of American Football Europe | Irish Wolfhounds v European Teams 2016-2019

Irish Club Internationals (Overviews):

European American Football Standings & Finals (Competitions with Irish Teams):

European Federation of American Football IFAF Europe Atlantic Cup Finals 2009-2017

Combined Gridiron League 1989 & NCMMA 1990

European American Football (Irish Teams Results):

International Federation of American Football Europe | European Fringe Bowls 2014-2017

European American Football | Atlantic Cup 2009-2016

European Federation of American Football | Irish Teams v English Teams 2005-2006

European Federation of American Football | Charleroi Trophy 2002-2004

Four Nations American Football | Four Nations Bowls 1992-1998

European Football League | Eurobowl 1988-1992

Four Nations American Football Irish v British Teams 1985-1990

Irish American Football League | Summer Bowl Festival 1986-1989

Irish International American Football | Capitol Bowl 1986

IFAF-Europe-Logo International Federation of American Football Europe Logo 2016-present [Ref: 7]

[7] American Football International (2014) IFAF Europe Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/IFAF.Europe.Logo_.2.png [Accessed 30 August 2017]

European American Football (Seasons):

Irish Wolfhounds Logo [Ref: 14]

[14] Irish American Football association – Irish wolfhounds (2019) Irish Wolfhounds Logo[Internet] Available from:  https://www.irishwolfhounds.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/www-favicon.png [Accessed 23 September 2019]

IFAFE International Friendlies:2018 2016

IFAFE Atlantic Cup:2017 2016

GFLI Atlantic Cup:2015

EFAF Atlantic Cup: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

EFAF International Friendlies:2006 2004

EFAF Charleroi Trophy:2004 2003 2002

Nations Cup:1999 1998 1997 1996

Four Nations Bowl:1992

EFL Eurobowl: 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988

International 8-Man American Football (Irish Clubs):

American Football Association of Ireland | Wicklow Festival 8-a-side Blitz 1995

UK & Ireland Youth Kitted Football | Exhibition 1998 Box Score

Ireland International American Football (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Ireland Fighting Irish International Results (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Great Britain Lions 22 Ireland Fighting Irish 0 – 17 March 1995

Ireland Fighting Irish 45 Northwest GB All-Stars 0 – 26 November 1995

Irish Leprechauns | Nations Cup (Box-Scores & Match Reports)(Seasons):

Four Nations American Football | Nations Cup Box-Score & Match Reports 1997

Team Ireland International Results (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Ireland 6 Great Britain Bulldogs 69 | 4 September 2004Ireland 8 Coventry Jets 35 | 15 October 2006

Irish Wolfhounds International Results (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Dutch Lions 20 Irish Wolfhounds 0 | 27 August 2016

Irish Wolfhounds 20 Belgian Barbarians 19 | 20 October 2018Belgian Barbarians 6 Irish Wolfhounds 7 | Oct 2019

8-a-side American Football

DV8 & Junior Kitted Football

DV8 (8 v 8 American Football) was first developed in the USA for smaller High schools & Colleges so they could play American Football. In Ireland it is primarily used for Junior Kitted American Football League (15-19 Year-Olds), Smaller Towns (DV8 Development League) or 2nds Teams of full 11-v-11 American Football teams (DV8 Development League also).

Junior / Youth Kitted American Football

The first Junior / Youth Kitted American Football League was created in 1991, when the Northern Ireland Junior American League made the step up from Two-Touch to Kitted. It lasted two seasons, and from then the Ballymena Wolfhounds played international exhibition games against British opposition as they had no opposition in Ireland.

In the 2000s there were a number of exhibition games played among Junior Kitted teams, and in 2013 the first IAFA Junior Kitted Programme was officially launched, with a 7-team League, playing 7v7, 8v8, 9v9 Kitted Football (depending on the numbers on the day) in 2019.

There has also been 6v6 Junior Kitted American Football.

Junior / Youth Kitted American Football (Decade / Era Overviews):

Irish American Football Association Youth Kitted League 2013-2019

Northern Ireland Junior American League 1991-1992

Junior / Youth Kitted American Football (Seasons):

Youth Internationals (Club):

UK & Ireland Youth Kitted Football | Exhibition 1998 Box Score

IAFA Youth Kitted League (Seasons): 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

IAFA Youth Exhibitions (Seasons): 2009

IAFA Van Scoy Junior Cup (Seasons): 2007

AFAI Junior Kitted Challenge (Seasons): 1994

NIAFA Northern Ireland Junior American League | Kitted (Seasons): 1994 1992 1991

NIAFA Northern Ireland Junior American League | Kitted (Preseasons): 1991

DV8 Development League / Blitzes

The first DV8 Development Mini-League was created in 1993, for smaller teams like the Ardee Falcons (Co. Louth), and Dublin Tornadoes Vets (2nds team). Blitzes were played over the following 10 years, with another Mini-League (IAFL Division 2) created in 2003. Again Blitzes were employed up until the creation of the DV8 Development League in 2008, which lasted until 2012, when the League became the full 11v11 IAFL 1 Conference. The DV8 format was then used for the Junior Kitted League.

DV8 Development League (Decade / Era Overviews):

Irish American Football League | DV8 Development League 2008-2012

Irish American Football Association DV8 Challenge 1998-2003

IAFA DV8 Challenge 1998-2003: 

DV8 Development League / Blitzes (Seasons):

IAFA DV8 Development League (Seasons): 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

IAFA DV8 Blitzes: 2012-13 2012 2010 2008 2007

IAFA Irish American Football League | Division 2: 2003 2002

IAFA Blitz: 2001

AFAI DV8 Blitzes: 1998-99

AFAI Development Mini-League: 1993

IAFL 8-a-side Festivals (Seasons): 1992 1989 1988 1987

Other Irish American Football

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:

Irish American Football Association | College Championship 2011-2018 

Colleges & Universities Sports Association of Ireland | American Football College Bowl 2006-2010

IAFA College Championship (Seasons:): 2014

CUSAI American Football College Bowl (Seasons): 2009

Competitions:

American Football Association of Ireland | Trinity Bowl 1992-1995

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.

Irish American Football League Festivals & Exhibition Matches 1986-Present

Irish American Football Association Marcel Seeley Memorial Cup 2016-2019

Irish American Football Association Dingle Classic (Gaeltacht Bowl) 2009-2011

American Football Association of Ireland | Trinity Bowl 1992-1995

Irish American Football League Summer Bowl Festival 1986-1989

IAFA /IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference Era Festivals & Exhibitions (Seasons): 2019 2018 2016

IAFA DV8 Festivals & Exhibitions (Seasons):  2012 2010 2008 2007

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League Festivals & Exhibitions (Seasons): 1992

IAFA Irish American Football League Festivals & Exhibitions (Seasons): 1989 1988 1987 1986

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

IAFA / IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference Era Preseason Friendlies (Season): 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014

IAFA Irish American Football League Preseason Friendlies: 2011 2010

IAFA / IAFL Super League Era Preseason Friendlies (seasons): 2004-05 2004 2003 2001

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League Pre-Season Friendlies: 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991

IAFA Irish American Football League Pre-Season Friendlies: 1990 1989 1987 1986

Irish American Football League Preseason Friendlies (Box-Score & Match Reports): 1989

All-Star Games

All Star Games have been a integral part of Irish American Football since the beginning, as in the National Football League.

Irish American Football League All-Star Games 1986-Present

Regional Development Leagues

Irish Council of American Football League of Ireland (Seasons): 1989

Irish Flag Football

Irish Flag Football League & Blitzes

Emerald Bowl Logo [Ref: 12]

[12] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Flag Football Season [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Emerald-Bowl-Logo_2020-300×282.png [Accessed 2 June 2020]

The first Flag Football Leagues in Ireland were in Northern Ireland in the mid-1980s. Then in 1991 members of the Dublin Tornadoes American Football Team started a league in Dublin to grow the game. The league became the Irish Flag Football League with addition of teams in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and lasted until 2000.

From the mid-1980s to 2000, there were two separate development bodies under the IAFA/AFAI: The Northern Ireland American Football Association & Irish council of American Football (Republic of Ireland) charged with developing Flag Football, Junior Football & 8-a-side DV8 Football.

Flag Football was restarted in 2001 as a series of Challenge Games held Nationally. This grew into a National Series of Blitzes, with approximately four Bowls held annually until the formation of the second Irish Flag Football League in 2007, this time a National one. It lasted two seasons before the blitz system was re-introduced. All of these iterations of Flag Football Leagues and Tournaments were under numerous Irish Flag Football Association banners.

In 2014 the Irish American Football association took over the running of Flag Football, and the Irish Flag Football League was re-instated, with the League named the Emerald Bowl Conference. A second level, the Glas (Green) Bowl Conference is being introduced in 2019.

Irish Flag Football Association Logo

Irish Flag Football League | Emerald Bowls 2015-2018

Irish Flag Football Association | Bowl Finals 2009-2014

Irish Council of American Football | Irish Flag Football Association | League Finals 1992-2000

Irish Flag Football Summer Bowl Blitzes (Bowls & Finals):

Irish Flag Football Association | Summer League Finals 1995-1997

Irish Collegiate American Football Association | Summer Bowl 1993-1994

Jack Daniels Summer Bowl International Flag Football Challenge 1986-1992

Irish International Flag Football Challenges (Finals):

Irish-American Flag Football Classic 2010-2014

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge 1997-2005

Irish Flag Football League (Decade / Era Overviews):

Irish Flag Football League Logo 2017 [Ref: 9]

[9] League Republic (2017) Irish Flag Football League Logo [Internet] Available from: http://images.leaguerepublic.com/data/images/424217313/110.jpg [Accessed 8 August 2017]

The Final Standings & Playoff Results at a glance: Decade / Era Overviews:

Irish Flag Football League (Decade / Era Final Tables & Playoffs Overviews)

Irish American Football Association Irish Flag Football League Emerald Bowl Conference 2014-2019

Irish Flag Football Association | Irish Flag Football League 2007-2008

Irish Flag Football League & Blitzes (Seasons):

Irish Flag football Association Logo 2007 [Ref: 8]

[8] Irish American Football Association (2007) IFFA Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/iffalogo.jpg [Accessed 7 April 2019]

Irish Flag Football League & Blitzes (Level 1)(Seasons)

IFFL Emerald Bowl Conference (2014-present): 2019 2018  2017 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 

IAFFA Tournaments (2009-2014): 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 

IFFA Irish Flag Football League (2007-2008): 2007-08 2007 

IFFA Tournaments (2001-2007)  2006-07 2005-06 2001-02 

IFFA Irish Flag Football League (1991-2000): 1999-2000 1998-99 1997-98 1996-97 1995-96 1994-95 

NIAFA Flag Football League:1986 1985

Irish Flag Football League and Blitzes (Level 2)

Irish American Football Association Flag Logo [Ref: 11]

[11] Irish American Football Association (2019) IAFA Flag Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/35114606_1940763235957567_6650268648923463680_o-1024×614.png [Accessed 1 July 2019]

As well as organising the Emerald Bowl Conference in 2014-15, the Irish Flag Football Association continued to run Blitzes and Tournaments. In 2019, these unofficial 2nd Levels became a full second division: the Glas (Green) Bowl Conference.

IAFA Glas Bowl Conference (2019-Present): 2019

IFFA Flag Football Blitzes (2014-Present): 2017-18 2014-15

Irish Flag Football Association (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Flag Football Ireland Logo 2017 [Ref: 10]

[10] Irish American Football Association (2017) Flag Football Ireland Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FFI_New-Logo-2017-615×400.png [Accessed 15 May 2017]

Box-Scores & Match Reports for each game, arranged on a season-by-season basis:

IFFA Challenge Matches (Box-Scores & Match Reports): 2001-02

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge (Box-Scores & Match Reports): 1997 1998 1999 2001 2004

Other Flag Football

A number of other Flag Football Competitions have taken place in Ireland besides the Irish Flag Football League & Blitzes, and International Competitons.

The most prominent of these would be the Junior Flag Football & Two-Touch Football (prior to Ireland getting Flags from America, teams had to rely on a system whereby the ball carrier was ‘tackled’ if he was touched with two hands.

There has also been College / University and Schools Flag Football Tournaments, and Indoor Flag Football Tournaments (the rules differ due to the walls of the Indoor Hall impinging on play).

Indoor Flag Football (2014)

IAFA Indoor Flag Football Tournaments (2014): 2014

Irish Schools Flag Football (2011-2018)

NFL UK Schools Flag Football Tournament (Seasons): 2018

IAFA / Sky Sports Schools Flag Football Programme (Seasons): 2015 2014

IAFA | Schools Flag Football Tournaments:

Irish American Football Association | Schools Flag Football Finals 2011-2013

IAFA / Women in Sport Schools Flag football Tournaments (Seasons): 2012

Irish Youth and Community Flag Football (1986-2006)

National Football League Flag Football League Knocknaheeny Cork 2006

Options Unlimited Junior Flag Football, Basketball and Baseball, Ballybrack and Loughlinstown 1986

Irish Junior Flag Football (2005-2006)

IFFA Junior League: 2005-06

Flag Football Summer Bowls (1986-1997)

Irish Flag Football Summer Bowl Blitzes (Bowls & Finals):

In addition to the Northern Ireland American Football Association Flag Football League (1985 to 1986) and the Irish Flag Football League (Greater Dublin Area) which started in 1991-92, there have been a number of Summer Bowls and Summer Leagues which have been run by various regional development bodies such as the Jack Daniels Summer Bowl, held in aid of Third World charities, the Irish Collegiate American Football Association Summer Bowl (1993-1994) and the Irish Flag Football Association Summer League (1995-1997).

Irish Flag Football Association | Summer League Finals 1995-1997

Irish Collegiate American Football Association | Summer Bowl 1993-1994

Jack Daniels Summer Bowl International Flag Football Challenge 1986-1992

ICAFA Summer Bowl: 1993

Junior Two-Touch American Football (1986-1991)

From 1986 to 1991, before Flags were brought in, there were a number of Junior Two-Touch Leagues organised by regional development bodies, such as the East Coast Junior Football Association (Greater Dublin Area) from 1986 to 1987, and the Northern Ireland Junior American League which ran from 1988 to 1990, when it became fully kitted. In 1991, a Junior Two-Touch American Football Blitz took place in Tymon Park, Tallaght.

ICAF Junior Touch American Football Blitz (Seasons): 1991

Northern Ireland Junior American League (Seasons): 1990 1988 

East Coast Junior Football Association (Seasons): 1987 1986 

Northern Ireland Junior American League (Preseasons): 1990

International Flag Football

International Flag Football

Ireland has been playing International Flag Football since 1997 at least, when friendlies against England were arranged. These continued until 2007. In 2009 the European Flag Football Championships were held in Belfast, with Ireland entering a team. In 2010 Ireland’s Under 13s (a Coed team) entered the European Championships for the first time and returned in 2012, along with an Under 15s team (also Coed). in 2013 the Senior team again entered the Championships.  2016 was a significant year for Irish Flag Football, when, a year after the establishment of the Irish Flag Football League, an International Series was held in Gormanston, Co. Meath, featuring Ireland as well as European National Teams and the Ramstein Mayhem club side from Germany.  

Team Ireland Logos [Ref: 13]

[13] American Football International (2016) Team Ireland Logos [Internet] Available from: http://i0.wp.com/www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Ireland-Team-Ireland-logos-2pic.jpg?resize=620%2C400 [Accessed 28 October 2016]

International Senior Flag Football (Overview):

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championship 2009-2013

Team Ireland Flag Football Friendlies 1997-2007

International Junior Flag Football (Overviews):

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championships Under 13 2010-2012

Team Ireland Youth | Flag Football Internationals 2006-2007

European International Flag Football (Seasons):

Irish Flag Football Association | International Series 2016

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championships Men | Pesaro, Italy 2013

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championships Under 15 Netherlands 2012

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championship Under 13 Netherlands 2012

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championship Under 13 Rome 2010

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championships Men | Belfast, Ireland 2009

International Flag Football Friendly Tournament 2007Irish International Flag Football Series 2006

European Club Flag Football:

Irish teams have been playing International matches since the first charity bowl in the 1980s in aid of GOAL (an Irish International Development Agency) – the GOAL Heroes v RTE Raiders. Following on from that the Drimnagh Cycos played in the Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge for 9 years against the Leicester Europa Eagles, and then another charity event, the Irish-American Flag Football Classic, was held between two teams representing the US Ambassador’s Residence (Phoenix Park Pirates) and the American Embassy (Dublin 8s). The Celtic Bowl was held in 2015 between 8 Irish teams and two Scottish teams to celebrate the 30th anniversary of American Football in Ireland. In 2016 Ireland hels an International Tournament featuring National Teams and also the Ramstein Mayhem from Germany. In 2017-18, the Kaiserslautern Screaming Eagles entered one of the Four IAFA Blitzes, which has been included here in the Irish International Club Flag Football section. 

European Club Flag Football (Overviews):

International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football | Champions Bowl 2016-2018

Irish International Club Flag Football (Overviews):

Irish-American Flag Football Classic 2010-2014

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge 1997-2005

International Flag Football | Irish Teams v US Services 1993-1996

Goal Celebrity Flag American Football Match 1988-1989

International Flag American Football Charity Match 1985

European Club Flag Football (Seasons):

International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football Champions Bowl 2018

International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football Champions Bowl 2017

International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football Champions Bowl 2016

Irish International Club Flag Football (Season Results):

Maynooth University Charity Flag Football Tournament 2020

Flag Football Ireland | Europa Cup Tournaments 2017-18

IT Tallaght International Flag Football Exhibitions 2016

Irish Flag Football Association | Celtic Bowl 2015

Irish International Club Flag Football (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge VIII | Box Score & Match Report 2004

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge V | Box Score & Match Report 2001

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge III | Box Score & Match Report 1999

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge II | Box Score & Match Report 1998

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge I | Box Score & Match Report 1997

E-Football

Madden NFL Computer Console Games (Decade Overview):

Relocation Football League (Madden NFL) 2016-Present

Fantasy Football (Decade Overviews):

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 1997-2005

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 2006-2015

NFL Fantasy Football | NFL-Ireland 2015-2018

Irish American Football Teams

Irish American Football Team Logos 1985-2019

Ireland Teams 

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Ireland National American Football Team 1986-Present

Era-by-Era Records (Scores)

IAFL All-Stars 1986-1991

Northern Hordes 1988-2003

Irish Wolfhounds v European Teams 2016-2019

Team Rosters and Box-Scores:

[ Great Britain Lions 22 Ireland Fighting Irish 0 – 17 March 1995 ]

[ Ireland Fighting Irish 45 Northwest GB All-Stars 0 – 26 November 1995 ]

[ Nations Cup 1997 ]

[ Dutch Lions 20 Irish Wolfhounds 0 | 27 August 2016 ]

[ Irish Wolfhounds 20 Belgian Barbarians 19 | 20 October 2018 ]

[ Belgian Barbarians 6 Irish Wolfhounds 7 Oct 2019

Northern Hordes | Irish Representative Team 1988-2003

IAFL All-Stars | Irish Representative Team 1986-1991

European Theater of Operations Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

[ Hale Blue Devils 1942 ]

Dublin Teams 

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Dublin Bulls 1997

Dublin Celts 1984-1993 [ 1985 1989 1990 1992 1993 ]

Dublin City University Saints 2006-2010: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/12/dublin-city-university-saints-irish-american-football-team-2006-2010/ [ 2007 ]

Dublin Dragons 2000-2014 [ 2002 2003 2006 ]

Dublin Lightning 1995-1998

Dublin Rebels 2001-Present [ 2002 2004 ]

Dublin Tigers 1998-1999

Dublin Tornadoes 1987-1996 [ 1995 ]

North Dublin Marshals 2006

South Dublin Panthers 2015-Present

Tallaght Outlaws 2007-2008

Ulster Teams:

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Antrim / A26 Bulldogs 1989-1993 [ 1992 ]

Antrim Jets [ 2019 ]

Bangor Buccaneers 1986-1987

Belfast Blitzers 1985-1988 [ 1986 ]

Belfast Bulls 2002-2008

Belfast Bulls 2nds 2002-2007

Belfast Spartans 1985-1996 [All-Time Players: 1984-1997]

Belfast / NI Giants 1987-1990

Carrickfergus / Belfast Knights 1994-present [ 1999 2002 2018 2019 ]

Carrickfergus / East Antrim Cougars 1986-1989

Coleraine Chieftains 1985-1990

Craigavon Cowboys 1986-Present [ 2017 ]

East Side Jets 1987 [ 1987 ]

Jordanstown Jaguars 1987

Lurgan Area Raiders 1994-1995

Newtownabbey Warriors 1991

Portadown Panthers 1996-1997

Queens University Belfast Broncos 1998-1999

Leinster Teams:

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Drogheda Vikings 1992

South Kildare Soldiers 2014-2017

Greystones Rebels 1998

North Kildare Reapers 2012-2017

Westmeath / Mullingar Minotaurs 2013-Present

Munster Teams:

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Cork Admirals 2002-Present [ 2007 ]

Lee Valley Steelers 1988-1993

University of Limerick Vikings 2001-Present [ 2008 2011]

Waterford Wolves 2013-2019

Connacht Teams:

Erris Rams 2009-2010

Galway Warriors 2014-Present

American Teams in Ireland:

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

[ Hale Blue Devils 1942 ]

Irish 7v7, 8v8, 9v9 Teams

Youth Kitted Teams:

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]

Antrim Jets [ 2019 ]

Ballymena Wolfhounds 1991-1998 [ Exhibition 1998]

Belfast Junior Spartans 1991-1992

Brownlow Bandits 1991

Prospect Pumas 1991-1993

Smaller Towns DV8 Teams:

Ardee Falcons 1993

Belfast Lasers 1998

Bray Seahawks 1989-1990

Craigavon Cowboys 2003-2009

Edenderry Soldiers 2008

Dublin Dragons 2008-2009

Midlands Soldiers 2009

Erris Rams 2009-2010

Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts [ 2008 ]

Trim Bulldogs 2011-2012 [ 2011 2012]

2nds Teams (DV8)

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Carrickfergus Knights 2nds 1998-present

Cork Admirals 2nds [ 2007 ]

Dublin Tornadoes Vets 1993

Belfast Bulls 2nds 2002-2007

Queens University Belfast Broncos 1998

Irish Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]: 

Team Ireland Flag Football Men: [International Series: 2016 ][ EFAF European Flag Football Championships: 2013 ]

Dublin Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Drimnagh Cycos 1995-2005 [ 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1999-2000 2001-02 ]

Dublin 86ers 2009-2013

Dublin Bay Raptors 2017-Present [ 2018 ]

Dublin Gladiators [ 1998-99 ] 

Dublin Vipers 2013-2017 [ 2015-16 ]

South Dublin Panthers [ 2014-15 ]

South West Jets 1994-1995

Leinster Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Maynooth University 2010-Present [ 2013-14 ]

Connacht Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Roscommon Rogues 2015-2016

Ulster Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Aldergrove Hawks 1986

Bangor Buccaneers 1985-1986

Belfast Blitzers 1985-1986

Belfast Spartans 1985

Coleraine Chieftains 1985-1986; 2001-2002

Craigavon Cowboys [ 2019 ]

Jordanstown Jaguars 1985-1986

Tyrone Tornadoes 1985-1986

Irish American Football Yearbooks

Below you will find links to Yearbooks containing:

Box Scores

Match Reports

Team Rosters

Scorers

for each season from 1985-Present.

1890s-1984 Yearbook:

Hale Blue Devils | European Theater of Operations American Football Team in Ireland | Team Roster & Match Reports 1942

1985 Yearbook:

Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team | Season 1985

1986 Yearbook:

Belfast Blitzers | Irish American Football Team | Team Roster & Match Reports 1986

1987 Yearbook:

East Side Jets Irish American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 1987

1989 Yearbook:

Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team | Season 1989

1990 Yearbook:

Dublin Celts Irish American Football Team Roster & Match Reports 1990

1992 Yearbook:

AFAI | All Ireland American Football League 1992 | Box Scores & Match Reports

American Football Association of Ireland | Pre-Season Friendlies 1992

Antrim Bulldogs | Irish American Football Team | 1992 Season Results & Match Reports

Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team | Season Roster & Match Reports 1992

1993 Yearbook:

Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team 1993 Season Results & Roster

1995 Yearbook:

AFAI | All Ireland American Football League 1995 | Box Scores & Match Reports

International American Football Friendly | Great Britain Lions 22 Irish Leprechauns 0 | Box Score & Match Report | 18 March 1995

Four Nations American Football International Friendly – Ireland Fighting Irish 45 Northwest GB All-Stars 0 – 26 November 1995

Irish Leprechauns | International American Football Team | 1995 Roster

Dublin Tornadoes | Irish American Football Team | 1995 Season Roster & Match Reports

1996 Yearbook:

Drimnagh Cycos | Irish Flag Football Team | Season 1995-96

1997 Yearbook:

Four Nations American Football | Nations Cup Box-Score & Match Reports 1997

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge I | Box Score & Match Report 1997

Drimnagh Cycos | Irish Flag Football Team | Season 1996-97

1998 Yearbook

UK & Ireland Youth Kitted Football | Exhibition 1998 Box Score

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge II | Box Score & Match Report 1998

Drimnagh Cycos | Irish Flag Football Team | Season 1997-98

1999 Yearbook

American Football Association of Ireland | Irish Senior League 1999 | Box Scores & Match Reports

Carrickfergus Knights Irish American Football Team Roster & Match Reports 1999

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge III | Box Score & Match Report 1999

Drimnagh Cycos | Irish Flag Football Team | 1998-99 Season Results & Roster

Dublin Gladiators | Irish Flag Football Team | 1998-99 Season Results & Roster

2000 Yearbook

Drimnagh Cycos | Irish Flag Football Team | 1999-2000 Season Results & Roster

2001 Yearbook

Irish American Football League | Winter League 2001 | Box Scores & Match Reports

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge V | Box Score & Match Report 2001

2002 Yearbook

Irish American Football Association | Irish American Football League | Spring League 2002 | Box Scores & Match Reports

Irish American Football Association | Irish American Football League | Spring League 2002 | Scoring Charts

Carrickfergus Knights Irish American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 2002

Dublin Dragons | Irish American Football Team | 2002 Season Roster & Match Reports

Dublin Rebels | Irish american Football Team | 2002 Season Roster & Match Reports

Irish Flag Football Association | Challenge Matches 2001-02 | Box Score & Match Reports

Drimnagh Cycos | Irish Flag Football Team | 2001-02 Season Roster & Match Reports

2003 Yearbook

Irish American Football Association | Irish American Football League | Division 1 2003 | Box Scores & Match Reports

Dublin Dragons | Irish American Football Team | 2003 Season Roster & Match Reports

2004 Yearbook:

European Federation of American Football | International Friendly | Ireland 6 Great Britain Bulldogs 69 | 4 September 2004

Dublin Rebels | Irish American Football Team | 2004 Season Roster & Match Reports

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge VIII | Box Score & Match Report 2004

2006 Yearbook:

European Federation of American Football | International Friendly | Ireland 8 Coventry Jets 35 | 15 October 2006

Dublin Dragons | Irish American Football Team | Team Roster & Match Reports 2006

2007 Yearbook:

Dublin City University Saints Irish American Football Team Match Reports and Roster 2007

2008 Yearbook:

University of Limerick Vikings | Irish American Football Team | 2008 Season Roster & Match Reports

Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts Irish 8-a-side American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 2008

2011 Yearbook:

University of Limerick Vikings | Irish American Football Team | 2011 Season Roster & Match Reports

Trim Bulldogs | Irish American Football 8-a-side Team | 2011 Season Roster & Match Reports

2012 Yearbook:

Trim Bulldogs | Irish American Football 8-a-side Team | 2012 Season Roster & Match Reports

2013 Yearbook:

Team Ireland Flag Football Men | Team Roster & Match Reports | EFAF European Flag Football Championships 2013

2015 Yearbook:

South Dublin Panthers | Irish Flag Football Team | 2014-15 Season Roster & Match Reports

2016 Yearbook:

International Federation of American Football Europe | International Friendly | Dutch Lions 20 Irish Wolfhounds 0 | 27 August 2016

Team Ireland Flag Football Match Reports and Roster 2016

Dublin Vipers Irish Flag Football Team Roster and Match Reports 2015-16

2017 Yearbook:

Craigavon Cowboys | Irish American Football Team | 2017 Season Results & Roster

2018 Yearbook

Irish Wolfhounds 20 Belgian Barbarians 19 | 20 October 2018

Belfast Knights Irish American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 2018

Dublin Bay Raptors | Irish Flag Football Team | 2018 Season Roster & Match Reports

2019 Yearbook

International Federation of American Football Europe | Belgian Barbarians 6 Irish Wolfhounds 7 | Box-Score & Match Report Oct 2019

Antrim Jets | 2019 IAFL 2 Conference Season | Box Scores & Match Reports

Belfast Knights | 2019 IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference Season | Box Scores & Match Reports

Antrim Jets | Irish Youth Kitted American Football Team | Season Roster & Match Reports 2019

Craigavon Cowboys Irish Flag Football Team Roster and Match Reports 2019

Irish American Football Records

Below you will find links to All-Time Records in Irish American Football & Flag Football: 

Roll of Honour:

Irish American Football League | Roll of Honour | Shamrock Bowl & Division Winners 1986-2018

Irish American Football League | Levels 2 & 3 Division Winners 2008-2019

Irish Flag Football League | Emerald Bowl Conference | Division Winners 2014-2018

All-Time Won-Loss Records:

Irish American Football League | All-Time Won-Loss Records 1986-2018

Irish American Football Youth Kitted All-Time Records

Irish Flag Football | All-Time Record 1991-2018

Irish American Football League Timelines

Irish American Football League | Timeline 1986-2018

Irish American Football Youth Kitted Timeline

Irish American Football League Expansion 1984-present

Irish American Football League | Year-on-Year Team Changes 1986-Present

IAFL Scoring Charts: 19952002 2018

Irish-Born Pro & College Players & Coaches

A look at the record of Irish-born Professional & US College American Football Players.

Irish-Born Professional & College American Football Players & Coaches:

Tom Furlong Irish-Born NFL and Pro American Football Player 1965-1966 (New York Giants (NFL), Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and Brooklyn Dodgers (CoFL))

Adrian Young Irish-Born NFL, Pro and College American Football Player 1964-1975 (USC Trojans (NCAA), Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), Detroit Lions (NFL), Chicago Bears (NFL) and The Hawaiians (WFL))

Emmett Waldron | Irish-Born Pro & College American Football Player 1993-1999 (Rice Owls (NCAA), Scottish Claymores (WLAF-NFLE))

Linda Holland | Irish-Born Pro Legends-Arena American Football Player 2014 (Western Australia Angels (LFL Australia))

Ian Jones | Irish Pro American Football Coach | Cleveland Browns & Houston Texans 2016-2017 (Cleveland Browns (NFL) Houston Texans (NFL))

Irish-Born College Only American Football Players:

Glenn Baker | Irish Born College American Football Player 2006-2007

Connor Leckey | Irish-Born College American Football Player 2009-2011

Darragh O’Neill | Irish Born College American Football Player 2011-2014

Sean Galvin | Irish-Born College American Football Player 2012-2014

Irish-Born Semi-Pro American Football Players:

Ciaran O’Connell | Irish-Born Semi-Pro American Football Player 2017

Irish American Football Management & Officials

A look at the various different Organisations in Irish American Football down through the years, and the composition of those organisations and members.

American Football Association of Ireland (1991-2000):

1997

American Football Ireland (2020-present):

2020

Awards & All-Star Teams

The Most Valuable Player Awards and All-Star Teams through the years.

Four Nations American Football | All-Nations Cup Teams:

Home Nations American Football | All-Nations Cup Team 1997

Irish American Football League MVP Awards:

Irish American Football League | MVP Awards 1993

Irish American Football Teams All-Time Players List

Belfast Spartans All-Time Players List 1984-1997: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/23/belfast-spartans-all-time-players-list-1984-1997/

Irish American Football Cheerleaders

Cork Admirals Cheerleaders (Seasons): 2010

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USA American Football

In this section:

  1. National Football League (Early Era 1920-1959): https://eirball.ie/national-football-league-2/
  2. National Football League (Super Bowl Era 1960-Present): https://eirball.ie/national-football-league-2/
  3. Early Pro Football Leagues (1890-1919):
  4. American Football Leagues Era (1920-1950): https://eirball.ie/american-football-leagues-era-1920-1950/
  5. United States Football Leagues Era (1960-1985): https://eirball.ie/united-states-football-leagues-era-1960-1985/
  6. Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (1986-Present): https://eirball.ie/arena-indoor-football-leagues/
  7. Legends Football Leagues (2004-2020): https://eirball.ie/legends-football-leagues/
  8. XFL Football Leagues Era (1990-2020): https://eirball.ie/xfl-football-leagues-era-1990-2020/

Note: This is a record of the Major Football Leagues (NFL and Major League Rivals to the NFL or AAA Leagues). For a more comprehensive look at each Era and League, please see the individual sections, also please see the other sections on American Football in this website:

World American Football

  1. International American Football: https://eirball.ie/international-american-football-2/
  2. World American Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/world-american-football-leagues-pro/
  3. Canadian Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/canadian-football-leagues/
  4. Mexican American Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/mexican-american-football-leagues/
  5. Japanese American Football: https://eirball.ie/japanese-american-football/
  6. European American Football: https://eirball.ie/european-american-football/

Minor League American Football:

  1. AA American Football Leagues (3rd Level: Regional: North, South, East, West): https://eirball.ie/aa-american-football-leagues/
  2. Semi-Pro American Football (4th Level: State Level Leagues): https://eirball.ie/semi-pro-american-football/
  3. Amateur American Football (5th Level: Gridiron Development Football Leagues: City-Based): https://eirball.ie/gridiron-development-leagues/

Other American Football:

  1. Women’s American Football: https://eirball.ie/womens-american-football/
  2. US College Football: https://eirball.ie/college-football/
  3. US Armed Forces Overseas: https://eirball.ie/us-air-force-army-football/
  4. World Flag Football: https://eirball.ie/flag-football-world/
  5. World E-Football: https://eirball.ie/world-e-football/

Major American Football Leagues Timeline:

Major American Football Leagues Timeline 1909-Present (from the Canadian Football League 1909-Present to the various Major Leagues in the USA and around the World, to the XFL-Era failed Leagues:

https://eirball.ie/2020/05/04/major-american-football-leagues-timeline-1909-2020/

National Football League Early Era (1920-1959)

The most successful teams in the Ohio League and Upstate New York Pro Football Circuit joined forces in 1920, in attempt at creating a true National Football League, in order to provide a common set of rules and to cut down on the spiralling wage demands, which saw players jump from team to team in search of the best pay packet. This League, the American Professional Football Association, renamed itself the National Football League in 1922, and has since become the most popular sports league in America, although from 1920-1932 it was still a Minor (AAA) League in status.

(see: National Football League for more details on 1933-Present)

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National Football League Logo [Reference: 1]

National Football League 1920-1925 (Irish Players)

National Football League Super Bowl Era (1960-Present)

National Football League and American Football League 1966-1969 (Tom Furlong and Adrian Young): https://eirball.ie/2020/04/13/national-football-league-and-american-football-league-1966-1969-irish-players/

National Football League 1970-1975 (Adrian Young): https://eirball.ie/2020/04/13/national-football-league-1970-1975-irish-players/

National Football League (Preseasons):

2019

NFL Timelines

National Football League Major League Teams Timeline 1920-present

National Football League Expansion 1920-present

Early Pro American Football (1890-1919)

The first Pro american Football League was the Western Pennsylvania Pro Football Circuit in the Pittsburgh and surrounding Coal-Mining areas. The Leagues were unofficial, and the players paid under the counter. The first Word series was held in 1901, actually a five-team tournament, and that lasted two seasons. In 1903 the Ohio League became the first League to Officially pay players and when that League saw players salaries spiral due to competition from other teams for their services, four Ohio League teams joined forces with teams from Pennsylvania and Upstate New York to form the American Professional Football Association in 1920, which in 1922 changed its name to the National Football League, the Major League we know today. Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the NFL Preseason opens there with the latest induction of Hall of Fame players in honour of the Canton Bulldogs, prime players in the Ohio League and formation of the NFL.

Ohio League:

Ohio League Champions Roll of Honour 1903-1919: https://eirball.ie/2019/07/20/ohio-league-champions-1903-1919/

Ohio League Standings 1915-1919: https://eirball.ie/2019/10/12/ohio-league-1915-1919-irish-players/

American Football Leagues Era (1920-1950)

Rival Leagues to the National Football League have existed since the 1920s, most of them from the 1920s to 1960s called themselves the American Football League, and since then there has been a variety of names and ideas, such as the Continental Football League (1965-1969), World Football League (1974-1975), Spring Leagues (United States Football League, 1983-1985), Indoor Football Leagues (Arena Football League 1986-2019), World Football Leagues (World League of American Football / NFL Europe 1991-2007, Elite Football League of India 2012, China AFL 2016-2019, & LFA Mexico 2016-present), Extreme Football Leagues & Leagues which failed to get off the ground (PSFL 1993, Spring League 2000, XFL 2001, United Football League 2009-2011, FXFL 2014-2015, North American Football League 2016, The Spring League 2017-Present, XFL 2020), More recently Minority Football Leagues have appeared such as the Alliance of American Football 2019 and the Freedom Football League 2020.

Only the American Football League of 1960-1969 has been successful long-term, leading to both the start of the Super Bowl between the AFL Winners and the NFL Winners in 1967 and the eventual merger of the two leagues (They are now the American & National Football Conferences in the NFL – the Super Bowl is still played between the winners of the two Conferences)

American Football Leagues Era (1926-1950):

The first Major rival to the NFL to use the American Football League name was the AFL of 1926, and from then until 1950 Leagues using this name came and went, usually lasting only one or two seasons. Theses Leagues, however, are notable for the genesis of teams such as the Cleveland (Now Los Angeles) Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore (now Indianapolis) Colts, which later joined the NFL. The AFL of 1960 also reused the names of some of these teams (Buffalo Bills & Cincinnati Bengals), teams which are now also in the NFL.

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All-America Football Conference Logo [Reference: 2]

American Football League 1926

American Football League 1934

American Football League 1936-1937

American Football League 1938-1939

American Football League 1940-1941

American Football League 1944

Pacific Coast Pro Football League 1940-1948

All-American Football Conference 1946-1949

All-America Football Conference (seasons): 1949

Major American Football Leagues Timelines

National Football League Major League Teams Timeline 1920-present

Canadian Football League Timeline 1869-present

National & American Football Leagues Timeline 1920-1959

United States Football Leagues Era Timeline 1960-1985

United States Football Leagues Era (1960-1985)

United States Football Leagues Era (1960-1985):

After a break in the 1950s when the National Football League started playing International games in Canada and against Canadian opposition, and the Canadian Football League provided a AAA Alternative to the NFL, new AAA Leagues started up again in the 1960s. The United Football League (1961-1964) was the first of these, and then from 1965-1969 the Continental Football League was the first to put teams in both Canada and Mexico.

The Southwestern Football League of 1972-1973 was the precursor to the World Football League (1974-1975) which aimed to bring the sport to the World, although Hawaii was as far as it got. The American Football association of 1977-1983 was another attempt at a AAA League although it was put out of business by the United States Football League (1983-1985) which was the first Major Spring League.  It featured High Profile Owners, such as the later US President Donald Trump, but was itself put out of business by the NFL’s collusion with the Major TV Networks to keep it off the air, as was proved in a later anti-trust trial.

Most of these Leagues, in particular the WFL & USFL tried, and failed to become another American Football League of 1960-1969 which was so successful it forced a merger with the NFL, with the winners of the two Leagues (now conferences since the merger in 1970) playing each other in the Super Bowl. (see National Football League )

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United States Football League Logo [Reference: 6]

United Football League 1961-1964 (*)

Continental Football League 1965-1969

Southwestern Football League 1972-1973 (*)

World Football League 1974-1975 (Irish Players)

American Football Association 1977-1983 (*)

United States Football League 1983-1985

Southwestern Football League (Seasons): 1973

XFL Football Leagues Era (1990-2020)

X Football Leagues Era (1990-2020)

From the early 1990s to 2020 Leagues have sprung up that have attempted to be the AFL / WFL / USFL of the Era. Some of these Leagues, such as the XFL of 2001 and 2020 have had quite an impact on the American Football scene, with big budgets, and Major TV contracts. Most of these Leagues, however, have failed to even start their first season, have defrauded investors, or just suffered from a lack of mainstream publicity in the Internet Era with so much Football and other sports available to view online.

United Football League 2009-2011

Stars Football League 2011-2013

FXFL Fall Experimental Football League 2014-2015

The Spring League 2017-Present

International League of American Football (Seasons): 1990 (W)

Professional Spring Football League (Seasons): 1993

Spring Football League (Seasons): 2000

XFL (Seasons): 2001

Stars Football League (Seasons): 2011 2012 2013

North American Football League (Seasons): 2016

Trinity Professional Spring Football League (Seasons): 2018

Alliance of American Football (Seasons): 2019

XFL (Seasons): 2020

Freedom Football League (Seasons): 2020

Major League Football (Seasons): 2020

X-League Extreme Football League (Seasons): 2020 (L)

Note: (W) Usually considered part of the World Football Leagues.

(L) Usually considered part of the Legends Football Leagues.

Arena / Indoor Football Leagues

About Arena / Indoor Football

Indoor Football, also known as Arena Football was developed in 1986 as an 8v8 form of Indoor American Football. After an initial few seasons where the game was developed with a 4 team league, a full seasons League with eventually over a dozen teams was developed in the 1990 which was considered by the Wall Street Journal to be a fifth major.

The Arena Football League over-expanded in the 2000s with a Minor League, and its importance (and number of teams) waned since it first experienced financial diffulties  in 2009, and it ceased operations after the 2019 season due to the legacy debt incurred.

There is now, however, Indoor Football Leagues all over America, all of which would now be considered Minor League or Semi-Pro (AAA, AA, or even A)

Indoor Football is played on a 50-yard field with two 8-yard endzones, and teams have 5 downs (attempts) to reach the endzone or the ball is turned over. 3 of those downs must be passing plays, making Indoor Football highly explosive and high scoring.

The main difference between Arena Football & Indoor Football is the rebound nets either side of the goalposts in Arena Football, which is the only part of the original patent given to the Arena Football League in 1989, that a subsequent ruling in 1998 ruled was copyright, the rest being Football already in other leagues.

Note: For Women’s Indoor Football Leagues, including both Serious Leagues such as the Super 8 Football League in Baja California (Mexico) and Lingerie/Legends Football Leagues (where the Women wear sexy apparel) see Women’s American Football

Note 2: The American grading system for Pro Leagues is 1. Major League, 2. AAA League, 3. AA League, 4. A League, 5. Semi-Pro State Leagues.

Equivalent to 1. Premier League / Major League Soccer, 2. EFL/USL Championship, 3. EFL/USL League 1, 4. EFL/USL League 2, and 5. National League/NPSL in the English and American Soccer System.

Note 3: League in Bold sometimes considered Major Football Leagues.

Major Arena Football Leagues

Arena Football League (Major National Leagues):

Arena Football League 1987-1991

Arena Football League 1992-2000

Arena Football League 2001-2008

Arena Football League 2010-2015

Arena Football League 2016-2019

Arena Football League (Seasons):

2019

Legends Football Leagues

The Lingerie Bowl was first played in 2004 as a rival to the Super Bowl half-time show which was seen by many fans as two long and boring. It was aired on a rival TV network and featured two teams of scantily-clad Women. The Bowl eventually came a fully-fledged league in 2009. The owner of the League admitted it was aimed at beer-drinking college students and following claims of sexism the Lingerie was replaced by bicycle shorts and crop-tops, and the League renamed the Legends Football League.

Legends Football Leagues

United States Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues

Lingerie Bowl 2004-2009

Lingerie Football League 2009-2012

Legends Football League United States 2013-2019

World Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues

Lingerie Football League Canada 2012-13

Legends Football League | Australia 2013-2014

Pretty Girls Football League | Mexico 2017

Legends Football League United States (Seasons):

2019

Women’s X-Leagues

X-League Extreme Football League (Seasons):

2020

World American Football

Canadian Football Leagues

Canadian Rugby Union (1907-1958)

The Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the Big Four (Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Football Club), The Grey Cup was donated in 1909 by the Earl of Grey, for which only Canadian Rugby Union members may play for. The CFL’s version of the Super Bowl, and since the 1950s has been in the sole possession of the CFL, when the sport broke away from the Canadian Rugby Union and formed its own League, with the Cup dating back to the late-nineteenth century.

Canadian Football is 12-a-side as opposed to 11-a-side in standard American Football, with a 110-yard field, with two 20-yard endzones (whereas in American Football it is 100-yards long with two 15-yard endzones). in Canadian Football teams also have only three downs (attempts) in which to gain 10 yards before the ball is turned over as opposed to 4 in American Football. There is also the “Rouge” – 1 Point scored when the ball is kicked out the back of the endzone.

For more on Canadian Football, including Minor Canadian Football Leagues, matches played between Canadian teams and other countries teams, and Internationals featuring Canadian U21 and Minor League teams see https://eirball.ie/canadian-football-leagues/

Canadian Football League 1950-1959

Canadian Football League Internationals:

National Football League v Canadian Football League 1950-1969

Canadian Football League Major Era (1958-Present):

Canadian Football League 1993-1995

Canadian Football League 2001-2009

Canadian Football League (Seasons):

2019 2020

Canadian Football League Timelines:

Canadian Football League Timeline 1869-present

Canadian Football League Expansion 1869-present

Mexican American Football Leagues

for more on Mexican American Football, including State Leagues, and 8-v-8 Leagues across the US-Mexican Border see https://eirball.ie/mexican-american-football-leagues/

Mexican Pro-Leagues:

Major Mexican American Football Leagues:

Liga Futbol Americano (Mexico) 2016-2019

Liga Football Americano (Mexico) (Seasons): 2016 2019 2020

AAA Mexican American Football Leagues:

Futbol Americano de Mexico 2019-Present

Futbol Americano (Mexico) Asociacion 2014-2016

Futbol Americano de Mexico (Seasons): 2020 2019

Mexican College American Football

Mexican College Bowls:

Tazon Azteca (Aztec Bowl – Mexican v US American Football) 1947-Present

Organizacion Nacional Estudiantil de Futbol Americano (ONEFA Mexico) | Campeones Nacional de Liga Mayor 1933-2017

Organizacion Nacional Estudiantil de Futbol Americano ONEFA Liga Mayor (Overviews):

Organizacion Nacional Estudiantil de Futbol Americano Liga Mayor Conferencia de los Diez Grandes (ONEFA Mexico Major League Big 10) 1996-1999

Japan American Football

Japan Rice Bowl (Universities v Social Champions):

Japan American Football Association | Japan American Football Championship | Rice Bowl 1984-2019

Japan X-League (Social / Business League)

Japan American Football Association | X-League 2017-2019

Japan Universities (Student Leagues)

North Japan University Championship (Japan) Pine Bowl 2012-Present (Tohuku Region v Hokkaido University)

Tohoku Collegiate American Football Association TCAA (Japan) Champions 1976-Present (Tohoku Region – Northeast Japan)

Tohoku Collegiate American Football Association (TCAA – Northeast Japan – Seasons):

2019-20 2018-19

Japan Private Football Association JPFF (Private / Clubs League):

Japan Private Football Association JPFF All Japan Championship Ocean Bowl 2016-Present

International American Football

The first match that could be described as an International Gridiron or American Football mstch is the one between two AFL teams in Canada in 1926. Following this the NFL and AFL played a series of matches between the Leagues in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

In 1941 the first Canadian Football League v American Football League matches were held, and in 1950 the first match between a National Football League team and a Canadian Football League team.

Beginning in the 1970s, there were attempts at promoting American Football in Europe, through the Intercontinental Football League, and from there the World. In 1976 the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers played in Tokyo. In 1984 two United States Football League teams played in London, and in 1986 the first NFL American Bowl preseason game was held in London.

In 1999 the first World Cup was held, involving USA, Canada, as well as four other Nations which have to qualify through a series of matches.

In 2007 the NFL decided to promote the NFL in London, Mexico City and Toronto with the International Series of Regular Season games, which have run until the present.

For more on International American Football, including Minor League internationals (US & Canadian Teams), Internationals involving Colleges (US & Canada) and Internationals between countries see: https://eirball.ie/international-american-football/

Major American Football Leagues Internationals

American Football League International (1926)

American Football League International 1926

National Football League v American Football Leagues (1927-1937):

Whilst not strictly speaking International matches, the National Football League has also played matches against American Football League teams in the 1920s, 1930s, & 1940s.

National Football League v American Football League 1927-1928

California Winter League 1927-1928

Memphis Tigers | AAA Independent American Football 1929-1933

National Football League v Pacific Coast Football League 1936

Pacific Coast Football Leagues (Seasons): 1927 1928

Canadian Football League v Major American Football Leagues (1941-1969)

Canadian Football League v American Football League Matches 1941-1948

National Football League v Canadian Football League 1950-1969

Major American Football Leagues International (1972-Present)

The National Football League began playing matches abroad in 1950, with a series of matches in Canada and against Canadian opposition, which lasted until 1969. Then it played a match in Paris in 1972, as well as matches in the 1970s in Tokyo in partnership with the Intercontinental Football League. In the 1980s it started playing preseason matches in Europe (the American Bowl) and after the NFL Europe Development League experiment (1991-2007) it scheduled Regular Season NFL games in London, as well as preseason games in Japan, Mexico & Toronto.

In the meantime there has also been matches between NCAA and Minor League teams and teams from Leagues around the World.

National Football League International Games

National Football League Intercontinental 1972-1978

United States Football League | Postseason Exhibition Game in London 1984

National Football League | American Bowl Pre-Season Games in Europe 1986-1997

National Football League American Bowl Preseason Games in Mexico 1994-2001

National Football League International | Regular Season Games in London 2007-Present

Minor American Football Leagues Internationals

Intercontinental Football League European Championship 1976-1978

Proposed American Football League in USSR 1979

Intercontinental Football League European Championship (Seasons): 1978 1977 1976

The Spring League Internationals 2020

American Football World Cups

American Football World Cup:

1999 2003 2007 2011

World Football Leagues (AAA) (1990-Present)

The first American Football teams outside North America were formed in Mexico in the 1930s and Japan soon after WWII.

Mexican & Japanese American Football Leagues are considered Major League as the constitute, along with Canada & USA, the four Major Gridiron Football playing countries.

(see Mexican American Football Leagues and Japanese American Football for more details)

In 1970 the film M*A*S*H with its climactic end sequence featuring an American Football game among GI’s was a big hit in Europe, and the first attempts to start a Pro League on the continent were staged in the early 1970s in the EEC and late 1970s in the USSR. In the Late 1970s and early 1980s the first TV Programmes showing American Football in Europe caused a surge in interest and League, involving mostly European Players have since taken off in most European Countries.

(see European American Football and for more on European American Football, including National Leagues, and the Euro Bowl)

The first American Football Leagues outside the Major 4 of USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan were created in Korea in the 1950s).

Starting in the 1980s the first League started in Australia, then in the 1990s, the CIS (Russia and the former USSR), and South and Central America in the 2000s, and Africa in the 2010s.

These, as well as other Asian Countries are dealt with on this page.

World Pro American Football Leagues (AAA) (1990-Present)

The first attempts to start American Football League with a truly World Outlook were which actually played a game were started in Europe, Canada and USA in 1991: The World League of American Football was the National Football League’s first attempt at starting both a World League and Development League (AAA in American terms). It lasted two seasons an was brought back as a Europe-only League in 1995, which lasted until 2007.

Since then there has been numerous Pro Leagues around the World which have been started by, or have had some involvement with, former NFL Coaches and Players.

International League of American Football 1990 : https://eirball.ie/2020/02/23/international-league-of-american-football-1990/ [E]

World League of American Football 1991-1992

American Football League of Europe 1994-1995 [E]

World League of American Football 1995-1997 [E]

National Football League Europe 1998-2007 [E]

Elite Football league of India 2012

Lingerie Football League Canada 2012-13 [L]

Legends Football League | Australia 2013-2014 [L]

Pretty Girls Football League | Mexico 2017 [L]

China Arena Football League 2016-2019 [AI]

China Arena Football League (Seasons): 2019

Note: [E] Also considered part of the European Football Leagues

[L] Also considered part of the Legends Football Leagues.

[AI] Also considered part of the Arena / Indoor Football Leagues.

European American Football

National Football League International & Development Leagues (Major & AAA):

After the US Air Force & Army Leagues, the National Football League set about promoting the NFL in Europe. In 1970 the film M*A*S*H saw the first mainstream exposure of American Football in Europe with its climactic Football game at the end. Immediately following this there were expressions of interest from Europeans about setting up a League, and what followed was the Intercontinental Football League, which was to feature 6 teams, including the Rome Gladiators, owned by Bruno Beneck, the director of the most popular TV Sports Show in Italy, who had successfully introduced Baseball 20 years earlier. The League never got off the ground due to the oil crisis and the spectre of Terrorism, but the IFL continued to promote the game, playing a game in 1972 in Paris featuring NFL players, as well as bringing College teams and Semi-Pro Teams from 1976-1978 to play a best-of-5 European Championship.

TV stations started showing American Football in the late-1970s and early 1980s and the first Leagues sprang up, including the Rome Gladiators in Bruno Beneck’s Italy. By 1986 the National Football League had begun to play Pre-Season games in London, Barcelona, Berlin and Dublin. The European audiences soon wanted more so the World League of American Football, featuring 3 European teams, 6 American and one Canadian, was started in 1991. It lasted two seasons before being shelved by the NFL due to the lack of interest from American fans in a Development League. The American Football League of Europe, which ran from 1994-1995 filled in the gap in Pro Football, with its mix of start-up teams and teams from the European National Leagues bolstered by American imports.

The World League returned in 1995 as a 6-team Europe-only League and was renamed the NFL Europe League in 1998. After initial success, attendances dwindled – the fans wanted an NFL franchise – so in 2007 the NFL folded the League and focused on promoting the NFL in Europe through the NFL International Series – starting with one NFL Regular Season game a year played in London, growing to 4-per-year by 2020, with the stated intention of putting a team in London permanently by 2022.

For more on European American Football, including AA Leagues (Northern, Western, Southern, Central, Eastern Europe) and National Leagues see https://eirball.ie/european-american-football/

European Pro Football Leagues (Level 1):

Intercontinental Football League 1974-1975

Intercontinental Football League European Championship 1976-1978

Proposed American Football League in USSR 1979

United States Football League | Postseason Exhibition Game in London 1984

National Football League | American Bowl Pre-Season Games in Europe 1986-1997

International League of American Football 1990

World League of American Football 1991-1992

American Football League of Europe 1994-1995

World League of American Football 1995-1997

National Football League Europe 1998-2007

National Football League International | Regular Season Games in London 2007-Present

Intercontinental Football League European Championship (Seasons): 1978 1977 1976

American Football League of Europe (Seasons): 1995

European Football Associations & the Eurobowl (AAA)

The first Eurobowl for European National Champions was played in 1986, governed by the European Football League. The organisation fell apart in 1992, following the expulsion of the United Kingdom, and was replaced by the European Federation of American Football which ran the Eurobowl until 2015 when the German Football League International took over running the sport for one year, being replaced in turn by the Europe Division of the International Federation of American Football, the World Governing Body.

European American Football Level 1 Overviews:

EFL / EFAF Eurobowl 1986-2014: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/15/european-federation-of-american-football-european-football-league-eurobowl-1986-2014/

IFAF Europe Big 6 European Football League 2015-Present: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/15/international-federation-of-american-football-europe-big-6-european-football-league-2015-present/

European Football League Eurobowl (Level 1): 1986 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992

IFAF Europe European Football League (Level 2): 2016

Latin American Football Leagues

This is a record of Latin American Gridiron (American Football) Leagues. American Football is known as Football Americano, or just simply Football, in Latin America, as opposed to Futbol, which is the Spanish name for Soccer.

The sport was first played in Mexico in the late 19th Century, and leagues first started appearing in Mexico in the 1940s. In the 2000s the first Kitted American Football Leagues started in Argentina and Brazil, and are now played everywhere in Latin America.

For more on Mexican American Football Leagues (Including Professional, College and State Leagues) see: Mexican American Football Leagues

Guatemala

Liga Asociacion Guatemalteca de Football Americano (Overviews):

Asociacion Guatemalteca de Football Americano 2015-2017

Argentina

Football Americano Argentina Liga Mayor (Overviews):

Football Americano Argentina Liga Mayor 2012-2019

Asian American Football

American Football has been played in Asia since the 1930s when American teachers in Japan first promoted the game.

Japan:

Japan American Football Association | Japan American Football Championship | Rice Bowl 1984-2019

Korea:

Korea American Football Association | Kimchi Bowl 1995-2017

India:

Elite Football league of India 2012

United Arab Emirates:

United Arab Emirates | International American Football Matches 2012-2018

Pacific American Football Leagues

Since the 1990s American Football Leagues have been organised in Korea, Australia & New Zealand, with the sport spreading to China, India, Turkey and Arab Countries

Pacific American Football Leagues:

Australian Gridiron Leagues (Overviews):

Gridiron South Australia Seniors 1986-1989

New Zealand | American Football Canterbury (Seasons):

2018

Asian American Football Leagues:

Korea (Overviews):

Korea American Football Association | Kimchi Bowl 1995-2017

China (Overviews):

China Arena Football League 2016-2019

China Arena Football League (Seasons):

2019

Elite Football League of India (Overviews): 

Elite Football league of India 2012

Arab American Football Leagues:

United Arab Emirates (Overviews):

United Arab Emirates | International American Football Matches 2012-2018

African American Football Leagues

The Egyptian American Football league is currently the only fully kitted contact American Football League in Africa, although there are Flag Football Leagues (Tag) in Egypt, Morocco and Ivory Coast.

Egypt

EFAF Egyptian National Football League (Overviews):

Egyptian National Football League Egyptian Bowl 2015-Present

Female American Football

There are both serious Women’s American Football Leagues and the Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues, where players play in skimpy kit.

Women’s American Football

Women’s Football Alliance (USA):

Woman’s Football Alliance Division I 2017-Present

Mexican Women’s American Football Leagues:

FXF Football Xtremo Femenil (Mexico) 2019

The Lingerie Bowl was first played in 2004 as a rival to the Super Bowl half-time show which was seen by many fans as two long and boring. It was aired on a rival TV network and featured two teams of scantily-clad Women. The Bowl eventually came a fully-fledged league in 2009. The owner of the League admitted it was aimed at beer-drinking college students and following claims of sexism the Lingerie was replaced by bicycle shorts and crop-tops, and the League renamed the Legends Football League.

Ladies Indoor Football Leagues

Super 8 Football League Ladies Baja (Mexico):

Super 8 Football League Ladies Championship 2016-2017

Legends Football Leagues

United States Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues

Lingerie Bowl 2004-2009

Lingerie Football League 2009-2012

Legends Football League United States 2013-2019

World Lingerie / Legends Football Leagues

Lingerie Football League Canada 2012-13

Legends Football League | Australia 2013-2014

Pretty Girls Football League | Mexico 2017

Legends Football League United States (Seasons):

2019

Women’s X-Leagues

X-League Extreme Football League (Seasons):

2020

USA College Football

Irish Players have played College Football since the 19th Century:

Below you will find a list of links to Irish Connections with the NCAA and NAIA stateside:

Division 1 Football Bowl Series and Division 1 Football Championship Series, were known as Division 1A and Division 1AA respectively. This was before the separation of the Big 5 Conferences in the FBS into the College Football Playoff.

NCAA Football Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Playoff (Seasons):

2015-16

NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Sub-Division:

NCAA | Division 1 FBS | American Athletic Conference 2013-2014

NCAA Football Division 1A (Pre-CFP)(Seasons): 1991-92 1988

Minor League American Football

This is a record of AA (3rd Level Regional Leagues), Semi-Pro State Football Leagues and Amateur Gridiron Development Leagues.

For AAA (2nd Level / NFL Rivals) see the following sections:

  1. American Football Leagues Era (1920-1950): https://eirball.ie/american-football-leagues-era-1920-1950/
  2. United States Football Leagues Era (1960-1985): https://eirball.ie/united-states-football-leagues-era-1960-1985/
  3. Arena / Indoor Football Leagues (1986-Present): https://eirball.ie/arena-indoor-football-leagues/
  4. Legends Football Leagues (2004-2020): https://eirball.ie/legends-football-leagues/
  5. XFL Football Leagues Era (1990-2020): https://eirball.ie/xfl-football-leagues-era-1990-2020/

AA American Football Leagues

AA American Football Leagues are Regional Professional Leagues, that come below the National Football League and AAA American Football Leagues.

They are Regional in character i.e. being entirely based in either the Northeast/East Coast; Midwest; South or West.

Eastern Football Leagues

Anthracite Football League 1923-1924

Eastern Football League 1926-1927

Anthracite Football League 1928-1929

American Football Association 1936-1941

American Football League 1946-1950

Mid-Western Football Leagues

Mid-West Football League 1936-1937

United Football League 1961-1964

Southern Football Leagues

Dixie Football League 1936-1941

The Spring League 2017-Present

Western Football Leagues

Pacific Coast Football League 1926

Pacific Coast Pro Football League 1934-1935

Salinas Packers | California Pro American Football 1936-1937

California Football League 1938

Pacific Coast Pro Football League 1940-1948

Southwestern Football League 1972-1973

Semi-Pro State Football Leagues

The first Professional American Football League in America that openly paid its players was the Ohio League (1902-1919). Four of its leading teams, including the Canton Bulldogs asked teams in Pennsylvania and New York State to form a National League in 1920 – thus the NFL was born.

Semi-Pro Leagues exist all over USA, organised roughly on state lines.

Below you will find a link to Irish Connections throughout the USA

New York Metropolitan Area:

Semi-Pro State American Football | Five Star Football League 2010-2017

Pennsylvania:

Anthracite Football League 1924

Ohio:

Ohio League | Champions 1903-1919

Ohio League 1915-1919 (Irish Players)

Kentucky:

Armco Semi-Pro Football Teams 1924-1929

Virginia-Carolina:

Virginia-Carolina Football League 1937

Montana Leagues:

Butte Independent League 1920-1928

Northwest Leagues (Washington & Oregon):

Pacific Northwest Football League 1980

Northwest International Alliance 1980-1981

Northwest Football League 1982-1989

California:

Pacific Coast Football League 1926

Pacific Coast Pro Football League 1934-1935

Salinas Packers | California Pro American Football 1936-1937

California Football League 1938

Cal-exico (California-Mexico Leagues):

Super 8 Football League | Winter Bowl 2015

Super 8 Football League | West Coast 2016-2017

Alaska:

Alaska Football League 2015-2018

Gridiron Development Leagues

Gridiron Development Leagues (National)

Gridiron Development Leagues are American Football Leagues where the players aren’t paid in order to continue their College Eligibility. Players can thus continue playing American Football after High School, even though they didn’t get on a NCAA College team. They can thus enroll in Private Tuition and use this as a stepping stone to full University Courses & College Teams or Semi-Pro or Pro Football. It can suit players with a slower Development in High School than those who went on to University.

Gridiron Development Football League (Overviews):

Gridiron Developmental Football League 2015-2019

Gridiron Development Football League (Seasons):

2020

Gridiron Development Leagues (City / State)

Since 2000 there has also been a development whereby small leagues with 4 or so teams play a limited schedule (e.g. 2 games each), usually in one city, although some Leagues have been more National or Regional in scope.

Stars Football League (Primarily South Florida)

Stars Football League 2011-2013 : https://eirball.ie/2020/04/11/stars-football-league-2011-2013/

Stars Football League (Seasons): 2011 2012 2013

FXFL Fall Experimental Football League (Primarily NY-New England):

FXFL Fall Experimental Football League 2014-2015: https://eirball.ie/2020/01/24/fxfl-fall-experimental-football-league-2014-2015/

The Spring League (Austin, Texas):

The Spring League 2017-Present: The Spring League 2017-Present

Recreational Development Football Leagues (City):

There has also been the development of City-based recreational Leagues, such as the Sevenman Tackle Football League in Carrollton, North Texas (1999-2005)

Texas Recreational Football Leagues:

Sevenman Tackle Football League (Texas) 1999-2005

USA High School Football

High School Football has often bee likened to a religion in the United States of America. There are many teams named after the Fighting Irish or similar Irish connections, with teams based in towns and cities named Dublin, Baltimore and other Irish town names.

Georgia High School Football Association

GHSA Football Champins AA & A 1947-Present: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/30/georgia-high-school-association-football-champions-aa-a-1947-present/

US Armed Forces Football

Ever since World War II, American teams have played in European Leagues (usually in US Army Leagues stationed around the World), or have played matches against teams from around the World (usually Under 19/20 representative teams from the USA).

United States Air Force & Army Leagues:

American Expeditionary Force Football League 1918-1919

European Theater of Operations Championship 1942-1944

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

United States Air Force in Europe | United Kingdom Sports Conference 1951-1993

Intercontinental Football League College and Air Force Games 1972-1973

United States Armed Forces in Europe | Northern Italian League 1974-1975

United States Air Force & Army Leagues | Teams:

Hale Blue Devils | European Theater of Operations American Football Team in Ireland | Team Roster & Match Reports 1942

Flag Football World

Flag Football was invented in the 1940s as a non-contact version of American Football.

The first Pro leagues were set up in the coming decades, with a America-wide League currently in operation with Regional Playoffs followed by a Final with a purse of $1 Million, which includes teams of former NFL players.

Below you will find links to Top-Level Leagues Worldwide:

European Champions Bowl:

Flag Football | Champions Bowl 2016-2018

Scotland:

Scottish Flag Football Association 2003-2007: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/20/scottish-flag-football-association-senior-2003-2007/

World E-Football

Madden NFL Computer Console Games (Decade Overview):

Relocation Football League (Madden NFL) 2016-Present

MUTHEAD Madden Ultimate Team MHL Season 7 2019

Fantasy Football (Decade Overviews):

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 1997-2005

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 2006-2015

NFL Fantasy Football | NFL-Ireland 2015-2018

World American Football Timelines

These Timelines are a record of teams from the first to last that have played in each Major or AAA Professional American Football League, or Irish American Football League.

Major Football Leagues Timelines:

Major American Football Leagues Timeline 1909-2020 (Leagues)

Major & AAA Football Leagues Timelines:

Canadian Football League Timeline 1869-present

American Football Leagues Era Timeline 1920-1959

National Football League International Era Timeline 1950-Present

Continental Football Leagues Era Timeline 1960-1985

World Football Leagues Era Timeline 1972-Present

National Football League Assorted Timelines:

National Football League Major League Teams Timeline 1920-present

National Football League Expansion 1920-present

Irish American Football Leagues Timelines

Irish American Football League Expansion 1984-present

Irish American Football League | Timeline 1986-2018

Irish American Football Youth Kitted Timeline

Image References

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[1] Irish American Football Association (2018) Nostalgia – A look a some pictures from the archives [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20171016_165339-1024×768.jpg [Accessed 3 July 2018]

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[2] Brian O’Reilly – Irish Independent (2014) February 13 2014: Video: Irish woman becomes star of Australia’s Lingerie Football League [Internet] Availabble from: https://cdn-03.independent.ie/videos/article30006990.ece/fd099/AUTOCROP/h342/West%20Cork’s%20Linda%20Holland%20on%20reaching%20football’s%20largest%20stage%20in%20Australia%20(Generated%20thumbnail) [Accessed 29 November 2019]

References

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See individual articles on each League for References regards the text in each Era. [Links in Blue-Green]

References

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See individual articles on each League for References regards the text in each Era. [Links in Blue-Green]

Image References

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[1] Irish American Football Association (2018) Nostalgia – A look a some pictures from the archives [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20171016_165339-1024×768.jpg [Accessed 3 July 2018]

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[2] NASL Jersey (2016) Adrian Young in action for the Philadelphia Eagles a versus the New York Giants Preseason 1971 [Internet] Available from: https://www.nasljerseys.com/images/2013Images/2013WFL/NFL/Eagles%2070%20Road%20Back%20Nate%20Ramsey%20(24),%20Adrian%20Young%20(35),%20Giants.jpg [Accessed 9 April 2020]

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[2] Wikipedia (2018) All-America Football Conference Logo [Internet] Available from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/11/All-America_Football_Conference_%28logo%29.png [Accessed 8 October 2018]
[3] Brands of the World (2018) LFA Logo [Internet] Available from: https://botw-pd.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/logo-thumbnail/s3/012017/untitled-1_0.jpg?itok=is8COLAV [Accessed 1 August 2018]
[4] X-League (2020) X-Logo [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/xlogo.png [Accessed 7 January 2020]
[5] Kids Encyclopedia facts | Kiddle (2019) Canadian Football League League facts for Kids [Internet] Available from: https://kids.kiddle.co/images/a/a3/CFL_Logo_1960%27s.png [Accessed 9 June 2019]
[6] Sports Logos History (2018) USFL Logo 1983-1985 [Internet] Available from: https://sportslogohistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/united_states_football_league.png [Accessed 31 December 2019]
[7] Growth of a Game (2014) NFL Europe Logos [Internet] Available from: https://www.growthofagame.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NFL-Europe-Logo.jpg [Accessed 23 April 2018]
[8] Arena Football League (2019) Arena Football League Reveals New Logo [Internet] Available from: https://snagfilms-a.akamaihd.net/0000015a-a977-d135-adda-fb7fb65f0000/images/c3/b8/20eb27b6418aa78b71d4679d2988/1545950679236_1545950297199_viewliftarticle_16x9images_16x9Images.png [Accessed 17 September 2019]
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[10] Wikipedia (2019) XFL 2020 Logo [Internet] Available from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/Logo_of_the_XFL.svg/1200px-Logo_of_the_XFL.svg.png [Accessed 24 September 2019]
[11] 1000 Logos (2018) Legends Football League Logo {Internet] Available from: https://1000logos.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LFL-logo.png [Accessed 24 January 2020]
[12] American Football International (2019) Alliance of American Football Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/AAF-2018-logo-620×400.png [Accessed 3 February 2020]

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[13] Irish American Football Association (2018) Nostalgia – A look a some pictures from the archives [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20171016_165339-1024×768.jpg [Accessed 3 July 2018]

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[14] Irish Independent (2014) Tom Furlong and the NFL career that slipped away [Internet] Available from: https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/25ee2/30549403.ece/AUTOCROP/w1240h700/2014-08-31_spo_3142175_I1.JPG [Accessed 2 April 2020]

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[1] Lucky Show – Irish American Football (2016) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/pics/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 5 June 2017] [2] Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/images/logo.gif [Accessed 11 December 2017] [3] 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] [4] 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] [5] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFI-Logo-200.png [Accessed 10 February 2020] [6] American Football International (2013) EFAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EFAF_logo.gif [Accessed 30 August 2017] [7] American Football International (2014) IFAF Europe Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/IFAF.Europe.Logo_.2.png [Accessed 30 August 2017] [8] Irish American Football Association (2007) IFFA Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/iffalogo.jpg [Accessed 7 April 2019] [9] League Republic (2017) Irish Flag Football League Logo [Internet] Available from: http://images.leaguerepublic.com/data/images/424217313/110.jpg [Accessed 8 August 2017] [10] Irish American Football Association (2017) Flag Football Ireland Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FFI_New-Logo-2017-615×400.png [Accessed 15 May 2017] [11] Irish American Football Association (2019) IAFA Flag Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/35114606_1940763235957567_6650268648923463680_o-1024×614.png [Accessed 1 July 2019]