Intercontinental Football League European Championship 1978

IFL European Championship 1978

Quad Cities Black Hawks (C)440095291.000
Indianapolis Capitols40402995.000
Intercontinental Football League European Championship Final Standings 1978 [Ref: 1-2]


Game 1Brussels, Belgium
25.06.1978Quad Cities Black Hawks26Indianapolis Capitols14
Game 2Antwerp, Belgium
28.06.1978Quad Cities Black HawksWIndianapolis CapitolsL
Game 3Rotterdam, Netherlands
01.07.1978Quad Cities Black Hawks42Indianapolis Capitols0
Game 4Ludwigshafen, Germany
04.07.1978Quad Cities Black Hawks7Indianapolis Capitols5
Intercontinental Football League European Championship Results 1978 [Ref: 1-2]


The Final Intercontinental Football League European Championship in 1978, again featured Professional teams visiting from America on a 5-game tour. This time the teams were the Quad Cities Black Hawks and Indianapolis Capitols of the AA (3rd Level) Northern States Football League.

The Quad Cities Black Hawks won all four games played, in Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Ludwigshafen (Germany) with the Final match again cancelled due to the massive losses incurred.

This was to be Bob Kapp and the Intercontinental Football League’s last throw of the dice regards establishing Professional American Football in Europe, and the task was to be taken up by another US promoter in the USSR in 1979.

The real legacy of these tours and the IFL, however, was the establishment of teams in Dusseldorf, Vienna and Milan, by Europeans who wanted to play the sport themselves. With the Dusseldorf Panther and Milano Rhinos still in existence today, it has proved to be a fruitful venture for American Football in the long term, even though it lost a phenomenal amount of money at the time.


Website / Sources

[1] Mark L. Ford and Massimo Foglio, The Coffin Corner Volume 27,No. 6, Pro Football Researchers Association (2002) THE FIRST “NFL EUROPE”[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 October 2019]


[2] Massimo Foglio with Mark L. Ford (2017), Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. Second Edition “The Trailblazers: Bleu et Rouge, College and Semi-Pro”. pg. 151-188. Published by the Author (2015, 2017)


Thanks to Louise Wills (Kenny) and John Wills.

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