International American Football Irish Teams v American High Schools 1998-2000

Irish Teams v American High Schools 1998-2000

DateIrish TeamAmerican Team
1998Dublin TigersLMaranatha Baptist W
2000Irish Lions12Mount St. Josephs HS (MD)36
Irish Teams versus American High Schools and Services 1998-2017 [Ref: 1-4]



In 2000, there was no Irish League and the only match played was the Ireland National Team versus Mount St. Joseph’s High School from Baltimore, Maryland. Ireland lost 36-12, but the match led to the rebirth of American Football in Ireland. [2]

The University of Limerick Vikings also played a match against Philadelphia Blue Flame – losing 22-0 to a team of Firefighters and Policemen playing in the National Services League.[3]

Ireland’s U20s lost a match in 2017, 54-6 to Team USA American Football Worldwide, a team of Elite High School students representing USA on tours throughout Europe. [4][5]


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


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


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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