International & Interleague Football

International and Inter-League Gridiron Football has been played since at least the 1920s.

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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.

American Football World Cups

American Football World Cup:

1999 2003 2007 2011

Global Junior Championships

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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

National Football League International Series

NFL in Mexico 2005-Present; NFL in London 2007-Present; NFL in Canada 2008-2013

National Football League International Series (Major League)

National Football League International Regular Season Games in Mexico 2005-Present

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

National Football League International Regular Season Games in Canada 2008-2013

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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.

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The first match that could be described as an International Gridiron or American Football match 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.

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

Major Interleague American Football

American Football League (1926); NFL v AFLs 1927-1936; NFL v Army 1942

American Football League International

American Football League International 1926

National Football League v American Football Leagues 1927-1942

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

National Football League v Army & College All-Stars 1942

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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.

Canadian Football League International

AFL in Canada 1926; CFL v AFL 1941-1948; NFL v CFL 1950-1961; NFL Preseason in Canada 1960-1969

Canadian Football League Internationals:

American Football League International 1926

Canadian Football League v American Football League Matches 1941-1948

National Football League v Canadian Football League 1950-1961

National Football League Preseason Matches in Canada 1960-1969

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USA and Canadian Colleges Internationals

US College Division I Teams Abroad; US College Division III Teams Abroad; Global Football;

NCAA Division I Football Games Abroad:

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

NCAA Football | Regular Season Games in Ireland 2012-2016

NCAA Division 1A Freshmen Tours to Europe

NCAA D 1A Freshmen Tour of Britain (Results): 1998

NCAA Division 1AA Football Games Abroad

NCAA Division 1AA Yankee Conference College Football Games in Europe 1988-1989

NCAA D 1AA Tours to Europe (Box-Scores): Villanova Wildcats 28 Rhode Island Rams 25 Milano Kickoff Classic Italy 1989

US College Division III Football Games v World Opposition

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

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

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

US College Division III Football Games Abroad

Intercontinental Football League College and Air Force Games 1972-1973

International American Football USSR 1989

Global Football NCAA v CONADEIP (Mexico) Tours to Africa (Seasons): 2011

Global Football NCAA D III Tours to Europe (Seasons): 2019

Canadian High School Tours of Europe

Team Canada HS Tour of Britain (Season Results): 1998

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In the 1970s the Intercontinental Football League was an attempt to start up a Professional American Football League in Eurasia. In the end College and Semi-Pro teams played a European Championship while on Tour.

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.

Since then the Arena Football League, Legends Football League and The Spring League have all either played Internationally or versus International teams.

Minor American Football Leagues International

Intercontinental Football league; Arena Football League; The Spring League; USFL; Legends Football League

AAA American Football Leagues International

The Spring League v Japan American Football Association 2020

Arena Football League All Star Game in China & Hawaii 2013

Legends Football League Pacific Cup 2012-2013

Arena Football League Preseason Games in Europe 1989

United States Football League Postseason Exhibition Game in London 1984

Proposed American Football League in USSR 1979

AA Minor American Football Leagues International

Intercontinental Football League European Championship 1976-1978

Intercontinental Football League European Championship (Seasons):

1978 1977 1976