Irish American Football

Welcome to the Eirball Irish American Football Index Page. Here you will find links to Results, Tables & Match Reports for: 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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  1. This is a record of 11v11 Contact/Kitted American Football.
  2. For International American Football (Results of American teams in Ireland and Irish teams v American & European Opposition see here:International American Football
  3. For 8v8 Junior/Youth Contact/Kitted American Football (15-19 year-olds) and for 8v8 Adult Contact / Kitted American Football (2nds Teams / smaller towns) and see here: DV8 & Junior Kitted Football
  4. For other American Football Competitions in Ireland (e.g. Preseason, 4th July Festivals etc) see here: Other American Football
  5. For Adult Coed Flag Football (non-Contact 5v5 & 7v7) see here: Irish Flag Football
  6. For International Flag Football see here: International Flag Football
  7. For Other Flag Football (Schools, Colleges & Universities, Junior, Indoor) see here: Other Flag Football

Irish American Football League Bowls

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

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Irish American Football Association | Shamrock Bowls 1986-2019

Irish American Football Association | IAFL 1 Bowls 2014-2019

Irish American Football Association | IAFL 2 Bowls 2014-2019

Irish American Football League (Decade/Era Overviews)

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

Irish American Football League | 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.

AFI Premier Division (2020-Present): 2020

IAFA/IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference (2013-2019): 2019201820172016201520142013

IAFA Irish American Football League (2006-2012): 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 

IAFA Super League Era (1998-2006): 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 1998

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League (1991-1997):  1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991

IAFA Irish League and Conference Era (1986-1990): 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 

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

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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 Level 3 (Season Results & Tables):

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AFI Division 2 (2020-Present): 2020

IAFA Irish American Football League 2 Conference (2014-2019): 2019 2017 2016 2015 2014 

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

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

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

International American Football

American Teams in Ireland

NCAA/NFL Games: 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. 

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

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

NCAA Football | Regular Season Games in Ireland 2012-2016American

High School Football Games in Ireland 2012-Present

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. 

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

International American Football | Irish Teams v US Services & High Schools 2000-2017

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

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

Canadian Football Teams in Ireland

Canadian College & High School (2012-Present) Canadian U20 & High School teams played Regular Season Matches and Exhibition matches in Ireland in 2012 & 2013, against other Canadian teams and European US High Schools. 

International American Football | Canadian U20 & High School Teams in Ireland 2012-2013

Irish Teams v Canadian Teams (1994-Present) From the mid-1990s an irregular series of matches involving Canadian Football teams was organised with Canadian Rules slipped into the American Football Rules. The Canadian Teams returned in 2002 & 2013 for matches against Irish Teams. 

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

International American Football | Irish Teams v Canadian U21 Teams 2002-2013

European American Football (Irish Clubs & Team Ireland):

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European Federation of American Football Logo [2000-2015] 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):

Irish International American Football | Capitol Bowl 1986

Irish American Football League | Summer Bowl Festival 1986-1989

Four Nations American Football – Irish Teams v British Teams 1985-1990:

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European Football League | Eurobowl 1988-1992

Combined Gridiron League 1989 & NCMMA 1990

Four Nations American Football | Four Nations Bowls 1992-1998

European Federation of American Football | Charleroi Trophy 2002-2004

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

European American Football | Atlantic Cup 2009-2016

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

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

European American Football (Seasons):

European Football League | Eurobowl:19881989199019911992

Four Nations American Football | Four Nations Bowl:1992

Four Nations American Football | Nations Cup:1996199719981999

European Federation of American Football | Charleroi Trophy:200220032004

European Federation of American Football | International Friendlies:20042006

European Federation of American Football | Atlantic Cup:200920102011201220132014

German Football League International | Atlantic Cup:2015

International Federation of American Football Europe | Atlantic Cup:20162017

International Federation of American Football Europe | International Friendlies:20162018

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):

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

Great Britain Lions 22 Irish Leprechauns 0 | 18 March 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.

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

Irish American Football Association Youth Exhibitions (Seasons): 2009

Irish American Football Association | Van Scoy Junior Cup (Seasons): 2007

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

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

NOTE: See also Junior Two-Touch American Football: early unkitted Junior Football with limited contact:

Other Flag Football

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

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

A number of Pre-Season Bowls and 4th of July Festivals have been played in Ireland since the first teams were created in 1984/1985. Below you will find links to the Results of these Competitions:

All-Star Games, Festivals & Exhibitions:

Irish American Football League Festivals & Exhibition Matches 1986-Present

Irish American Football League All-Star Games 1986-Present

Irish American Football League | Summer Bowl Festival 1986-1989

American Football Association of Ireland | Trinity Bowl 1992-1995

Irish American Football League Preseasons:

IAFA Irish American Football League Preseason Friendlies: 2010

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

Irish Flag Football

Irish Flag Football League & Blitzes

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.

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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):

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 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):2008 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)

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):

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 Fun Football Fundamentals Schools Flag Football Programme: 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 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.  International Senior Flag Football (Overview):European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championship 2009-2013Team Ireland Flag Football Friendlies 1997-2007International Junior Flag Football (Overviews):European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championships Under 13 2010-2012Team Ireland Youth | Flag Football Internationals 2006-2007European International Flag Football (Seasons):Irish Flag Football Association | International Series 2016European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championships Men | Pesaro, Italy 2013European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championships Under 15 Netherlands 2012European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championship Under 13 Netherlands 2012European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championship Under 13 Rome 2010European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championships Men | Belfast, Ireland 2009International 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 2016-2018Irish International Club Flag Football (Overviews):Irish-American Flag Football Classic 2010-2014Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge 1997-2005International Flag Football | Irish Teams v US Services 1993-1996Jack Daniels Summer Bowl International Flag Football Challenge 1986-1992European Club Flag Football (Seasons):International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football Champions Bowl 2018International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football Champions Bowl 2017International Federation of American Football Europe | Flag Football Champions Bowl 2016Irish International Club Flag Football (Season Results):Maynooth University Charity Flag Football Tournament 2020Flag Football Ireland | Europa Cup Tournaments 2017-18IT Tallaght International Flag Football Exhibitions 2016Irish Flag Football Association | Celtic Bowl 2015Irish International Club Flag Football (Box-Scores & Match Reports):Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge VIII | Box Score & Match Report 2004Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge V | Box Score & Match Report 2001Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge III | Box Score & Match Report 1999Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge II | Box Score & Match Report 1998Anglo-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-PresentFantasy Football (Decade Overviews):Irish Fantasy League of American Football 1997-2005Irish Fantasy League of American Football 2006-2015NFL Fantasy Football | NFL-Ireland 2015-2018

Irish American Football Teams

Irish American Football Team Logos 1985-2019

Ireland Teams 

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Irish National Team 1990-Present [ Irish Leprechauns 1995 ][ v Great Britain Lions 18 March 1995 ][ Nations Cup 1997 ]

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 2019 ]

Carrickfergus / East Antrim Cougars 1986-1989

Coleraine Chieftains 1985-1990

Craigavon Cowboys 1986-Present [ 2017 ]

East Side Jets 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

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

Trim Bulldogs 2011-2012 [ 2011 2012]

2nds Teams (DV8)

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Carrickfergus Knights 2nds 1998-present

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 Gladiators [ 1998-99 ] 

Dublin Vipers 2013-2017

Dublin Bay Raptors 2017-Present [ 2018 ]

South Dublin Panthers [ 2014-15 ]

Leinster Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Maynooth University 2010-Present

Connacht Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Roscommon Rogues 2015-2016

Ulster Flag Football Teams

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Tyrone Tornadoes 1985-1986

Coleraine Chieftains 1985-1986; 2001-2002

Belfast Blitzers 1985-1986

Bangor Buccaneers 1985-1986

Belfast Spartans 1985

Jordanstown Jaguars 1985-1986

Aldergrove Hawks 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

1989 Yearbook:

Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team | Season 1989

1990 Yearbook:

Dublin Celts Irish American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 1990:

https://eirball.ie/2020/04/19/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

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

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: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/12/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

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 International Series 2016 Match Reports and Roster: https://eirball.ie/2020/04/12/team-ireland-flag-football-match-reports-and-roster-2016/

2017 Yearbook:

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

2018 Yearbook

:Irish Wolfhounds 20 Belgian Barbarians 19 | 20 October 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

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: 1995 2002 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/

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Image References

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