Irish American Football League

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.

Irish American Football League Bowls

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)

Irish American Football Association | Irish American Football League 1986-1992

American Football Association of Ireland | All-Ireland American Football League / Senior League 1993-1999

Irish American Football League 2001-2006

Irish American Football Association | Irish American Football League 2007-2012

Irish American Football League | Shamrock Bowl Conference 2013-2019

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 Seasons (Results & Tables):

IAFA Irish American Football League (1986-1991):

1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991

AFAI All-Ireland American Football League (1991-1996)

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

AFAI Irish Senior League (1997-1999):

1997 1998 1999

IAFA Irish American Football League Division 1 (2001-2003):

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2001 2002 2003

IAFA Irish American Football League (2004-2012):

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2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

IAFA/IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference (2013-present):

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

IAFA/IAFL 1 Conference (2013-present):

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

IAFA/IAFL 2 Conference (2014-present):

2014 2015 2016 2017 2019

Irish American Football League Records:

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

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