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.
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 detaiil, depending on how much detail you want: Bowls (Results of Finals); Final Standings & Playoff Results (Decade/Era Overviews); Season-by-Season Results; Season-by-Season Box-Scores & Match Reports (Scorers and reports for each match each year):
This is a record of 11v11 Contact/Kitted American Football.
For 8v8 Junior/Youth Contact/Kitted American Football (15-19 year-olds) see here: Junior American Football
For 8v8 Adult Contact / Kitted American Football (2nds Teams / smaller towns) see here: DV8 Football
For Adult Coed Flag Football (non-Contact 5v5 & 7v7) see here: Irish Flag Football
For Junior Coed Flag Football (non-Contact 5v5 7v7 9v9) see here: Junior 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):
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 Tiers 2 & 3 (Decade / Era Overviews):
Irish American Football League (Season Results & Tables):
The Results & Final Tables only on a season-by-season basis with a short season report.
IAFA Irish American Football League (1986-1991):
AFAI All-Ireland American Football League (1991-1996)
AFAI Irish Senior League (1997-1999):
IAFA Winter / Summer / Division 1 / Super League (2001-2006):
IAFA Irish American Football League (2007-2012):
IAFA/IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference (2013-present):
IAFA/IAFL 1 Conference (2013-present):
IAFA/IAFL 2 Conference (2014-present):
Irish American Football League (Box-Scores & Match Reports)
Detailed information on each match, including scorers, venue & match reports:
American Football Association of Ireland | All Ireland American Football League (Box-Scores & Match Reports):
American Football Association of Ireland | Irish Senior League (Box-Scores & Match Reports):
Irish American Football Association | Winter / Summer / Division 1 / Super League (Box-Scores & Match Reports):
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