Charleroi Trophy 2003
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|28.06.03||Charleroi Cougars (Bel)||8||Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)||6|
|28.06.03||Dublin Rebels (Irl)||8||Celtes de Mitry (Fra)||6|
|3rd Place Playoff|
|29.06.03||Celtes de Mitry (Fra)||8||Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)||22|
|29.06.03||Dublin Rebels (Irl)||12||Charleroi Cougars (Bel)||0|
Irish American Football League Division 1 2003
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|27.07.03||Dublin Rebels||56||Cork Admirals||8|
|Shamrock Bowl XVII|
|10.08.03||Carrickfergus Knights||12||Dublin Rebels||24|
Irish American Football League Division 2 2003
|University of Limerick Vikings||3||0||3||0||47||100||.000|
|Division 1 Teams Composite Table|
Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge VII 2003
|Year||Location||Home Team||Away Team|
|2003||Dublin||Drimnagh Cycos||6||Leicester Europa Eagles||12|
Dublin rebels won the Charleroi Trophy, the unofficial West European Championship for purely amateur leagues, beating Celtes de Mitry (French Amateur Division) 8-6 and Charleroi Cougars (Belgium) 12-0.
The Irish American Football League was renamed Division 1, following the introduction of an 8v8 Division 2. Dublin Rebels beat Carrickfergus Knights 24-12 in Shamrock Bowl XVII, with Cork Admirals reaching the playoffs also. The fourth team in the Division were Dublin Dragons, who finished bottom on 1-5.
Division 2 was split into two sections: the main Division 2 which featured smaller teams not in Division 1, and was won by Belfast Bulls with a 3-2 Wins-Losses record; and Division 1 teams, where players not getting their game in Division 1 could play, which finished with both Cork Admirals and Carrickfergus Knights undefeated.
The Anglo-Irish Flag Football Classic was won by Leicester Europa Eagles, who defeated Ireland’s Drimnagh Cycos 12-6.
The 2003-04 season was the 19th in Irish American Football history, including both the formative 1985-86 season and the 2000-01 season where only one International match was played.
There were four teams in the Irish American Football League, which was now re-christened Division 1, following the introduction of an 8v8 Division 2, featuring smaller teams, as well as matches against Division 1 teams (players not getting their game in Division 1 would have played in these matches).
There were also International Tournaments in both American Football (Charleroi Trophy) and Flag Football (Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge)
 Irish American Football Association (2003) CHARLEROI TROPHY – DUBLIN REBELS FINISH FIRST & CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS 3rd [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20030806044017/http://www.irish-american-football.org/29jun03.htm [Accessed 8 October 2017]
 Irish American Football Association (2003) 2003 Results [Internet] Available from: www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/2003results.htm [Accessed 24 September 2016]
 Irish American Football Association – Wayback Machine (2014) Home [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20081023215441/http://www.americanfootball.ie/ [Accessed 25 March 2017]
 Britball Now (2018) History of the game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 25 October 2016]
 Lucky Show – Irish American Football (2016) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/pics/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 5 June 2017]
Thanks to Lenka Mulligan (Brodekova), Simon Williams & Brendan Farrell.
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