AFI Flag

Flag Football is a Non-Contact Coed/Mixed version of American Football Similar to Tag Rugby, where players wear a flag attached to their waist which must be pulled off in order to tackle them. Scoring is as American Football, although under current rules there is no kicking, and is played on a smaller field with 5 players (In the Irish Flag Football League of the 1990s there were seven players per team and kicking was allowed.

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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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).

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).

Marlay - Flag Football Champions 1993-94

International Flag Football

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 2009-2013

Team Ireland Flag Football Friendlies 1997-2007

International Junior Flag Football (Overviews):

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championships Under 13 2010-2012

Team Ireland Youth | Flag Football Internationals 2006-2007

European International Flag Football (Seasons):

Irish Flag Football Association | International Series 2016

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championships Men | Pesaro, Italy 2013

Team Ireland Flag Football Friendly 2013

International Flag Football Team Ireland v Allstars 2013

European Federation of American Football Junior Flag Championship Under 15 Netherlands 2012

European Federation of American Football Junior Flag Championship Under 13 Netherlands 2012

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Junior Championship Under 13 Rome 2010

European Federation of American Football | European Flag Football Championships Men | Belfast, Ireland 2009

Team Canada Flag Football Tour of Ireland and Scotland 2009

International Flag Football Friendly Tournament 2007

Irish International Flag Football Series 2006

European International Flag Football (Team Rosters and Game Summaries):

International Flag Football Challenge – Ireland 27 England 7 – 6 May 2000

Picture Credit: [1] American Football International (2013) EFAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EFAF_logo.gif [Accessed 30 August 2017]

International Club Flag Football

International 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 2016-2018

European Club Flag Football (Seasons):

IFAFE Flag Football Champions Bowl (Seasons): 2018 2017 2016

NFL UK Jaguars Se7ens Cup (UK & Ireland): 2018

Flagging New Year (Scotland / NW Europe): 2018

Irish International Club Flag Football (Overviews):

Irish-American Flag Football Classic 2010-2014

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge 1997-2005

International Flag Football | Irish Teams v US Services 1993-1996

Goal Celebrity Flag American Football Match 1988-1989

International Flag American Football Charity Match 1985

Irish International Club Flag Football (Season Results):

Maynooth University Charity Flag Football Tournament 2020

Flag Football Ireland | Europa Cup Tournaments 2017-18

IT Tallaght International Flag Football Exhibitions 2016

Irish Flag Football Association | Celtic Bowl 2015

Irish International Club Flag Football (Box-Scores & Match Reports):

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge (Game Summaries): 2004 2003 2001 1999 1998 1997

Picture Credit: [9] Gwent Gators Facebook Page (2020) Photo 24 February 2020: “This coming weekend, the Gwent Gators head over to the Emerald Isle as part of our Pre Season tour, to take part in the Maynooth Charity Blitz Tournament at Maynooth University.” [Internet] Available from:https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/87135154_1020381378361002_2983123746514010112_o.png?_nc_cat=106&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=C_MEaZuUnHwAX8wNudT&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=84eb43cc00abd261589b122e9ff3aedf&oe=5E97F437 [Accessed 3 March 2020]

Irish Flag Football Team

Team Ireland Flag Football Teams

Team Ireland

American Football Ireland Flag Football Timeline 1985-2020

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]: 

Team Ireland Flag Football Men: [International Series: 2016 ][ EFAF European Flag Football Championships: 2013 ]

Picture Credit: Terence McCann [13] Irish American Football Association (2016) Flag Football National Team Gets Ready for International Friendly Event [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/team-ireland-flag-gets-ready-face-british-dutch-swedes/ [Accessed 25 February 2018]

Dublin Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland; Irish Flag Football Association

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Drimnagh Cycos 1995-2005 [ 1995-96  1996-97 1997-98 1999-2000 2001-02 2002-03 ]

Dublin 86ers 2009-2013

Dublin Bay Raptors 2017-Present [ 2018 ]

Dublin Gladiators [ 1998-99 ] 

Dublin Vipers 2013-2017 [ 2015-16 ]

South Dublin Panthers [ 2014-15 ]

South West Jets 1994-1995

Picture Credit: Terence McCann [48] Joe @ Dublin Bay Raptors WhatsApp Image 2020-10-17 at 19.30.2

Leinster Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Maynooth University 2010-Present [ 2013-14 ]

Picture Credit: [11] MU Bulls Facebook (2014) Photo: May 3, 2014: “With Cathy SimmsJake McCoyAlex SimmsBill RawlingsMichael KrasnowChris KaneEoin HayesThomas McCartyAdrian DonnerfaustJames MaherMichael QuinnCormac and Alison Ritchie.” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10170884_1470511343183024_8548380269428658499_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=05277f&_nc_ohc=LhumXxWWnEUAX-Qh7aP&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=8bbf45ca4552f5ee2d4fb6fdcd264378&oe=5EE53AAB [Accessed 7 October 2014]

Connacht Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland;

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Roscommon Rogues 2015-2016

Picture Credit: [2] Flag Football Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Photo October 25 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/FlagFootballIreland/photos/pcb.2083533201870491/2083532171870594/?type=3&theater [Accessed 28 October 2017]

Team Ireland Flag Football Teams

Team Ireland

American Football Ireland Flag Football Timeline 1985-2020

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]: 

Team Ireland Flag Football Men: [International Series: 2016 ][ EFAF European Flag Football Championships: 2013 ]

Picture Credit: Terence McCann [13] Irish American Football Association (2016) Flag Football National Team Gets Ready for International Friendly Event [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/team-ireland-flag-gets-ready-face-british-dutch-swedes/ [Accessed 25 February 2018]

Dublin Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland; Irish Flag Football Association

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Drimnagh Cycos 1995-2005 [ 1995-96  1996-97 1997-98 1999-2000 2001-02 2002-03 ]

Dublin 86ers 2009-2013

Dublin Bay Raptors 2017-Present [ 2018 ]

Dublin Gladiators [ 1998-99 ] 

Dublin Vipers 2013-2017 [ 2015-16 ]

South Dublin Panthers [ 2014-15 ]

South West Jets 1994-1995

Picture Credit: Terence McCann [48] Joe @ Dublin Bay Raptors WhatsApp Image 2020-10-17 at 19.30.2

Leinster Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Maynooth University 2010-Present [ 2013-14 ]

Picture Credit: [11] MU Bulls Facebook (2014) Photo: May 3, 2014: “With Cathy SimmsJake McCoyAlex SimmsBill RawlingsMichael KrasnowChris KaneEoin HayesThomas McCartyAdrian DonnerfaustJames MaherMichael QuinnCormac and Alison Ritchie.” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10170884_1470511343183024_8548380269428658499_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=05277f&_nc_ohc=LhumXxWWnEUAX-Qh7aP&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=8bbf45ca4552f5ee2d4fb6fdcd264378&oe=5EE53AAB [Accessed 7 October 2014]

Connacht Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland;

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Roscommon Rogues 2015-2016

Picture Credit: [2] Flag Football Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Photo October 25 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/FlagFootballIreland/photos/pcb.2083533201870491/2083532171870594/?type=3&theater [Accessed 28 October 2017]

Ulster Flag Football Teams

Flag Football Ireland; Northern Ireland American Football Association

Overview & [Season Roster & Match Reports]:

Aldergrove Hawks 1986

Bangor Buccaneers 1985-1986

Belfast Blitzers 1985-1986

Belfast Spartans 1985

Coleraine Chieftains 1985-1986; 2001-2002

Craigavon Cowboys [ 2019 ]

Jordanstown Jaguars 1985-1986

Tyrone Tornadoes 1985-1986

Picture Credit: [5] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook Page (2013) Post November 3, 2013: “Belfast Blitzers V Coleraine Chieftains, Flag Football Game, circa 1985. These photos were taken at Coleraine. “ [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/740003_455904087854085_1401328382_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_sid=e007fa&_nc_ohc=EYpPyTbRGdkAX_i51Us&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=003874a874ca954051ea6afa5d74b29c&oe=5F0150E8 [Accessed 2 April 2019]

E-Football Ireland

Madden NFL Console Game, Fantasy Football and Prediction Leagues are popular forms of E-Football.

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Madden NFL Console Games

Madden NFL

Madden NFL is a Computer Console American Football game for one or more players, played on a Playstation or Xbox. There is an American Football Ireland Madden Championship (started in 2020) as well as Irish Leagues, and teams playing as the Dublin teams players can relocate an NFL team to in Madden NFL (see the Relocation Football League).

American Football Ireland Madden Championship Series (Seasons):

2020

Madden NFL Computer Console Games (Decade Overview):

Relocation Football League (Madden NFL) 2016-Present

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Fantasy Football

NFL Fantasy Football;

Fantasy Football is a Computer Game whereby players score points based on how real NFL players have performed in NFL games. Players join Leagues and then draft NFL players before the season begins. Leagues are NFL-managed, or managed by individual players, the latter often based on a theme, such as an Irish League or World League, the results of which have been recorded below. There also non-NFL Leagues (eg. Irish Fantasy League of American Football – Pre-NFL Fantasy Football League)

NFL Fantasy Football (Decade Overviews):

NFL Fantasy Football AFL Ireland (Seasons): 2020

NFL Fantasy Football | NFL-Ireland 2015-2018

Irish Fantasy Football Leagues (Independent)

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 1994-1996

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 1997-2005

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 2006-2015

First Down Ireland Fantasy Gridiron (Newspaper):

First Down Fantasy Gridiron Ireland 1994-1996

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