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.
Below you will find links to the results. tables, box-scores and match reports in increasing detail depending on what you are looking for:
(i) Bowls & Finals – A brief list of the Final Scores of each of the Bowls or Finals.
(ii) Decade / Era Overviews – Final standings & Playoff Results only arranged by a decade-by-decade or era-by-era view:
(iii) Season-by-Season Results – Each Years Final Standings and Regular Season & Playoff Results:
(iv) Box-Scores & Match Reports – Each years Final standings and Regular Season & Playoff Results with Match Reports & Scorers for each game:
Irish Flag Football League (Bowls & Finals):
Irish Flag Football Bowls & Finals (Bowls & Finals):
The Finals of the Dublin Area Irish Flag Football League & the subsequent All-Ireland Blitz Era, and Irish Flag Football League (Emerald Bowl Conference):
Irish Flag Football Summer Bowl Blitzes (Bowls & Finals):
Irish International Flag Football Challenges (Finals):
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 Flag Football League & Blitzes (Seasons):
The Results & Standings of each season arranged on a season-by-season basis:
The First Irish American Football match between two Irish teams was a Flag Football match in 1985 between the Coleraine Chieftins and Tyrone Tornadoes.
Flag Football or Two-Touch Matches were played as part of Youth Leagues in both Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland in the 1980s. There was also a Flag Football League in Northern Ireland run by the Northern Ireland American Football Association – a development region within the Irish American Football Association.
In 1990 a new organisation, the American Football Association of Ireland took over the running of the sport and two regional development bodies the Northern Ireland American Football Association and the Irish Council of American Football (Republic of Ireland) ran Flag Football Leagues (The Irish Flag Football Association ran the Dublin Flag Football League from 1991-1995 under the ICAF umbrela – in 1995 with the addition of the Greystones Rebels from Co. Wicklow it became the Irish Flag Football League, although still only Greater Dublin Area.
In 2001-02 under the new Irish American Football Association which had resurrected the sport in Ireland, four teams from North and South of the Island (University of Limerick Vikings, Drimnagh Cycos (Dublin), Coleraine Chieftains and Belfast Bulls) played a small informal season, which led to the establishment of a “Turkey Bowl” style blitz season (so-called as Thanksgiving was a popular time to hold a blitz). In 2007 the first All-Ireland Flag Football League took place divided into 3 Provincial Leagues (Munster & Connacht were combined in one) with an All-Ireland Playoff. This lasted two seasons before the Blitz format took over again.
In 2014-15 the first Emerald Bowl Conference season took place – the Irish Flag Football Association was officially recognised by the Irish American Football Association whicj organised the first weekly league with three or more teams meeting at a venue to play two matches each week for an 8 or 10 game season followed by playoffs. This format brough new exposure for Flag Football and the number of teams increased to 17 in 2015-16. By 2019 there were a record 25 teams necessitating the introduction of the Glas (Green) Bowl Conference – a second level of the Irish Flag Football League.
Northern Ireland American Football Association (1985-1998):
NIAFA Flag Football League:
Irish Council of American Football (1991-2000):
IFFA Irish Flag Football League (1991-2000):
Irish Flag Football Association Era (2001-2014):
Irish Flag Football Association Logo
IFFA Tournaments (2001-2007)
IFFA Irish Flag Football League (2007-2008):
IAFFA Irish American Flag Football Association Era (2009-2014):
IAFFA Tournaments (2009-2014):
IAFA Irish Flag Football League Era (2014-present):
Emerald Bowl Logo
IFFL Emerald Bowl Conference (2014-present):
IAFA Emerald Bowl Conference (2019-Present):
IAFA Glas Bowl Conference (2019-Present):
IAFA | Flag Football Tournaments (Domestic) (2014-present):
Irish International & College Flag Football Blitzes
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 Screamimg Eagles entered one of the Four IAFA Blitzes, which has been included here in the Irish International Club Flag Football section.
ICAFA Summer Bowl (1993-1994):
IFFA Summer League (1995-1997):
Irish Flag Football Association | Celtic Bowl (Seasons):
Irish American Football Association | International Series (Seasons):
Flag Football Ireland | Europa Cup Tournaments (Season):
Irish Flag Football Association (Box-Scores & Match Reports):
Box-Scores & Match Reports for each game, arranged on a season-by-season basis:
Irish Flag Football Association | Challenge Matches (Box-Scores & Match Reports):
Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge (Box-Scores & Match Reports):