SAJL Finland Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallon Liitto Maple League 1980

SAJL Finland Logo [References: 1]


SAJL Finland Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallon Liitto Maple League 1980

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
2Espoo Poli5101015726131W2
3East City Giants510101224775L1
4Helsinki Roosters33061267452L2
5Helsinki Bruins141357133-76L1
6Helsinki Pukit141366197-131L1
7Garden City Bonebreakers060014206-192L6

References: [2] and [4]


SAJL Finland Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallon Liitto Maple League Playoffs 1980

References: [3]

Regular Season

Note: All Match Dates are estimates apart from August 17 1980 MAJS 8 Espoo Poli 18 and September 6 1980 Espoo Poli 26 Helsinki Roosters 6

References: [3]


The 1980 Maple League was the first year of American Football in Finland, and featured seven teams, all in the Helsinki Area: MAJS, East City Giants, Helsinki Roosters, Helsinki Bruins and Helsinki Pukit from Helsinki and Espoo Poli and Garden City Bonebreakers from nearby Espoo. MAJS lit up the scoreboard early on, putting 36 points past Helsinki Bruins without reply, defeating East City Giants 24-6, winning 6-0 at home to Helsinki Roosters, and defeating Helsinki Pukit 68-7 to go 4-0.

However, the favourites suffered their first defeat in their fifth game. losing 8-18 to Espoo Poli. They recovered to defeat Garden City Bonebreakers, the other Espoo team 30-0, and at the end of the regular season MAJS, Espoo Poli and East City Giants were all on 5-1 at the top of the Standings. Helsinki Roosters made the playoffs as the fourth placed team, but lost to MAJS 20-0 in the Semi-Finals. The other match saw Espoo Poli defeat East City Giants to set up a rematch of the Week 5 encounter. Again, the top seeds, MAJS, were defeated by Espoo Poli, 0-12.

Garden City Bonebreakers, Helsinki Pukit and Helsinki Bruins all disbanded at the end of the season, and were replaced by Viherlaakso Gorillas from Vantaa, Northern Newland Falcons from Hyvinkää, Savonlinna Steamers and Jyväskylä Rangers, bringing the League up to 8 teams from 7.


[1] SAJL (2018) SAJL Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 19 August 2018]


[2] SAJL (2017) Vaahteraliiga – Sarjataulukko 1980 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 December 2017][Last Accessed 9 November 2021]

[3] SAJL (2021) Vaahteraliiga – Otteluohjelma 1980 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 December 2017]

[4] Helsinki Roosters (2002) Tila 80 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 January 2002][Broken Link: Available on the Wayback Machine at: ][Accessed 9 November 2021]


Thanks to Mark Howard.


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