Tag: Japan X-League

Major Alternative Football Leagues Final Standings 2021

Canadian Football League 2021

CFL Logo [Reference: 1]

Canadian Football League East Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
195018309318-9L1
28601631224468W1
37701434630541L1
431106224384-160W1

Canadian Football League West Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
1113020361188173L2
2950182902846L1
38601631526352W3
459010312351-39W1
531106246378-132L1

CFL Canadian Football League Playoffs 2021

Match Day Eastern Semi-Final
(Eastern Semi-Final)
23 - 12

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Montreal Alouettes

Match Day Western Semi-Final
(Western Semi-Final)
33 OT - 30

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders

Match Day Eastern Final
(Eastern Final)
19 - 27

Toronto Argonauts vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Match Day Western Final
(Western Final)
21 - 17

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day 108th Grey Cup
(108th Grey Cup)
25 - 33

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

References: [2] (Standings Calculated Automatically).

Japan X-League X1 Super 2021

Japan X-League Logo. References: [3]

JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
17002127160211W7
261018217113104W1
3520151556194L1
433110223249-26W3
53409148153-5W1
62506112237-125L1
71514115172-57L5
8070024220-196L7

JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super Playoffs 2021

References: [4, 5][Standings Calculated Automatically]

European League of Football 2021

European League of Football Logo
European League of Football Logo. References: [6]

European League of Football Division North 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
17300.700274178L2
26400.600314259W3
35500.500295320L1
43700.300228289W1

European League of Football Division South 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
19100.900357132W9
25500.500320365L1
33700.300230277L2
42800.200157355L6

European League of Football Playoffs 2021

References: [7, 8]

The Spring League 2021

The Spring League Logo
The Spring League Logo. References: [12]
The Spring League 2021PWLTPFPAPct
TSL North (Indianapolis)
Linemen (C)6510177117.833
Conquerors6420164118.667
Alphas6330118137.500
Aviators606053140.000
TSL South (Houston)
Jousters (C)642012162.667
Generals6420131104.667
Blues633078107.500
Sea Lions615090141.250
[References: Compiled from results in 13-14]
DateHome TeamAway Team
Mega Bowl ChampionshipRice Stadium, Houston, TX
19/06/2021Linemen26Jousters23
[References: 13-14]

Recap

The Major Alternative Football Leagues of 2021 were The Spring League which kicked off its 5th season this year, with a major expansion, adding a second hub city and four teams to its schedule, the European League of Football, Japan X-League X1 Super, and the Canadian Football League.

The Linemen won TSL North in Indianapolis with a 5-1 record and the Jousters were Champions of TSL South in Houston with a 4-2 record. In a close Mega Bowl Linemen defeated Jousters 26-23 [13-14]. Tadhg Leader, former Connacht Rugby player, who was born in Ireland, played kicker for the Aviators who finished 0-6 in the TSL North [8-10].

Following the TSL season, Tadhg Leader moved on to play for Panthers Wroclaw of Poland in the European League of Football, along with a young Tallaght, South Dublin County native Kevin Mayo. The Panthers finished the season 6-4 in the ELF North but lost the Semi-Final 27-30 at Hamburg Sea Devils, who finished runners-up to ELF South Champions Frankfurt Galaxy (9-1) who won the ELF Championship Game 32-30 in an even closer game than the TSL Mega Bowl [7-8].

By the Fall the Japan X-League had kicked off and the 6-1 Fujitsu Frontiers upset the 7-0 Panasonic Impulse 24-20 in the Rice Bowl [4-5]. This was the first year the JXL had sole ownership of the Rice Bowl, previously the X-League Champions contested the Rice Bowl with the College Champions in Japan.

The Canadian Football League, the biggest of the Major Alternative Football Leagues played a covid-shortened 14-game schedule, with newly renamed Edmonton Elks struggling to a 3-11 record, worst in the CFL. The big news on the Football field however was Winnipeg Blue Bombers who went 11-3 in winning the CFL West before triumphing 33-25 against Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-6) who had upset CFL East Champions Toronto Argonauts 27-19 in the Eastern Final [2].

Tadhg Leader – Irish-born Player (Panthers Wroclaw ELF and Aviators TSL)

Former Connacht Rugby player Tadhg Leader was born in Galway, Ireland. At the age of 15 he and his brother Darragh headed out to kick some Rugby balls at their local pitch on Christmas Day. His dad, a former Galwegians RFC Rugby player made a bet with them that they could not kick the ball over the bars from the halfway line. Both Tadhg and his brother Darragh won €50 each.

Tadhg went on to play Rugby Professionally for Connacht and Darragh now lives in USA where he coaches at Clemson University Tigers. Tadhg suffered a number of injuries during his last few years at Connacht and after playing in Italy he ended up studying in USA and playing for both New England Free Jacks in Major League Rugby and making his Test debut for USA Eagles Rugby Union National Team.

Tadhg was signed up to play another year of Rugby Union in 2021 when the kicker started kicking American Footballs for fun. People took notice and said he should try out for American Football teams and so he went off to San Diego where he was kicking alongside Super Bowl-winning athletes. Unsure of his own ability he asked John Carney, who has 23 years of experience kicking Footballs and Carney said he could mix it with the NFL players.

Before long Leader found himself playing for the Aviators in The Spring League in USA. The Aviatiors, one of four teams based in Indianapolis, a COVID-19 Pod and one of two Pods in the 8-team league in 2021 finished with an 0-6 record in 2021. On May 7 versus Alphas Tadhg Leader scored the first points of his American Football career kicking a Field Goal to make the score Aviators 3 Alphas 7 at Halftime.

After spending Spring in Indianapolis with the Aviators Tadhg signed for Panthers Wroclaw in the European League of Football, making his debut on opening day in a 55-39 victory over Cologne Centurions. [References: 8-10]

Kevin Mayo – Irish Player (Panthers Wroclaw ELF)

Kevin Mayo, who is from Tallaght, South Dublin Co. in Ireland, and had previously played for the South Dublin Panthers in the American Football Ireland League joined the Panthers Wroclaw at the tail end of the season after being picked up by North Park University in Chicago, an NCAA Division III College.

CFL References

LOGOS

[1] Sports Logos (2021) 2757__canadian_football_league-primary-2016 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/2573/full/2757__canadian_football_league-primary-2016.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

REFERENCES

[2] Canadian Football League (2021) Schedule 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.cfl.ca/schedule/2021/ [Accessed 31 July 2021]

Japan X-League References

IMAGES

[3] X-League (2020) logo_xleague [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/logo_xleague.jpg [Accessed 7 March 2021]

STANDINGS

[4] X-League (2021) Standings [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/standing [Accessed 13 December 2021]

[5] X-League (2021) Score [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/score [Accessed 4 August 2021]

ELF References

[6] European League of Football Facebook Page (2021) Profile Picture, February 4, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/europeanleagueoffootball/photos/a.100150555247238/159345569327736/ [Accessed 27 April 2021]

[7] European League of Football (2021) Stats [Internet] Available from: https://europeanleague.football/stats [Accessed 10 November 2021]

[8] European League of Football (2021) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://europeanleague.football/schedule [Accessed 11 July 2021]

[9] South Dublin Panthers (2021) Post to Page 2 December 2021: “Great Interview!” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/southdublinpanthers/posts/309142057879208 [Accessed 3 December 2021]

[10] The Liberty (2021) Leader and Mayo: Meet the two Irishmen with the NFL in their sights [Internet] Available from: https://www.theliberty.ie/2021/12/01/leader-and-mayo-meet-the-two-irishmen-with-the-nfl-in-their-sights/?fbclid=IwAR1g3KnLD1lmr5GsnTTOrYiBJpVYPuyZzhjcgWKz54lKAc1ychvTjBiYwqA [Accessed 3 December 2021]

[11] Rugby Players Ireland (2021) The Journey Continues for Tadhg Leader [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 3 December 2021]

The Spring League References

[12] The Spring League (2017) Profile Picture August 13, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/68494309_2435273623417739_8497449137069883392_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ohc=osM0If13hRYAX9kbxYM&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=3d2ef90b030c12beaf5c4be4b091d540&oe=5E9E9711%5BAccessed 25 January 2020]

[13] The Spring League (2021) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://thespringleague.com/?page_id=5732 [Accessed 20 June 2021]

[14] The Spring League (2021) League [Internet] Available from: https://thespringleague.com/?page_id=136 [Accessed 6 May 2021]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Steve Hearn and Anton “Pippo” O’Grady, Bart Barden, Carmine, Tomasz and Todd Zboyan (Dublin Bay Raptors)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish, North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 7 January 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2021-2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

ARLINGTON, USA - SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

World Football Leagues Prediction 2060

National Football League – National Football Conference

National Football Conference East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0NFC East
0NFC East
0NFC East
0NFC East

National Football Conference North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0NFC North
0NFC North
0NFC North
0NFC North

National Football Conference South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0NFC South
0NFC South
0NFC South
0NFC South

National Football Conference West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0NFC West
0NFC West
0NFC West
0NFC West

National Football League – World Football Conference

World Football Conference East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0WFC East
0WFC East
0WFC East
0WFC East

World Football Conference North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0WFC North
0WFC North
0WFC North
0WFC North

World Football Conference South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0WFC South
0WFC South
0WFC South
0WFC South

World Football Conference West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0WFC West
0WFC West
0WFC West
0WFC West

United States Football League – United Football Conference

United Football Conference East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0UFC East
0UFC East
0UFC East
0Washington FederalsUFC East

United Football Conference North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0Chicago BlitzUFC North
0Memphis ShowboatsUFC North
0UFC North
0Oklahoma OutlawsUFC North

United Football Conference South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0UFC South
0UFC South
0Orlando RenegadesUFC South
0UFC South

United Football Conference West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0Arizona WranglersUFC West
0Los Angeles ExpressUFC West
0Portland BreakersUFC West
0San Antonio GunslingersUFC West

United States Football League – Xtreme Football Conference

Xtreme Football Conference East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0XFC East
0XFC East
0XFC East
0New York TitansXFC East

Xtreme Football Conference North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0XFC North
0XFC North
0XFC North
0XFC North

Xtreme Football Conference South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0XFC South
0Houston OilersXFC South
0XFC South
0XFC South

Xtreme Football Conference West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0XFC West
0XFC West
0XFC West
0XFC West

Canadian Football League

Canadian Football League East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0CFL East
0Hartford ColonialsCFL East
0CFL East
0Quebec City NorthmenCFL East

Canadian Football League North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0CFL North
0CFL North
0CFL North
0CFL North

Canadian Football League West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0CFL West
0CFL West
0CFL West
0CFL West

Canadian Football League South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0CFL South
0CFL South
0CFL South
0CFL South

Liga de Futbol Americano

Liga de Futbol Americano North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0LFA North
0LFA North
0LFA North
0LFA North

Liga de Futbol Americano South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0LFA South
0LFA South
0LFA South
0LFA South

International League of Football

Independent Football League North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0IFL North
0IFL North
0New Mexico ThunderbirdsIFL North
0San Jose ApachesIFL North

Independent Football League South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0IFL South
0IFL South
0IFL South
0Mexico Golden AztecsIFL South

Japan Super League

Japan Super League North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0JSL North
0JSL North
0JSL North
0JSL North

Japan Super League West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0JSL West
0JSL West
0JSL West
0JSL West

Global League of Football

Global League of Football East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0Jerusalem JoustersGLF East
0Kolkata VipersGLF East
0Shanghai SkywalkersGLF East
0Singapore Sea LionsGLF East

Global League of Football South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0Cairo PharaohsGLF South
0Corsarios Buenos AiresGLF South
0Nairobi Crimson TideGLF South
0Santos TsunamiGLF South

European League of Football

European League of Football East Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0ELF East

European League of Football North Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0Amsterdam CrusadersELF North
0Helsinki RoostersELF North

European League of Football South Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0Gladiatori RomaELF South

European League of Football West Division 2060

PosTeamLeague
0ELF West
0ELF West

Pacific League of Football

Pacific League of Football 2060

PosTeamLeague
0ACT MonarchsPLF
0New Zealand KiwisPLF
0South Australia DragonsPLF
0Western Australia RaidersPLF

Report

With the United States Football League version 2 starting in 2022, but with only teams in the North East and South regions of USA, Eirball takes a brief look into the crystal ball, to see where not only the USFL shall go next, but also what will happen when the NFL goes Global.

After reviving old USFL 1 teams in the Midwest and West such as Chicago Blitz, Memphis Showboats, Oklahoma Outlaws, Portland Breakers, San Antonio Gunslingers, Los Angeles Express and Arizona Wranglers, as well as resurrecting the Orlando Renegades; the USFL becomes a Major League in the USA after the NFL goes global. With a large amount of fans unhappy with the NFL putting teams in Canada, Mexico, Japan and Germany, US fans of Football flock to the USA-only league which revived the popular United States Football League of 1983 to 1985, becoming the firsty successful Spring League.

By 2040 the NFL, under increasing pressure from protest groups in USA, not only moves teams with controversial names such as the Chiefs to Johannesburg, Patriots to Dublin, Ravens to London, Colts to Berlin, Bengals to Delhi, Rams to Sydney, Chargers to Tokyo, Vikings to Stockholm, Browns to Mexico City, Cowboys to Rio de Janeiro, Cardinals to Rome, and Bills to Toronto, but also scraps the AFC in favour of the new World Football Conference, which includes the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

In 2060 the XFL begins its fifth iteration (after another failed attempt in 2040) by bringing back the old NFL teams which the NFL moved out of their markets – Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Titans, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers are all resurrected in a new Xtreme Football Conference which merges with the United States Football League creating a USA-only 32-team league.

Meanwhile the CFL has added the Atlantic Schooners and the Japan X-League Super division teams drop their Company names and represent the 8 regions of Japan – Kanto Creators, Hokkaido Frontiers are just two of the eight regional teams in the new Japan Super League. The Liga de Futbol Americano and European League of Football also take their place among the 4 Major Regional Leagues along with the CFL and JSL.

Meanwhile Native Americans and other groups such as Hawaiians and Mississippi African-Americans who have had their identity stolen revive old team names in a new Independent Football League with ownership and players of that heritage. A Global League of Football featuring 4 teams in Asia, 2 in Africa and 2 in South America is also set up at the same time, with the two leagues merging as the International League of Football. Finally, to fill in a gap, the Pacific League of Football, with one team in New Zealand and three in Australia is launched.

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

ARLINGTON, USA - SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]
ARLINGTON, USA – SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

IMAGES

[2] Birmingham Pro Sports (2019) Birmingham Americans History | Logo World Football League [Internet] Available from: https://www.birminghamprosports.com/birminghamamericans/logo%20world%20football%20league.jpg [Accessed 11 February 2019]

WEBSITES

[1] NFL / Kevin Patra (2020) Washington retiring nickname, logo; new nickname TBD [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/news/washington-retires-nickname-logo-new-nickname-tbd [Accessed 14 July 2020]

Canadian Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/canadian-football-leagues/

National Football League: https://eirball.ie/national-football-league-2/

American Football League Era 1920-1950: https://eirball.ie/american-football-leagues-era-1920-1950/

Mexican American Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/mexican-american-football-leagues/

Japan American Football: https://eirball.ie/japanese-american-football/

United States Football Leagues Era 1960-1985: /https://eirball.ie/united-states-football-leagues-era-1960-1985/

Arena and Indoor Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/arena-indoor-football-leagues/

European american Football: https://eirball.ie/european-american-football/

Women’s American Football (including Legends Leagues): https://eirball.ie/womens-american-football/

XFL Era Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/xfl-football-leagues-era-1990-2020/

World American Football Leagues: https://eirball.ie/world-american-football/

PHOTO References

[38] ARLINGTON, USA – SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

NFL Logo References

TEAM LOGO REFERENCES

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CFL Logo References

LOGOS

[1] David Burnett to A Football World Discussion Group Facebook (2021) Post to Page, October 27, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10223294722629561&set=gm.1008333219949031  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/247859990_10223294722589560_7128872716997977271_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=tQlu7Zz9TGoAX9PiYqG&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=3b02a54c6ac6522bc2b9c2fa2a35c25f&oe=61A00B91 ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[3] Sports Logos (2021) 8827_bc_lions-primary-2016 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/91/full/8827_bc_lions-primary-2016.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[4] Sports Logos (2021) 6644_calgary_stampeders-primary-2019 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/92/full/6644_calgary_stampeders-primary-2019.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[5] Sports Logos (2021) edmonton_elks_logo_primary_2021_sportslogosnet-5957 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/6790/full/edmonton_elks_logo_primary_2021_sportslogosnet-5957.png %5BAccessed 31 July 2021]

[6] Sports Logos (2021) 6261_saskatchewan_roughriders-primary-2016 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/98/full/6261_saskatchewan_roughriders-primary-2016.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[7] Sports Logos (2021) 2517_winnipeg_blue_bombers-primary-2012 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/100/full/2517_winnipeg_blue_bombers-primary-2012.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[8] Sports Logos (2021) 6242 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/94/full/6242.gif [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[9] Sports Logos (2021) 4816_toronto_argonauts-primary-2021 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/99/full/4816_toronto_argonauts-primary-2021.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[10] Sports Logos (2021) 9827_ottawa__redblacks-primary-2014 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/5033/full/9827_ottawa__redblacks-primary-2014.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[11] Sports Logos (2021) 5778_montreal_alouettes-primary-2019 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/95/full/5778_montreal_alouettes-primary-2019.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

TSL (CFL South) Logos

[1] The Spring League (2021) SEALIONS_Prim_FulClrWhtBG-1-512×326 [Internet] Available from: https://www.thespringleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SEALIONS_Prim_FulClrWhtBG-1-512×326.png [Accessed 27 December 2021]

[2] The Spring League (2021) generals-hero-min [Internet] Available from: https://www.thespringleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/generals-hero-min.png [Accessed 27 December 2021]

[3] The Spring League (2021) aviators-min-512×273 [Internet] Available from: https://www.thespringleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/aviators-min-512×273.png [Accessed 27 December 2021]

[4] The Spring League (2021) alpha-wordmark-min-1-512×271 [Internet] Available from: https://www.thespringleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/alpha-wordmark-min-1-512×271.png [Accessed 27 December 2021]

LFA Logo References

LOGO REFERENCES

[14] Condors LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, March 5, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/CondorsLFA/photos/a.849000958532449/3650845258347991/ [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/156170347_3650845261681324_1343936098449651172_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=Off9afsir7EAX-eTVa5&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=f04cd67af1934cde5fc69f4926d00448&oe=61C2AF22 ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[15] Dinos LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, February 1, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/DinosLFA/photos/a.1098375663531454/3637578546277807/   [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/145511336_3637578549611140_188757273752279880_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=gSWRy8aB7dIAX8l8_-A&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=9500539ff6b65410d5e5042bddb44625&oe=61BFF0C5  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[16] Fundidores LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, November 16, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=284974656970640&set=a.118343776967063    [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/256036343_284974650303974_2647505166117146873_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=b-G_cXZObkQAX_tB02t&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=aee3e57bf4fc4eae3a384a9ce5050a0c&oe=61A08B97  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[17] Galgos Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, November 17, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/galgoslfa/photos/a.108310031666817/112983941199426/   [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at:  https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/252761059_112983937866093_8472956443678492315_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=NANmTB6vq5AAX-zWa67&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=b0f23b6874891577c5faf26db30252bf&oe=61A114EC ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[18] Mexicas LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, November 1, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/MexicasLFA/photos/a.1014327461963314/4687022084693815   [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/251123045_4687022081360482_3247634362025467080_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=OoUZYU6nZycAX82rjsY&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=ad2fe97e3b32c3ac9dcdb1129875a488&oe=619FAB45 ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[19] Raptors LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, November 5, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/RaptorsLFA/photos/a.208212012844821/1597088927290449  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/253731409_1597088923957116_2180559504148918797_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=yEYkH6g72yYAX-7NLr7&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=9adac1a0cf5bc5cdf94a6e4bb25fce68&oe=61A0089A  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[20] Reyes LFA (2021) Profile Picture, November 19, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/ReyesLFA/photos/a.104544895379393/113206377846578 [Accessed 21 December 2021][Actual Image link available at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/258195584_113206374513245_5663298235135969257_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=zn-zaWl4W4gAX9YEBZR&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT_lNWqkZvrPIwTDFtz3FinayT6oF9lUkQJxBrNCq-bwzw&oe=61C6A29E   [Accessed 21 December 2021]

[2] Mayas LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, October 25, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/MayasLFA/photos/a.916904715071809/4490334654395446/   [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/248497239_4490334641062114_2420135574359291948_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=tyzQ2K5mI24AX-IE9d5&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=f2e12ee551f216704032abc0943f123a&oe=61A09048 ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[7] Artilleros LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, November 3, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/ArtillerosLFA/photos/a.298541940883309/579119006158933/    [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/73513561_579119012825599_8802706180922146816_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=5nO8n1bZCXsAX9_5Lnj&tn=7uF7rGUPgPXI7zGG&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=c6a6d0a303ab49f16b9e426ddf538b25&oe=61C12730  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[8] Osos LFA Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, October 1, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=251129953689617&set=a.125371869598760  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/243020024_251129950356284_294552196448173790_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=nI9MStm2EZQAX9vtC2f&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=d69c71335d78090b5ef73d3f92b43bcf&oe=61A0E836  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

JSL Logo References

[7] X-League (2021) Fujitsu Frontiers [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/fujitsu [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[8] X-League (2021) Obic Seagulls Profile [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/obic [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[9] X-League (2021) Panasonic Impulse [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/impulse [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[10] X-League (2021) Elecom Kobe Finies [Internet] Available from:https://xleague.jp/team/elecom [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[11] X-League (2021) IBM Big Blue [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/ibm [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[12] X-League (2021) Tokyo Gas Creators [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/tokyogas  [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[13] X-League (2021) All-Mitsubishi Lions [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/hel-lions [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[14] X-League (2021) Nojima Sagamihara Rise [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/rise [Accessed 4 August 2021]

ELF Logo References

[7] Barcelona Dragons Facebook (2021)Profile Picture: March 24, 2021: 164100830_143302991038424_6685619488922431445_n [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/164100830_143302991038424_6685619488922431445_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-4&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=7nF5AhntfsEAX9glptP&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=a430079a20cfb0956dd3ea5a7c8db22e&oe=61316F91 [Accessed 11 July 2021]

[8] Panthers Wroclaw Fabecook (2021) profile Picture September 20, 2013 1235513_483738095055993_896136457_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/PanthersWroclaw/photos/a.483738081722661/483738095055993/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[9] Hamburg Sea Devils Facebook (2021) Profile Picture March 9, 2021: 159505975_122355319823281_3096303558860788527_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/HamburgSeaDevils/photos/a.106420621416751/122355316489948 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[10] Stuttgart Surge Facebook (2021) Profile Picture July 27, 2021: 224860379_157740426432198_682630597869113461_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/StuttgartSurgeFootball/photos/a.101150422091199/157740416432199/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[11] Leipzig Kings Facebook (2021) Profile Picture April 23, 2021 176481610_124322863083112_5924150060350890678_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/105240348324697/photos/a.105240374991361/124322859749779 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[12] Cologne Centurions Facebook (2021) Profile Picture March 22, 2021 164225775_104312295086165_3866117950552195047_n [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/164225775_104312295086165_3866117950552195047_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-4&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=q-FxP6s2FecAX8leJ2f&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=b85f562fcd7282fd92b580c46312ec3d&oe=61329D2C [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[13] Frankfurt Galaxy Facebook (2021) Profile Picture April 18, 2021 175159880_127159659432418_8771340701865027771_n  [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/frankfurtgalaxy21/photos/a.100834638731587/127159656099085 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[14] Berlin Thunder Facebook (2021) Profile Picture May 6, 2021 182443261_131030875743347_4880774321224305568_n  [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BER.Thunder/photos/a.106909338155501/131030872410014/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[9] AFC Dacia Vienna Vikings Facebook (2016) Profile Picture, May 10, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/ViennaVikings/photos/a.10150296666230346/10156908106500346/  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.18169-9/13178930_10156908106500346_760535454859624943_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=jj_tUZy22F8AX9T2S19&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=8ac0b53a04716a88da7f3daec524750a&oe=61C3031B  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[10] SWARCO Raiders Tirol Facebook (2018) Profile Picture, October 24, 2018 [Internet] Available from:  https://www.facebook.com/SWARCORaidersTirol/photos/a.428718306297/10156094237966298 [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at:  https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/44726413_10156094237971298_8355790253675511808_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=PUm4jRDwCW8AX_FDvaT&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=fca76f2a6975a9347f666a161a47c636&oe=61C0D05C ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[11] Istanbul Rams Facebook (2016) Profile Picture, October 15, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/IstanbulRams/photos/a.442986371827/10158396645326828/  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/243269071_10158396645316828_2189579114400872932_n.png?_nc_cat=101&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=4DCxhDp3C4sAX-H9Gxf&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=e9220f74a42bfd5a77c751654cb975ce&oe=61A0FE36 ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[12] Rhein Fire Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, September 25, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/rheinfire.football/photos/a.110223358051508/118577120549465/   [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/241280937_118577130549464_5762887138007820785_n.png?_nc_cat=100&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=YmhEHOY-jtcAX8lxNFt&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=02dcd3eb9114dce71b510650f2918ae7&oe=61A056EC ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[13] Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos (2019) Scottish Claymores Alternsate Logo 1998 [Internet] Available from:http://content.sportslogos.net/logos/19/1233/full/2552_scottish_claymores-alternate-1998.png [Accessed 27 November 2019]

Other Logos

[1] The Spring League (2021) blues-hero-min-512×299 [Internet] Available from: https://www.thespringleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/blues-hero-min-512×299.png [Accessed 27 December 2021]

[2] Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos (2019) edmonton_eskimos_logo_primary_19987020 [Internet] Available from:https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/93/full/edmonton_eskimos_logo_primary_19987020.png  [Accessed 22 November 2021]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Bart Barden, Bri Wallace, Sondra Maher, Decy Maher, Tom Gallagher and Carmine.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

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Last Updated: 27 December 2021

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JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super Schedule 2021

Japan X-League Logo [Reference: 1]

Final Standings

JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
17002127160211W7
261018217113104W1
3520151556194L1
433110223249-26W3
53409148153-5W1
62506112237-125L1
71514115172-57L5
8070024220-196L7

Playoff Schedule

JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super Playoffs 2021

Regular Season Schedule

JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super 2021

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
17 - 49

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs Fujitsu Frontiers

(Week 1)
0 - 71

Tokyo Gas Creators vs Panasonic Impulse

(Week 1)
0 # - 20

All-Mitsublishi Lions vs Obic Seagulls

(Week 1)
26 - 26

IBM Big Blue vs Elecom Kobe Finies

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
20 - 41

IBM Big Blue vs Obic Seagulls

(Week 2)
10 - 24

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs Panasonic Impulse

(Week 2)
0 # - 20

All-Mitsublishi Lions vs Elecom Kobe Finies

(Week 2)
22 - 32

Tokyo Gas Creators vs Fujitsu Frontiers

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
0 # - 20

All-Mitsublishi Lions vs Fujitsu Frontiers

(Week 3)
0 - 24

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs Obic Seagulls

(Week 3)
17 - 65

IBM Big Blue vs Panasonic Impulse

(Week 3)
27 - 23

Tokyo Gas Creators vs Elecom Kobe Finies

Match Day Week 4
(Week 4)
24 - 63

IBM Big Blue vs Fujitsu Frontiers

(Week 4)
0 - 23

Tokyo Gas Creators vs Obic Seagulls

(Week 4)
0 # - 20

All-Mitsublishi Lions vs Panasonic Impulse

(Week 4)
20 - 14

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs Elecom Kobe Finies

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
33 - 7

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs Tokyo Gas Creators

(Week 5)
0 - 70

All-Mitsubishi Lions vs IBM Big Blue

(Week 5)
11 - 19

Elecom Kobe Finies vs Fujitsu Frontiers

(Week 5)
13 - 6

Panasonic Impulse vs Obic Seagulls

Match Day Week 6
(Week 6)
26 - 20

Panasonic Impulse vs Fujitsu Frontiers

(Week 6)
28 - 32

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs IBM Big Blue

(Week 6)
14 - 28

Elecom Kobe Finies vs Obic Seagulls

(Week 6)
21 - 30

All-Mitsublishi Lions vs Tokyo Gas Creators

Match Day Week 7
(Week 7)
40 - 3

Nojima Sagamihara Rise vs All-Mitsubishi Lions

(Week 7)
26 - 34

Tokyo Gas Creators vs IBM Big Blue

(Week 7)
7 - 52

Elecom Kobe Finies vs Panasonic Impulse

(Week 7)
13 - 14

Obic Seagulls vs Fujitsu Frontiers

Note: # Forfeit (0-20)

Week 1 Recap

Week 1 in the new Era of Japan X-League kicked off on Saturday, 4 September with Fujitsu Frontiers defeating Nojima Sagamihara Rise 49-17 and Panasonic Impulse winning by a landslide 71-0 against Tokyo Gas Creators. The following day, however, the single game played was much closer, in fact the match-up between IBM Big Blue and Elecom Kobe Finies ended up a 26-26 tie. The other match, to be played on the 5th September, between All-Mitsubishi Lions and Obic Seagulls was postponed.

Weeks 2-6 Recap

The big match-up between the two undefeated teams after five weeks went the way of Panasonic Impulse as they narrowly defeated Fujitsu Frontiers 26-20 to move to 6-0. Frontiers now have to regroup for another crucial top-of-the-standings game with Obic Seagulls shocked Elecom Kobe Finies 38-21 (both Fujitsu and Obic stand on 5-1) in the final week of the regular season. Kobe dropped to 2-4. In the other game that was crucial to playoff hopes IBM Big Blue defeated Nojima Sagamihara Rise 32-28 to move to 2-3-1 and in good position for the fourth playoff spot.

Week 7 Recap

Nojima Sagamihara Rise defeated All-Mitsubishi Lions 40-3 on the Saturday in a game with slim hopes for Rise to reach the Playoffs. Nojima finished 3-4 on the season and All-Mitsubishi 0-7. The Rise were eliminated from Playoff contention by IBM Big Blue’s 34-26 victory on the same day versus Tokyo Gas Creators leaving Big Blue 3-3-1 on the season and in the Playoffs and Creators finished 2-5 with their slim hopes of making the playoffs dashed by the loss. Elecom Kobe Finies finished the season with five straight losses after a 7-52 thrashing by Panasonic Impulse who took homefield advantage into the Playoffs after finishing the season 7-0 and on top of the 8-team X1 Super. In the week’s big game Fujitsu Frontiers narrowly defeated Obic Seagulls 14-13 to leave the Frontiers in second place on 6-1 and Seagulls in third on 5-2. Both Frontiers and Seagulls meet again in the Playoffs with Fujitsu having homefield advantage.

Semi-Finals Recap

Panasonic Impulse defeated IBM Big Blue 38-31 in a shootout to reach the 75th Rice Bowl on 3rd January 2022 where they will meet Fujitsu Frontiers after the Frontiers’ 17-10 victory over Obic Seagulls. Panasonic Impulse go into the Rice Bowl as favourites after a perfect season up to this point and having handed Fujitsu the Frontiers’ only defeat of the season, a 26-20 game back in Week 6 on November 13. Panasonic’s win over IBM was not as big as their regular season victory over the Big Blue, which ended 65-13 in a blowout. Fujitsu’s win over Obic was not as close as the 14-13 game which the Frontiers won in Week 1, but was similarly low-scoring.

Rice Bowl 75 Recap

Fujitsu Frontiers, playing in their 9th Social Championship game in a row, won the 75th Rice Bowl 24-18 against Number 1 Ranked Panasonic Impulse. The Frontiers had won four Rice Bowls straight from 2016 to 2019 but 2020 was the year of Obic Seagulls. 2021 again saw Fujitsu take the title of not just Working People (Social Championship – X League) but the Rice Bowl, this year the sole ownership of the X-League Social Championship (College Champions no longer compete for Rice Bowl) [23, 24] . Of Irish interest in the game is a player by the name Brennan – an Irish surname from Ossory, now Co. Kilkenny [25, 26]. Brennan played Wide Receiver for Panasonic Impulse, making at least two receptions [24].

For a full Match Report and Scorers please click on the Game in the above Playoff Schedule.

To View Footage of the 75th Rice Bowl, please see this link on Mike Tackett’s You Tube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AihsYDoKDUg [Accessed 4 January 2022]Reference: [23]

[23] Mike Tackett’s You Tube Channel (2022) Rice Bowl 75: Fujitsu Frontiers vs Panasonic Impulse (2022) watch?v=AihsYDoKDUg [Accessed 4 January 2022][Actual Reference at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AihsYDoKDUg ][Accessed 4 January 2022]

About the JAFA Japan X-League X1 Super 2021

The Japan American Football Association is the National Governing Body for American Football in Japan. The X-League is the Top Level Social League (Businesses) and from 1984 to 2020 contested the Rice Bowl with the College Champions. However, due to the Social Champions winning 11 Rice Bowl’s in-a-row in what was increasingly a mismatch, the X-League has taken over in 2021 sole ownership of the Rice Bowl (Japan’s Super Bowl). The Rice Bowl has been played since 1947 and Japan is one of the four to five Major Gridiron Football countries in the World, along with USA, Canada, Mexico and Germany.

REFERENCES

IMAGES

[1] X-League (2020) logo_xleague [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/logo_xleague.jpg [Accessed 7 March 2021]

STANDINGS

[2] X-League (2021) Standings [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/standing [Accessed 13 December 2021]

[3] X-League (2021) Score [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/score [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[4] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 1[Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-1 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[5] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 2 [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-2 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[6] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 3 [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-3 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[4] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 4[Internet] Available from:https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-4 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[5] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 5 [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-5 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[6] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 6 [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-6 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[7] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 7[Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-7  [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[8] X-League (2021) Schedule / Results Section 8[Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/schedule/2021/2021-x1-super-autumn-8 [Accessed 30 November 2021]

[9] X-League (2022) Rice Bowl 75 [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/feature/ricebowl75 [Accessed 4 January 2022]

[10] X-League (2021) Fujitsu Frontiers [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/fujitsu [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[11] X-League (2021) Obic Seagulls Profile [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/obic [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[12] X-League (2021) Panasonic Impulse [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/impulse [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[13] X-League (2021) Elecom Kobe Finies [Internet] Available from:https://xleague.jp/team/elecom [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[14] X-League (2021) IBM Big Blue [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/ibm [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[15] X-League (2021) Tokyo Gas Creators [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/tokyogas  [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[16] X-League (2021) All-Mitsubishi Lions [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/hel-lions [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[17] X-League (2021) Nojima Sagamihara Rise [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/team/rise [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[18] UC Davis Aggies (2013) Jimmy Laughrea [Internet] Available from: https://ucdavisaggies.com/sports/football/roster/jimmy-laughrea/1198 [Accessed 7 March 2021]

[19] UC Davis Aggies (2018) Jimmy Laughrea-9150487 [Internet] Available from: https://ucdavisaggies.com/images/2018/5/18/9150487.jpeg?width=300 [Accessed 7 March 2021]

[20] Japan Times, Hiroshi Ikezawa (2020) New Obic Seagulls Quarterback Jimmy Laughrea adjusts to fatherhood and preparing for unique season [Internet] Available from: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/06/07/more-sports/football/new-obic-quarterback-jimmy-laughrea-adjusts-fatherhood-preparing-unique-season/ [Accessed 7 March 2021]

[21] X-League (2021) Official Score [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/standing#001 [Accessed 14 November 2021]

[22] X-League (2022) Fujitsu wins 6th Rice Bowl in 2 Years [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/news/27801 [Accessed 4 January 2022]

[23] Mike Tackett’s You Tube Channel (2022) Rice Bowl 75: Fujitsu Frontiers vs Panasonic Impulse (2022) watch?v=AihsYDoKDUg [Accessed 4 January 2022][Actual Reference at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AihsYDoKDUg ][Accessed 4 January 2022]

[24] X-League (2022) Fujitsu wins Japan’s newest rice bowl for the first time in two years after defeating Panasonic [Internet] Available from: https://xleague.jp/news/27812 [Accessed 4 January 2022]

[25] Geo Geneology Blogspot (2021) Surname Map of Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_113fxT1SuFI/TBWY-7CEqSI/AAAAAAAAAFk/p52N4tTBoXs/s1600/irish_large.jpg [Accessed 4 January 2022]

[26] Library Ireland (2022) O’Braonain  [Internet] Available from: https://www.libraryireland.com/names/ob/o-braonain.php [Accessed 4 January 2022]  

Icon References

[27] X-League (2021) fujitsu [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/fujitsu.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[28] X-League (2021) obic [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/obic.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[29] X-League (2021) impulse [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/impulse.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[30] X-League (2021) elecom [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/elecom.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[31] X-League (2021) ibm [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/ibm.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[32] X-League (2021) tokyogas [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/tokyogas.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[33] X-League (2021) hel-lions [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/hel-lions.png  [Accessed 4 August 2021]

[34] X-League (2021) rise [Internet] Available from: https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/xleague/images/team/icon/rise.png [Accessed 4 August 2021]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to John Gunning (Japan Times and American Football international).

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Last Updated: 4 January 2022

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