World Football Leagues

The First attempts at creating a European American Football League were in the 1970s following the hit film M*A*S*H and its climactic ending featuring an American Football game which intrigued European audiences.

Following on from this a couple of failed start-ups led in 1991 to the National Football League (NFL) creating the World League of American Football (WLAF) as a Development League. After two years with teams in USA, Canada and Europe it was shelved and returned in 1995 as a Europe-only league which itself was shelved in 2007 in order to promote the NFL itself in Europe through the International Series of NFL regular season games in London.

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World Football Leagues

European Football Leagues

World Football League

Southwest Professional Football League

World League of American Football

World League of American Football 1991-1992

World League of American Football (Seasons)

*Please also see the ELF Europe page for more on the WLAF after it became a Europe-only League from 1995 to 1997

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