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The American Football League (AAA – Division 2 – League) began playing matches in Canada in 1926, and then played against the National Football League (1930s) and Canadian football League (1940s). These were the first Major American Football (Gridiron) Internationals.

The National Football League began promoting American Football around the World, starting in the 1950s with a series of Internationals versus Canadian Football League teams, and then playing preseason games in first Canada in the 1960s, then in the 1970s Europe, Japan and Mexico. In 2007 the National Football League began playing regular season games in London, Toronto and Mexico City.

Major American Football Leagues have been played outside of the USA since the World League of American Football in 1991. With 6 teams in USA, one in Canada, and three in Europe, it was the first Official National Football League Development League (Division 2), as well as the first league of its kind to be played on a weekly basis on two continents (technically the USSR Soccer League was the first). It became a Europe-only league in 1995 and renamed NFL Europe in 1998 and was scrapped by the NFL in 2007 in favour of promoting the NFL in Europe through regular season game.

The European Leagues were replaced by the United Football League (USA 2009-2011), Elite Football League of India (2012), Legends Football Leagues (Canada 2012-13 and Australia 2013-14), China Arena Football League (2016), Pretty Girls Footbal l League (Mexico 2017) and Alliance of American Football (2019).

Beginning in 1984 AAA (Division 2) American Football Leagues began playing matches in Europe (USFL 1984, Arena Football League 1990s) or against World American Football Teams (Legends Football League USA v Legends Football League Canada 2010s, The Spring League v Japan American Football Association 2020).

Click on the links below (in Green-Blue) to be brought to a page with the standings and results of the specified leagues.

World League of American Football Logo [Reference: 1]

Images References

[World Pro 1] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/WLAFlogo.gif [Accessed 23 April 2018]


There were no Irish teams in these leagues unless you include the EuroSteelers of the European League (UK Conference) in 1993 (precursor to AFL Europe). the four teams of the UK Conference were intended to represent the four regions of the UK, with the EuroBears, EuroRaiders and EuroMonarchs the other three. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the designated home team for the NFL game in Dublin with the Chicago Bears.

World Football Leagues

World Pro American Football Leagues (Bowl Games):

World Pro American Football Leagues Bowl Games 1991-2019

World Pro American Football Leagues (Overviews):

World League of American Football 1991-1992

Hamburg Blue Devils Independent Schedule American Football Team 1993

American Football League of Europe 1993-1995

World League of American Football 1995-1997

National Football League Europe 1998-2007

United Football League 2009-2011

Elite Football league of India 2012

Legends Football League Global 2012-2014

China Arena Football League 2016-2019

Pretty Girls Football League (Mexico) 2014-2017

Amsterdam Crusaders Independent Schedule American Football Team 2018

European Super League 2019

European League of Football 2021

World Pro American Football League Seasons:

Hamburg Blue Devils Independent Schedule American Football Team 1993

European League of American Football 1993

American Football League of Europe 1995

LFL Global (Seasons): Canada 2012-13 Australia 2013-14

Amsterdam Crusaders Independent Schedule American Football Team 2018

China Arena Football League 2019

Alliance of American Football 2019

National Football League v American Football Leagues

National Football League v American Football Leagues (1927-1937):

Whilst not strictly speaking International matches, the National Football League has also played matches against American Football League teams in the 1920s, 1930s, & 1940s.

National Football League v American Football League 1927-1928

California Winter League 1927-1928

Memphis Tigers | AAA Independent American Football 1929-1933

National Football League v Pacific Coast Football League 1936

Pacific Coast Football Leagues (Seasons): 1927 1928

National Football League v Army & College All-Stars 1942

Canadian Football Leagues Internationals

National Football League Preseason American Bowls

National Football League Regular Season International Series

National Football League International Series (Major League)

National Football League International Regular Season Games in Mexico 2005-Present

National Football League International Regular Season Games in London 2007-Present

National Football League International Regular Season Games in Canada 2008-2013

AAA American Football Leagues International

United States Football League Postseason Exhibition Game in London 1984

Arena Football League Preseason Games in Europe 1989

Legends Football League Pacific Cup 2012-2013

Arena Football League All Star Game in China & Hawaii 2013

The Spring League v Japan American Football Association 2020

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[1] World League of American Football (2020) 96claymoresawayjersey50rs.jpg.w300h350 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/96claymoresawayjersey50rs.jpg.w300h350.jpg [Accessed 17 September 2020]