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Encyclopedia > List of leagues of American football

This is a list of current and defunct leagues of American football. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

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Current leagues

The league name and year formed are listed below.


Men's leagues

US Leagues

Professional outdoor leagues:

Professional Arena/Indoor Leagues: The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The All American Football League is a professional league of American football. ...

Collegiate and Amateur Leagues: The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... af2 (short for arenafootball2) is the name of the Arena Football Leagues minor league, which started play in 2000. ... The American Indoor Football Association (originally the Atlantic Indoor Football League, later American Indoor Football League) began play in 2005 with six teams based in the eastern United States. ... The American Professional Football League (APFL) is an indoor football league based in the midwestern United States that began play in 2003. ... The Eastern Indoor Football League is an indoor American football league that comprises teams located in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. ... The Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) is a new indoor football league based along the Northeastern United States region. ... The Intense Football League is an indoor football league founded by Chad Dittman in 2004. ... National Indoor Football League is a minor league indoor football association based in the United States. ... The North American Indoor Football League is an indoor football league planning to start play in 2007. ... United Indoor Football is an indoor football league that was started in 2005. ... The World Indoor Football League is a new indoor football league scheduled to begin play in 2007. ...

Semi-Professional Leagues: The Minor League Football Association ( MLFA ) is a full contact outdoor semi-pro minor league American football league, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (better known as the NAIA) traces its roots to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball. ... The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is an association of community college athletic departments throughout the United States of America. ...

The Mid Continental Football League (MCFL) is a semi-pro football league the currently consisting of ten teams in the Kentucky (1), Indiana (1), Ohio (3), and Michigan (5) areas. ... The North American Football League (NAFL) is owned by Greens Worldwide Incorporated and is an adult amateur American football league that was designed to be a self-sustaining level of minor league football where players can develop their skills and simply play for the love of the game. ... The Southern States Football League (SSFL) is a late winter-spring American football league with all of its teams based in Florida. ... The Empire Football League (EFL) is a Semi-Pro American Football League that operates franchises based primarily in New York and Pennsylvania. ...

Japanese Leagues

  • X-League, 1996-
  • Tokyo Football League, 1977?-1991 (Became the UFL in 1991)
  • Urban Football League, 1991-
  • Japan Private Football Federation, 1978-

The X-League (not to be confused with Vince McMahons XFL) is well-organized professional American football league in Japan. ...

Other Leagues Around the World

The Americas: World map showing the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere historically considered to consist of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions. ...

Asia: Football Canada is the governing body for amateur Canadian football. ... The National Student Organization of American Football, (in Spanish, ONEFA: Organización Nacional Estudiantil de Fútbol Americano) is a Mexican college football league. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ...

  • Asia - AFAF Asian Federation of American Football
  • Asia - Asia Pacific Football League
  • South Korea - KAFA Korea American Football Association
  • South Korea - SAFA Seoul American Football Association
  • Thailand - FAFA Flag and American Football Association

Europe: The Asia Pacific Football League (APFL) is a football league located in various asian countries. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ...

Oceania: The European Football League (EFL) is a European Cup style tournament for European American Football teams affiliated to EFAF (European Federation of American Football). ... NFL Europa is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... The Danish American Football Federation (in Danish, Dansk Amerikansk Fodbold Forbund or DAFF), is an organization for American football in Denmark. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The American Football Association was the only pro soccer league in the United States to be formed before the United States Soccer Federation formed in 1913. ... The German football League (GFL) is the elite bundesliga for American football in Germany. ... The Irish American Football League (IAFL) is a fully-kitted American football league in Ireland. ... Moldavia (Moldova in Romanian) was a Romanian principality, originally created in the Middle Ages, now divided between Romania, Moldovan Republic and Ukraine. ... The AFBN (American Football Bond Nederland) is the governing body for American Football in the Netherlands. ... League Logo The Norway American Football Federation (NoAFF) is the largest American football league in Norway, consisting of eleven teams from Norwegian cities and universities. ... The Southside Football League (SFL) is an American football league in Norway. ... Anthem Serbia() on the European continent() Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian written with the Cyrillic alphabet1 Government Parliamentary republic  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Establishment  -  Formation 8th century   -  Independence c. ... Logo of the British American Football League The British American Football League (BAFL) is the United Kingdoms primary American Football league. ... The British Collegiate American Football League (BCAFL) is an American football league consisting of players from various colleges and universities in the United Kingdom. ... World map exhibiting a common interpretation of Oceania; other interpretations may vary. ...

Gridiron Australia is the governing body of American football played in Australia. ... American Football Wellington(AFW) is a fully-kitted American football league in New Zealand. ...

Women's leagues

The Womens Professional Football League (WPFL) is the original and longest operating womens professional American football league in the United States. ... The National Womens Football Association (NWFA) is a full-contact American football league for women. ... The Independent Womens Football League was founded in 2000, and began play in 2001. ... The Womens Football League began play in 2002. ...

Historic leagues

The league name and seasons are listed below.


Men's leagues

(*): Merged with the NFL in 1970 The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the rival National Football League from 1946 to 1949. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... The United Football League operated between 1961 and 1964. ... The Atlantic Coast Football League operated between 1962 and 1964 drawing many quality players from the East Coast schools. ... The Continental Football League was an American football league played in North America from 1965 through 1969. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ... The Professional Indoor Football League was the first league to successfully play indoor football as a paid pro-league sport other than the Arena Football League. ... The Regional Football League (RFL) was formed as the MAJOR LEAGUE OF SPRING FOOTBALL. The RFL season was designed for Spring/Summer play with the weekend prior to the Fourth of July designated as the annual date for its championship game. ... The XFL was a professional American football league that played for one season in 2001. ... The Indoor Football League began in 1999 as an offshoot of the troubled Professional Indoor Football League. ... The Indoor Professional Football League (IPFL) was the new incarnation of the Professional Indoor Football League, which started in 1998. ...


Women's leagues

The Womens American Football League (WAFL) was a womens football league that was formed in 2001 after disbanding, the teams merged with the -WAFC Womens Affiliated Football Conference -IWFL Independant Womens Football League and American Football Womens League (AFWL] which now disbanded. ... The American Football Womens League (AFWL) which debuted on May 15, 2002, was one of the first womens football leagues formed, originally using the name WAFL, or Womens American Football League in 2001. ... The Womens Football Association was formed in 2002 and folded in 2003. ...

See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
American football (2995 words)
American football, known in the United States as simply football is a competitive team sport related to, derived from, and somewhat similar to, other forms of football, but differing from most of them in significant ways.
Professional leagues that no longer exist include the World Football League (WFL,1974-75), the United States Football League (USFL,1983-1985), the XFL (XFL,2001), the All American Football Conference (1946-1949), the American Football League (AFL,1960-1969-merged with the NFL in 1970), and the World League of American Football (WLAF,1991-1993-now NFL Europe).
American football in its current form grew out of a series of three games between Harvard University and McGill University of Montreal in 1874.
BIGpedia - National Football League - Encyclopedia and Dictionary Online (2966 words)
The league was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, which adopted the name "National Football League" in 1922.
The next year 1969, another American Football League team, the Buffalo Bills were the first professional football team of the modern era to begin the season with a fl, James Harris as their starting quarterback.
The Guarantee (January 12, 1969, American Football League Jets vs. NFL Colts in Super Bowl III) The 17-point favorite Colts, are beaten 16-7 by Joe Namath, Johnny Sample, Randy Beverly and the New York Jets.
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