List of defunct college football conferences

This is a list of defunct college football conferences in the United States and a defunct university football conference in Canada. Not all of the conferences listed here are truly defunct. Some simply stopped sponsoring football and continue under their current names, where others changed their names after changes in membership.

United StatesEdit

  • Conferences whose charter no longer functions, listed by year of dissolution.
  • Successor conferences in bold are still in existence:
Conference First
Geographic Areas Predecessor(s) Successor(s)
Central States Football League [A] 2000 2017 Arizona, Midwest, South Central States Sooner
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
College Athletic Conference (1962–1991)
1962 2016 South SAA
New England Football Conference 1965 2016 New England Commonwealth Coast
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1924 2013 Pennsylvania, West Virginia Mountain East
Great West Conference
Great West Football Conference (2004–2008)
2004 2013 California, Interior West, Upper Midwest Big Sky
Western Athletic Conference [B] 1962 2012 Western States Mountain West
Big East Conference 1993 2012 Eastern States American
Dakota Athletic Conference 2000 2012 North Dakota, South Dakota NDCAC
North Star
Pacific-10 Conference
Pacific-8 Conference (1964–1978)
Big Six Conference (19621964)
Big Five Conference (19591962)
Athletic Association of Western Universities (19591968)
1959 2011 Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington Pac-12
Great Lakes Football Conference 2006 2011 Midwest GLVC
Atlantic Central Football Conference 1997 2010 Mid-Atlantic Empire 8
USA South
Gateway Football Conference [C]
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference (1985–1992)
1985 2008 Plains States, Midwest States MVFC
Illini-Badger Football Conference
Illini-Badger-Hawkeye Football Conference (1989–1990)
1976 2007 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin NACC
North Central Conference
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (19221929)
1922 2008 Upper Midwest
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference [D] 1993 2007 Mid-Atlantic States
Dixie Conference (1963–2003) 1963 2003 Southern United States USA South
Atlantic 10 Conference [E] 1997 2006 Mid-Atlantic States Yankee CAA
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Conference 1995 2004 New York Liberty League
Freedom Football Conference 1992 2003 New England, New York Empire Eight
Liberty League
Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1969–1992)
1969 2000 Iowa, Nebraska GPAC
Big West Conference [F]
Pacific Coast Athletic Association (1969–1988)
1969 2000 Western States WAC
Columbia Football Association 1987 2000 Oregon, Washington CFL GNAC
Eastern Football Conference 1997 2000 Northeast Northeast-10
North Dakota College Athletic Conference
North Dakota Intercollegiate Conference
1931 1999 North Dakota Dakota AC
Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference 1987 1998 Ohio Valley HCAC
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference
Midwest Intercollegiate Conference (1990)
1990 1999 Midwest Heartland
South Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference 1995 1999 Iowa, South Dakota SDIC DAC
Mid-Ohio Conference
Mid-Ohio League (1949–1961)
1949 1998 Ohio American Mideast
Northern California Athletic Conference
Far Western Conference (1925 –1982)
1925 1998 California, Nevada, Oregon California Coast
Wisconsin State University Conference
Wisconsin State Normal Conference
1913 1997 Wisconsin WIAC
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference 1974 1997 Oklahoma OCC Lone Star
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1976 1997 Texas ASC
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference 1990 1997 New England NEFC
Southwest Conference 1914 1996 Arkansas, Texas Big 12
Conference USA
Big Eight Conference
Big Seven Conference (19471958 )
Big Six Conference (1907–1946)
1907 1996 Interior West, Plains States MVIAA Big 12
Yankee 1947 1996 Mid-Atlantic States, New England New England Atlantic 10
American West Conference 1993 1996 California, Utah Western Big Sky
Big West
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference 1917 1995 South Dakota SDIAC
Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference 1928 1995 Arkansas Gulf South
Lone Star
Sooner Athletic
TransSouth Athletic
Association of Mideast Colleges 1991 1995 Kentucky, Ohio
Northern Intercollegiate Conference
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota (1942 –1961)
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference (19321941 )
1932 1993 Upper Midwest Northern Sun
Western Football Conference 1982 1993 California, Utah Big Sky
Great West
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1912 1992 Missouri MIAA
Liberty Football Conference 1985 1992 New York Met-Intercollegiate MAAC
College Athletic Conference 1962 1991 Southern United States SCAC
Independent College Athletic Conference 1964 1991 New Jersey, New York Empire 8
Atlantic Collegiate Football Conference 1988 1991 Mid-Atlantic
Heartland Collegiate Conference
Indiana Collegiate Conference (1951–1977)
1951 1989 Indiana, Ohio MIFC
Tri-State Athletic Conference 1988 1989 Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota
Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Conference 1965 1988 Maine Maine IAA NESCAC
Columbia Football League 1987 1988 Oregon, Washington Evergreen CFA
Prairie College Conference (1988) 1988 1988 Illinois
Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives
Big Ten Conference (1917-1946, 1949–1987)
Big Nine Conference (1899–1906, 1912–1917, 19461948)
Western Conference
1896 1987 Midwestern United States IAAN Big Ten
Gulf Star Conference 1984 1987 Louisiana, Texas Southland
Central States Intercollegiate Conference 1976 1986 Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Great Plains MIAA
Missouri Valley Conference [G] 1907 1985 Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma Mountain West
Hoosier-Buckeye Conference
Hoosier Conference (1948–1970)
1948 1985 Indiana, Ohio HCAC
Pacific Northwest Conference 1926 1984 Idaho, Oregon, Washington Northwest
Evergreen Conference
Washington Intercollegiate Conference (19381947)
1948 1984 Oregon, Washington Tri-Normal Columbia FL
Met-Intercollegiate Conference 1979 1984 New York Metropolitan IC Liberty FC
Mid-Continent Athletic Association [H]
Summit League
1978 1981 Midwestern States Gateway/MVFC
Ohio Valley
Tri-State Conference 1960 1978 Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota GPAC
Twin River Collegiate Conference 1976 1978 Minnesota
Metropolitan Intercollegiate Conference 1972 1977 New York Met-Intercollegiate
Nebraska College Athletic Conference
Nebraska Intercollegiate Conference (1916–1926)
1916 1976 Nebraska NIAC/GPAC
Great Plains Athletic Conference 1972 1976 Colorado, Plains States RMAC CSIC
North Central
Middle Three Conference 1929 1975 New Jersey, Pennsylvania Big Ten
Virginia Collegiate Athletic Association 1972 1975 Virginia Virginia Little Eight ODAC
Mason-Dixon Conference 1936 1974 Mid-Atlantic States Chesapeake ODAC
Gateway Conference 1962 1974 Illinois, Wisconsin
Eastern Football Conference 1965 1974 Northeast
Maine Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1893 1973 Maine Yankee
Oklahoma Collegiate Conference 1929 1973 Oklahoma Oklahoma IC (I) Oklahoma IC (II)
Carolinas Conference
Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1961–1972)
North State Conference (1930–1961)
1930 1973 North Carolina, South Carolina
Mid-South Athletic Conference 1971 1972 Mid-South Gulf South
Missouri College Athletic Union 1924 1970 Missouri MIAA Heart of America
Gulf States Conference 1948 1970 Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Louisiana IC
Alabama Collegiate Conference 1960 1969 Alabama Alabama Intercollegiate Gulf South
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1928 1968 Kansas, Missouri KCAC
Great Plains
Prairie College Conference 1953 1967 Illinois, Indiana
Western Pennsylvania Conference 1958 1967 Pennsylvania
Midwestern Conference
Midwest Conference (19621963)
Midwest Athletic Association (1926–1961)
1926 1966 Central States
Oregon Collegiate Conference 1950 1965 Oregon Evergreen
South Carolina Little Three
South Carolina Little Four (19461951)
1946 1964 South Carolina
Great Plains College Association 1963 1964 Nebraska
Mountain States Conference 1938 1963 Interior West RMAC
Big 8
Green Mountain Conference 1963 1963 Vermont
Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1931 1962 Arizona, New Mexico, Texas WAC
Frontier Conference
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference (19401954)
1940 1962 Arizona, Colorado New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Volunteer State Athletic Conference 1949 1962 Tennessee Smoky Mountain
Southeastern Athletic Conference
South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (19291942)
1929 1961 Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
South Central Athletic Conference 1942 1961 Southern United States SWAC
Badger-Gopher Conference
Badger-Illini Conference (19481956 )
Badger State Intercollegiate Conference (19401947)
Tri-State Conference (19321939 )
1932 1961 Minnesota, Wisconsin
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference 1958 1961 Louisiana, Texas
Pacific Coast Conference 1915 1959 Pacific States, Interior West Pac-12
Alabama Intercollegiate Conference 1938 1959 Alabama Alabama Collegiate
Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 1953 1959 South Atlantic States CIAA
Western New York Little Three Conference 1946 1958 Western New York
Virginia Little Eight Conference
Virginia Little Seven Conference (19541955)
Virginia Little Six Conference (19491953 )
1949 1958 Virginia Mason-Dixon
Smoky Mountain Conference 1927 1957 Tennessee, Virginia Volunteer State
Big Seven Conference 1947 1957 Colorado, Plains States Big Six
Big 8
Gulf Coast Conference 1949 1957 Texas Lone Star SIAC
Central Church College Conference 1951 1957 Missouri, Nebraska
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference 1926 1956 New Mexico, Texas TIAA Southwest
Lone Star
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference 1940 1954 New Mexico
Dixie Conference (1948–1954) 1948 1954 Southeastern United States
Midlands Conference 1947 1952 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin
Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (19081950)
1908 1970 Illinois, Michigan MAC
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference 1922 1950 Indiana Indiana CC
Vermont State Conference 1948 1950 Vermont
Upper Peninsula Conference 1949 1949 Michigan
Pioneer Conference 1947 1949 Illinois
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1928 1948 Nebraska
Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference 1946 1948 Iowa, South Dakota
Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference 1939 1947 Louisiana Gulf States
New England Conference 1923 1946 New England Yankee
North Atlantic Conference 1946 1946 Mid-Atlantic States
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1894 1942 Southern United States Southern
Illinois Intercollege Conference 1938 1942 Illinois
Dixie Conference (1930–1941) 1930 1941 Southeastern United States
Michigan-Ontario Collegiate Conference 1930 1941 Michigan, Ontario
South Dakota College Conference 1933 1940 South Dakota
Alamo Conference 1936 1940 Texas
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 1937 1940 Pennsylvania
Buckeye Athletic Association 1926 1939 Ohio Ohio Athletic Mid-American
Tri-Normal League 1920 1937 Washington Evergreen
Chesapeake Conference 1933 1937 Virginia Virginia Mason-Dixon
Virginia Little Eight
Virginia Conference 1928 1935 Virginia Chesapeake
New York State Conference 1925 1934 New York
Mississippi Valley Conference 1928 1934 Mid-South
Tri-State Conference (1932–1934) 1932 1934 Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Middle Atlantic Athletic Association 1934 1934 Mid-Atlantic
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1909 1932 Texas
Northwest Ohio League
Little Ohio Conference
1921 1932 Ohio
Big Four Conference of Wisconsin 1923 1932 Wisconsin
Michigan Collegiate Conference 1926 1932 Michigan
Big Four Conference 1929 1932 Oklahoma Oklahoma Intercollegiate
Metropolitan Conference 1923 1931 New York
Arkansas Association 1927 1929 Arkansas Arkansas Intercollegiate
Metropolitan Collegiate Conference 1928 1929 New York
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Association
Kansas College Athletic Conference (19021920)
Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (18901901)
1890 1928 Kansas KCAC (II)
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference 1914 1928 Oklahoma OCC
Big Four Conference
Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1907 1927 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma Big Six
Missouri Valley
Western Interstate Conference 1923 1927 Illinois, Iowa
Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1912 1925 Louisiana SIAA SIAA
Louisiana IC
California Coast Conference 1922 1924 California Far Western
Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletics Association 1913 1922 Mid-Atlantic States MAC'
South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1911 1921 East Coast Southern
Little Five Conference 1912 1917 Illinois Illinois IAC
Hawkeye College Conference 1914 1917 Iowa Iowa IAC
Western IC
Indiana College Athletic League 1916 1917 Indiana
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1914 1916 Kentucky KIAC
Colorado Football Association 1890 1908 Colorado RMAC
Triangular Football League
Northeast Intercollegiate League (18911892)
Eastern Intercollegiate Football Association (18871890)
Northern Intercollegiate Football Association (18851886)
1885 1901 Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association 1894 1899 Maryland SAIAA
Western Interstate University Football Association 1892 1897 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska MVIAA
Illinois Intercollegiate Football League 1891 1895 Illinois
Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1890 1894 Indiana
Middle States Intercollegiate Football League 1893 1894 New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest 1892 1893 Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin ICFR
Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association 1891 1891 Pennsylvania


  • A The CSFL did not compete in the 2012 season. In 2017, the Sooner Athletic Conference, which served as the primary conference for the majority of the CSFL's membership decided to sponsor football beginning in 2018. As a result most of the league's remaining members shifted to that conference.
  • B Dropped football as a conference sport after the 2012 season, following a near-complete membership turnover from 2011 to 2013. All but two of the WAC's football schools left the conference in that period. Both remaining football schools, Idaho and New Mexico State, played as independents in the 2013 season before returning to football-only membership in the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
  • C Before 1985, the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference was a women's athletic conference whose membership featured several schools now in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). When the MVC stopped sponsoring its hybrid Division I-A (now FBS) and Division I-AA (now FCS) football league in 1985, the Gateway Conference took on football as its only men's sport. The initial football membership included the two I-AA football programs then in the MVC, plus the four final members of the AMCU football league. When the women's portion of the Gateway Conference merged with the MVC in 1992, the football conference maintained the Gateway charter, with a name change to Gateway Football Conference. In 2008, the Gateway Conference, by now featuring five current MVC members, changed its name to the Missouri Valley Football Conference to better align itself with the MVC. The two conferences, however, remain legally separate, although they operate out of the same offices in St. Louis.
  • D Initially formed as a non-football conference, began sponsoring football in 1993. Dropped football after the 2007 season, after most of its member schools discontinued their football programs.
  • E In 2007, the Colonial Athletic Association began sponsorship of football. However, the football conference that operates as part of the CAA has been in existence since 1938, under different charters: the New England Conference (1938–1945), the Yankee Conference (1947–1996), and the Atlantic 10 Conference (1997–2006). In 1997, the Atlantic 10 Conference, initially formed as a non-football conference, absorbed the Yankee Conference football programs and began football sponsorship in 1997. After several membership changes in the CAA in the early 2000s, the CAA had six schools with FCS football teams, and eventually, it was agreed that the CAA would take over management of the A-10 football conference. The changeover occurred in 2007. Further illustrating the continuity between conferences, the Yankee's automatic berth in the FCS playoffs passed in succession to the A-10 and CAA.
  • F Big West Conference changed name to the Big West Conference in 1988 as it admitted more schools located in the interior West. Dropped football as a conference sport after the 2000 season.
  • G Founded in 1982, it absorbed the former Mid-Continent Athletic Association and sponsored Division I-AA football through the 1984 season. Of the four schools that participated in AMCU football in the 1982–84 period, three now compete at the Division I FCS level in the football-only Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the other is an all-sports member of the FCS Ohio Valley Conference. After dropping football, the AMCU (informally known as the "Mid-Continent") became the Mid-Continent Conference in 1989, and adopted its current name of The Summit League in 2007. Currently, four Summit League members sponsor football; all are MVFC members.
  • H Dropped football as a conference sport after the 1985 season. As noted above, the Missouri Valley Football Conference is a separate entity from the MVC, although the football conference has a licensing agreement with the MVC allowing it to use an adapted version of the MVC logo.


  • Ontario-Québec Intercollegiate Football Conference (1975-2000) – This conference existed with varying membership with many Ontario teams leaving for the current Ontario University Athletics in 1980. The remaining Ontario teams departed after the 2000 season and the remaining Quebec teams ultimately became the Quebec University Football League in 2004.

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