List of American and Canadian football leagues

This is a list of current and defunct leagues of American football and Canadian football.

Leagues in North AmericaEdit

Current professional leagues in North AmericaEdit

Professional outdoor leaguesEdit


Originally American Professional Football Conference, American Professional Football Association (1920–1921)
Merged with the American Football League (1960–69)
Formed from Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (1909) and Western Interprovincial Football Union (1936).


Professional arena/indoor leaguesEdit

Formed from United Indoor Football and Intense Football League
Formed from Champions Professional Indoor Football League and Lone Star Football League

Developmental leaguesEdit

Current semi-professional leaguesEdit

Collegiate and amateur leaguesEdit

Current women's leaguesEdit

Women's Indoor/Arena leaguesEdit

Operated as the Lingerie Football League from 2009 to 2012.

Planned women's leaguesEdit

Planned leagues in North AmericaEdit

Historical leagues in North AmericaEdit

Major outdoor leaguesEdit

Minor outdoor leaguesEdit

Became Interstate Football League in 1933
Originally the New Jersey Football Circuit (1934)
Low-level fall league that was fully organized in September 1959 with five independent teams who played the other teams sporadically. The original teams were Duquesne Ironmen (Pennsylvania), Melvindale Redskins (Michigan), Toledo Tornadoes, Dayton Triangles (Ohio) and Newark Rams (New Jersey). Players were from both pro and college teams.[16] Teams also end up play in Sarnia, Zaneville (Ohio Colts), Port Huron and Detroit,[17] while Toledo Tornadoes leave for the larger United Football League (1961–1964).[18]
Renamed North Atlantic Football League in 1967

Indoor leaguesEdit

Collegiate and amateur leaguesEdit

Women's leaguesEdit

Leagues outside North AmericaEdit

Current professional leagues outside North AmericaEdit

Current minor professional, semi professional and amateur leagues outside North AmericaEdit

Central and South America:




Defunct minor leagues around the worldEdit

Collegiate and amateur leaguesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The league was in hiatus and re-branded as the NFL Europe League in 1995.


  1. ^ Wallace, Scott (January 23, 2018). "Bulldawgs Join Gridiron Developmental Football League". The Tennessee Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Earlywine, Aaron (February 9, 2017). "A closer look at football developmental leagues". Time, Inc. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Shea, Bill (March 23, 2014). "Spring football ... in Detroit? 2 groups think so". Crain's Detroit Business. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  4. ^ George M., Thomas (February 27, 2014). "Former Zip looks to bring pro football to University of Akron". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Davis, Jason Carmel (April 17, 2014). "Rivals football league provides athletes with chance to fulfill dream". Journal. C & G Publishing. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Acfafootball". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  7. ^ Jones, Elane; Eagle, Daily Mountain. "P-Town Wreckaz switch leagues, tapped to host Kick-off Classic". Daily Mountain Eagle. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Learn the History of A7FL :: No Pads Spring Tackle Football League".
  9. ^ "Women's Football League Association – About". Women's Football League Association. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  10. ^ Gaydos, Ryan. "Fitness guru Santia Deck makes history signing multimillion-dollar deal with football team". Fox News. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  11. ^ "MLF official website".
  12. ^ "Semi-Pro Major League Football Team Looking to Launch in 2022".
  13. ^ "New professional football league launching this fall, includes team from Sacramento". 4 August 2022.
  14. ^ "New pro football league includes Sacramento among list of debut cities for fall games".
  15. ^ "Seasons in the Sun The California winter league of 1927 and '28" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Ironmen Join Grid Conference". The Pittsburgh Press. September 9, 1959. p. 50. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Sarnia Stays of Top with 8 Straight Wins". Hamilton Daily News Journal. Hamilton, Ohio. AP. October 30, 1961. p. 18. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  18. ^ a b Autullo, Ryan (April 3, 2014). "New league not coming to Toledo". The Blade. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  19. ^ "The strike is history, but for Pete Rozelle the headaches - 09.01.83 - SI Vault". Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  20. ^ "New pro football league forming".
  21. ^ "So you want to start a pro football league? (side bar)". Sports Business journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. January 29, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Shea, Bill (March 23, 2014). "Passes at pro football league alternatives". Crain's Detroit Business. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  23. ^ "TPSFL Official Site". Archived from the original on 2018-01-05.
  24. ^ CBFA official website Archived 2014-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Pagina Oficial FECOFA
  26. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2011-05-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Origins of the WLAF.
  27. ^ International League Delays Debut; Football: ILAF cancels season that was to open next month in Europe, blaming lack of preparation time., The Los Angeles Times, March 1, 1990.

External linksEdit