American football at the Summer Olympics

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American football at the Summer Olympics
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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the site of the 1932 demonstration game

American football was featured in the Summer Olympic Games demonstration programme in 1904 and 1932.[1] College football was played at the 1904 Olympics, which was played at Francis Field,[2] but was, in reality, college teams playing each other as part of their regular seasons.[3] The sport was eventually played officially as a demonstration sport only once, in 1932.[4] Though American football has not been played in the Olympics since then, various American football players have participated in the Olympics.[5] The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) oversees the IFAF World Championship, which is an international tournament, which itself is held every four years.[6]

1904 Summer Games[edit]

Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis initially sought to contest an Olympic football championship, but were unable to host it officially. Both teams ended up simply playing their regular seasons from teams around the country, making their status as an official demonstration sport dubious. St. Louis was declared the champion "by default." As Francis Field was the main stadium for the 1904 Summer Olympics, only those games would have been considered a demonstrations for Olympic crowds. Only two games at Francis Field were played that did not involve Washington: a match between Purdue and Missouri, and the first match between two Indian school teams (Haskell and Carlisle) who were considered powerhouses in college football at the time.[7][8]

Date Winning Team Losing Team Score
September 28, 1904 Washington (MO) Shurtleff 10–0
October 5, 1904 Washington (MO) Rose 16–5
October 8, 1904 Illinois Washington (MO) 31–0
October 15, 1904 Sewanee Washington (MO) 17–0
October 19, 1904 Washington (MO) Drury 36–0
October 22, 1904 Indiana Washington (MO) 21–6
October 28, 1904 Purdue Missouri 11–0
October 29, 1904 Texas Washington (MO) 23–0
November 5, 1904 Washington (MO) Missouri 11-0
November 12, 1904 Kansas Washington (MO) 12–0
November 19, 1904 West Virginia Washington (MO) 6–5
November 24, 1904 Haskell Washington (MO) 47–0
November 26, 1904 Carlisle Haskell 38–4

1932 Summer Games[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Mallon, Jeroen Heijmans (2011). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement. p. 127. 
  2. ^ "College Football in The Olympics, 1904". Mmbolding.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ The 1904 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. McFarland & Co., Inc. 2009 [1999]. pp. 204–205. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  4. ^ The Games of the Xth Olympiad Los Angeles 1932 (PDF). Xth Olympiade Committee of the Games of Los Angeles, U.S.A. 1932. 1933. pp. 739–743. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Olympians in the NFL". NFL.com. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  6. ^ "Competition - Senior". IFAF. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. ^ The 1904 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. McFarland & Co., Inc. 2009 [1999]. pp. 204–205. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  8. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/purdue/1904-schedule.html