List of American and Canadian football leagues

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

Leagues in North America[edit]

Current leagues in North America[edit]

Professional outdoor leagues:

Originally American Professional Football Conference, American Professional Football Association (1920–1921)
Formed from an original league of the same name and the American Football League (1960–69)
Formed from Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and Western Interprovincial Football Union.

Professional arena/indoor leagues:

The Arena Football League2 league continued playing in 2009. Arena Football 1 merged with Af2 in 2010 and has been called the AFL since.
Somewhat of a relaunch of the American Indoor Football Association.

Semi-professional leagues:

Collegiate and amateur leagues:

Women's leagues:

Originally known as the Lingerie Football League from 2009 to 2013.

Historical leagues in North America[edit]

Major outdoor leagues:

Known as the Western Pennsylvania Senior Independent Football Conference from 1920s onward.

Minor outdoor leagues

  • 1: Two teams now in NFL
  • 2: Agreed to merger with the NFL in 1966, with merger completed in 1970
  • 3: American Association suspended operations for duration of U.S. involvement in World War II; in 1946 the AA was renamed American Football League
  • 4: Known as the American Professional Football Association in 1938; renamed American Football League in 1939; dissolution after 1939 season caused by formation of 1940–1941 AFL major league
  • 5: Merged with PCPFL in 1945
  • 6: Informal association of teams

Indoor leagues

Collegiate and amateur leagues

Women's leagues

Leagues outside of North America[edit]

Current American Football minor and semi professional leagues outside of North America[edit]

Central and South America:




Defunct American football minor leagues around the world[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]