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 professional leagues in North America[edit]

Professional outdoor leagues:

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 leagues:

Formed from United Indoor Football and Intense Football League
Formed from Champions Professional Indoor Football League and Lone Star Football League
Formed from Arena Pro Football and Can-Am Indoor Football League

Current semi-professional leagues[edit]

Developmental leagues[edit]

Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League[edit]

Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League is an amateur developmental American football league primarily in the Southeast based in Dothan, Alabama of 35 teams. Players are not paid to allow them to keep their college eligibility.[3] The league is a nonprofit corporation. Their season starts in March.[4]

Bernard Hunt and his wife has purchased a franchise in another developmental league, but were disillusioned with the lack of carry through by the league. So in 2012, Hunt founded the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League.[3]

In 2018, the P-Town Wreckaz Semi-Pro Football Team moved to the league from the X-Treme South Football League. Also, two other teams were added to the league.[4]

Gridiron Developmental Football League[edit]

Gridiron Developmental Football League is a developmental American football league using the franchise model. The league has almost 32 teams.[3]

The Gridiron Developmental Football League was developed while the founder, Charles Thompson, was recovering from a traumatic work injury. In 2010, he thus founded the league in Memphis, Tennessee. [3] After playing 2017, its first season, in the Middle Tennessee Football League and the Mid-South Football Alliance, the Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs moved to the Gridiron Developmental Football League for the 2018 season.[5]

Rivals Professional Football League[edit]

The Rivals Professional Football League' is a developmental semi-pro American football league owned by Quentin Hines and consisting of eight teams. Quentin Hines is the grandson of Willie Horton and briefly played football for the New England Patriots.[6]

The Rivals Professional Football League' was founded by Quentin Hines in 2012.[3] A Toledo team was considered for the initial set of teams, but could not come to term to lease the Glass Bowl with University of Toledo. The league expect attempt to get a team there for season two in 2015.[7] As of February 2014, Hines had announced his league with five teams: the Akron Blaze, Chicago Kings, Detroit Cougars, Indianapolis Racers and Southern Michigan Mustangs. At the time, Hines indicated that he was sole owner and would continue as such before selling franchises.[8]

The league planned to be operating in April 2014 with four teams, two in Detroit and one each in Ohio and Illinois.[6] The league held tryouts in April 2014, held a draft of those that made the cut on April 26 at Mount Clemens High and begun play in May.[9] The Akron Blaze selected Marquelo Suel, a 24-year-old Akron University receiver, as the first pick of the draft.[10] Only two teams played in the first season, the Macomb County Bearcats and Detroit Cougars. The Cougars had Anthony Baskins straight from the Indianapolis Colts and Daunte Akra, a 2011 Detroit Lions player, also played for the league in the first season.[11] The first year championship game was broadcast on WADL-TV 38 with ESPN Radio (105.1 FM) broadcasting other games.[12] The Detroit Cougars were first season champions under Coach Wendell Jefferson.[13] 14 league players end up getting the attention of the NFL or CFL with three trying out with a NFL team, one signed with a NFL team and 10 getting CFL workouts.[14]

In April 2015, the league indicated more Michigan teams, the Pontiac Generals and Oakland County Racers, with two stadium as game sites, Mt. Clemens High School and Wisner Memorial Stadium in Pontiac.[11] The Generals and Racers would share Wisner as their home field for at least the 2015 season with the Racer looking for another location.[15] Jefferson was named the General's head coach.[14]

Later the league added four teams in Miami. Pontiac Generals player Keith Franklin was signed to the CFL Saskatchewan Rough Riders.[3]

Players are paid based on performance with base salaries of $500 to $1,500 for veterans. The league is targeted for those that have exceed their college eligibility or had no opportunity to play at the college level.[3]

The league owns all teams[6] with a 50 slot roster plus practice squad.[12] The league has four teams in Detroit who play a fall season and four teams in Miami who play a spring season.[3]

Collegiate and amateur leagues[edit]

Women's leagues:

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

Planned leagues in North America[edit]

Spring League of American Football[edit]

Spring League of American Football is a proposed spring league of American football expected to consist of eight teams to start play by 2019 or 2020. Executives involved in forming the league included former Madison Square Garden media executive Rex Lardner[17] and Chief Financial Officer Robert Pollichino.[18]

Spring League of American Football (SLAF) was announced by September 2016 with an expected 10 teams.[18] By January 2018, the league was looking for an investment of $100 million thus pushing its first season with eight teams back to 2019 or 2020.[17]

The league had originally split the country into 10 zones for the franchise based in the zone which would draw player from the colleges and high schools in the zone to have ready rivalries. Players must have their college eligibility expired to try out. Team owners would be able to place their team any where in the zone. The season would run from April to July for 10 games plus playoffs. Rules would mirror the NFL's except for overtime rule for which they will use college's.[18]

Historical leagues in North America[edit]

Major outdoor leagues:

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

Minor outdoor leagues

Indoor leagues

Collegiate and amateur leagues

Women's leagues

Leagues outside North America[edit]

Current American football minor, semi professional and amateur leagues outside North America[edit]

Central and South America:

Europe:

Asia:

Oceania:

Defunct American football minor leagues around the world[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  15. ^ Blitchok, Dustin (January 14, 2015). "Football, soccer teams return to Pontiac: 'It's something for the city to rally behind'". Macomb Daily. The Oakland Press. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
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  17. ^ a b "A comeback for XFL, but can it win?". Sports Business journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. January 29, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
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  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.

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