Gridiron Developmental Football League

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Gridiron Developmental Football League
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Sports current event.svg 2019–20 GDFL season
Sport American football
No. of teams46
CountriesUnited States
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The Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) is a low-level minor professional football league based in Memphis, Tennessee using the franchise model. [1] [2] The league has a partnering agreement with the EFLI for player development. [3]


As of January 2020, the league has 46 teams, including two former indoor teams: The Tampa Bay Warriors (formerly the Florida Scorpions) and the Myrtle Beach Sharks (previously from the Arena Pro Football). [4]

History of GDFL

The league was founded in 2009 and formed in 2010, with Charles Thompson as the founder and first president, as representatives of several Regional Minor Pro Football teams. [1] [5] [6]

GDFL Inaugural Teams

Memphis Blast, Arkansas Pirates, Carolina Warriors, Mississippi Raiders, Huntsville Hurricanes, Derby City Thunder, Hopkinsville Marauders, River City Raptors, Kentucky Wolverines, Ohio Browns, Columbus Gladiators ,Tristate Sharks, Goshen Rampage, North Carolina Bengals, Lumberton Razorbacks, Carolina Cougars, Carolina Lions, Carolina Warhawks, Carolina Warriors, Port City Snipers, Beaufort Broncos, Palmetto Havoc, Palmetto State Spartans, CSRA Cobras, Georgia Crush, Rock Hill Scorpions, Lake Norman Fear, Ashville Grizzlies.

GDFL National Champions

GDFL Commissioners

George Burch (2017-)

Devin Richardson (2015- 2017)

Steven Roper (2014-2015)

Charles Thompson (2010-2014)

Notable players

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