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

Current professional leagues in North America

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

Developmental leagues

Current semi-professional leagues

Collegiate and amateur leagues

Current Women's Leagues

Women's Indoor/Arena leagues

Operated as the Lingerie Football League from 2009 to 2012.

Planned women's leagues

Planned leagues in North America

Historical leagues in North America

Major outdoor leagues

Minor outdoor leagues

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. [11] Teams also end up play in Sarnia, Zaneville (Ohio Colts), Port Huron and Detroit, [12] while Toledo Tornadoes leave for the larger United Football League (1961–1964). [13]
Renamed North Atlantic Football League in 1967

Indoor leagues

Collegiate and amateur leagues

Women's leagues

Leagues outside North America

Current professional leagues outside North America

Current minor, semi professional and amateur leagues outside North America

Central and South America :

Europe :

Asia :

Oceania :

Defunct minor leagues around the world

Collegiate and amateur leagues

See also


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

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