List of Canadian Football League seasons

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This is a list of Canadian Football League (CFL) seasons , including seasons in Canadian football prior to the CFL's founding in 1958.

Contents

Pre-CFL seasons

Years in Canadian Football
1880s 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890s 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900s 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910s 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 191619171918 1919
1920s 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930s 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940s 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950s 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957

CFL seasons

Early CFL (1958–1986)

The first 29 CFL seasons each consisted of 9 teams playing in the same 9 cities. Until 1973, Western Canadian teams played 16 games compared to 14 for Eastern Canada. Since then, all teams played 16 games per season until the season was expanded to 18 games in 1986.

SeasonWestEastGrey Cup
GPTop recordGPTop recordNo.Champion
1958 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13–3)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–3–1) 46th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1959 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12–4)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–4) 47th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1960 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (14–2)14 Toronto Argonauts (10–4) 48th Ottawa Rough Riders
1961 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13–3)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–4) 49th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1962 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11–5)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9–4–1) 50th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1963 16 BC Lions (12–4)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–4) 51st Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1964 16 BC Lions (11–2–3)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–3–1) 52nd BC Lions
1965 16 Calgary Stampeders (12–4)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–4) 53rd Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1966 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders (9–6–1)14 Ottawa Rough Riders (11–3) 54th Saskatchewan Roughriders
1967 16 Calgary Stampeders (12–4)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10–4) 55th Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1968 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders (12–3–1)14 Ottawa Rough Riders (9–3–2) 56th Ottawa Rough Riders
1969 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders (13–3)14 Ottawa Rough Riders (11–3) 57th Ottawa Rough Riders
1970 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders (14–2)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8–5–1) 58th Montreal Alouettes
1971 16 Calgary Stampeders (9–6–1)14 Toronto Argonauts (10–4) 59th Calgary Stampeders
1972 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10–6)14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (11–3) 60th Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1973 16 Edmonton Eskimos (9–5–2)14 Ottawa Rough Riders (9–5) 61st Ottawa Rough Riders
1974 16 Edmonton Eskimos (10–5–1)16 Montreal Alouettes (9–5–2) 62nd Montreal Alouettes
1975 16 Edmonton Eskimos (12–4)16 Ottawa Rough Riders (10–5–1) 63rd Edmonton Eskimos
1976 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders (11–5)16 Ottawa Rough Riders (9–6–1) 64th Ottawa Rough Riders
1977 16 Edmonton Eskimos (10–6)16 Montreal Alouettes (11–5) 65th Montreal Alouettes
1978 16 Edmonton Eskimos (10–4–2)16 Ottawa Rough Riders (11–5) 66th Edmonton Eskimos
1979 16 Edmonton Eskimos (12–2–2)16 Montreal Alouettes (11–4–1) 67th Edmonton Eskimos
1980 16 Edmonton Eskimos (13–3)16 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8–7–1) 68th Edmonton Eskimos
1981 16 Edmonton Eskimos (14–1–1)16 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (11–4–1) 69th Edmonton Eskimos
1982 16 Edmonton Eskimos (11–5)16 Toronto Argonauts (9–6–1) 70th Edmonton Eskimos
1983 16 BC Lions (11–5)16 Toronto Argonauts (12–4) 71st Toronto Argonauts
1984 16 BC Lions (12–3–1)16 Toronto Argonauts (9–6–1) 72nd Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1985 16 BC Lions (13–3)16 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8–8) 73rd BC Lions
1986 18 Edmonton Eskimos (13–4–1)18 Toronto Argonauts (10–8) 74th Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Current era (1987–present)

Since 1987, the number of teams has changed several times but the CFL has retained an 18 game schedule. Since 2014, the CFL includes nine teams in the same cities as it had from 1958 to 1986.

SeasonTeamsWest top recordEast top recordGrey Cup No.Champion
1987 8 BC Lions (12–6) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12–6) 75th Edmonton Eskimos
1988 8 Edmonton Eskimos (11–7) Toronto Argonauts (14–4) 76th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1989 8 Edmonton Eskimos (16–2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (12–6) 77th Saskatchewan Roughriders
1990 8 Calgary Stampeders (11–6–1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12–6) 78th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1991 8 Edmonton Eskimos (12–6) Toronto Argonauts (13–5) 79th Toronto Argonauts
1992 8 Calgary Stampeders (13–5) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11–7) 80th Calgary Stampeders
1993 9 Calgary Stampeders (15–3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (14–4) 81st Edmonton Eskimos
1994 12 Calgary Stampeders (15–3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13–5) 82nd BC Lions
1995 13 Calgary Stampeders [lower-alpha 1] (15–3) Baltimore Stallions [lower-alpha 2] (15–3) 83rd Baltimore Stallions
1996 9 Calgary Stampeders (13–5) Toronto Argonauts (15–3) 84th Toronto Argonauts
1997 8 Edmonton Eskimos (12–6) Toronto Argonauts (15–3) 85th Toronto Argonauts
1998 8 Calgary Stampeders (12–6) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (12–5–1) 86th Calgary Stampeders
1999 8 BC Lions (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (12–6) 87th Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2000 8 Calgary Stampeders (12–5–1) Montreal Alouettes (12–6) 88th BC Lions
2001 8 Edmonton Eskimos (9–9) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (14–4) 89th Calgary Stampeders
2002 9 Edmonton Eskimos (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (13–5) 90th Montreal Alouettes
2003 9 Edmonton Eskimos (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (13–5) 91st Edmonton Eskimos
2004 9 BC Lions (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (14–4) 92nd Toronto Argonauts
2005 9 BC Lions (12–6) Toronto Argonauts (11–7) 93rd Edmonton Eskimos
2006 8 BC Lions (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (10–8) 94th BC Lions
2007 8 BC Lions (14–3–1) Toronto Argonauts (11–7) 95th Saskatchewan Roughriders
2008 8 Calgary Stampeders (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (11–7) 96th Calgary Stampeders
2009 8 Saskatchewan Roughriders (10–7–1) Montreal Alouettes (15–3) 97th Montreal Alouettes
2010 8 Calgary Stampeders (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (12–6) 98th Montreal Alouettes
2011 8 BC Lions (11–7) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10–8) 99th BC Lions
2012 8 BC Lions (13–5) Montreal Alouettes (11–7) 100th Toronto Argonauts
2013 8 Calgary Stampeders (14–4) Toronto Argonauts (11–7) 101st Saskatchewan Roughriders
2014 9 Calgary Stampeders (15–3) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9–9) 102nd Calgary Stampeders
2015 9 Edmonton Eskimos (14–4) Ottawa Redblacks (12–6) 103rd Edmonton Eskimos
2016 9 Calgary Stampeders (15–2–1) Ottawa Redblacks (8–9–1) 104th Ottawa Redblacks
2017 9 Calgary Stampeders (13–4–1) Toronto Argonauts (9–9) 105th Toronto Argonauts
2018 9 Calgary Stampeders (13–5) Ottawa Redblacks (11–7) 106th Calgary Stampeders
2019 9 Saskatchewan Roughriders (13–5) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (15–3) 107th Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2020 9Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
2021 9 108th
Notes
  1. Top record in North Division
  2. Top record in South Division

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