American Football has been played in Ireland since 1984 when the first training session was held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Fast forward to today, and we have a number of American Football programmes to cater for players aged 16 and up.
Senior LeaguesIn 2020, we have 20 clubs participating playing across three divisions; the AFI Premier Division, the AFI Division 1 and the AFI Division 2.
- The AFI Premier Division currently has eight clubs competing. The championship game, called the Shamrock Bowl, is currently held by the Belfast Trojans (Shamrock Bowl XXXIII).
- AFI Division 1, with seven clubs in contention, consists of clubs that require some development to reach the AFI premier division level. The championship game, called the AFI Division 1 bowl, was won by the Craigavon Cowboys in 2019 who have been promoted to the AFI Premier division for the 2020 season.
- AFI Division 2, with five clubs, covers all new teams to the sport or teams still very much in development phase. The championship game, called the AFI Division 2 Bowl, was last won by the Cill Dara Crusaders in 2019 consequently also promoted to the AFI Division 2 for the 2020 season.