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2020 Senior Kitted Season Cancelled

Statement from AFI Commissioner Brian Cleary “The AFI board held an online meeting to discuss the current ongoing situation and the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

It has been decided that the 2020 Senior Kitted season will be cancelled in its entirety. A number of factors were considered in making this tough decision. There remains uncertainty as to when this crisis will end, which makes it very difficult to publish a schedule that will allow for enough time to prepare and complete a season for our members. It may also prove very difficult to secure ambulance bookings for fixtures due to the increased workload of our front-line services. We are also very aware of the financial difficulties our clubs and members may be facing during this time and do not wish to add any more pressure than what they are already facing. Ultimately, we need to put our members physical and mental welfare first before football.

We will continue to monitor the situation and, if circumstances allow, we are open to the possibility of hosting a 2-3 week tournament at the end of the summer for clubs that wish to participate and have some form of kitted football in 2020.

With immediate effect all current Adult Kitted, Coaching, Officiating and Non-Playing memberships will be extended until 30th September 2021 and there will be no need to purchase or renew your membership for the 2021 season.

No decision has been made yet in relation to Youth and Flag football. We will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with our directors in the coming weeks and update you when we have a clearer picture on the possibility of the Youth and Flag seasons going ahead.

It is important to note that we have put our insurance on hold at this time and under no circumstances is any physical footballing activity to take place until further notice.

Please look after yourselves and your loved ones and we will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds. If you have any queries please contact me at”

COVID-19 Statement

Statement from AFI Commissioner Brian Cleary

“In light of this mornings announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, AFI have decided to postpone all football activities including practice sessions, scheduled games and combines up to and including the 29th March.

We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and keep you updated on any plans to reschedule the season.

We have a few options to consider including a new, reduced schedule commencing end of April/start of May. We may also consider all postponed games as 15-15 ties as per the bylaws. We need further time to consider the options and want to be fair to all clubs for the remainder of the season.

We urge all our members to follow the advice of the HSE in an effort to contain this outbreak and hope you and your families all stay safe and well.”

AFI Division 1 & 2 Bowls: Venue Confirmed

The AFI board of management is delighted to confirm that the 2020 AFI Division 1 and Division 2 Bowl games will be a double header event on Sunday 2nd August and will take place at the excellent facilities of Navan RFC.

Navan RFC have previously hosted a number of AFI events including the Irish Wolfhounds vs Belgium Barbarians game in 2018. Further details of the day will follow in due course.

Navan RFC

2020 Divisions and Bowl Dates

The AFI 2020 season fast approaches, with the season starting on Sunday 8th March. 20 teams will compete across 3 divisions, with bowl games scheduled for early August.

  • Belfast Trojans
  • Cork Admirals
  • Craigavon Cowboys
  • Dublin Rebels
  • South Dublin Panthers
  • UCD
  • UL Vikings
  • West Dublin Rhinos

Shamrock Bowl: Sunday 9th August

  • Belfast Knights
  • Cill Dara Crusaders
  • Donegal/Derry Vipers
  • Louth Mavericks
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Westmeath Minotaurs
  • Wexford Eagles

AFI Division 1 Bowl: Sunday 2nd August (Doubleheader)

  • Antrim Jets
  • Causeway Giants
  • Meath Bulldogs
  • NI Razorbacks
  • North Dublin Pirates

AFI Division 2 Bowl: Sunday 2nd August (Doubleheader)

2020 Senior Kitted Schedule Announced

The American Football Ireland 2020 Senior Kitted Football schedule has now been released which includes 89 domestic games across 3 leagues as well as 2 exhibition games, with teams visiting from Great Britain and USA.

The season will start on the 8th March, with all three American Football Ireland college teams in action as UCD take on the UL Vikings in the Shamrock Bowl Conference and Trinity College hosting the Wexford Eagles in IAFL 1.

This year will see a significant change as there are 11 Saturday domestic games scheduled. In previous years, there have been limited Saturday games per season, so 2020 will see the most Saturday games ever played.

The 2017 BritBowl champions Tamworth Phoenix will make the short journey across Irish sea to take on the 2019 Shamrock Bowl winners Belfast Trojans on the 25th April in the first of two exhibition matches. The second will see the D3 Kentucky based college Centre Colonels travel to Limerick to take on the UL Vikings, which will take place on the 30th May.

The Shamrock Bowl Conference playoffs are scheduled for Sunday 26th July, with the top four teams in the league advancing to this stage following the conclusion of the regular season. The winners of the playoff games will advance to the Shamrock Bowl game, which is scheduled for Sunday 9th August.

The IAFL 1 playoffs are scheduled for Sunday 19th July, with the top four teams in the league advancing to this stage following the conclusion of the regular season. The winners of the playoff games will advance to the IAFL 1 Bowl game, which is scheduled for Sunday 2nd August. This game will be part of a doubleheader which will include the IAFL 2 Bowl game. There will be no playoffs for IAFL 2, instead the top 2 teams in the league will advance directly to the bowl game following the conclusion of the regular season.


Shamrock Bowl Conference



Win Your 2020 American Football Ireland Membership Fee Back

Players who have paid their American Football Ireland membership for the 2020 season before midnight on 31 December 2019 will automatically be entered into the draw to win their membership fee back!

One player from each league (Shamrock Bowl Conference, IAFL 1 and IAFL 2) will be chosen at random with the 3 winners being announced on 03 January 2020.

Don’t miss out – purchase your membership today:

Significant Increase In Membership 2018/19

2018/19 has been a stellar year for IAFA that’s seen a 31% increase in unique membership, with particularly strong growth at youth level, in female membership and officials. These statistics formed part of our Commissioners (interim, Brian Cleary) report at yesterday’s AGM.

Unique Members
% +/-

Overall memberships totalled 1774 – this includes members who took one more than one membership e.g. registered as an official and player.

Overall Memberships
% +/-


Youth football had huge growth this year, thanks to the addition of four new teams to the youth league. Youth football is key to the future of our sport and whilst IAFA is pleased with this increase, IAFA will continue to push this growth and encourages more clubs to join the youth league in 2020.

Officiating was another department that seen considerable growth. There have been changes made to the operations of the officiating department, including 5 new personnel appointed to help improve standards across the whole department. The success of this can be clearly seen, with an 81% rise in the amount of trained and registered officials.

Youth Kitted

IAFA is delighted with the increase in female membership, with members taking on roles across all areas including kitted and flag players, coaches, officials and volunteers (club and NGB level). IAFA has worked hard to increase the visibility of American football to females as part of Sport Irelands 20×20 strategy. IAFA will continue to strategize to increase female membership and welcomes all feedback to help with that strategy.

Slight decreases were noted in the number of senior kitted players and coaches – IAFA are working hard to address this to ensure that these increase next year.

Senior Kitted

Statistics collected using the IAFA registration system (Azolve).

Play American Football In Ireland!

American football is played right across the island of Ireland, with 22 teams competing at senior level (ages 18+). No prior sporting experience is needed to play – American Football is a sport for all shapes and sizes as well as for both females and males.

Many of our member clubs are currently recruiting for the 2020 seasons – they will have experienced, qualified coaches who will teach you all you need to know to play American football. Check out our A-Z of clubs and get in contact with your nearest club to start playing:





Applications For The 2020 Adult Kitted Season Now Being Accepted

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Adult Kitted Season. All member teams and those that have expressed an interest in submitting a team for 2020 should have received an email. If you have not received this email, please contact the Commissioner immediately. The deadline for submission of application forms is strictly the 15th October 2019.

Volunteer With An American Football Club

Ever thought about VOLUNTEERING with an American football club?

You don’t have to play to be part of something special. There are many roles available in every club such as coaches, team managers, game day personnel, photographers, videographers, statisticians, graphic design, equipment managers plus many more

Check out our A-Z of clubs and get in contact with your nearest club to get involved:

Thanks to T. McCann and M. Lavery for the photos.

IAFL 2 Bowl Preview

What a game we have in store this Sunday as the CIll Dara Crusaders take on the Meath Bulldogs at Newbridge College Kildare for the IAFL 2 Bowl. These teams have clashed twice already this season, with each side coming out with one win apiece so this doubles up as a series decider!

Cill Dara Crusaders vs Meath Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have finished the regular season strong with six wins in a row, whilst the Crusaders have been the most consistent, winning seven of their eight regular season games. The Crusaders have been more explosive on offense, scoring 214 points however they come up against the Bulldogs number one rated defense, who have only allowed 58 points this season. When these teams first met in April, the Crusaders left Athboy RFC victorious following a 21-6 win. The tide would turn in May when it was the Bulldogs turn to cause an upset and beat the Crusaders on their home turf 33-12.

Home advantage will certainly have a part to play this Sunday, but the Crusaders are under no illusion they will need to be at their best to be able to lift the Bowl. It has been an up and down few years for the Kildare outfit, but this season shows what dedication and perseverance can achieve. Crusaders head coach Ken Farrell has his team ready for their biggest game of the year “This has the potential to be an epic battle or blow out for either team as it will come down to whoever can keep their heads and not let the enormity of the fact that this is all or nothing. Nobody wants to take home silver. The Bulldogs had the upper hand in the last game so we are ready to return that favour. Being an ex-bulldog, I know they are a great bunch of lads that fight to the end and will make this a great game. But the Crusaders are more than a team, we are family and hungry to prove to ourselves that being league champions is hopefully only the first step.”

The last IAFL 2 Bowl champions (2017) return to the main stage in an attempt to reclaim their Bowl. A testing start to the season was quickly put aside as the Bulldogs ran wild, scoring 157 points as well as recording two shut outs in their most recent six wins. Bulldogs head coach Mike Zito has enjoyed an excellent first year at the helm so far, but knows that his side will have to be up to the challenge to cap off the season with the IAFL 2 Bowl “The 2019 Bulldogs season has been quite a ride, we didn’t start the way we wanted to. It took a couple of weeks for the team and myself to get to know each other. With that being said, I couldn’t be prouder of this team and what we have put out on the football field. We got better every week, and the hard work has lead us to a shot at the title. We will be ready to play on the 14th, and the expectation is to leave it all on the pitch and see what happens.”

Location: Newbridge College, Kildare

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Cill Dara Crusaders
Facebook: Meath Bulldogs

IAFL 2 Bowl: Cill Dara Crusaders

It has been the season the Cill Dara Crusaders where hoping for, almost going unbeaten (won seven, lost one) on their way to the IAFL 2 Bowl. Of those seven wins, the defense recorded four shutouts finishing second best rated in the league. It is the offense however that has stood out, finishing as the best in the league with an average of 27 points scored per game. Their only loss of the year came via a 12-33 home defeat to fellow bowl competitors Meath Bulldogs. The league champions will be hoping to do the league and bowl double on home turf this Sunday. We spoke with Crusaders chairman Robbie Tighe to get his thoughts on the game:

An excellent season for the Crusaders which saw them finish top of the IAFL 2 table and with the most points scored. What has been the key to your success this year?

“Definitely communication and trust in each of the players to do their role. Keeping a cool head and listen to the advice from the head coach.”

The Crusaders have already played the Bulldogs twice this year, with each team winning one apiece. What have you been focusing on in training to overcome the Bulldogs?

“The Bulldogs are a strong powerful team but I can’t be giving away secrets now! We have a few plays but with the two teams being 50/50 it’s going to be a cracker of a game.”

By winning the league, the Crusaders get home field advantage in the bowl game. How important will this be to your team on Sunday?

“It’s incredibly important to us as a team and as a community in the area. We’re looking forward to the support on the day and hopefully come away with the win.”

Finally, what advice would you like to give to your team for the bowl game?

“Nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said to the team. Keep a cool head, play hard and fair and respect your opponents. It’s been an honour to play by your side.”

Head Coach
Ken Farrell
Number Name Position
Jordan Farrell
Dominik Pindi
Eoin Whelan
Senan Keane
Kyle Dooley
Gavin Coyne
Matthew O'Meara
14 Finbar Downes
Nathan Purcell
Mike O'Connell
Darragh Moran
Ken Dooley
Brian O Donnell
Thomas Brocklebank
Oisin Marron
Kenneth Byrne
Deco Gill
Robbie Tighe
Patrick Travis
Mark Lennon
Mark Carey
Killian Cullen
Dan O Neill
James Delaney
Tommy Oyewo
Jonny Keogh
Kealan Farrell
Jeff Ganly
Bob Curran
Mark O'Connell
Craig Dooley

IAFL 2 Bowl: Meath Bulldogs

The Meath Bulldogs have had an impressive season thus far, winning six, drawing one and losing one on their way to the IAFL 2 Bowl. They have won their most recent six games, including a 33-12 win against fellow bowl competitors Cill Dara Crusaders. This saw the Bulldogs finish second in the league table, with the best defense in the league (only 58 points conceded in 8 games). We chatted with Bulldogs chairman Adam Keating to get his thoughts before Sundays big game:

It was a tricky start to the season for the Bulldogs, a 0-0 draw with the Pirates and a 6-21 loss to fellow bowl competitors the Crusaders in your first two games, what was the key to turning around your season?

“With a new head coach in Mike Zito coming into the team, we knew that it would take time for the new plans and structures to come to fruition but thankfully everyone pulled together quickly and everything started to click once our game against the Causeway Giants came around.”

The Bulldogs have now won six in a row and carry the best form into the bowl game. Which of those six wins was the one that you knew you had a serious shot of reaching the bowl game?

“The team took every game one at a time. The division was extremely close coming into the final round of games with three teams still in contention for a playoff spot so as cliche as it may sound, we weren’t sure until the clock reached 0 in our final home game of the season.”

The Bulldogs defense is the best in the league in terms of allowing the least points scored against, including two shutouts in your most recent games. Does the team focus more on defense than any other area?

“We don’t tend to focus on any area more so than others. Every player on the team has trained in a variety of roles and as a result we have many players who can step up when required. The Bulldogs have always been known for having a strong defense and this year has been no different.”

Finally, what advice would you like to give to your team for the bowl game?

“My advice for the final is the same as every other game – go out and focus on your match-up, win your match-up and the result will follow.”

Head Coach
Mike Zito
Number Name Position
Darragh Hogan
Adam Keating
Andy Lynch
Conor Hogan
Jonathan Mathon
Cian Minnock
Sean Lawlor
27 Gytis Stankevicius
William Sebati
Brian Gill
Ger O’Brien
Jake Dunne
Dominic Collins
Mike Hobbs
Michael Cunningham
Keith Horan
Shane McGill
Jordan Reynolds
Rory Smith
Matthew Clarke
Dermot McLoughlin
Adam Pyne
Mark McCabe
William Donohoe

Week 16: IAFL 2 Game Previews

It’s the final weekend of the IAFL 2 regular season, with all teams in action. There are three teams in contention for the two spots at the IAFL 2 Bowl – an exciting weekend of football ahead with so much on the line!

Cill Dara Crusaders (6-1) @ Antrim Jets (5-2)

A huge game for both teams as a win for either would send them to the IAFL 2 Bowl. The Crusaders have the slight upper hand as a draw will be enough for them to head to the Bowl, whilst the Jets must win at all costs. The Crusaders have blown away the league by having the best point’s difference but come up against the best defense in the league, as the Jets have only allowed 53 points in 7 games.

With two points separating the top three teams in IAFL 2 and only the top 2 going through to the Bowl game, the stakes couldn’t be any higher, as Crusaders PRO Mark Lennon explains “This Sunday we are expecting a very tough game in Antrim. The Jets have had a strong year, and no doubt they are amongst our main competition as the season draws to a close. There’s a lot on the line in this match, and with both teams having very serious playoff potential I have no doubt they are going to give us everything we have. The Crusaders have had a fantastic season this far, one that every one of us are incredibly proud of. Every coach and player has really worked very hard to get to this point, and now to stand with a possibility of reaching the playoffs – we are going to give everything we have to earn that spot.”

A do or die situation for the players and staff in Antrim, but Jets defensive coach Gerry McCabe is feeling confident “We know the Crusaders are a formidable opponent and we’re looking forward to hosting them at the Antrim Forum this Sunday. It’s our final game of the season and we want to finish with a win. Both teams will be up for it big time so it should be an absolute banger of a game with everything still to play for.”

Location: Antrim Forum Leisure Centre

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Antrim Jets


Causeway Giants (1-6) @ Meath Bulldogs (5-1-1)

The Giants have had a tough first season but have done themselves proud by being competitive and also recording their first win. The Bulldogs started rather poorly but have got stronger and stronger, recording five wins on the bounce including a convincing win over top of the table Crusaders. A win in this game will secure their place in the IAFL 2 Bowl regardless of other results. These two teams met earlier this season, where the Bulldogs came out 13-06 winners.

Plenty of potential seen for the Giants in their first season, Giants chairman Raymond Keenan will be keen to finish strong and continue to build for next season “The lads are really looking forward to going down the road to Meath on Sunday. We narrowly lost to the Bulldogs when we played them in Coleraine earlier in the season. They haven’t been beat in five games and are in great form so we know we will be up against it. Expecting another tough, physical game against them and hopefully we can get the win.”

It has been an excellent turnaround by the Bulldogs this season who recorded a nil-nil draw and a defeat in their first two games. Now they are sitting second in the table after five wins in a row and they are the team carrying the best form into this final part of the season. A win here would undoubtedly see them as favourites to win the IAFL 2 Bowl, given their recent wins against the Jets and Crusaders. Bulldogs head coach Michael Zito however is taking it one game at a time “The Bulldogs are looking to close out the regular season with a strong performance at home.”

Location: Athboy Rugby Club

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Meath Bulldogs


NI Razorbacks (1-6) @ North Dublin Pirates (2-4-1)

A disappointing season for both sides, but one with plenty of positives to take into next year and build on. The Razorbacks recorded their first win of the season last week but still find themselves at the bottom of the table, whilst the Pirates will finish fourth regardless of the result. Both teams will be out to prove a point and end their season on a high.

It has been a frustrating season for the Razorbacks, however the Belfast team have become increasingly competitive throughout the season – something Razorbacks vice president Jamie Totten hopes to bring into next season “In our final game of the season we travel down to Dublin to face the Pirates. After winning our last game against the Giants, we look to end our season on a high and start building for next year.”

Consistency has been the Pirates main problem this year, picking up two wins and a draw on the road but unable to win at home. Pirates head coach Ross Neville will be looking to change that this Sunday and set the standard for next season “The Pirates are looking forward to welcoming the Razorbacks down to Malahide this Sunday in what will no doubt be another hard hitting affair. Both sets of players haven’t had long to recover before they go against each other as both teams played last week. Our last game didn’t go our way and we lost some key players to some serious injuries so we’re just looking for a strong performance to finish out the season and build some momentum that we can carry over into next year. Every time we play the Razorbacks it’s always a tough game and this Sunday will be no different as both teams will be looking to finish the season with a win.”

Location: Malahide Rugby Club

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: NI Razorbacks

IAFL2 2019 Playoff Picture

As it stands in the IAFL2 has three teams with an option to reach the playoff stage:

  • The Cill Dara Crusaders
  • The Meath Bulldogs
  • The Antrim Jets

However, it is not yet clear which of these will take the top two spots who will have the chance to battle it out and be crowned IAFL2 bowl champions on July 14th. The IAFL2 Bowl game will also be hosted by the top seeded IAFL2 team.

Before we get to the scenarios here is some key factors to help us determine the possible outcome of each scenario.

  • Bulldogs beat Jets on June 9th
  • Bulldogs beat Crusaders on May 26th (33-12)
  • Crusaders beat Bulldogs on April 14th (21-6)
  • Crusaders play Jets on June 23rd
  • Bulldogs play Causeway Giants on June 23rd

The current standings as of last weekend are:

So – unto the scenarios. There are 9 possible outcomes so bear with us while we lay them out for you.

Applications being accepted for 2018 League Football

The application process for the 2018 kitted league season has now opened. Between now and 11th October, all teams will be required to submit a detailed application form if they wish to play in 2018. Shortly after the deadline, the Association will contact all applications with a view to arranging a face to face meeting to discuss their application. New and returning teams all go through the same process which is designed to ensure that all entrants are capable of successfully completing a full season and, in some instances, to determine which level they should be playing at.

Returning teams will be very familiar with the process. New applicants can get assistance with completing their forms and the requirements.

A copy of the application form can be downloaded here:



Playoffs and Provisional Bowl Dates

Dates in July and August for the Playoffs and Bowl Games

The dates for the Shamrock Bowl Conference & IAFL1 playoffs have been announced along with provisional dates for the Shamrock Bowl and the IAFL1 and IAFL2 Bowl Games. 

The dates remain provisional while confirmation on the availability of Tallaght Stadium is to be determined. This will depend on the necessity of FAI teams to use it for European Competitions. 

The dates of the SBC Playoffs are:

  • SBC Wildcard Game 1 July 23rd 2017
  • SBC Wildcard Game 2 July 23rd 2017
  • SBC Semi Final 1 July 30th 2017
  • SBC Semi Final 2 July 30th 2017
  • Shamrock Bowl August 13th 2017 (provisional date)

The dates of the IAFL1 Playoffs are:

  • IAFL 1 Semi Final 1 July 23rd 2017
  • IAFL 1 Semi Final 2 July 23rd 2017
  • IAFL 1 Bowl August 20th 2017 (provisional date)

The dates of the IAFL2 Playoffs are:

  • IAFL 2 Bowl August 20th 2017(provisional date)

SBC Playoff Determination

Wildcard – 2nd placed teams at home to the 3rd placed team in the same division with one exception as follows. If the 4th placed team in the other division has more points than the 3rd placed team in the same division, then the aforementioned 4th placed team shall replace the 3rd placed team.

Wildcard Winner away to 1st placed team in other Division to the team hosting the wildcard game.

The winners of the Semi-Finals will meet in the Shamrock Bowl.

IAFL1 Playoff Determination

Semi Finals:

  1. 4th @ 1st
  2. 3rd @ 2nd


Winner Semi Final 1 vs Winner Semi Final 2.

IAFL2 Playoff Determination

1st vs 2nd.

Full Description found in Bylaws

Record number of teams enter for the 2017 kitted football season

It looks like IAFA’s record setting growth in recent years is set to continue into 2017 with a new record number of clubs entering teams for the 2017 season.

The application deadline for the 2017 season is now closed. All 22 clubs who played in 2016 are returning again. They will be joined by newcomers Antrim Jets to give the us 23 applicants – breaking last years record number. Additionally three teams have expressed an interest in fielding 2nd teams – up from a single team in 2016. All this means that, pending audit, up to 26 teams could be playing competitive league football in 2017.

IAFA has come a long way from 2002 when only 4 teams played competitive football. As recently as 2009, there were only 7 teams playing competitive 11-a-side full kitted American football. While many sports in Ireland were hit badly by the recession, the IAFA has had the opposite experience with unprecedented growth – the number of teams has nearly quadrupled during this period.

Last month, the IAFA Board established a Competitions Committee comprising of a Board member, official, team manager and a coach to review the league structures for 2017. Cillian Smith, Derek Ward, Barry Kiel and Andy Dennehy will revert with recommendations in the coming weeks.

So you want to play American Football in Ireland?

American Football in Ireland is back from its break, and Teams up and down the country are gearing up for the 2017 season. Rookies are being recruited, gym sessions are kicking off and helmets are getting dusted off. With a long winter of preseason ahead for Irish American Football, now is the time to get stuck into the fastest growing sport in Ireland.

Why should I play American Football in Ireland?

There are so many reasons why you should get involved with American Football in Ireland. Firstly, the sport here is played for love, not money. All the American football players and coached in Ireland dedicate their time and energy for free. They play American football simply because they want to. Irish American Football players have a passion for the sport and put their heart and soul into playing.

Secondly the game here is played to the highest of standards. Players wear all the gear and don’t hold back on the hits. If you play American football in Ireland you get to be part of a live game every Sunday. Imagine playing in a full contact game on a Sunday afternoon and after, going home to watching your favourite team on TV . Now we’re not saying you’ll be the next Tom Brady, but you will get to experience what American Football is like in real life.

And finally, the Irish American Football League boasts some of the best players in Europe. In September of 2016 we sent a squad to play an international game against the Dutch National Team in Holland. Every year, the National Champions go to the Atlantic Cup, where they play against some of the top clubs in Europe. The standard of American Football in Ireland is always on the rise, and now is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved.


How do I get involved?

There are American football teams in every province in Ireland. Dublin has the highest concentration of teams; boasting the Rhinos, the Panthers, the Rebels, The Pirates along with College teams in UCD and Trinity. In Wexford you can find the Eagles, While in Waterford and Galway you can play for the Wolves and the Warriors respectively. Further south in Limerick and in Cork are two stalwarts of Irish American Football in the UL Vikings and the Admirals. On your way back up North you will come across the North Kildare Reapers and the South Kildare Soldiers.

Northern Ireland is a stronghold for American Football in Ireland with the likes of the Trojans, the Cowboys, the Knights and the recently crowned third division champions the Donegal/Derry Vipers.Also based in the North are the Antrim Jets and the PSNI Razorbacks .And lest we forget the Titans, the Mavericks, the Bulldogs and the Minotaurs: based in Tyrone, Louth, Meath and Mullingar! Phew! That’s a lot of teams for such a small island and a whole lot of opportunity’s to play here, no matter what corner of the country you come from.

All of these Teams are now actively recruiting for their 2017 seasons and would love to heat from you. If you want to play American Football in Ireland in 2017 then now is the time to get involved!


New club applications open for 2017

Applications are now open for new clubs wanting to play competitive adult kitted football in 2017. Any new club interested or group thinking of establishing a new club should contact the IAFA by 30th September 2016.

Teams playing competitive for the first time get placed in IAFL2, which is the third tier of football in this country, behind the Shamrock Bowl Conference and IAFL1 Divisions. IAFL2 is very much development focused – allowing newly established teams, who typically have smaller squads of mostly new players – get competitive game time against teams at a similar level of development before moving onto IAFL1. It also allows new team managements get experience of running a season in a learning environment. Typically new teams spend up to two years in IAFL2 before joining the more established teams in IAFL1.

The IAFL2 season runs from late March to August, during which time each team plays at least 6 competitive fixtures.

The application timetable is that teams who contact IAFA this month will be given an application form which can be used as a checklist by them to establish what they currently have in place and what they need. IAFA will liaise with them and advise them through the process. A final decision on which teams will progress onto playing will be made before the end of 2016.

Prospective new teams need not be fully established at the moment – applicants who are still considering whether to set up a new team should make contact even if they are unsure if they will be able to play in 2017.

Applicants should send the following information via the enquiries form on this website:

Team Name (can be working name at present – permanent name can come later).

Contact details for team representative (name, address, phone, email).

Team Location (town, city, county etc.).


IAFA finishes biggest ever kitted season – the year in numbers.

The final whistle in the IAFL2 Bowl last Sunday marked the end of the 30th season of adult kitted football season in Ireland. It was a year that broke many records for the right reason including:

  • A record 914 players played in the 2016 season. SBC teams had average squads of 48 players. IAFL1 & IAFL2 averaged 34 players. These are remarkable figures considering that there were less than 120 players in the country as recently as 2002.
  • A record 23 teams fielded by 22 clubs played a full competitive season. This included 3  new clubs – Wexford Eagles, North Dublin Pirates and PSNI Razorbacks.
  • There were a record 96 scheduled competitive fixtures.
  • There were, on average, 39.6 points per game scored Shamrock Bowl Conference regular season fixtures. The figures for IAFL1 & IAFL2 are 30.3 and 26.2.
  • All regular season fixtures were fully completed in the SBC and IAFL2, with only one fixture not being completed in IAFL1. This is an almost unprecedented completion rate amongst similar European leagues. It is the 3rd successive season with 100% completion in the SBC. A 100% completion record for IAFL2, a development league with 3 additional new clubs is also remarkable and a tribute to the hard work of those establishing new clubs.
  • This years SBC was statistically the closest ever with 5 teams finishing the regular season within one game of 6 victories.
  • It was the year of close finals with two of the three Bowl games being decided in the last minute!

Donegal/Derry Vipers win IAFL2 Bowl

The IAFL2 Bowl game in Westmanstown showed that the future of Irish football is very bright with the teams putting on one of the most entertaining games of the year. The Vipers sealed a 33-29 victory by scoring on a touchdown pass with only 41 seconds to play. This came after it appeared Wexford had won the game with a 2 yard touchdown run at the 2 minute warning. Donegal Derry/Vipers have only just finished their second year of competitive football while Wexford are in their first. Full report to follow.

Please see visit the Donegal Daily newspaper for an excellent game report and photos:

Donegal Daily Article

Week 15 Scores


Carrickfergus Knights 14-6 Craigavon Cowboys

South Dublin Panthers 0-20 North Kildare Reapers


Tyrone Titans 0-41 Belfast Trojans 2nds

Louth Mavericks 9-6 Meath Bulldogs

South Kildare Soldiers 6-20 Westmeath Minotaurs


2-0 Galway Warriors

Week 14 Scores

We have confirmation of the Week 14 Scores:


UCD 50-8 North Kildare Reapers
Trinity College 6-20 UL Vikings
Dublin Rebels 8-7 Belfast Trojans


Waterford Wolves 24-5 West Dublin Rhinos
Meath Bulldogs 13-0 South Kildare Soldiers


North Dublin Pirates 6-0 PSNI Razorbacks

Week 11 Scores

We have the scores from the Week 11 fixtures:


North Kildare Reapers 0 – 31 Trinity College Dublin

Craigavon Cowboys 7 – 21 Carrickfergus Knights

UCD 25 – 0 South Dublin Panthers



West Dublin Rhinos 0 – 13 Belfast Trojans



Derry / Donegal Vipers 26 – 6 North Dublin Pirates

Galway Warriors 6 – 21 Wexford Eagles

Week 9 Scores

We had a busy weekend of football last weekend – as well as the Week 9 fixtures, the Belfast Trojans hosted the Sewanee Tigers. We’ll have a report on the game soon, but for now here are the Week 9 scores:


Westmeath Minotaurs 37-16 South Kildare Soldiers

West Dublin Rhinos 14-36 Cork Admirals


Wexford Eagles 27-6 PSNI Razorbacks

Galway Warriors 29-6 North Dublin Pirates

Week 7 Scores

We have the scores from the Week 7 fixtures:


Belfast Trojans 25-8 West Dublin Rhinos

Carrickfergus Knights 41-0 South Dublin Panthers


Meath Bulldogs 10-13 West Dublin Rhinos


Wexford Eagles 34-8 North Dublin Pirates

Donegal / Derry Vipers 24-6 Galway Warriors

Today’s IAFL1 game between the Louth Mavericks and the Tyrone Titans was cancelled. A result for this fixture will be determined later this week.

Week 5 Results

We had four games last Sunday, and the results are below:


Craigavon Cowboys 7-28 UCD

Carrickfergus Knights 0-36 Dublin Rebels


Louth Mavericks 6-24 Belfast Trojans 2nds

Cork Admirals 50-0 South Kildare Soldiers

Week 4 Results

Today saw five games take place, including the first game of the IAFL2 league:


North Kildare Reapers 0 – 36 UL Vikings

Belfast Trojans 62 – 0 Craigavon Cowboys


West Dublin Rhinos 14 – 2 Meath Bulldogs

Waterford Wolves 11 – 9 Westmeath Minotaurs


PSNI Razorbacks 0 – 27 Donegal / Derry Vipers