Month: October 2021

Hypothetical Fantasy Football NCAA-Style Conference Alignment for all American Football Ireland Teams Ever 2021

This is a Hypothetical NCAA-Style Conference Alignment for All American Football Ireland Contact Teams ever should they ever all be brought back for something like Madden or Fantasy Football


Tara ConferenceCapitol ConferenceCentral Conference
Dublin CeltsDublin RebelsDublin Lightning
Dublin TornadoesSouth Dublin PanthersGreystones Rebels
Dublin BullsTrinity College Dublin ThunderboltsDublin Dragons
Dublin TigersUniversity College Dublin SentinelsTallaght Outlaws
Belfast BlitzersWest Dublin RhinosDublin City University Saints
Belfast SpartansNorth Dublin PiratesNorth Dublin Marshals
Antrim A26 BulldogsLouth MavericksDundalk IT Razorbacks *
Mourne ConferenceCoastal ConferenceSouthern Conference
Coleraine ChieftainsUniversity of Limerick VikingsWaterford Wolves
Jordanstown JaguarsCork AdmiralsNorth Kildare Reapers
Carrickfergus / East Antrim CougarsCill Dara CrusadersTullamore Phoenix
NI GiantsWexford EaglesDrogheda Lightning
Bangor BuccaneersMeath BulldogsSouth Kildare Soldiers
East Side JetsWestmeath MinotaursGalway Sea Devils *
Aldergrove HawksGalway WarriorsDunboyne Druids *
Irish ConferenceNational ConferenceNorthern Conference
Bray SeahawksBelfast KnightsBelfast Bulls
Limerick PatriotsBelfast TrojansPortadown Panthers
Lee Valley SteelersCraigavon CowboysTyrone Titans
Drogheda VikingsDonegal / Derry VipersQueen’s University Belfast Broncos
Dublin PiratesNI RazorbacksLurgan Area Raiders
Galway ?? (1990)Antrim JetsNewtownabbey Warriors
Waterford ?? (1990)Causeway GiantsCarrickfergus Knights
Northern Ireland Junior American LeagueNorthern Ireland ChampionshipDV8 Development League
Ballymena WolfhoundsHale Blue Devils (Larne)Ardee Falcons
Prospect PumasYarvard Crimson Tide (Larne-Belfast)Athy ?? (1993)
Brownlow BanditsTech Fighting Irish (Belfast)Erris (Mayo) Rams
City ColtsArmy Wolverines (Newry)IT Carlow Chargers
Lisburn GroundhogsNavy Galloping Gaels (Newry)Midlands Soldiers
Maiden City MaulersRedskins (Banbridge)Edenderry Soldiers
Peel CrusadersYankees (Banbridge)Belfast Lasers
Hypothetical Fantasy Football NCAA-Style Conference Alignment for all American Football Ireland Teams Ever 2021


(1) The “Northern Ireland Championship” features the Seven Pre-Irish American Football League of 1986 teams that were based in Ireland: five “European Theater of Operations” ETO Football Championship teams based in Northern Ireland during WWII and the two teams of specially-trained Rugby Players who played a Festival match at Banbridge RFC in 1983.

(2) The Irish Conference includes six Republic of Ireland teams who were scheduled to play in the Irish American Football League in 1990, but never did – in the end only five Northern Ireland teams started the season, with Dublin Celts playing in the British 2nd Division. At least one Preseason Friendly was played among these teams: Bray Seahawks v Dublin Tornadoes, and Lee Valley Steelers (Cork) and Limerick Patriots were to play in the League in 1992 and 1993. Dublin Pirates collapsed at the end of the season and a failed attempt was made to bring them back in 1992. Nothing else is known about the Waterford and Galway franchises, not even their name, and also the team in Athy mentioned as “already playing” in Lindie Naughton’s Minority Sports Column in the Evening Herald in 1993.

(3) The Northern Ireland Junior American League includes not just teams which played Junior Football only (City Colts, Ballymena Wolfhounds, Prospect Pumas and Brownlow Bandit, but also those who played Two-Touch only – a form of Contact Football without pads and helmets – all players could be tackled except the ball carrier who could only be tackled by placing two hands on him or her. TheseTwo-Touch Only teams are: Lisburn Groundhogs, Maiden City Maulers and Peel Crusaders (Isle of Man).

(4) DV8 Development League includes 8v8 Development League-only teams, who never played full 11v11 Tackle Football.

(5) A separate Belfast Knights and Carrickfergus Knights have been created for the purposes of this hypothetitcal “Madden” / “Fantasy Football” League for the two Eras of the Knights history.

(6) Galway Sea Devils and Dundalk IT Razorbacks, while both never played in the League, were full members (*)


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Michael Brophy and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.


Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 29 October 2021

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