The Jordanstown Jaguars, based in Ulster University Jordanstown played in the first full season of the Irish American Football League in 1987. The Trinity Bowl, played from 1992-1995, was the first competition played in Irish Universities, although it did not involve College teams. The Irish Collegiate American Football Association was formed in 1993, and played a Flag Football Summer Bowl over the Summer Holidays, involving both College Students and non-College Students. From 1998 to 1999 the Queen’s University Belfast Broncos competed in the AFAI Irish Senior League, and in 1999 the University of Limerick Vikings were formed, initially as a Flag Football team, and then from 2001 onwards as a fully kitted team playing uin the resurrected IAFL. The First Kitted College Bowl was played in 2006, when there was more than one kitted College team for the first time, namely the University of Limerick Vikings and Dublin City University Saints. The College Championship became a three-team tournament involving the Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts and the University College Dublin Sentinels in 2010 (DCU were no longer fielding a team).
College Bowl / Championship:
IAFA College Championship (Seasons:): 2014
CUSAI American Football College Bowl (Seasons): 2009
Festivals & Exhibitions:
Festivals and Exhibition matches have been organised since 1983, with teams playing in smaller towns in the Irish Regions, or as part of 4th of July Celebrations in both Dublin and all over the Country. Some of these festival matches have attracted up to 5,000 spectators.
Festival matches also take part in preseason, and can also be Regular Season matches or DV8 8-a-side matches.
AFAI All-Ireland American Football League Festivals & Exhibitions (Seasons): 1992
Irish American Football League Preseasons:
Preseason, like in the National Football League is an important part of player development. The Irish American Football League generally plays a two-game preason in preparation for the 8-game regular season.
American Football Ireland Preseason Friendlies (seasons): 2020
Irish American Football League Preseason Friendlies (Box-Score & Match Reports): 1989
All Star Games have been a integral part of Irish American Football since the beginning, as in the National Football League.
Regional Development Leagues
Irish Council of American Football League of Ireland (Seasons): 1989