Atlantic Football League
SportCanadian football
Founded2009
Inaugural season2009
CommissionerLarry Wisniewski
No. of teams4 teams
CountryCanada
Most recent
champion(s)
UNBF Red Bombers
Most titlesUNBF Red Bombers (4)
Holland Hurricanes (4)
Official websiteatlanticfootball.co

The Atlantic Football League (AFL) is an amateur club-level Canadian football league that features four teams based in Atlantic Canada. The league is for players aged 18-24 that either attend universities without U Sports football programs or for players in the area.[1][2] Since member teams operate as club teams (and not varsity teams), they do not receive funding from their universities. Some players eventually join U Sports programs and all Canadian players are eligible to join Canadian Football League teams.

On June 9, 2020, the league announced that they had cancelled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.[3]

Season structure

There are currently four teams in league and each team plays six games with each team hosting the other once. All teams currently qualify for the playoffs with the top two seeds hosting the lower two. The winners of these games then qualify for the league championship game, the Moosehead Cup.

Teams

Active teams

Team City Stadium Founded (Lineage) Moosehead Cups
Dalhousie Tigers Halifax, Nova Scotia Wickwire Field 2010 (1947–76) 2
Holland Hurricanes Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island MacAdam Field 2010 4
UNBF Red Bombers Fredericton, New Brunswick BMO Centre 2009 (1949–80) 3
UNBSJ Seawolves Saint John, New Brunswick Canada Games Stadium 2009 1

Defunct teams

Team City Stadium Existence Moosehead Cups
Moncton Jr. Mustangs Moncton, New Brunswick Rocky Stone Field 2009–10 0

Championships

Game Date Winning Team Score Losing Team
1st November 21, 2009 UNBF Red Bombers 3–1 UNBSJ Seawolves
2nd November 20, 2010 UNBSJ Seawolves 40–6 Dalhousie Tigers
3rd November 19, 2011 Holland Hurricanes 28–0 UNBF Red Bombers
4th November 3, 2012 UNBF Red Bombers 14–7 Holland Hurricanes
5th November 2, 2013 Holland Hurricanes 20–12 UNBSJ Seawolves
6th November 1, 2014 Holland Hurricanes 31–15 UNBSJ Seawolves
7th November 7, 2015 Holland Hurricanes 32–24 Dalhousie Tigers
8th November 5, 2016 Dalhousie Tigers 29–11 Holland Hurricanes
9th November 4, 2017 UNBF Red Bombers 39–35 Dalhousie Tigers
10th November 3, 2018 Dalhousie Tigers 27–3 Holland Hurricanes
11th November 2, 2019 UNBF Red Bombers 29–26 Holland Hurricanes

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References

  1. ^ "Atlantic Football League (AFL) expands by 2 teams". Canada Football Chat. March 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "New football league kicks off in N.B." Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. September 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Atlantic Football League Cancels 2020 Season". Atlantic Football League. June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "Atlantic Football League". Archived from the original on 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  5. ^ "Atlantic Football League Schedule". Atlantic Football League. Retrieved June 6, 2021.