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
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND||AMERICAN FOOTBALL IRELAND||IRISH AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION|
|Tara Conference||Capitol Conference||Central Conference|
|Dublin Celts||Dublin Rebels||Dublin Lightning|
|Dublin Tornadoes||South Dublin Panthers||Greystones Rebels|
|Dublin Bulls||Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts||Dublin Dragons|
|Dublin Tigers||University College Dublin Sentinels||Tallaght Outlaws|
|Belfast Blitzers||West Dublin Rhinos||Dublin City University Saints|
|Belfast Spartans||North Dublin Pirates||North Dublin Marshals|
|Antrim A26 Bulldogs||Louth Mavericks||Dundalk IT Razorbacks *|
|Mourne Conference||Coastal Conference||Southern Conference|
|Coleraine Chieftains||University of Limerick Vikings||Waterford Wolves|
|Jordanstown Jaguars||Cork Admirals||North Kildare Reapers|
|Carrickfergus / East Antrim Cougars||Cill Dara Crusaders||Tullamore Phoenix|
|NI Giants||Wexford Eagles||Drogheda Lightning|
|Bangor Buccaneers||Meath Bulldogs||South Kildare Soldiers|
|East Side Jets||Westmeath Minotaurs||Galway Sea Devils *|
|Aldergrove Hawks||Galway Warriors||Dunboyne Druids *|
|Irish Conference||National Conference||Northern Conference|
|Bray Seahawks||Belfast Knights||Belfast Bulls|
|Limerick Patriots||Belfast Trojans||Portadown Panthers|
|Lee Valley Steelers||Craigavon Cowboys||Tyrone Titans|
|Drogheda Vikings||Donegal / Derry Vipers||Queen’s University Belfast Broncos|
|Dublin Pirates||NI Razorbacks||Lurgan Area Raiders|
|Galway ?? (1990)||Antrim Jets||Newtownabbey Warriors|
|Waterford ?? (1990)||Causeway Giants||Carrickfergus Knights|
|Northern Ireland Junior American League||Northern Ireland Championship||DV8 Development League|
|Ballymena Wolfhounds||Hale Blue Devils (Larne)||Ardee Falcons|
|Prospect Pumas||Yarvard Crimson Tide (Larne-Belfast)||Athy ?? (1993)|
|Brownlow Bandits||Tech Fighting Irish (Belfast)||Erris (Mayo) Rams|
|City Colts||Army Wolverines (Newry)||IT Carlow Chargers|
|Lisburn Groundhogs||Navy Galloping Gaels (Newry)||Midlands Soldiers|
|Maiden City Maulers||Redskins (Banbridge)||Edenderry Soldiers|
|Peel Crusaders||Yankees (Banbridge)||Belfast Lasers|
(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.
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