TEAMS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
(1970-)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
(1970-)
Defunct teams

POTENTIAL LONDON NFL FRANCHISE
The London NFL franchise is the posibility of an NFL team based in London, England; formed as a new expansion team, or the most popular being a relocation of an existing NFL team that is currently based in the United States. 24/32 teams have to agree about expansion/relocation. Since 2007, the NFL has hosted International Series regular season games in London and Mexico (since 2016) as a way of broadening the appeal of the sport to new audiences in more competive games compares to the American Bowl (1986-2005). Should the league establish a team in London, it would become the first of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada to establish a franchise outside either of those two countries. However, the Toronto Wolfpack are the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team so it is possible.

The NFL is aiming to establish a London franchise by around 2022, and has the active support of the UK government. Possible home stadiums for the London team include one or more of Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium or Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The scope of an NFL London team would bring much needed access to both the United Kingdom and Europe.

London hosted the London Monarchs in the developmental league called the World League of American Football/NFL Europa.

The NFL has set a target of reaching 6 avid million UK fans before considering a London team and this is currently at 4 million and on track to reach the target by 2020. The league has also considered establishing a secondary base, probably in the Southeastern United States (Atlanta, GA), for the London club to use for circumstances when returning to London is going to be difficult. Although there are many issues including logistics/Off-season and training camp/League schedule/Competitiveness/Tax/Visas/European Union law (but UK voted to leave in 2016) and the Collective bargaining agreement (CBA for benefits and conditions), the fanbase is one of the issues that I see facing the league when introducing a new NFL team. I was drawn to the NFL in the 1980s and therefore I woudl see a London team as my second team alongside my longterm loyalty and therefore a London team is likely to rest of new fans who otherwise do not know which team to support.

PREVIOUS ALIGNMENT
  • Eastern Division (1933-1949)
  • Western Division (1933-1949)
  • American Conference (1950-1952)
  • National Conference (1950-1952)
  • Eastern Conference (1953-1966)
    • Capitol Division (1967-1969)
    • Century Division (1967-1969)
  • Western Conference (1953-1966)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
    • Coastal Division (1967-1969)
Updated: 02 November 2018