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The Alberta Football League
) is an amateur Canadian football
Canadian football is a form of gridiron football played exclusively in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play long and wide attempting to advance a pointed prolate spheroid ball into the opposing team's scoring area...
league. For the 2010 season, 8 teams competed for the league championship. The league's schedule runs from the start of June through to the end of September.
The Alberta Football League was established in 1984 so that men over the age of 21 could continue to play organized competitive football within the province of Alberta
Alberta is a province of Canada. It had an estimated population of 3.7 million in 2010 making it the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces...
. Before the creation of the league, the only way to play competitive football after university or junior was the Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....
In 1984–85 the league consisted of seven teams. They were: the Calgary Raiders, the Calgary Cowboys, the Calgary Crude, the Red Deer Redskins, the Rocky Warriors, the Hinton Grizzlies, and the Brownfield Bruisers.
Today in 2011 the league consists of eight teams. They are: the Calgary Gators, the Calgary Wolfpack, the Central Alberta Buccaneers, the Lloydminster Vandals (the only team to be based outside the province of Alberta), the Grande Prairie Drillers, the Edmonton Stallions, the Edmonton Garrison Army (Canadian Forces Base Edmonton), and the Edmonton Renegades.
In 1999, the AFL became a founding member of the Canadian Senior Football League
, which is now known as the Canadian Major Football League. The CMFL is the national governing body for semi-pro Canadian football. Every September the AFL champion meets the champions of the other semi-pro leagues across the country to determine the national champion.
League champions and finalists
- 2011: Calgary Wolfpack: 38 - Grande Prairie Drillers: 14
- 2010: Lloydminster Vandals: 52 - Calgary Gators: 26
- 2009: Edmonton Stallions: 39 - Calgary Wolfpack: 32
- 2008: Calgary Wolfpack: 43 - Lloydminster Vandals: 21
- 2007: Edmonton Stallions: 21 - Calgary Gators: 16
- 2006: Calgary Wolfpack: 31 - Calgary Gators: 7
- 2005: Calgary Wolfpack: 42 - Edmonton Stallions: 28
- 2004: Calgary Wolfpack: 51 - Edmonton Stallions: 46
- 2003: Calgary Wolfpack: 56 - Calgary Thunder: 35
- 2002: Calgary Wolfpack: 49 - Calgary Gators: 15
- 2001: Calgary Thunder: 16 - Calgary Gators: 14
- 2000: Calgary Wolfpack: 30 - Calgary Thunder: 14
- 1999: Calgary Wolfpack: 17 - Calgary Gators: 2
- 1998: Calgary Gators: - Calgary Wolfpack:
- 1997: Red Deer Sooners: 7 - Edmonton Icemen: 3
- 1996: Calgary Wolfpack: - Red Deer Sooners:
- 1995: Calgary Wolfpack: - Red Deer Sooners:
- 1994: Red Deer Sooners: - Edmonton Seminoles:
- 1993: Red Deer Sooners: - Calgary Wolfpack:
- 1992: Calgary Wolfpack: - Red Deer Sooners:
- 1991: Red Deer Sooners: - Calgary Crude:
- 1990: Calgary Wolfpack: - Calgary Crude:
- 1989: Calgary Wolfpack: - Red Deer Sooners:
- 1988: Calgary Raiders: - Calgary Crude:
- 1987: Calgary Raiders: - Red Deer Redskins:
- 1986: Calgary Raiders: - Calgary Crude:
- 1985: Calgary Raiders: - Calgary Thunder:
Current AFL teams
- Calgary Gators
- Calgary Wolfpack
- Edmonton Renegades
- Edmonton Stallions
- Grande Prairie Drillers
- Lloydminster Vandals
- Edmonton Garrison Army
- Central Alberta Buccaneers
Defunct AFL teams
- Brownfield Bruisers - (1984-1985)
- Calgary Cowboys - (1984-1988, 1991-1996)
- Calgary Crude - (1984-1992)
- Calgary Raiders - (1985-1988)
- Calgary Coyotes - (2001-2003)
- Calgary Razorbacks - (2004-2005)
- Calgary Thunder - (2000-2007)
- Edmonton Seminoles - (1993-1994)
- Edmonton Seahawks - (?-2009)
- Edmonton Icemen - (1995-2004)
- Hanna Rams - (1976-1984)
- Hinton Grizzlies - (1984-?)
- Medicine Hat Marauders
- Okotoks Bearcats - (1995-1997)
- Red Deer Redskins - (1985-1987)
- Red Deer Sooners - (1988-1999)
- Rocky Warriors - (1984-?)
- Rocky Raiders - (1983-1984)
- Wainwright Longhorns(2005-2007)