Rival Pro Leagues

World Football League 1974-1975

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WFL 1974

  P W L T PF PA Pct
Eastern Division              
*Florida Blazers 20 14 6 0 419 280 .700
Charlotte Hornets 20 10 10 0 467 350 .500
*Philadelphia Bell 20 9 11 0 493 413 .450
Jacksonville Sharks 14 4 10 0 258 358 .286
Central Division              
*Memphis Southmen 20 17 3 0 629 365 .850
*Birmingham Americans 20 15 5 0 503 394 .750
Chicago Fire 20 7 13 0 446 622 .350
Detroit Wheels 14 1 13 0 209 358 .071
Western Division              
*Southern California Sun 20 13 7 0 486 622 .350
*Honolulu Hawaiians 20 9 11 0 413 425 .450
Portland Storm 20 7 12 1 204 426 .375
Shreveport Steamer 20 7 12 1 240 415 .375

References: [1]

First Round Playoffs      
Florida Blazers 18 Philadelphia Bell 3
Honolulu Hawaiians 32 Southern California Sun 14
Semi-Finals      
Florida Blazers 18 Memphis Southmen 15
Birmingham Americans 22 Honolulu Hawaiians 19
World Bowl 74      
Birmingham Americans 22 Florida Blazers 21

References: [1]

WFL 1975

  P W L T PF PA Pct
Eastern Division              
Birmingham Vulcans 12 9 3 0 257 186 .750
Memphis Southmen 11 7 4 0 254 206 .636
Charlotte Hornets 11 6 5 0 225 199 .545
Jacksonville Express 11 6 5 0 227 247 .545
Philadelphia Bell 11 4 7 0 195 237 .364
Western Division              
Southern California Sun 12 7 5 0 354 341 .583
San Antonio Wings 13 7 6 0 364 268 .538
Shreveport Steamer 12 5 7 0 276 313 .417
Honolulu Hawaiians 11 4 7 0 213 269 .364
Portland Thunder 11 4 7 0 210 281 .364
Chicago Winds 5 1 4 0 67 125 .200

References: [1]

Report

The World Football League was a Major League rival to the NFL that aimed to bring American Football to a Worldwide audience, though it got no further than Hawaii.

It placed teams in cities that did not have NFL teams, but its business model failed, and after two weeks of the second-half fall season in 1975 if folded.

The winners of the only World Bowl, in 1974, were the Birmingham Americans, who defeated Orlando’s Florida Blazers 22-21.

The NFL took note, however, and started promoting the NFL to TV audiences in Europe at the end of the 1970s and early 1980s, leading to the creation of American Football Leagues throughout Europe from 1980 onwards, which are still in existence.

References

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Websites

[1] Bob Braunwart, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1988) WFL by Team Records [Internet] Available from: http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/10-03-337.pdf [Accessed 9 October 2018]

Images

[2] Birmingham Pro Sports (2019) Birmingham Americans History | Logo World Football League [Internet] Available from: https://www.birminghamprosports.com/birminghamamericans/logo%20world%20football%20league.jpg [Accessed 11 February 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Tim Leadingham

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

World Gridiron Archive

Last Updated: 11 February 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and World Gridiron Archive 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

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