Early Football Leagues History
Walter Camp was on the various collegiate football rules committees that developed the American game from his time as a player at Yale until his death. English rugby football rules at the time required a tackled player, when the ball was "fairly held," to put the ball down immediately for scrummage. Camp proposed at the U.S. College Football 1880 rules (read more)
Attracted many of the best players, introduced innovations to the game, and founded Browns/49ers franchises
Created when three new franchises joined with three other teams that were lured away from the APFL
Began as minor-league Midwest Football League before changing aspirations to lure teams from the previously failed AFL.
In its brief history, the league made history by being the first league to introduce "major league" football to the West Coast.
Also known as the Grange League, founded by the sports agent who brought along his star player: future HOFer Red Grange.
Founded in an auto showroom in Canton, Ohio, known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) its first 2 seasons.
The league's best team, the Jeffersons, was instrumental in bringing the NYPFL and the Ohio League together to form the NFL.
Informal and loose association of teams that competed for the Ohio Independent Championship (OIC).
Founded by baseball owners in Philadelphia, the 3-team league was comprised of baseball and football stars of the day.
A loose association of American football amateur and pro clubs that operated until the arrival of the Ohio League and NYPFL.