Professional football in Canada

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Professional football is one of the most popular sports in Canada.wikipedia
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Sports in Canada

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Professional football is one of the most popular sports in Canada.
Both the Canadian Football League (CFL), the sport's only professional football league in Canada, and Football Canada, the governing body for amateur play, trace their roots to 1884 and the founding of the Canadian Rugby Football Union.

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However, Canadian government officials were dead-set against any other league challenging the CFL's monopoly on professional football in Canada, even if their seasons did not overlap.

List of gridiron football teams in Canada

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*List of gridiron football teams in Canada

United States

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Unlike most countries, but paralleling its counterpart, the United States, football in Canada refers to the gridiron-based game developed in both countries over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and not to association football (which is known in Canada as soccer).

Canada

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Unlike most countries, but paralleling its counterpart, the United States, football in Canada refers to the gridiron-based game developed in both countries over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and not to association football (which is known in Canada as soccer).

Gridiron football

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Unlike most countries, but paralleling its counterpart, the United States, football in Canada refers to the gridiron-based game developed in both countries over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and not to association football (which is known in Canada as soccer).

Association football

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Unlike most countries, but paralleling its counterpart, the United States, football in Canada refers to the gridiron-based game developed in both countries over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and not to association football (which is known in Canada as soccer).

Canadian Football League

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Only one professional football league has a permanent presence in Canada: the Canadian Football League (CFL), an organization founded in 1958 to accommodate the ongoing trend of professionalism in the Canadian football ranks since the 1940s.

Canadian football

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The CFL, like most amateur Canadian football leagues, plays on a larger field using a rulebook with several significant rule differences compared to the game as it is played in the United States.

Comparison of American and Canadian football

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The CFL, like most amateur Canadian football leagues, plays on a larger field using a rulebook with several significant rule differences compared to the game as it is played in the United States.

BC Lions

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The league is composed of two divisions and nine teams in most of the largest Canadian markets, with at least one team in each province between British Columbia (BC Lions) and Quebec (Montreal Alouettes) inclusive.

Montreal Alouettes

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The league is composed of two divisions and nine teams in most of the largest Canadian markets, with at least one team in each province between British Columbia (BC Lions) and Quebec (Montreal Alouettes) inclusive.

Atlantic Canada

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The only presence in Atlantic Canada is a semi-regular series of games in Moncton (Touchdown Atlantic) and a smattering of earlier preseason contests.

Touchdown Atlantic

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The only presence in Atlantic Canada is a semi-regular series of games in Moncton (Touchdown Atlantic) and a smattering of earlier preseason contests.

Grey Cup

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The CFL operates a two-week preseason beginning in June, an 18-game season from July to October, and a six-team playoff tournament, culminating in the Grey Cup on the fourth weekend of November.

American football

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Several attempts to place franchises playing American football rules in Canada have occurred over the course of history:

Toronto Phantoms

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The Toronto Phantoms were a franchise of the Arena Football League who played two seasons in 2001 and 2002.

Arena Football League

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The Toronto Phantoms were a franchise of the Arena Football League who played two seasons in 2001 and 2002.

Indoor American football

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Until 2017, they were the only professional indoor American football team to have attempted to take root in Canada; a second attempt, the Niagara Spartans (run by the established semi-pro Steel City Patriots team in the Hamilton area), played in the Can-Am Indoor Football League; the Spartans had their season cut short after four games, all on the road, when international border issues with the league's American teams proved to be unworkable.

American Arena League

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Until 2017, they were the only professional indoor American football team to have attempted to take root in Canada; a second attempt, the Niagara Spartans (run by the established semi-pro Steel City Patriots team in the Hamilton area), played in the Can-Am Indoor Football League; the Spartans had their season cut short after four games, all on the road, when international border issues with the league's American teams proved to be unworkable.

Montreal Blitz

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The Montreal Blitz plays in the Independent Women's Football League from 2001 to 2015, and the Women's Football Alliance since 2017.

Independent Women's Football League

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The Montreal Blitz plays in the Independent Women's Football League from 2001 to 2015, and the Women's Football Alliance since 2017.

Women's Football Alliance

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The Montreal Blitz plays in the Independent Women's Football League from 2001 to 2015, and the Women's Football Alliance since 2017.

National Football League

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The National Football League, the dominant professional football league in the United States, also has a large following in Canada due in part to significant media exposure.