Norway American Football Federation

Norway American Football Federation

Norway American Football Federation

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The Norway American Football Federation (NoAFF) is the largest American football league in Norway, consisting of eleven teams from Norwegian cities and universities. The league is divided into two levels of competition and four age categories: Senior, Under 19, Under 16, and Under 13. It was founded November 3, 1987 and is a member of the Norwegian Olympic Committee and European Federation of American Football (EFAF).

During the league's regular season, each team plays 6 games over a 10-week period generally from April to June. The league's teams are divided into an Eastern and Western Division, and at the end of each regular season, the two best teams from each division play in the NoAFF playoffs, a 4-team tournament that culminates with the NoAFF Final.


The early years of American Football in Norway

American Football in Norway began in 1957 when Marines stationed at the American Embassy in Oslo, and teachers from the American school in Bærum began coaching American football to players from two high schools in Oslo, Ullern and Riis, who played their one game per season, on the field wore ice hockey and whatever other protection they could get their hands on to play the game.

During 1967, Henry L. Jones, USMC, arrived in the country and continued the long tradition of Marines coaching football to Norwegians. That same year, Edgar Williams of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in Oslo on vacation, wrote an article about the Norwegian schools’ rivalry and titled it:...
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