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Defunct Leagues

The road through football history is littered with leagues that failed to survive. About Football takes you back to the days of defunct football leagues like the American Football League, the USFL, and the XFL.
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AFL
The American Football League gave the National Football League serious competition throughout the 1960s before forcing a merger between the two leagues.

AFL
The American Football League gave the National Football League serious competition throughout the 1960s before forcing a merger between the two leagues.

XFL
Vince McMahon tried to bring a professional wrestling flavor to professional football, but television ratings were dismal and the league folded after just one season.

USFL
The United States Football League operated from 1982 to 1985, ultimately losing a bitter battle with the NFL.

USFL
The United States Football League operated from 1982 to 1985, ultimately losing a bitter battle with the NFL.

WFL
The World Football League competed directly with the NFL for two years in the mid 1970s before folding under enormous debt thirteen weeks into its second season.

WFL
The World Football League competed directly with the NFL for two years in the mid 1970s before folding under enormous debt thirteen weeks into its second season.

XFL
Vince McMahon tried to bring a professional wrestling flavor to professional football, but television ratings were dismal and the league folded after just one season.

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