Lega Italiana Football Americano 1980-1981

LIF 1980

Lupi Roma64207352.667
Tori Torino64205256.667
Diavoli Milano63218742.583
Gladiatori Roma60512488.083

Reference: [1]

LIF 1981

Gladiatori Roma33006801.000
Lupi Roma32104012.667
Tori Torino31201264.333
Diavoli Roma3030050

Reference: [2]

Note: Season Unfinished.

Note on Team Names

TeamTranslationNotes on Team Name
Lupi RomaRome WolvesAccording to Etruscan legend a Wolf gave birth to Romulus & Remus, the founders of Rome. The Etruscan were the first inhabitants of Rome.
Gladiatori RomaRome GladiatorsGladiators are famous for their association with Rome. They took part in sword fights in Rome for the pleasure of the Roman public.
Diavoli Milano / PavulloMilan DevilsMilan was founded by the Celts, who had a God who resembled a deer, hence their later association with the devil by Christians.
Tauri TorinoTorino MinotaursThe Minotaur in Ancient Greek Myth was a beast that was Half Man – Half Bull (A Man with a Bull’s Head)



The first domestic Italian American Football League was the Northern Italian Football League , started in 1976, following the first unsuccessful attempts at introducing Pro American Football to Europe in 1973-1975, with the Intercontinental Football League, which was to feature NFL players, and six teams in Europe, including the Rome Gladiators in Italy.

The Northern Italian Football League was started in 1976, with Vicenza teams Geronimos & Blue Knights dominating play, winning all the Spaghetti Bowls between them and finishing in the top two spots in the Regular Season most years.

The FIFA (Federazione Italiano Football Americano) association was set up the following year, in 1977, with a four-team National Playoff.

In 1980, the second attempt at starting a true National League was founded – the Lega Italiana Football Americano. It lasted one and a half seasons, with the second season finishing at the midway point. Lupi Roma won the first title in 1980 and Gladiatori Roma were the leaders at the halfway point in the second season. The rival Associazone Italiana Football Americano, which played its first season in 1981 took over thereafter.

The Italian League was the first domestic American Football League in Europe, with the game being restricted to US Army men playing at Air Force bases in Europe prior to that. The film M*A*S*H had popularised American Football in Europe in 1970, the first time the game had been seen on screen in Europe in a Major Film. See the Intercontinental Football League 1972-1975: Intercontinental Football League 1970-1975



[1] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Lega Italiano Football Americano 1980 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1980_lif.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[2] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2018) Lega Italiano Football Americano 1981 http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1981_lif.pdf[Accessed 15 October 2019]

[3] Alex Macbeth | The Local.it (2018) Four Civilizations that predate Rome [Internet] Available from: https://www.thelocal.it/20180911/four-civilizations-in-italy-that-pre-date-the-roman-empire [Accessed 27 October 2019]

[4] Medievallists.net (2019) Foundation myths in Mediaval & Renaissance Italy [Internet] Available from: https://www.medievalists.net/2015/06/foundation-myths-in-medieval-and-renaissance-italy/ [Accessed 27 October 2019]

[5] Tauri Torino (2019) Home | Sito Storico [Internet] Available from: https://tauritorino.com/ [Accessed 27 October 2019]


Thanks to Santina Farrinella.

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Last Updated: 27 October 2019

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