United Football League
SportAmerican football
No. of teams8
Country(ies)United States

The United Football League was a professional minor league American football league that operated between 1961 and 1964. It had eight teams primarily based in the Midwestern United States. After the league folded following the 1964 season, the more ambitious owners formed the new Continental Football League. The more conservative owners, who wanted to continue as a regional Midwestern bus league, broke away to form the Professional Football League in February 1965.[1]

The league was founded in 1961 as a minor league alternative to the National Football League and American Football League. Based in the Midwest, it drew many of its players from the Big Ten college conference. Among its more notable feats, it became the first football league to operate teams in both the United States and Canada when it launched the Quebec Rifles in 1964, and it revived the names of the Cleveland/Canton Bulldogs and Akron Pros, two early-era NFL teams.

1961 seasonEdit

WESTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Grand Rapids Blazers 24 Indianapolis Warriors 14

UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Grand Rapids Blazers 20 Columbus Colts 7

1962 seasonEdit

WESTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Grand Rapids Blazers 24 Indianapolis Warriors 20

UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Wheeling Ironmen 30 Grand Rapids Blazers 21

1963 seasonEdit

  • Wheeling Ironmen 12-1-0
  • Toledo Tornadoes 10-3-0
  • Cleveland Bulldogs 7-5-0
  • Indianapolis Warriors 5-8-0
  • Grand Rapids Blazers 4-9-0
  • Syracuse Stormers 0-12-0

On November 28, 1963, the Syracuse Stormers played the Cleveland Bulldogs at MacArthur Stadium in a regular season game.

UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Wheeling Ironmen 31 Toledo Tornadoes 21

1964 seasonEdit

  • Canton Bulldogs 12-2-0
  • Charleston Rockets (West Virginia) 11-3-0
  • Indianapolis Warriors 10-4-0
  • Wheeling Ironmen 7-7-0
  • Toledo Tornadoes 6-8-0 [2]
  • Quebec Rifles (Montreal) 5-9-0
  • Grand Rapids Blazers 5-9-0
  • Joliet Explorers 0-14-0

UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Canton Bulldogs 19 Indianapolis Warriors 14


Toledo TornadoesEdit

A former Michigan semi-pro team moved to Toledo as the all pro Toledo Tornadoes of the America Football Conference in 1956 then transferred to the United Football League. The Tornadoes primarily played at Waite Stadium. The league forced the team to close due to debt in 1965.[3]


  1. "New League Is Formed Of Leftovers". The Progress-Index. Associated Press. February 7, 1965.
  2. AC 2013, Fun While It Lasted, United Football League
  3. Autullo, Ryan (April 3, 2014). "New league not coming to Toledo". The Blade. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
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