What is the National Football League? (NFL)
The National Football League (NFL) is the major American football league in the United States, with 32 clubs competing for the championship. The winner of the league is determined by the end of season Super Bowl which serves as the final game of the championship. Today’s NFL is extremely competitive, allowing fans to watch the finest level of professional American football in the world.
Brief history of NFL
In 1920, professional American football teams from four different states decided to form a professional American football Association to raise the standard of American professional football. In September 1920, representatives of different American football clubs organized a meeting in which they set the foundation of the American Professional Football Association (APFA).
Professional Football teams including the Hammond Pros and Muncie Flyers from Indiana, Dayton, Canton, Cleveland, and Akron from Ohio, Racine Cardinals from Illinois, the Rock Island Independents, Decatur Staleys, and the Rochester Jeffersons from New York, became the founding members of the American Professional Football Association (APFA). The APFA became stronger and more effective as more teams from other states joined the association.
In 1922, the American Professional Football Association was renamed the National Football League (NFL). In the first season of the league, only 18 teams from different states competed for the championship title in the league’s debut season. Initially, the league champions were determined by the league table’s end-of-season standings. Later on, the NFL introduced a playoff system in the league.