National Football League National Football League (NFL), major U.S. professional gridiron football organization, founded in 1920 in Canton, Ohio, as the American Professional Football Association. Its first president was Jim Thorpe, an outstanding American athlete who was also a player in the league. The present name was adopted in 1922.
Melbourne FC Apart from the Melbourne FC (1859) other early clubs still in existence in the AFL include: Geelong (1859), Carlton (1864), North Melbourne (aka Hotham) (1869), Port Adelaide (1870), Essendon (1872), St Kilda (1873), South Melbourne (now Sydney Swans) (1874), and Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs) (1877).
On June 8, 1966, the rival National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) announce that they will merge. This prompted Lamar Hunt, the wealthy son of an oil tycoon, to recruit seven businessmen from cities hungry for pro football to form a rival league.