Join the DFL

The Houston Gamblers. The Million Dollar Game. NFL Europa. They didn't mean much to most football fans, and that's the reason they're not around anymore. Every few years, a brand new American football league starts. A few years after that, the circuit goes bankrupt and disappears forever. But it never serves as a cautionary tale for the next one. There will always be a next one, and another one after that.

But if you ever purchased a California Redwoods t-shirt, or season tickets to watch the Chicago Bruisers, or supported any of the other hundreds of franchises that have come and gone, there's always room for more football... in your heart. And that's why we're building an eternal shrine to these lost and forgotten circuits. It's called Dead Football League.

The DFL Archive contains season, team and player statistics for over 200 Dead Football teams from 1974 to 2020. The Dead Football Museum contains over 3,000 photos, trading cards, newspaper clippings and ticket stubs. The Permanent Collection is open to submissions from any and all who still remember... and DFL especially welcomes your game-day experiences for storage in our Memory Bank. There's a 24/7 Dead Football Network that streams games from the USFL, XFL, NFL Europe and Arena League. In time, we'll recreate every defunct team's helmet and uniform set.

DFL needs your support to make this all a reality. Be a Fan and receive periodic supporter-only articles and interviews about Dead Football history. DFL will give you Memory Priority® so your Museum and Memory Bank submissions float to the top, and you'll also be shouted out between game broadcasts on the Network. At the Player level, pick your favorite Dead Football team, add your name and number and position, and DFL co-commissioner Robb Harskamp will design your customized jersey card. Be an Owner and get a signed and numbered limited matte print that celebrates a moment in Dead Football history: in the mail, every month.

DFL is still very much under construction , and your support will eventually make it the greatest digital digital temple to Dead Football ever created. We have big plans, and these are our next steps:

  • Finalizing complete XFL-II/Alliance/Arena season-level statistics and game logs
  • Installing comprehensive game-level data and scoring plays for 4,500 Dead Football games since 1974
  • All-Time DFL Team Ratings (50 and 100 yard divisions) to rank the greatest Dead Football teams of all time
  • The CFL American expansion (1993-95)

And we can't do it without you. Let's all create an eternal shrine to Dead Football, together. ☠🏈

Fan

  • Memory Priority®
  • Recognition on Dead Football Network
  • Exclusive Patron-only articles and interviews

Player

  • Franchise Player Card
  • Memory Priority®
  • Recognition on Dead Football Network
  • Exclusive Patron-only articles and interviews

Owner

  • Exclusive Monthly DFL Print
  • Franchise Player Card
  • Memory Priority®
  • Recognition on Dead Football Network
  • Exclusive Patron-only articles and interviews