Canadian Football League

The Canadian Football League (CFL; French: Ligue canadienne de football—LCF) is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

Canadian Football League
Ligue canadienne de football
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 CFL season
SportCanadian football
FoundedJanuary 19, 1958 (65 years ago) (1958-01-19)[1][2]
Inaugural season1958
CommissionerRandy Ambrosie
No. of teams9
Headquarters50 Wellington Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Most recent
Toronto Argonauts
(8th CFL title)
Most titlesEdmonton Elks
(11 CFL titles)
TV partner(s)

As of 2023, it features a 21-week regular season in which each team plays 18 games with three bye weeks. This season traditionally runs from mid-June to early November. Following the regular season, six teams compete in the league's three-week playoffs, which culminate in the Grey Cup championship game in late November. The Grey Cup is one of Canada's largest annual sports and television events.[3]

The CFL was officially named on January 19, 1958,[4] upon the merger between the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union or "Big Four" (founded in 1907) and the Western Interprovincial Football Union (founded in 1936).[5]

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