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A Brief Introduction

Origins of the Game

Central Canada
- CIRFU 1898-1914
- Post WWI 1919-39
- Post WWII 1946-54
- A New Era 1955-66
- Ontario & Quebec 1967-79
- Ontario & Quebec 1980-
     Present


Western Canada
- WIRFU 1927-58
- WIFL 1959-1971
- CWUAA 1972-1998
- CW 1999-Present

Atlantic Canada
- Nova Scotia 1940-57
- NB and PEI 1948-57
- Atlantic Canada 1958-73
- AUFC 1974-Present

National and Regional Championships
- Introduction
- Churchill Bowl 1953-1964
- Churchill Bowl 1965-2002
- Atlantic Bowl 1959-2001
- Mitchell Bowl 2002-Present
- Uteck Bowl 2003-Present
- Vanier Cup 1965-Present

Conference Membership
- Atlantic
- Ontario
- Quebec
- West

Bibliography

A History of Canadian University Football
By Robert E. Watkins, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. - revised May 2006

The Atlantic Universities Football Conference (AUFC) 1974 to the Present

  • 1974 - still another association and conference name change--the AIAA was now called the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association with the football conference becoming the AUAA football conference

  • Over the years the AUAA football conference has been more popularly referred to as the Atlantic Universities Football Conference (AUFC)

  • As with university football in Central Canada, the decade of the 1970s, for economic, competitive and/or philosophic reasons, took its toll on football programs in the Atlantic provinces:
    • 1976 - Dalhousie folded its football program following the 1976 season;
    • 1979 - UPEI folded its program following the 1979 season;
    • 1980 - UNB folded its program following the 1980 season.

  • With but one exception since 1980 the current alignment of teams has been stable:
    • AUFC: Acadia, Mount Allison, SMU and StFX

  • 1990 - the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB) initiated a football program which played for that one season only

  • Late 1999 - the governing body of university athletics in the Atlantic region (the AUAA) once again changed its name, this time to Atlantic University Sport (AUS)

  • 2002 - the AUFC and the Quebec Interuniversity Football Conference (QIFC) agreed to begin interlocking play for the 2002 and 2003 seasons

  • 2004 - the QIFC (now the QUFL) and the AUFC agreed to extend the agreement covering interlocking play between member teams of the two conferences

  • 2006 - the interlocking schedule between the AUFC and the QUFL was renewed for a third time

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