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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-

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


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

The Western Intercollegiate Football League (WIFL) 1959-1971

  • 1959 - Alberta and Saskatchewan reinstated football as a varsity sport for the 1959 season

  • 1960s - the league was variously called the Western Canada Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WCIAA) football conference and the Western Intercollegiate Football League (WIFL)

  • 1961 - an important milestone was reached with the formation of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU), a truly national university sport governing body whose membership consisted of the various regional intercollegiate athletics associations across the country; university football, of course, was included as one of the sports governed by this body

  • 1962 - Manitoba reinstated football as a varsity sport

  • Early-to-mid-1960s - UBC played part of their schedule against the three other WIFL teams with American college competition making up the other portion

  • 1964 - the WIFL welcomed the University of Alberta at Calgary (UAC) as a league member after the school had played a one-year exhibition schedule; UAC later became the University of Calgary (1967)

  • In the 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1969 seasons, UBC withdrew from participation in WIFL league play, the program continued to compete against American college teams during that time and did play some exhibitions games against Canadian university opponents

  • 1970 - UBC rejoined the WIFL for the 1970 season and has participated fully in league play every season since

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