American Bowl

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With American Bowl were American football games of the National Football League (NFL) outside the United States referred, which were carried out in the summer before the start of the actual season as preparation games.

Between 1950 and 1983, 13 NFL or AFL professional friendlies took place outside the USA, mostly in Canada. An Intercontinental Football League was planned for the 1970s , and games were also played in Tokyo (1976), Mexico City (1978) and London (1983).

Thanks to cable television, the NFL became popular in Great Britain. For the first time in 1986 a preparatory game was held under the name American Bowl in London's Wembley Stadium . The series was continued and expanded to improve its international presence. Obviously the Vikings competed in Scandinavia.

From 1990 five American Bowls were held in the Berlin Olympic Stadium in order to advertise the game operations of the WLAF and later NFL Europe, which began in 1991 .

The last American Bowl took place in Tokyo in 2005 . Instead of the bowl, it was decided that one regular season game would be played away from home every year . The first foreign league game took place in Mexico in October 2005. The Arizona Cardinals celebrated a 31-14 win against the San Francisco 49ers in front of over 100,000 spectators .

Since 2005, the NFL International Series has also played regular NFL games outside the USA, and has been at Wembley Stadium since 2007 .


date winner Points loser Points Venue
August 3, 1986 Chicago Bears 17th Dallas Cowboys 6th London
August 9, 1987 Los Angeles Rams 28 Denver Broncos 27 London
July 31, 1988 Miami Dolphins 27 San Francisco 49ers 21st London
August 14, 1988 Minnesota Vikings 28 Chicago Bears 21st Gothenburg, Sweden +
August 18, 1988 New York Jets 11 Cleveland Browns 7th Montreal +
5th August 1989 Los Angeles Rams 16 San Francisco 49ers 13 Tokyo
August 6, 1989 Philadelphia Eagles 17th Cleveland Browns 13 London
4th August 1990 Denver Broncos 10 Seattle Seahawks 7th Tokyo
5th August 1990 New Orleans Saints 17th Los Angeles Raiders 10 London
August 9, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers 30th New England Patriots 14th Montreal
August 11, 1990 Los Angeles Rams 19th Kansas City Chiefs 3 Berlin
July 28, 1991 Buffalo Bills 17th Philadelphia Eagles 13 London
August 3, 1991 San Francisco 49ers 21st Chicago Bears 7th Berlin
August 3, 1991 Miami Dolphins 19th Los Angeles Raiders 17th Tokyo
August 1, 1992 Houston Oilers 34 Dallas Cowboys 23 Tokyo
15th August 1992 Miami Dolphins 31 Denver Broncos 27 Berlin
August 16, 1992 San Francisco 49ers 17th Washington Redskins 15th London
July 31, 1993 New Orleans Saints 28 Philadelphia Eagles 16 Tokyo
August 1, 1993 San Francisco 49ers 21st Pittsburgh Steelers 14th Barcelona
August 7, 1993 Minnesota Vikings 20th Buffalo Bills 6th Berlin
August 8, 1993 Dallas Cowboys 13 Detroit Lions 13 London
August 14, 1993 Cleveland Browns 12 New England Patriots 9 Toronto +
July 31, 1994 Los Angeles Raiders 25th Denver Broncos 22nd Barcelona
August 6, 1994 Minnesota Vikings 17th Kansas City Chiefs 9 Tokyo
August 13, 1994 New York Giants 28 San Diego Chargers 20th Berlin
August 15, 1994 Houston Oilers 6th Dallas Cowboys 0 Mexico city
5th August 1995 Denver Broncos 24 San Francisco 49ers 10 Tokyo
August 12, 1995 Buffalo Bills 9 Dallas Cowboys 7th Toronto
July 27, 1996 San Diego Chargers 20th Pittsburgh Steelers 10 Tokyo
5th August 1996 Kansas City Chiefs 32 Dallas Cowboys 6th Monterrey , Mexico
July 27, 1997 Pittsburgh Steelers 30th Chicago Bears 17th Dublin , Ireland
4th August 1997 Miami Dolphins 38 Denver Broncos 19th Mexico city
August 16, 1997 Green Bay Packers 35 Buffalo Bills 3 Toronto
August 1, 1998 Green Bay Packers 27 Kansas City Chiefs 24 Tokyo
August 15, 1998 San Francisco 49ers 24 Seattle Seahawks 21st Vancouver
August 17, 1998 New England Patriots 21st Dallas Cowboys 3 Mexico city
August 7, 1999 Denver Broncos 20th San Diego Chargers 17th Sydney
August 5, 2000 Atlanta Falcons 20th Dallas Cowboys 9 Tokyo
August 19, 2000 Indianapolis Colts 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 23 Mexico city
August 27, 2001 Dallas Cowboys 21st Oakland Raiders 6th Mexico city
August 3, 2002 Washington Redskins 38 San Francisco 49ers 7th Osaka , Japan
August 2, 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30th New York Jets 14th Tokyo
August 6, 2005 Atlanta Falcons 27 Indianapolis Colts 21st Tokyo

+ These are not official American Bowl games, but they were played under the name American Bowl.