Last updated : Saturday, 25 November 2023


The Friendly League is an amateur football league based in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1891 and is one of the oldest amateur football leagues in the United States. The league currently consists of over 100 teams, divided into four divisions.

The Friendly League is a competitive league, but it is also known for its friendly atmosphere. The league is committed to providing a fun and enjoyable experience for all players, regardless of their skill level.

Friendly League action

The Friendly League season runs from late spring to early fall. The regular season consists of a 10-game schedule, followed by a playoff tournament.


The Friendly League was founded in 1891 by a group of friends who wanted to play football on Sundays. The league was originally called the Chicago Amateur Football Association. The name was changed to the Friendly League in 1900.

Friendly League match

The Friendly League has a long and rich history. The league has produced many talented players who have gone on to play professional football. Some of the most notable players who have played in the Friendly League include Harry Boyd, Walter Camp, and Jim Thorpe.


The Friendly League follows the rules of the American Football Association (AFA). The AFA rules are similar to the rules of the National Football League (NFL), but there are some minor differences.

  • The field is 100 yards long and 50 yards wide.
  • The game is played with 11 players on each team.
  • The ball is 11 inches long and 28 inches around.
  • The game is played in four quarters of 15 minutes each.


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