Definition of the National Football League from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the National Football League

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(abbreviation the NFL)
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the organization for professional American football teams. It is divided into the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference and both have four divisions, with four teams in each. After the regular season, the best six teams in each conference play to decide which two will go to the Super Bowl. The NFL began in 1922. It developed from the American Professional Football Conference, founded in 1920, which then became the American Professional Football Association until 1922.