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Canadian Football League
Ligue canadienne de football
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 CFL season
CFL 2016 logo.svg
SportCanadian football
FoundedJanuary 19, 1958 (62 years ago) (1958-01-19)[1][2]
Inaugural season1958
CommissionerRandy Ambrosie
No. of teams9
CountryCanada
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Most recent
champion(s)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8th title)
Most titlesEdmonton Football Team (11)
TV partner(s)TSN, RDS
Official websitecfl.ca Edit this at Wikidata

The Canadian Football League (CFL; French: Ligue canadienne de football, LCF) is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

As of 2019, it features a 21-week regular season where each team plays 18 games with three bye weeks. This season traditionally runs from mid-June to early November. Following the regular season, six teams compete in the league's three-week divisional playoffs which culminate in the Grey Cup championship game in late November. The Grey Cup is one of Canada's largest annual sports and television events.[3]

The CFL was officially named on January 19, 1958,[4] upon the merger between the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union or "Big Four" (founded in 1907) and the Western Interprovincial Football Union (founded in 1936).[5] Before the introduction of interlocking play in 1961, Eastern teams competed against Western teams only in pre-season and the Grey Cup Championship (similar to Major League Baseball in the United States prior to the 1997 season).