The Israel Football League (IFL) was founded in the summer of 2005 by a group of Israelis who wanted to play tackle American football. The first season, played without pads or an official governing body, began in the Fall of 2005. In 2007, the league began fully equipped play under the umbrella of American Football in Israel (AFI), and Israel Bowl I was held in 2008.
The IFL is sponsored by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family.
Currently in Israel there is only one American football stadium, the Kraft Family Stadium, all other games are played in soccer stadiums when available.
The league currently plays eight-on-eight football with hopes to expanding to eleven-on-eleven, due to there currently being 450 players divided up among the 10 teams.