- Football Canada
Football Canada is the governing body for amateur
The organization now known as Football
Canadawas founded on October 21, 1882 as the Canadian Rugby Football Union and re-organized as the Canadian Rugby Union in 1892.
The CRU was founded to govern a sport which at the time had rules similar to the
rugby footballbeing played in the United Kingdom. In 1909, Lord Earl Grey, then Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to the CRU to be awarded for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. This trophy became known as the Grey Cup.
Even by this time however, the rules being played in Canada were vastly different from the rules used in countries that were part of the
International Rugby Board(IRB). In the years that followed, the CRU and its American counterparts would legalize forward passing and make other changes that would keep the Canadian game reasonably similar to the American one, but unrecognizable to a rugby union enthusiast.
Despite the divergence, the sport continued to be referred to as "rugby" for many years, and the CRU did not change its name despite the obvious confusion. By the 1950s, however, another development was to cause further changes to the CRU's mandate — it was now clear that two of its member leagues — the
Interprovincial Rugby Football Unionin eastern Canadaand the Western Interprovincial Football Unionin the West were far more competitive than other circuits. These teams would eventually leave the CRU and form the conferences of the Canadian Football League, which soon assumed control of the Grey Cup.
As an organization with no direct jurisdiction over the professional clubs and having nothing in common with
rugby unionby this time, the CRU finally changed its name to the Canadian Amateur Football Association (CAFA) in 1967. The CAFA changed its name again, to Football Canada in 1986.
As of 2005 Football Canada is primarily responsible for running amateur football in Canada, including the national amateur football championships. It is actively trying to foster closer working relationships with both the CFL and the
National Football League.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Junior Football League
* [http://www.footballcanada.com/ Official website]
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