All about Football Canada – where we came from, where we are and where we’re going!



The Canadian Amateur Football Association (CAFA) operating as Football Canada is the National Governing Body of Canadian Amateur Football, which represents tackle, touch and flag disciplines including players, coaches, officials and administrators.

Our History



Football Canada was initially established February 7, 1884. It was known as the Canadian Rugby Football Union (CRFU) with the specific purpose of organizing play-off games between various union champions. From this modest beginning, the role and associated objectives of the CRFU grew and changed significantly as it developed into the National Governing Body of all Canadian amateur football.


On December 19, 1891, the CRFU was reorganized and the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) was formed. Furthermore, it was to this organization, in 1909, that Lord Earl Grey, then Governor-General of Canada, entrusted a trophy to be awarded for the Rugby Football Championships of Canada….THE GREY CUP. In 1966, the trusteeship of the Grey Cup was turned over by the CRU to the CFL.


On January 1, 1967, a legally constituted body designated as the Canadian Amateur Football Association (CAFA) became the successor to the CRU.


In 1986, CAFA adopted the marketing name Football Canada to better reflect its heritage image and carry out its national mission.


Football Canada, in 2004, became a full member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), which is a full member with the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).


We are Football Canada

Our Mission

Grow the sport that we love through leadership, promotion, and development.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the leader in the global football community.

Our Core Values

Core values guide our beliefs and help to shape the culture of Football Canada. That means all of us: We are Football Canada.


We are passionate about building communities locally, nationally, and internationally

Safety and safe sport

We foster a culture that is safe for all

Inclusive and respectful

We create an environment where people feel they belong

Teamwork on and off the field

We work as one because together we achieve greater outcomes

Service leadership

We put the needs of all our stakeholders first and help people to develop and perform to their best abilities

Our Team

The Management

Provincial Football Associations & ASSOCIATE MEMBERS


British Columbia Provincial Football Association (BCPFA)

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Executive Director: Keith Ryan
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Football Alberta

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Executive Director: Tim Enger
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Football Saskatchewan

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Executive Director: Jeff Yausie
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Saskatoon Office: 306-975-0827
Regina Office: 306-780-9239

Football Manitoba

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Executive Director: Bill Johnson
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Ontario Football

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Executive Director: Aaron Geisler
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Football Québec

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Executive Director: Mathieu Joyal
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Football New Brunswick

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Executive Director: Josh Harris
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Football Nova Scotia

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Executive Director: Karen Oullette
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Football Newfoundland and Labrador

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Executive Director: Brian Hillier
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Football Prince Edward Island

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Executive Director: Jamie Gosbee
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Support Us

As a not-for-profit amateur sport organization, we rely on your support. You can help grow the game of football as we guide players, coaches and officials from playground to stadium.


Understand the benefits of becoming a member of Football Canada.


We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our partners – this is where we give thanks to those that give so much to us.


Learn about our board of directors, our committees and the policies that guide us.

Resource Library

Our filterable repository of resources – documents, videos and links – you can find it all here!


We are here for you – please drop us a line if you have any questions or concerns.


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