The National Football League currently consists of 32 teams. However, the league was once much smaller. Founded back in 1920 when it was known as the American Football League, the NFL consisted of only 14 teams. Decades later in 1967, the league expanded to 16 teams and added another 10 in 1970. Ultimately, the league grew to 32 teams back in 2002.
How Many NFL Teams Are There?
The NFL adopted its name back in 1922. For a long period of time, the National Football League competed with the American Football League for not only popularity but also college prospects.
Ultimately, in 1966, instead of continuing to divide the population with two separate leagues, the AFL and NFL merged, which resulted in an increase in total teams.
With a revenue stream in the billions and popularity at a fever pitch, 32 might not be the number of NFL teams for long. To capitalize on this popularity, the next realistic step would be expansion.
When that happens, there are a number of possible expansion cities that are vying for an NFL team. International locations such as London, Berlin, and Toronto have all thrown their names in the hat to one day become host cities of the NFL.
NFL Teams By Conference and Division
Fast forward to today, the NFL is now divided into two conferences — the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. Both are separated into four divisions. You can also see a complete list of NFL teams in alphabetical order.
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers