How Many Teams Are in the NFL?

The National Football League is one of the most popular sport organizations in the world. How many NFL teams are there?

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.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Commanders

NFC North

Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks

AFC East

Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South

Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans

AFC West

Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers

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