Northern Division (AFA)
Sport American Football
League American Football Association
Founded 1952
Teams Chicago Butchers
Cincinnati Guardians
Cleveland Ghosts
Detroit Gladiators
Most Recent Champion Detroit Gladiators (11th title)
Most titles won by team Detroit Gladiators (11)

The Northern Division is one of six divisions that make up the American Football Association. The Northern Division was formed in 1952 when the Chicago Butchers, Guardians of Cincinnati, Cleveland Ghosts and Detroit Gladiators were moved from the Western Division.

The Butchers, Guardians, Ghosts and Gladiators have been part of the division for the entirety of its existence. From 1960 until 1966, the Milwaukee Wolves were part of that division as well before leaving to help form the Central Division.

Until 1975, the Northern Division had never had a wild-card playoff qualifier, making it the only division in the AFA without one. The second-place Detroit Gladiators ended that streak that season, finishing at 8–5–1 and qualifying for the #7 seed in the playoffs, losing their quarterfinal game to eventual Victory Bowl champions the Washington Wasps.

Division championsEdit

Season Team Record Playoff Results
1952 Cleveland Ghosts 7–4–1 Won Semifinals, Lost Seventh Victory Bowl
1953 Detroit Gladiators 6–4–2 Lost Semifinals
1954 Cincinnati Guardians 6–5–1 Won Semifinals, Lost Ninth Victory Bowl
1955 Detroit Gladiators 7–4–1 Lost Semifinals
1956 Chicago Butchers 6–4–2 Won Semifinals, Won 11th Victory Bowl
1957 Cleveland Ghosts 6–4–2 Won Semifinals, Lost 12th Victory Bowl
1958 Cincinnati Guardians 5–4–3 Lost Semifinals
1959 Cleveland Ghosts 7–4–1 Won Semifinals, Won 14th Victory Bowl
1960 Detroit Gladiators 8–4 Won Semifinals, Lost 15th Victory Bowl
1961 Detroit Gladiators 11–3 Won Semifinals, Won 16th Victory Bowl
1962 Detroit Gladiators 12–2 Won Semifinals, Won 17th Victory Bowl
1963 Detroit Gladiators 9–5 Won Semifinals, Lost 18th Victory Bowl
1964 Detroit Gladiators 13–1 Won Semifinals, Won 19th Victory Bowl
1965 Detroit Gladiators 9–4–1 Won Semifinals, Lost 20th Victory Bowl
1966 Detroit Gladiators 10–3–1 Won Quarterfinals, Won Semifinals, Lost 21st Victory Bowl
1967 Cleveland Ghosts 6–4–4 Lost Quarterfinals
1968 Cleveland Ghosts 13–1 Lost Quarterfinals
1969 Cleveland Ghosts 10–3–1 Lost Quarterfinals
1970 Chicago Butchers 7–5–2 Lost Quarterfinals
1971 Cleveland Ghosts 5–3–1^ Lost Quarterfinals
1972 Cleveland Ghosts 8–5–1 Lost Quarterfinals
1973 Cleveland Ghosts 9–5 Won Quarterfinals, Lost Semifinals
1974 Detroit Gladiators 9–4–1 Lost Quarterfinals
1975 Chicago Butchers 13–1 Won Quarterfinals, Won Semifinals, Lost 30th Victory Bowl
1976 Detroit Gladiators 9–5 Lost Quarterfinals
1977 Detroit Gladiators 10–4 Lost Quarterfinals
1978 Detroit Gladiators 9–4–1 Lost Quarterfinals
  • ^ – Regular season reduced to nine games because of players' strike.

Wild Card qualifiersEdit

Season Team Record Playoff Results
1975 Detroit Gladiators 8–5–1 Lost Quarterfinals
e v American Football Association teams
North: Chicago Butchers · Cincinnati Guardians · Cleveland Ghosts · Detroit Gladiators
Northeast: Boston Captains · Buffalo Stampeders · New York Imperials · Philadelphia Railers · Pittsburgh Miners
Southeast: Atlanta Rebels · Baltimore Royals · Miami Suns · Washington Wasps
South: Arizona Firebirds · Houston Hurricanes · New Orleans Krewe · Texas Stallions
Central: Colorado Centennials · Milwaukee Wolves · Minnesota Angels · St. Louis Aces
West: California Whales · Los Angeles Comets · Portland Dragons · San Diego Destroyers · Seattle Grizzlies