The Haifa Underdogs started as every day group of “pick up” football game. Back in the year 1999 Ben Friedman (former team’s GM) started a weekly tradition in Haifa – playing hard hitting tackle American football. With time, the group became a team, which together with 2 Tel-Aviv teams formed the IFL, back in 2005. In its first season, contrary to its name, the Underdogs claimed the first place with the championship title.

From its inception, the Haifa team was not accounted for, as opposing teams thought themselves to be bigger and better. It was expected by everyone, except us, that we will be a non-factor. Our name, “Underdogs” is a constant reminder of that for us. We decided to keep this piece of history with us to always drive our effort beyond the limit, to never be unaccounted for. The name became a synonym with the fighting spirit and never back down attitude that our football carries.

Ever since the championship, the Underdogs have not had one season without playoff games, including additional title match in 2007.