|Team||Period of Play
in/for Los Angeles
|Los Angeles Buccaneers1||1926||National Football League|
|Los Angeles Wildcats1||1926||American Football League I*|
|California Shamrocks||1935||American Legion Football League|
|Hollywood Braves||1935||American Legion Football League|
|Los Angeles (Southern California) Maroons||1935||American Legion Football League|
|Westwood Cubs||1935||American Legion Football League|
|Long Beach Eagles||1936||No League Affiliation?|
|Hollywood Stars||1936-1938||California Pro Football League|
|Los Angeles Cardinals||1936||No League Affiliation?|
|San Pedro Longshoremen||1936||No League Affiliation?|
|Los Angeles Bulldogs||1937||American Football League II*|
|Los Angeles Bulldogs||1940-1945||Pacific Coast Professional Football League|
|Hollywood Bears||1940-1942, 1946-1947||Pacific Coast Professional Football League|
|Los Angeles Mustangs||1943-1944||Pacific Coast Professional Football League,
American Football League lll*
|Hollywood Rangers||1944||American Football League lll*|
|Los Angeles Wildcats2||1944||American Football League lll*|
|Hollywood Wolves||1944||Pacific Coast Professional Football League|
|Los Angeles Dons||1946-1949||All American Football Conference|
|Los Angeles Chargers3||1960||American Football League lV*|
|Long Beach Admirals||1967||Continental Football League|
|Los Angeles Express||1983-1985||United States Football League|
|Los Angeles Raiders4||1982-1995||National Football League|
|Los Angeles Cobras||1988||Arena Football League|
|Los Angeles Dragons||2000||Spring Football League|
|Los Angeles Avengers||2000-2009||Arena Football League|
|Los Angeles Xtreme||2001||X Football League|
|Los Angeles Kiss5||2014-2016||Arena Football League|
|Los Angeles Rams6||1947-1995; 2016-present||National Football League|
|Los Angeles Chargers3||2017-present||National Football League|
* There were four unrelated leagues over history named "American Football League."
1) See comment box below.
2) No relationship to 1926 team.
3) In 1960, team moved to San Diego and the NFL after only one season in Los Angeles, then returned to Los Angeles in 2017 after 57 years.
4) Founded in Oakland in 1960, the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982. It returned to Oakland in 1995.
5) Team actually played at Honda Center in Anaheim, California (Orange County).
6) Founded in Cleveland in 1936, the team moved to Los Angeles and L.A. Memorial Coliseum in 1946. It moved to Anaheim Stadium in Orange County in 1980 and to St. Louis in 1995. The team returned to Los Angeles in 2016.
Neither the Los Angeles Buccaneers nor the Los Angeles Wildcats from 1926 ever actually play any games in Los Angeles. Both teams were road teams (the Buccaneers played out of Chicago and the Wildcats out of Moline, Illinois) but were named for Los Angeles in order to showcase football talent from California and the West Coast colleges. According to historian Michael McCambridge in his 2005 book "America's game: the epic story of how pro football captured a nation," the Buccaneers did actually want to play in their namesake city, but could not do so because the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission allowed no professional games in its stadium.