Green Bay Packers are a American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the Northern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Packers are the NFL champions today. Green Bay is the third oldest franchise in the NFL, but were organized and played in 1919 . The Packers are the last vestige of "small town teams" that were once common in the NFL for the 1920 and 1930. Founded in 1919 by Earl "Curly" Lambeau (thus the name of Lambeau Field where the team plays) and George Whitney Calhoun, the Green Bay Packers can trace their lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay from 1896. In 1919 and 1920, the Packers have been involved in club football against semi-professional clubs throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. They joined the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in 1921, the forerunner of what today is known as the National Football League (NFL).
The Packers are the only nonprofit, community owned major league professional sports team in America.