The history of Florida Gators football began in 1906. The Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football and it has competed in the Southeastern Conference since 1933, in its eastern division since 1992. Previously, Florida was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1912–1921, There have been 25 head coaches for the team, starting with Pee Wee Forsythe in 1906. The current head coach of the Gators is Jim McElwain, the Gators have fielded a team every season since 1906, with the exception of 1943. Florida has played 1,145 games in its 109 seasons of play, and has compiled an record of 701 wins,404 losses. The private Stetson College in DeLand was the first college to field a team in the state. Stetson, West Florida Seminary, and Florida Agricultural College had intramural football teams by the late 1890s or early 1900s. On November 22,1901, Florida Agricultural College and Stetson fielded teams for a match in Jacksonville as part of the State Fair, Stetson won 6–0, after a sure FAC score was blocked by a tree stump. The 1902 EFS team split games with Stetson and declared state champion. FACs first coach was James M. Farr, an English professor from South Carolina, Two of UFs predecessor institutions, the University of Florida at Lake City and EFS, faced each other in 1903. In 1904 the Lake City universitys athletic club was reorganized, allowing the first major schedule for a Florida football team, led by coach M. O. Bridges, the team was beaten easily by all its opponents. The Lake City team lost its game to state champion FSC. The University of the State of Florida was in Lake City during its first year of existence, the 1905 football season was a lost one, since university president Andrew Sledd ruled several players ineligible for academic reasons. The state universitys football team began varsity play when the Gainesville campus opened in September 1906, tackle William Wetmore Gric Gibbs is the only known member of the lost 1905 team who played for the new universitys team in Gainesville. Football and baseball games and track meets were held at University Athletic Field, permanent bleachers were installed in 1911, and the facility was renamed Fleming Field in honor of former Florida governor Francis P. Fleming. From 1911 to 1930, Floridas football squads posted a 49–7–1 record at Fleming Field, the schools first football coach was Pee Wee Forsythe, who led the Florida team for three winning seasons. Forsythe used the Minnesota shift and also played on the team, the 1907 team was co-state champion with Stetson. Captain Roy Corbett was also the editor of the Florida Pennant
The 1899 FAC team, the first football team from any of UF's predecessor institutions.
1907 UF football team; Forsythe is second from left in the center row, and Shands is bottom right.