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European Football League

European Football League
Sport Gridiron football
Founded 1986
No. of teams 6
Country Europe
Most recent champion(s) Kiel Baltic Hurricanes
Official website

The European Football League (EFL) is a European Cup style tournament for European American Football teams affiliated to EFAF (European Federation of American Football). The final game of the EFL is called the EFL Bowl, which has been held annually since 2014.


Under the governance of EFAF, comparable with UEFA in football, the best American Football teams in Europe participate in an annual competition. EFAF determine the relative strength of each of its 17 affiliate leagues and allocates teams to the 4 divisions accordingly, thus not all nations take part. National League Champions, runners-up or teams with International success are eligible for the EFL. Teams from 'weaker' leagues may take part in the EFAF Cup. The final game of the EFL was the Eurobowl, which has been held annually since 1986.

In 2014, the BIG6 European Football League was introduced as the new top-tier competition of American football in Europe.[1] The EFL continued to be played as a second-tier competition, with its teams playing for the newly created EFL Bowl trophy.[2] The inaugural EFL Bowl was won by the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes of Germany against Spain's Badalona Dracs on 20 July 2014.[3]


Teams are split into 4 divisions of 3 or 2 teams. In a division of 3 teams play 2 matches, once at home to one opponent and the other away to the other opponent. In a division of 2 teams, each team plays each other home and away. The division winners then advance to the play-offs.

The play-off format was changed for the 2008 season. The tournament was expanded to an eight-team competition. The two finalists from the 2007 season, Vienna Vikings and Marburg Mercenaries, earned automatic berths for the next season and the two semi-finalists, Eidsvoll 1814's from Norway and Tirol Raiders from Austria, earned a spot for the national champions of their respective countries. In quarterfinals these teams faced the four winners of the divisional round. In semi-finals teams were be paired by the Eurobowl seeding system, with the best-seeded team facing the worst and the second-best facing the second-worst. Winners then advanced to the Eurobowl.

EFL Bowls

For a list of champions by year before 2014, see Eurobowl.

Game Year Date City Winners Score Runners-up Attendance MVP
I 2014 July 19, 2014[4] Kiel, Germany Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 40-0 Badalona Dracs 2,104 Garrett Andrews (KBH)

Records and statistics

By club

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Vikings Vienna 5 5 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013 2001, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012
Swarco Raiders Tirol 3 1 2008, 2009, 2011 2013
Bergamo Lions 3 3 2000, 2001, 2002 1994, 2004, 2005
Hamburg Blue Devils 3 2 1996, 1997, 1998 1999, 2000
Amsterdam Crusaders 2 3 1991, 1992 1988, 1989, 1993
Braunschweig Lions 2 1 1999, 2003 2002
London Olympians 2 1 1993, 1994 1995
Berlin Adler 1 2 2010 1991, 2011
Legnano Frogs 1 1 1989 1990
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 1 0 2014
Calanda Broncos 1 0 2012
Düsseldorf Panther 1 0 1995
Manchester Spartans 1 0 1990
Helsinki Roosters 1 0 1988
Taft Vantaa 1 0 1986
  • Listed are Eurobowls from 1986 to 2013 and EFL Bowls from 2014 on.

by country

Championships Country Year
8 Germany 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010, 2014
8 Austria 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
4 Italy 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002
3 United Kingdom 1990, 1993, 1994
2 Netherlands 1991, 1992
2 Finland 1986, 1988
1 Switzerland 2012

See also


  1. ^ BIG6 European Football League starts 2014, published: 20 November 2013, accessed: 5 December 2013
  2. ^ EFL 2014 teams announced, published: 11 February 2014, accessed: 8 July 2014
  3. ^ Kiel Baltic Hurricanes win EFL Bowl I!, published: 20 July 2014, accessed: 14 October 2014
  4. ^ EFL Bowl I am 19.07.2014 in Kiel (German), published: 6 July 2014, accessed: 8 July 2014

External links

  • European Football League
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