5 Clubs to Participate in 2017 IFAF Europe Champions League

Europe’s largest international American football club competition shrinks from 13 to 5 teams.

In an letter issued to participating clubs, IFAF Europe committee member Romeo Tjoe-A-On (Netherlands) notified the 2017 participants that only five clubs have applied, and been accepted, to the next year’s iteration of what was the continent largest American football competition.

Tjoe-A-On stated that the Istanbul KOC Rams (Turkey), Istanbul Bogazici Sultans (Turkey), Kragujevac Wild Boars (Serbia), Lisboa Devils (Portugal), and Moscow Patriots (Russia) will meet next year.

If this is the form of the 2017 IFAF Europe Champions League tournament, it is but a shadow of its former self.

In 2016, the Wroclaw Panthers (Poland) beat Italy’s Milano Seamen 40-37 in the IFAF Europe Champions League title game in a high scoring, thrilling contest staged in Wroclaw, Poland. The game capped a season long competition that featured 13 clubs and stretched all across the continent.

champions_league_bracket-2

The noticeable reduction of participants is likely due the divided political climate in Europe. Changes made by the IFAF Paris faction to the IFAF Europe structure pushed the continental chairmen to resign and left a splintered group of over 13 national federations without clear alignment.

Politics aside, the tournament groups were also released.

In Group A, the Kragujevac Wild Boars will travel to Istanbul Koc Rams, the Istanbul Koc Rams will travel to Moscow Patriots, and the Moscow Patriots will travel to Kragujevac Wild Boars. In Group B, each team will have a home and away game with the other. The Lisboa Devils will travel to Istanbul Bogazici Sultans and visa versa.

It should be noted that this current configuration features put three national champions in the same Group (Rams, Wild Boars and Patriots). However this format may not stand.

Tjoe-A-On also stated that the Champions League rules and regulations will be modified and teams will be notified by Friday, 12/16.

John McKeon

John McKeon is a former professional and collegiate American Football player and coach now living and working in New York. His goal is to spread news, information, and opinion on the global growth of the sport he loves.

  • Peter Stimpel

    John, is the assumption about the political climate being responsible just an…assumption, or do you have any further information to back it up? Not to mock you, just interested…

  • Hi Peter! Fair question, this you check out this exercpt?

    “The noticeable reduction of participants is likely due the divided political climate in Europe. Changes made by the IFAF Paris faction to the IFAF Europe structure pushed the continental chairmen to resign and left a splintered group of over 13 national federations without clear alignment.”

    The links in this section will take you to older articles that outline how the forces controling IFAF Europe are divided. These are official statements and they make it very clear that there are differences of opinion regarding the actions of the leadership.

  • Peter Stimpel

    will do, thanks. btw, the ifaf link is not working

  • Peter Stimpel

    Great read, thank you, John. Happy Christmas!

  • Apologize for that! The link is now fixed and live!

  • Peter Stimpel

    Thank you, John!

Skip to toolbar