CFL to evaluate talent in Mexico

TORONTO — Canadian Football League scouts will have an opportunity to evaluate and recruit some of the best football talent in Mexico next month.

Mexico’s Liga de Futbol Americano Profesional is hosting a combine on January 13 for leading pros and university seniors who hope to play in Canada with a draft to follow on January 14.

Estadio Azul, a 33,000-seat stadium in Mexico City, will be the site of the combine as 45 athletes participate in the bench press (225 lbs), vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, 3-cone, short shuttle and positional drills as well as interviews with representatives of CFL teams.

CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie:

“This is an exciting step forward for our partnership with the LFA. Over time, we want to expand the CFL’s international footprint, and grow the game of football everywhere, by giving the world’s top players access to our league and providing more young Canadians an opportunity to play and develop in other countries before possibly returning to play in the CFL.”

Prior to the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw last month in Edmonton, the CFL and LFA signed a letter of intent that will see them work together on several projects including possible CFL games in Mexico.

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