EFAF BIG6: New League Reveals Format, Teams, Schedule for 2014

Germany, Austria and Switzerland have chosen the teams participating for 2014

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he European Federation of American Football (EFAF) reveals a new league and format for their Pan-European Football top competition.  The champions and perennial powers from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria have agreed to participate in the European Football League and will single out their new champion from amongst themselves.

The 2014 edition of the BIG6 European Football League combines the six clubs in Europe: the four EFL semi-finalists of recent years and the two German Bowl finalists of 2013:

Selection of Participants

In contrast to other competitions that try to include as many teams from different countries as possible the BIG6 European Football League has been designed as an invitational tournament. The founders of the new competition, which includes not only the six participating teams but also their governing federations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They plan on expanded the field as soon as other teams are as competitive at this level.

The tournament and championship game will retain the name EFL-Bowl will coexist under the governance of EFAF.

The league will be played in a yearly format and  is split into two groups. The winners of the two groups will play in Eurobowl XXVIII.

2014 Schedule

Group A 

  • May 17th/18th – New Yorker Lions vs. Raiffeisen Vikings Vienna – in Brunswick
    German Champion vs. Austrian Champion
  • May 3rd – Dresden Monarchs vs. New Yorker Lions – in Dresden
    Rematch for Germanbowl 2013
  • June 15th – Raiffeisen Vikings Vienna vs. Dresden Monarchs – in Vienna
    The reigning Eurobowl Champion versus the newcomer

Group B 

  • April 13th – Calanda Broncos vs. Swarco Raiders Tirol – in Graubünden
    Rematch for Eurobowl Semifinals 2013
  • May 17th – Berlin Adler vs. Calanda Broncos – in Berlin
    “Hauptstadt” football versus Swiss Champion
  • June 14th – Swarco Raiders Tirol vs. Berlin Adler – in Innsbruck
    Rematch of Eurobowl XXV

Eurobowl XXVIII between the winners of both groups will take place on the weekend of July 19th/20th, 2014.

Source: EFAF website

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.