IFAF Women’s EC: Team Spain edges Germany to stay unbeaten

Spain sits on top of the IFAF Women’s European Championships standings as the continent’s only unbeaten team after a close-fought 8-6 home win over Germany at the San Iñigo Football Field in Calatayud.

MVP wide receiver Olga Sotillo – who only last weekend starred in helping Spain to a silver medal at the IFAF European Flag football Championship – caught the decisive two-point conversion pass from Victoria Valverde, which proved to be the difference between the teams.

Germany might have opened an early lead after Anna Kronenburg had sacked Valverde ten yards from the end zone and a punt to the 25-yard mark earned the visitors great field position, but they were unable to capitalize.

The second quarter featured all the points scoring and Germany did go ahead 6-0 through a five-yard touchdown pass to Dana Huber, but the two-point conversion pass was dropped. They were the first points Spain have conceded in six quarters of play in the competition.

Photo: Lola Morales

Spain hit back immediately and a spectacular run after the catch by Sotillo, avoiding several tackles as she broke downfield, took the ball down to the German seven-yard line.  From there Valverde found Sotillo in the end zone to level the score and the pair connected again on a two-point pass that proved to be the difference between the teams.

When Germany threatened to spoil the home crowd’s enjoyment in the fourth quarter, safety Elisabeth Collado came up with a crucial interception of quarterback Mona Stevens.

Having now won in Finland and at home to Germany, Spain (2-0) lead the standings at the midway point in the tournament, with the remaining round robin games to be played in 2024. Spain host Great Britain in April and travel to Sweden in May, knowing that they control the fate of the European crown.

Germany are tied with defending champions Finland and Great Britain with a 1-1 record, while winless Sweden, who lost 10-0 to the Finns earlier on Saturday, sit at 0-2.

IFAF Women’s European Championships 2023/24

Saturday, April 15

Great Britain 40 Sweden 0

Worcester, England
Sixways Stadium

Saturday, May 27

Finland 0 Spain 12

Vantaa, Finland
Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion

Sunday, May 28

Germany 23 Great Britain 22

Düsseldorf, Germany
Solingen Walder Stadium

Saturday, August 26

Sweden 0 Finland 10

Solna, Sweden
Bergshamra IP

Saturday, August 26, 6pm

Spain 8 Germany 6
Calatayud, Spain

San Iñigo Football Field

April 12-14, 2024

Spain vs Great Britain

May 24-26, 2024

Finland vs Germany

Sweden vs Spain

August 16-18, 2024

Germany vs Sweden

Great Britain vs Finland

Michael Preston (@PRMikePreston) is currently working with IFAF in a PR capacity. He recently covered Super Bowl LVII as a member of the NFL PR team as he has done for 20+ years. He has held communications positions with NFL Europe, the North