Italian federation announces CFL-Italian Combine athletes

The Italian Federation of American Football, FIDAF, has announced the names of the 26 athletes taking part in the historic CFL-Italian Combine scheduled for January 25 at the Guelfi Spots Center in Florence, Italy.

The combine in Italy is one of a series of CFL Global Combines to be held throughout Europe, Mexico, and Japan and designed to assess and measure the size, speed, athletic ability and football skills of top players from outside Canada and the United States who have aspirations of playing professionally in Canada.

The international combines will be attended by representatives of the CFL league office along with the new Director of Global Scouting, Greg Quick. The top players will be invited to Toronto from March 26-28 for the 2020 CFL Combine which will feature international prospects competing alongside their young Canadian counterparts from U SPORTS, the NCAA and junior football. The league’s biggest scouting event will be followed by two separate drafts in the spring – one for global players and one for Canadians.

In 2019, the CFL featured designated ‘global players’ from countries outside the U.S. and Canada on its nine member clubs – a first for the league. Next season, the number of global players per team will grow from up-to-three to as many as five.

As the CFL continues to deepen its international footprint and introduce new pathways for Canadians to play, it has also partnered with the leading gridiron football federations and leagues in AustriaGreat Britain, Denmark, FinlandFranceGermanyItalyJapanNorway, and Sweden, and is in discussions with others.

The 26 players attending the combine in Italy includes four Austrians joining the 22 Italian athletes.

A total of eight players from the Italian champion Milano Seamen will be participating as well as four from Austria’s Dacia Vienna Vikings. The Firenze Guelfi (from Florence) have two players as do the Mastini Verona. Another nine Italian teams are represented with one player each including top teams, the Parma Panthers and Lazio Ducks.

Name Position Team
Antolini Alessio OT Mastini Verona
Balogh Leon DE Dacia Vienna Vikings
Buccellato Claudio DE/TE Seamen Milano
Bouah Jordan WR Seamen Milano
Calbucci Tiberio LB Warriors Bologna
Dalle Piagge Lorenzo DE edge/LB Seamen Milano
De Savino Andrea WR Mad Bulls Barletta
Elmi Pietro WR Rhinos Milano
Felli Matteo Kicker/Punter Panthers Parma
Fimiani Andrea QB Guelfi Firenze
Gagliardi Giacomo DE/LB Mida Achei Crotone
Giuliani Osawe Destiny DL Redskins Verona
Gobbo Edoardo Lineman Mastini Verona
Kappel Christopher Amadeus Kicker Dacia Vienna Vikings
Khay Kevin LB Seamen Milano
Mattana Mirko OL Sirbons Cagliari
Milanovic Aleksandar OT/OG Dacia Vienna Vikings
Molla Xhelian DE/DT Lancieri Novara
Nicola Claudio DL Seamen Milano
Perego Simone DL Seamen Milano
Pozzebon Tommaso WR Ducks Lazio
Santagostino Gianluca WR Seamen Milano
Seck Tamsir WR e Returner Spec. Giaguari Torino
Timotijevic Igor DT/DE Seamen Milano
Vitti Damiano WR Guelfi Firenze
Yannick Mayr WR Dacia Vienna Vikings

Combine Schedule (subject to change)

9:00am – Registration (Check-in)

9:30am – CFL Presentation

10:15am – Circuit – Video Shot (& Headshot), Height & Weight, Hand & Arm Measurements, Vertical Jump, Bench Press

11:00am – 40’s, Short Shuttle, 3 Cone Drill, Broad Jump

12:00pm – Positional Drills & One on One’s

12:00pm – OL/DL Drills

12:10pm – OL/DL One on one’s

12:25pm – QB, RB/LB Drills

12:35pm – RB/LB One on one’s (Pass Protection & Routes)

12:50pm – WR/DB Drills

1:00pm – WR/DB One on one’s

1:15pm – Special Teams Drill

1:30pm – Long Snappers/Punters/Kickers

1:50pm – Closing comments – Combine Complete

The Combine will be livestream by FIDAF TV.


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