Portuguese League of American Football kicks off season with Founders Tournament

The Portuguese League of American Football (LPFA) will kick off in November with a brand new tournament.

Dubbed the Founders Tournament, to commemorate the eight teams who founded American football in Portugal, the competition will feature eight teams including one team from Spain and culminate with a championship final on December 23.

For the past two years, the LPFA has launched the regular season in November culminating with the championship final in April. This year, the format has changed with the Founders Tournament marking the start of the American football season with the regular season starting in January now.

In addition to the top seven teams in Portugal, the new tournament will also feature a team from Spain.

The Algarve Sharks, Porto Mutts, Lisboa Devils, Lisboa Navigators, Paredes Lumberjacks, Braga Warriors, Cascais Crusaders and the Black Towers from Spain will all vie for the Founders Tournament title.

Founders Tournament Schedule

Game 1 – November 17 – Algarve Sharks @ Porto Mutts
Game 2 – November 18 – Lisboa Devils @ Lisboa Navigators
Game 3 – November 24/25 – Paredes Lumberjacks @ Braga Warriors
Game 4 – November 24/25 – Black Towers @ Cascais Crusaders
Game 5 – December 1/2 – Winner of Game 1 VS Winner of Game 2
Game 6 – December 1/2 – Loser of Game 1 VS Loser of Game 2
Game 7 – December 8/9 – Winner of Game 3 VS Winner of Game 4
Game 8 – December 8/9 – Loser of Game 3 VS Loser of Game 4
Game 9 – December 23 in Braga – Winner of Game 5 VS Winner of Game 7 (FINAL)

The LPFA regular season will kick off in January and the championship final of the seven team league will be held in May, 2019.

A second tier league – Campeonato Nacional de Futebol Americano (CNFA) – will play nine-man football and include the Black Knights, Évora Eagles and the newly-formed Tagus Lions, from Lisbon.



Andre Amorim
André Amorim has been involved in American Football in Portugal for over 9 years, having played and coached in the only two teams that have won championships in that country. From 2007 to 2013 he played and coached with the Lisboa Navigators the most entitled team in all Portugal that also participated in international matches on the Spanish Second Division. For the past 4 years has been the head coach of the Lisboa Devils, current title holders in Portugal. Besides coaching, Amorim also works in the human resources field with personal development, team building and training. You can follow is coaching trip in IG @coachamorim.“
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