Teams from 6 countries set to battle for European Football League supremacy

The participating teams and the dates for the EFL – European Football League – have now been set.

Six teams from six different countries, one of them a newcomer to international competition, will battle for the coveted title. Each team will play a home and away game in the group stage with the winners playing in EFL Bowl V on the weekend of June 9-10.

Group A will feature the Brussels Tigers from Belgium, Switzerland’s Calanda Broncos and the Potsdam Royals from Germany. The Potsdam Royals are entering international competition for the first time. The Royals enjoyed an undefeated season in the German Football League’s second division, GFL2 in 2017 and advanced to the GFL for 2018.

The Broncos are previous winners of Eurobowl (2012) and are defending Swiss champions after winning their eighth Swiss Bowl title in 2017.

The Brussels Tigers have played in the Atlantic Cup which pits teams from Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. In 2017, the Tigers reached the Belgian final and lost by a touchdown to the Brussels Black Angels.

The three competing teams in Group B, France’s Thonon Black Panthers, Italy’s Milano Seamen and the Badalona Dracs from Spain,  are all familiar with international tournaments. The Thonon Black Panthers are the defending EFL champions. They defeated the Milano Rhinos from Italy in 2017 to win the title.  

Thonon Black Panthers from France won 2017 EFL title

The Milano Seamen competed in the Big6 in 2017 defeating the Berlin Rebels before losing to the Frankfurt Universe. In 2016, the Seamen reached the final of the Champions League where they lost to the Wroclaw Panthers from Poland. Spain’s Badalona Dracs played in the Big6 in 2017 losing to both the Amsterdam Crusaders and Braunschweig New Yorker Lions.

The group stage of EFL 2018 kicks of on March 23 when Badalona plays the Milano Seamen and ends May 27 with the matchup between the Potsdam Royals and Calanda Broncos.


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