Category: Professional European American Football Leagues

European League of Football Schedule and Results 2021

European League of Football Logo
European League of Football Logo [References: 1]

Standings

European League of Football Division North 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
17300.700274178L2
26400.600314259W3
35500.500295320L1
43700.300228289W1

European League of Football Division South 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
19100.900357132W9
25500.500320365L1
33700.300230277L2
42800.200157355L6

Playoff Schedule

European League of Football Playoffs 2021

Regular Season Schedule

For Scoring Summaries from Game Day 05 Onwards please click each individual game in the schedule below.

European League of Football Regular Season 2021

Match Day Game Day 01
(Game Day 01)
17 - 15

Hamburg Sea Devils vs Frankfurt Galaxy

(Game Day 01)
27 - 37

Berlin Thunder vs Leipzig Kings

(Game Day 01)
17 - 21

Barcelona Dragons vs Stuttgart Surge

(Game Day 01)
55 - 39

Panthers Wroclaw vs Cologne Centurions

Match Day Game Day 02
(Game Day 02)
20 - 42

Stuttgart Surge vs Frankfurt Galaxy

(Game Day 02)
40 - 12

Cologne Centurions vs Barcelona Dragons

(Game Day 02)
54 - 28

Panthers Wroclaw vs Leipzig Kings

Match Day Game Day 03
(Game Day 03)
22 - 13

Frankfurt Galaxy vs Panthers Wroclaw

(Game Day 03)
40 - 19

Berlin Thunder vs Stuttgart Surge

(Game Day 03)
14 - 32

Barcelona Dragons vs Hamburg Sea Devils

(Game Day 03)
47 - 48

Leipzig Kings vs Cologne Centurions

Match Day Game Day 04
(Game Day 04)
27 - 24

Stuttgart Surge vs Leipzig Kings

(Game Day 04)
20 - 41

Cologne Centurions vs Frankfurt Galaxy

(Game Day 04)
44 - 6

Hamburg Sea Devils vs Berlin Thunder

Match Day Game Day 05
(Game Day 05)
42 - 22

Frankfurt Galaxy vs Barcelona Dragons

(Game Day 05)
26 - 45

Berlin Thunder vs Panthers Wroclaw

(Game Day 05)
0 - 55

Leipzig Kings vs Hamburg Sea Devils

Match Day Game Day 06
(Game Day 06)
22 - 17

Hamburg Sea Devils vs Barcelona Dragons

(Game Day 06)
57 - 3

Frankfurt Galaxy vs Stuttgart Surge

(Game Day 06)
33 - 31

Cologne Centurions vs Panthers Wroclaw

(Game Day 06)
37 - 24

Leipzig Kings vs Berlin Thunder

Match Day Game Day 07
(Game Day 07)
60 - 51

Barcelona Dragons vs Cologne Centurions

(Game Day 07)
35 - 9

Frankfurt Galaxy vs Hamburg Sea Devils

(Game Day 07)
49 - 23

Leipzig Kings vs Stuttgart Surge

Match Day Game Day 08
(Game Day 08)
20 - 28

Berlin Thunder vs Hamburg Sea Devils

(Game Day 08)
7 - 36

Panthers Wroclaw vs Frankfurt Galaxy

(Game Day 08)
12 - 30

Stuttgart Surge vs Barcelona Dragons

Match Day Game Day 09
(Game Day 09)
24 - 42

Cologne Centurions vs Leipzig Kings

(Game Day 09)
19 - 3

Berlin Thunder vs Barcelona Dragons

(Game Day 09)
24 - 30

Hamburg Sea Devils vs Panthers Wroclaw

Match Day Game Day 10
(Game Day 10)
14 - 22

Barcelona Dragons vs Frankfurt Galaxy

(Game Day 10)
35 - 12

Panthers Wroclaw vs Berlin Thunder

(Game Day 10)
17 - 18

Hamburg Sea Devils vs Leipzig Kings

(Game Day 10)
19 - 9

Cologne Centurions vs Stuttgart Surge

Match Day Game Day 11
(Game Day 11)
45 - 7

Frankfurt Galaxy vs Cologne Centurions

(Game Day 11)
0 - 38

Stuttgart Surge vs Berlin Thunder

(Game Day 11)
13 - 21

Leipzig Kings vs Panthers Wroclaw

Match Day Game Day 06
(Game Day 06)
23 - 26

Panthers Wroclaw vs Hamburg Sea Devils

(Game Day 06)
41 - 16

Barcelona Dragons vs Berlin Thunder

(Game Day 06)
23 - 39

Stuttgart Surge vs Cologne Centurions

References: see [5] Below.

Report

A new 8-team fully professional American Football League in Europe – the European League of Football is planned to start in June 2021 with a 12-week 10-game schedule announced, playing by NFL rules as opposed to NCAA as everywhere else in Europe.

It is the first fully professional league since the demise of NFL Europa in 2007, and has been met with much criticism by the German Football League – the current top league in Europe – as 6 of the franchises are based in Germany, with two more in Spain (Barcelona Dragons) and Poland (three times Champions Wroclaw Panthers).

Following the demise of the NFLE/WLAF, the Central European Football League, featuring teams from Poland to Turkey and France to Hungary was a weekly Football League, but not fully pro, lasting until 2016.

The six German teams are Berlin Thunder, Frankfurt Galaxy, Cologne Centurions and Hamburg Sea Devils (all using the same names as their previous NFL Europe/World League of American Football team), Stuttgart Surge (using the name of the old Sacramento Surge team in the WLAF) and Leipzig Kings (almost a resurrection of the London Monarchs name). Barcelona Dragons is also a resurrection of the previous NFLE/WLAF team name.

Weeks 1-3

After three Game Days Hamburg Sea Devils were the only undefeated team on 2-0. Panthers Wroclaw were hot on their heels, however, at 1-2 with Berlin Thunder (1-1) and Leipzig Kings (1-2) still within one win of the Division North leaders. In Division South there were no undefeated teams as Cologne Centurions and Frankfurt Galaxy both tied for first on 2-1, Stuttgart Surge just behind on 1-2 and Barcelona Dragons the only winless team in the league on 0-3.

Week 4

In Week 4 Hamburg Sea Devils stretched their unbeaten run to 3 games with a comprehensive 44-6 victory versus Berlin Thunder. Frankfurt Galaxy meanwhile took over sole ownership of the top spot in Division South with a 41-20 win at Cologne Centurions, moving the Sea Devils to 3-1 and dropping the Centurions to 2-2. In the Game of the Week Stuttgart Surge came from 12-0 down after the first quarter to squeak by Leipzig Kings 27-24 to move the Surge to 2-2 and joint second with the Centurions in the South, while Leipzig Kings dropped to 1-3 and bottom spot of the North.

Week 5

In Week 5 Hamburg Sea Devils had another big win, 55-0 at Leipzig Kings as they moved to 4-0 in the North while Panthers Wroclaw kept in touch with a 45-26 victory at Berlin Thunder as the Polish team and Hamburg continued to dominate Division North. There was one game in Division South where Barcelona Dragons fell at home to old WLAF foes Frankfurt Galaxy, again the scoring was big with the game finishing 42-22 to Frankfurt, which left them in command of the Division at 3-1. Barcelona fell to 0-4, remaining winless.

Week 6

Panthers Wroclaw lost 23-26 in a tight game to Hamburg Sea Devils, putting Hamburg on 5-0, and putting Wroclaw out of touch with the Division North leaders. Barcelona Dragons meanwhile won their first game of the season as they lit up the scoreboard with a 41-16 defeat of Berlin Thunder. In the other game in Week 6, Stuttgart Surge lost 23-39 to Cologne Centurions.

Week 7

Week 7 saw Hamburg struggle to a 22-17 victory over Barcelona with four P Andersen Field Goals in the second half giving them the win after N Lester had given the travelling Dragons fans some hope of an upset with a 97 yard Interception Return for a Touchdown of Hamburg Quarterback J Clark. L O’Connor, another quarterback with an Irish name was on the losing side as Panthers Wroclaw succumbed to Cologne Centurions, losing 33-31 putting the Centurions and Panthers both on 3-2 records. J Sullivan, a third Quarterback with an Irish name scored two rushing Touchdowns and passed for another as Frankfurt Galaxy destroyed Stuttgart Surge 57-3. In the fourth game Leipzig Lions won 37-24 versus Berlin Thunder as the two bottom teams in Division North battled each other for their second win of the season.

Week 8

In a week of drama, Barcelona Dragons won their second game in a row after losing their first five with a 60-51 victory at home to Cologne Centurions. In an unbelievable game there were 18 touchdowns in all, 10 for Barcelona and 8 for Cologne. In Leipzig the Kings improved to 3-4 with a 49-23 win over Stuttgart Surge who dropped to 2-5. Meanwhile the Frankfurt Galaxy and Hamburg Sea Devils met in a possible Championship Game match-up in Frankfurt. The eagerly awaited clash between the two Division leaders saw Frankfurt Galaxy hand Hamburg their first defeat of the season as a dominant Galaxy defense held the Sea Devils to three field goals and got on the scoresheet themselves with a safety. J Sullivan, the Irish-named Frankfurt Quarterback had a stellar day, passing for three touchdowns and scoring himself on a one yard quarterback sneak.

Week 9

Week 9 saw Barcelona Dragons win their second in a row with a 30-12 victory over the Surge in pouring rain in Stuttgart. Meanwhile in Berlin the Clark-inspired Hamburg sea Devils raced into a 28-0 lead thanks to three touchdown passes in the first half from the Quarterback with the Irish surname to A Bottela Moreno and one in the third quarter to J Madin Cerezo before a spirited Thunder comeback saw them come within striking distance of tying the match at 20-28, but the game ended there. In the other match, there was contrasting fortunes for the two other quarterbacks with Irish names as Frankfurt Galaxy’s Jakub Sullivan threw three touchdown passes in the first half to put Frankfurt 20-0 up at haltime, and then in the second half Panthers Wroclaw’s Lokas O’Connor threw two interceptions to the same Galaxy player, Joshua Poznanski, who returned both Interceptions for a touchdown (58 and 36 yards respectively). O’Connor fired a late TD pass of his own to Jakub Mazan but it was mere consolation as Frankfurt won 36-7.

Week 10

Leipzig Kings defeated Cologne Centurions 42-24 to open up Week 10. The victory put the Kings on 4-4 and kept them in the chase for a Playoff spot, with Cologne dropping to 4-4 but still in second place in the South. In the battle of the cellar-dwellers, Berlin Thunder got the better of Barcelona Dragons 19-3 in a low-scoring encounter, leaving both teams on two wins, and still mathematically in with a slim chance of the playoffs. Meanwhile the top two teams in the North Division, Hamburg Sea Devils and Panthers Wroclaw put on a thriller of a show which the Polish team edged 30-24 thanks to an amazing 24 points in the second quarter. The win left the Panthers on 4-4, just 2.5 games behind Hamburg on 7-2.

Week 11

In Week 11 action Barcelona Dragons almost pulled off another upset, as they lost 14-22 to South Division leaders and the team also with the best overall record, Frankfurt Galaxy, which left the Galaxy on 8-1 and with the Division title. Panthers Wroclaw stayed in the hunt for the North Division title with a relatively easy 35-12 victory versus Berlin Thunder. Berlin Thunder’s 12 points all came in the fourth quarter when the result was in no doubt and left Panthers on 5-4. In an extremely close game Hamburg Sea Devils went down 17-18 to Leipzig Kings, meaning all three teams still in the hunt for the North Division Playoff spots (Hamburg 7-3, Wroclaw 5-4 and Leipzig 5-4) were in a game of each other with one week left. Meanwhile Cologne Centurions defeated Stuttgart Surge 19-9 to take second place in the South Division.

Week 12

Finishing off the Regular Season, Frankfurt Galaxy wrapped up the Division North title in style, and with it the best Regular season league record on 9-1 with a 45-7 thumping of Cologne Centurions, who finished the season on 5-5. In the battle of the two last-placed teams Berlin Thunder were hungrier team, winning 38-0 as Stuttgart lost their sixth in a row to finish on 2-8. Berlin finished 3-7. In the other match with Playoff consequences Wroclaw Panthers defeated Leipzig Kings 21-13 to reach the Playoffs in second place in the North on 6-4 as Leipzig Kings finished 5-5. Cologne Centurions took the fourth playoff spot in second place in the North.

Playoffs

Frankfurt Galaxy won easily versus Cologne Centurions for the second week in a row as they won 36-6 in an All-German Semi-Final. In the North match-up there was another close encounter between the Hamburg Sea Devils and Panthers Wroclaw which the Sea Devils squeaked 30-27. In the three games between the teams this season there was a touchdown or less between the sides at the final whistle.

ELF Championship Game

The lead changed hands five times in the 2021 European League of Football Championship Game as two Irish-named Quarterbacks duelled it out for European American Football’s top prize. J Clark managed to score on two 1-yard runs and pass to J Madin Cerezo for another Touchdown for the Hamburg Sea Devils, however, favourites Frankfurt Galaxy, behind Quarterback J Sullivan fared better, as Sullivan also scored on a 1-yard Quarterback keeper and passed for four more to G Adams, N Strahmann, A Mahoungou and K Mwamba as the Galaxy triumphed 32-30.

Kevin Mayo – Irish Player (Panthers Wroclaw)

Kevin Mayo, who is from Tallaght, South Dublin Co. in Ireland, and had previously played for the South Dublin Panthers in the American Football Ireland League joined the Panthers Wroclaw at the tail end of the season after being picked up by North Park University in Chicago, an NCAA Division III College.

Tadhg Leader – Irish-born Player (Panthers Wroclaw)

Former Connacht Rugby player Tadhg Leader was born in Galway, Ireland. At the age of 15 he and his brother Darragh headed out to kick some Rugby balls at their local pitch on Christmas Day. His dad, a former Galwegians RFC Rugby player made a bet with them that they could not kick the ball over the bars from the halfway line. Both Tadhg and his brother Darragh won €50 each.

Tadhg went on to play Rugby Professionally for Connacht and Darragh now lives in USA where he coaches at Clemson University Tigers. Tadhg suffered a number of injuries during his last few years at Connacht and after playing in Italy he ended up studying in USA and playing for both New England Free Jacks in Major League Rugby and making his Test debut for USA Eagles Rugby Union National Team.

Tadhg was signed up to play another year of Rugby Union in 2021 when the kicker started kicking American Footballs for fun. People took notice and said he should try out for American Football teams and so he went off to San Diego where he was kicking alongside Super Bowl-winning athletes. Unsure of his own ability he asked John Carney, who has 23 years of experience kicking Footballs and Carney said he could mix it with the NFL players.

Before long Leader found himself playing for the Aviators in The Spring League in USA. The Aviatiors, one of four teams based in Indianapolis, a COVID-19 Pod and one of two Pods in the 8-team league in 2021 finished with an 0-6 record in 2021. On May 7 versus Alphas Tadhg Leader scored the first points of his American Football career kicking a Field Goal to make the score Aviators 3 Alphas 7 at Halftime.

After spending Spring in Indianapolis with the Aviators Tadhg signed for Panthers Wroclaw in the European League of Football, making his debut on opening day in a 55-39 victory over Cologne Centurions.

Reference

Logos

[1] European League of Football Facebook Page (2021) Profile Picture, February 4, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/europeanleagueoffootball/photos/a.100150555247238/159345569327736/ [Accessed 27 April 2021]

Websites

[2] American Football International (2020) Pro football returns to Europe: European League of Football kicks off in 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/pro-football-returns-to-europe-european-league-of-football-kicks-off-in-2021/ [Accessed 5 November 2020]

[3] Mailchimp ELF (2021) European League of Football Season Schedule 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://mailchi.mp/468f778ac192/european-league-of-league-of-football-season-schedule-2021?e=8720ab58ac [Accessed 20 April 2021]

[4] European League of Football Facebook Page (2021) Post, 26 April 2021: “The divisions with the updated Leipzig Kings logo!” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/europeanleagueoffootball/photos/a.189040923024867/211338784128414 [Accessed 27 April 2021]

[5] European League of Football (2021) Stats [Internet] Available from: https://europeanleague.football/stats [Accessed 10 November 2021]

[6] European League of Football (2021) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://europeanleague.football/schedule [Accessed 11 July 2021]

[7] Barcelona Dragons Facebook (2021)Profile Picture: March 24, 2021: 164100830_143302991038424_6685619488922431445_n [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/164100830_143302991038424_6685619488922431445_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-4&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=7nF5AhntfsEAX9glptP&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=a430079a20cfb0956dd3ea5a7c8db22e&oe=61316F91 [Accessed 11 July 2021]

[8] Panthers Wroclaw Fabecook (2021) profile Picture September 20, 2013 1235513_483738095055993_896136457_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/PanthersWroclaw/photos/a.483738081722661/483738095055993/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[9] Hamburg Sea Devils Facebook (2021) Profile Picture March 9, 2021: 159505975_122355319823281_3096303558860788527_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/HamburgSeaDevils/photos/a.106420621416751/122355316489948 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[10] Stuttgart Surge Facebook (2021) Profile Picture July 27, 2021: 224860379_157740426432198_682630597869113461_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/StuttgartSurgeFootball/photos/a.101150422091199/157740416432199/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[11] Leipzig Kings Facebook (2021) Profile Picture April 23, 2021 176481610_124322863083112_5924150060350890678_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/105240348324697/photos/a.105240374991361/124322859749779 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[12] Cologne Centurions Facebook (2021) Profile Picture March 22, 2021 164225775_104312295086165_3866117950552195047_n [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/164225775_104312295086165_3866117950552195047_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-4&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=q-FxP6s2FecAX8leJ2f&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=b85f562fcd7282fd92b580c46312ec3d&oe=61329D2C [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[13] Frankfurt Galaxy Facebook (2021) Profile Picture April 18, 2021 175159880_127159659432418_8771340701865027771_n  [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/frankfurtgalaxy21/photos/a.100834638731587/127159656099085 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[14] Berlin Thunder Facebook (2021) Profile Picture May 6, 2021 182443261_131030875743347_4880774321224305568_n  [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BER.Thunder/photos/a.106909338155501/131030872410014/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[15] South Dublin Panthers (2021) Post to Page 2 December 2021: “Great Interview!” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/southdublinpanthers/posts/309142057879208 [Accessed 3 December 2021]

[16] The Liberty (2021) Leader and Mayo: Meet the two Irishmen with the NFL in their sights [Internet] Available from: https://www.theliberty.ie/2021/12/01/leader-and-mayo-meet-the-two-irishmen-with-the-nfl-in-their-sights/?fbclid=IwAR1g3KnLD1lmr5GsnTTOrYiBJpVYPuyZzhjcgWKz54lKAc1ychvTjBiYwqA [Accessed 3 December 2021]

[17] Rugby Players Ireland (2021) The Journey Continues for Tadhg Leader [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 3 December 2021]

Note: for individual game scores and stats view each game [click on the game in the schedule above]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to John Gunning (American Football International); Tomas; Carmine and Morgan (Dublin Bay Raptors)

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 3 December 2021

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2021

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

European Super League 2019

European Super League Logo [Reference: 1]
European Super League Logo [Reference: 1]

Final Standings

Topliga 2019PWLTPFPAPtsPct
*Warsaw Eagles660028816121.000
*Bydgoszcz Archers65102163310.833
*Vilnius Iron Wolves642094818.667
Krakow Tigers6240722004.333
Kaunas Dukes6150592532.167
Zabki Dukes6060442580.000
EESL 2019
*Moscow Spartans65101821910.833
*St. Petersburg North Legion6510946510.833
Minsk Litvins6150931842.167
St. Petersburg Griffins6150451462.167
European Super League 2019 [Reference: 1]

Topliga Playoffs

DateHomeTeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
06.07.2019Bydgoszcz ArchersVilnius Iron Wolves
Final
20.07.2019Warsaw Eagles20Bydgoszcz Archers0
European Super League Topliga Playoffs 2019 [Reference: 2]

EESL Playoffs

DateHome TeamAway Team
3rd Place Playoff
13.07.2019St. Petersburg Griffins36Minsk Litvins20
Final
13.07.2019St. Petersburg North Legion16Moscow Spartans42
European Super League EESL Playoffs 2019 [Reference: 2]

Topliga-EESL Final

DateHomeTeamAway Team
ESL-EESL Final
27.07.2019Moscow SpartansWarsaw Eagles
European Super League Topliga-Eastern European Super League Playoffs 2019 [Reference: 2]

Topliga Regular Season

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
06.04.2019Krakow Tigers0Warsaw Eagles49
07.04.2019Kaunas Dukes18Vilnius Iron Wolves46
Week 2
14.04.2019Krakow Tigers0Bydgoszcz Archers51
Week 3
27.04.2019Vilnius Iron Wolves0Warsaw Eagles38
27.04.2019Bydgoszcz Archers47Kaunas Dukes0
Week 4
04.05.2019Krakow Tigers6Vilnius Iron Wolves42
04.05.2019Bydgoszcz Archers50Zabki Dukes0
Week 5
11.05.2019Kaunas Dukes0Warsaw Eagles75
Week 6
18.05.2019Warsaw Eagles30Bydgoszcz Archers16
18.05.2019Zabki Dukes0Vilnius Iron Wolves47
Week 7
01.06.2019Bydgoszcz Archers20Krakow Tigers0
02.06.2019Kaunas Dukes41Zabki Dukes6
Week 8
08.06.2019Warsaw Eagles42Kaunas Dukes0
09.06.2019Krakow Tigers32Zabki Dukes6
Week 9
15.06.2019Vilnius Iron Wolves3Bydgoszcz Archers32
15.06.2019Zabki Dukes0Warsaw Eagles54
Week 10
22.06.2019Vilnius Iron Wolves37Kaunas Dukes0
22.06.2019Zabki Dukes32Krakow Tigers34
European Super League Topliga Regular Season 2019 [Reference: 2]

EESL Regular Season

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 2
13.04.2019Minsk Litvins21St. Petersburg North Legion27
Week 3
20.04.2019Moscow Spartans19St. Petersburg Griffins6
Week 5
04.05.2019Moscow Spartans21St. Petersburg North Legion0
05.05.2019St. Petersburg Griffins0Minsk Litvins40
Week 6
12.05.2019Minsk Litvins0Moscow Spartans44
Week 7
18.05.2019St. Petersburg North Legion18St. Petersburg Griffins0
Week 8
01.06.2019St. Petersburg Griffins7St. Petersburg North Legion10
01.06.2019Moscow Spartans54Minsk Litvins0
Week 10
15.06.2019Minsk Litvins18St. Petersburg Griffins26
15.06.2019St. Petersburg North Legion7Moscow Spartans2
Week 12
29.06.2019St. Petersburg Griffins 6Moscow Spartans42
29.06.2019St. Petersburg North Legion33Minsk Litvins14
European Super League – East European Super League Regular Season 2019 [Reference: 2]

Report

The European Super League was an American Football League featuring four teams from Poland and two from Lithuania in the Topliga and three from Russia and one from Belarusin the East European Super League, that followed on from the Central European Football League (2006-2016) and the Amsterdam Crusaders (International-only schedule 2018) as the top level European American Football League played on a weekly basis in two or more countries.

The two Divisions (or Leagues) played separate schedules until the Final. Topliga Champions were Warsaw Eagles who defeated Bydgoszcz Archers, both Poland, 20-0 in the Topliga Final. Lithuania’s Vilnius Iron Wolves were defeated in the Semi-Final. East European Super League Champions were Moscow Spartans who had a surprisingly easy 42-16 victory over St. Petersburg North Legion in the EESL Final. There were plans for a European Super League Topliga – East European Super League Final between the Warsaw Eagles and EESL Champions Moscow Spartans but it appears to have not taken place.

References

Logos

[1] American Football International (2019) ESL-2019-Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 December 2020]

Websites

[1] Polska Liga Futbolu Amerykanskiego (2019) European Super League (ESL) – Topliga Tables 2019 [Internet] Available from: http://www.pzfa.pl/tables [Accessed 8 December 2020]

[2] Polska Liga Futbolu Amerykanskiego (2019) European Super League (ESL) – Topliga Matches 2019 [Internet] Available from: http://www.pzfa.pl/matches [Accessed 8 December 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Tomas (Dublin Bay Raptors).

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 8 December 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

European League of Football 2021

European League of Football Logo
European League of Football Logo [References: 1]

Standings

ELF 2021PWLTPFPAPct
North
Panthers Wroclaw
Berlin Thunder
Hamburg Sea Devils
Leipzig Kings
South
Barcelona Dragons
Cologne Centurions
Frankfurt Galaxy
Stuttgart Surge
[Reference: 4]

Playoffs

DateHome TeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
11.09.2021
12.09.2021
ELF Bowl
26.09.2021
[References: 3]

Regular Season

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
19.06.2021Barcelona DragonsStuttgart Surge
19.06.2021Panthers WroclawCologne Centurions
20.06.2021Hamburg Sea DevilsFrankfurt Galaxy
20.06.2021Berlin ThunderLeipzig Kings
Week 2
26.06.2021Panthers WroclawLeipzig Kings
27.06.2021Cologne CenturionsBarcelona Dragons
27.06.2021Stuttgart SurgeFrankfurt Galaxy
Week 3
03.07.2021Leipzig KingsCologne Centurions
03.07.2021Barcelona DragonsHamburg Sea Devils
04.07.2021Frankfurt GalaxyPanthers Wroclaw
04.07.2021Berlin ThunderStuttgart Surge
Week 4
10.07.2021Cologne CenturionsFrankfurt Galaxy
10.07.2021Stuttgart SurgeLeipzig Kings
10.07.2021Hamburg Sea DevilsBerlin Thunder
Week 5
18.07.2021Berlin ThunderPanthers Wroclaw
18.07.2021Leipzig KingsHamburg Sea Devils
18.07.2021Frankfurt GalaxyBarcelona Dragons
Week 6
24.07.2021Panthers WroclawHamburg Sea Devils
24.07.2021Barcelona DragonsBerlin Thunder
25.07.2021Stuttgart SurgeCologne Centurions
Week 7
31.07.2021Hamburg Sea DevilsBarcelona Dragons
31.07.2021Cologne CenturionsPanthers Wroclaw
01.08.2021Leipzig KingsBerlin Thunder
01.08.2021Frankfurt GalaxyStuttgart Surge
Week 8
07.08.2021Barcelona DragonsCologne Centurions
07.08.2021Frankfurt GalaxyHamburg Sea Devils
08.08.2021Leipzig KingsStuttgart Surge
Week 9
14.08.2021Panthers WroclawFrankfurt Galaxy
14.08.2021Stuttgart SurgeBarcelona Dragons
15.08.2021Berlin ThunderHamburg Sea Devils
Week 10
21.08.2021Cologne CenturionsLeipzig Kings
22.08.2021Hamburg Sea DevilsPanthers Wroclaw
22.08.2021Berlin ThunderBarcelona Dragons
Week 11
28.08.2021Cologne CenturionsStuttgart Surge
28.08.2021Barcelona DragonsFrankfurt Galaxy
28.08.2021Panthers WroclawBerlin Thunder
29.08.2021Hamburg Sea DevilsLeipzig Kings
Week 12
05.09.2021Stuttgart SurgeBerlin Thunder
05.09.2021Leipzig KingsPanthers Wroclaw
05.09.2021Frankfurt GalaxyCologne Centurions
[References: 3]

Report

A new 8-team fully professional American Football League in Europe – the European League of Football is planned to start in June 2021 with a 12-week 10-game schedule announced, playing by NFL rules as opposed to NCAA as everywhere else in Europe.

It will be the first fully professional league since the demise of NFL Europa in 2007, and has been met with much criticism by the German Football League – the current top league in Europe – as 6 of the franchises will be based in Germany, with two more in Spain (Barcelona Dragons) and Poland (three times Champions Wroclaw Panthers).

Following the demise of the NFLE/WLAF, the Central European Football League, featuring teams from Poland to Turkey and France to Hungary was a weekly Football League, but not fully pro, lasting until 2016.

The six German teams are Berlin Thunder, Frankfurt Galaxy, Cologne Centurions and Hamburg Sea Devils (all using the same names as their previous NFL Europe/World League of American Football team), Stuttgart Surge (using the name of the old Sacramento Surge team in the WLAF) and Leipzig Kings. Barcelona Dragons is also a resurrection of the previous NFLE/WLAF team name.

References

Logos

[1] European League of Football Facebook Page (2021) Profile Picture, February 4, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/europeanleagueoffootball/photos/a.100150555247238/159345569327736/ [Accessed 27 April 2021]

Websites

[2] American Football International (2020) Pro football returns to Europe: European League of Football kicks off in 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/pro-football-returns-to-europe-european-league-of-football-kicks-off-in-2021/ [Accessed 5 November 2020]

[3] Mailchimp ELF (2021) European League of Football Season Schedule 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://mailchi.mp/468f778ac192/european-league-of-league-of-football-season-schedule-2021?e=8720ab58ac [Accessed 20 April 2021]

[4] European League of Football Facebook Page (2021) Post, 26 April 2021: “The divisions with the updated Leipzig Kings logo!” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/europeanleagueoffootball/photos/a.189040923024867/211338784128414 [Accessed 27 April 2021]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to John Gunning (American Football International); Tomas; Carmine and Morgan (Dublin Bay Raptors)

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Last Updated: 20 April 2021

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Scottish Claymores Alternate Logo 1998

Emmett Waldron Irish-Born Pro & College American Football Player 1993-1999

Scottish Claymores Alternate Logo 1998 [10]
Born: Cork, 18 October 1971.

 

Height: 6-1. Weight: 246.

Position: Linebacker

University: Rice University, TX (NCAA)

Professional: Scottish Claymores (NFL Europe) 1996-1999

Biography: Emmett Waldon was born in Cork and played NCAA football for Rice University before signing for the Scottish Claymores in 1996 – the same year as Scottish Rugby Union captain Gavin Hastings. His father was an Irish Rugby Interprovincial player. In his first year at the Claymores he would have earned £25,000 as well as bonuses and travelling expenses. He played four years for the Claymores as a linebacker. He was the first Irish player to play professional American Football in the NFL in a skilled position since the 1920s .[8]

[7][8]

World League of American Football Logo [1]

World League of American Football 1996

 PWLTPFPAPct
SCOTTISH CLAYMORES10730233190.700
Frankfurt Galaxy10640221220.600
Amsterdam Admirals10550250210.500
Barcelona Dragons10550192230.500
London Monarchs10460161192.400
Rhein Fire10370176191.300

[3]

World League of American Football 1997

 PWLTPFPAPct
Rhein Fire10730206146.700
Amsterdam Admirals10550156160.500
Barcelona Dragons10550236209.500
SCOTTISH CLAYMORES10550134154.500
Frankfurt Galaxy10460147142.400
London Monarchs10460116184.400

[4]

NFL Europe Logos [2]

National Football League Europe 1998

 PWLTPFPAPct
Amsterdam Admirals10730205174.700
Frankfurt Galaxy10730177163.700
Rhein Fire10730198142.700
Barcelona Dragons10460185200.400
England Monarchs10370158205.300
SCOTTISH CLAYMORES10280153192.200

[5]

National Football League Europe 1999

 PWLTPFPAPct
Barcelona Dragons10730263246.700
Frankfurt Galaxy10640239223.600
Rhein Fire10640286149.600
Amsterdam Admirals10460236243.400
SCOTTISH CLAYMORES10460270298.400
Berlin Thunder10370173308.300

[6]

Career Stats

YearTeamGIntInt YdsInt AvgInt TDTkl SoloTkl AstTkl TotSack
1996Scottish Claymores00000
1997Scottish Claymores00000
1998Scottish Claymores00000
1999Scottish Claymores00000
Career Stats [Ref: 7]

Legend: G = Games, It = Interceptions, Yds = Yards, Avg = Average Yards, TD = touchdowns, Tkl = Tackles, Ast = Assisted, Tot = Total, Sack = Sacks.

References

Sources

 
[8] Naughton, Lindie (1996) US FOOTBALL Evening Herald. Thursday, 29 February 1996. pg 62 [Internet] Available from: http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/Olive/APA/INA/Print.Article.aspx?mode=image&href=EHD%2F1996%2F02%2F29&id=Ar06206 [Accessed 5 July 2017]
 

Websites

 

[2] Growth of a Game (2014) NFL Europe Logos [Internet] Available from: https://www.growthofagame.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NFL-Europe-Logo.jpg [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[3] Scottish Claymores (1996)1996 Season [Internet] Available from: http://www.esspeedee.com/claymores/1996.php [Accessed 19 October 2017]

[4] Scottish Claymores (1997)1997 Season [Internet] Available from: http://www.esspeedee.com/claymores/1997.php [Accessed 19 October 2017]

[5] Scottish Claymores (1998)1998 Season [Internet] Available from: http://www.esspeedee.com/claymores/1998.php [Accessed 19 October 2017]

[6] Scottish Claymores (1999)1999 Season [Internet] Available from: http://www.esspeedee.com/claymores/1999.php [Accessed 19 October 2017]

[7] Football Database (2017) Emmett Waldron Career Stats [Internet] Available from: https://www.footballdb.com/players/emmett-waldron-waldrem01/stats [Accessed 2 December 2017]

Images

[1] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/WLAFlogo.gif [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[2] Growth of a Game (2014) NFL Europe Logos [Internet] Available from: https://www.growthofagame.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NFL-Europe-Logo.jpg [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[10] Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos (2019) Scottish Claymores Alternsate Logo 1998 [Internet] Available from:http://content.sportslogos.net/logos/19/1233/full/2552_scottish_claymores-alternate-1998.png [Accessed 27 November 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 27 November 2019

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