International Federation of American Football Europe | European Fringe Bowls 2014-2017

Date Irish Team European Team
Granada Bowl
2014 UL Vikings 12 Granada Lions (Esp) 34
2015 Belfast Trojans 14 East Kilbride Pirates (Sco) 24
Barcelona Tour
11.2015 UL Vikings 7 Barcelona Bufals (Cat) 12
IFAFE Atlantic Cup IX
2017 Dublin Rebels 42 Bucharest Rebels (Rom) 14



<p>With the Belgian and Dutch Federations making the step up to European Football League level from the Atlantic Cup in club competitions in 2017, the focus for Irish clubs became single-game matches with teams from the fringes of Europe.

This started in 2014 when the University of Limerick Vikings made the trip to Andalucia in Spain to play the Granada Lions, losing 34-12.

The following year the Belfast Trojans lost 24-14 to East Kilbride Pirates of Scotland, who hadn’t lost to Scottish opposition in over a decade. The UL Vikings made another trip to the Iberian regions, going down 12-7 to the Barcelona Bufals.

In 2017, with the Belgian and Dutch entrants moving up to the European Football League, the Atlantic Cup became a single-game Bowl between Irish champions, the Dublin Rebels, and the Romanian champions, Bucharest Rebels, with the Dublin side winning 42-14.




[1] NFL Ireland (2014) UL VILINGS HIGHLIGHTS – Video – Final Score at [2:43:15] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 October 2017]


[2] Belfast Trojans (2015) SBC North rivals preview: [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 November 2017]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2017) Battle of the Rebels – Dublin Rebels win 2017 Atlantic Cup [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 27 July 2016]


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[3] shane gs You Tube Channel (2016) Barcelona Tour [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 December 2017]




Thanks to Sean Douglas, Dublin Rebels


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