Austrian Football League

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Austrian Football League
Sport American football
Founded 1984
No. of teams 5
Country Austria
Most recent champion(s) Raiffeisen Vikings Vienna
Most titles Raiffeisen Vikings Vienna (11)
Official website afboe.at

The Austrian Football League (AFL) is the elite league of American football in Austria. The league was founded in 1984 and plays by the rules of the NCAA.

History[edit]

The AFL is commonly considered as one of the best American football leagues in Europe, hence the EFL was won 7 times by AFL teams in the 8 year period from 2004-2011.[1]

In 2010, 8 teams participated in the league, with 7 being from Austria and 1, the Prague Panthers from the Czech Republic.

In 2012, 6 teams participated in the league, with 5 being from Austria and 1, the Prague Panthers from the Czech Republic.

The regular season consists of 10 games and starts in mid March and the playoffs continue through July. The final game is called the Austrian Bowl and was held for the first time in 1984 in Salzburg, Austria.

Austrian Bowl Location Opponents
I 20.10.1984, Salzburg Salzburg Lions vs. Graz Giants 27:10
II 28.06.1986, Salzburg Graz Giants vs. Vienna Vikings 31:12
III 05.07.1987, ASKÖ Schmelz Graz Giants vs. Salzburg Lions 20:00
IV 03.07.1988, Wien, ASKÖ Schmelz Graz Giants vs. Vienna Vikings 33:15
V 01.07.1989, Salzburg Salzburg Lions vs. Graz Giants 34:00
VI 01.07.1990, Linz Graz Giants vs. Klosterneuburg Mercenaries 59:07
VII 07.07.1991, Graz, ASKÖ Eggenberg Graz Giants vs. Vienna Vikings 38:07
VIII 05.07.1992, Wien, ASKÖ Schmelz Graz Giants vs. Schwarzenau Rangers 28:13
IX 1993, Maria Enzersdorf, BSZ Südstadt Feldkirch Oscar Dinos vs. Salzburg Bulls 45:10
X 04.07.1994, Schwechat-Rannersdorf Vienna Vikings vs. Levi's Graz Giants 45:23
XI 15.07.1995, Schwechat-Rannersdorf Levi's Graz Giants vs. Vienna Vikings 26:20
XII 13.07.1996, Schwechat-Rannersdorf Vienna Vikings vs. Levi's Graz Giants 41:35
XIII 12.07.1997, Schwechat-Rannersdorf Levi's Graz Giants vs. Klosterneuburg Mercenaries 35:14
XIV 18.07.1998, Maria Enzersdorf, BSZ Südstadt Levi's Graz Giants vs. Vienna Vikings 43:03
XV 20.07.1999, Schwechat-Rannersdorf Chrysler Vikings vs. Levi's Graz Giants 37:35
XVI 22.07.2000, Wien, Casino Stadion Hohe Warte Chrysler Vikings vs. Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders 34:28
XVII 21.07.2001, Eisenstadt, Lindenstadion Chrysler Vikings vs. Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders 24:14
XVIII 20.07.2002, Wien, Casino Stadion Hohe Warte Chrysler Vikings vs. Öko-Box Graz Giants 52:21
XIX 12.07.2003, Wien, Casino Stadion Hohe Warte Chrysler Vikings vs. Öko-Box Graz Giants 56:42
XX 17.07.2004, Salzburg, EM-Stadion Wals-Siezenheim Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders vs. Chrysler Vikings 28:20 (14:14)
XXI 16.07.2005, Maria Enzersdorf, Südstadt Chrysler Vikings vs. Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders vs. 43:14 (21:07)
XXII 14.07.2006, Hohe Warte, Wien Swarco Raiders Tirol vs. Dodge Vikings 43:19 (14:13)
XXIII 14.07.2007, Hohe Warte, Wien Dodge Vikings vs. Turek Graz Giants 42:14 (21:14)
XXIV 27.06.2008, Wolfsberg Turek Graz Giants vs. Swarco Raiders Tirol 31:21
XXV 18. 07. 2009, Graz Raiffeisen Vikings vs. Turek Graz Giants 22:19
XXVI 09.07.2010, Innsbruck Danube Dragons vs. Swarco Raiders Tirol 28:21
XXVII 23.06.2011, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Wien Swarco Raiders Tirol vs. Raiffeisen Vikings 23:13
XXVIII 28.07.2012, Hohe Warte, Wien Raiffeisen Vikings vs. Swarco Raiders Tirol 48:34
XXIX 27.7.2013, NV Arena, St. Pölten Raiffeisen Vikings vs. Swarco Raiders Tirol 48:31

Teams[edit]

"Blue River Bowl III": Danube Dragons vs. Vikings at Rattenfängerstadion in Korneuburg, 2010

In 2014 the AFL consists of 5 teams:

Austrian Bowl[edit]

Austrian Bowl Champion Teams
11x Raiffeisen Vikings Vienna
10x Turek Graz Giants
2x Swarco Raiders Tirol, Salzburg Bulls
1x Danube Dragons, Feldkirch Oscar Dinos

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