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) Swarco Raiders Tirol
Most titles Vienna Vikings (13)
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.

Teams[edit]

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

In 2016 the AFL consists of:

Austrian Bowl[edit]

All games[edit]

Bowl Date Location Champions Runners-Up Score
I October 20, 1984 Salzburg Salzburg Lions Graz Giants 27–10
II June 28, 1986 Salzburg Graz Giants Vienna Vikings 31–12
III July 5, 1987 ASKÖ Schmelz Graz Giants Salzburg Lions 20–0
IV July 3, 1988 Wien, ASKÖ Schmelz Graz Giants Vienna Vikings 33–15
V July 1, 1989 Salzburg Salzburg Lions Graz Giants 34–0
VI July 1, 1990 Linz Graz Giants Klosterneuburg Mercenaries 59–7
VII July 7, 1991 Graz, ASKÖ Eggenberg Graz Giants Vienna Vikings 38–7
VIII July 5, 1992 Wien, ASKÖ Schmelz Graz Giants Schwarzenau Rangers 28–13
IX July 4, 1993 Maria Enzersdorf, BSZ Südstadt Feldkirch Oscar Dinos Salzburg Bulls 45–10
X July 4, 1994 Schwechat-Rannersdorf Vienna Vikings Levi's Graz Giants 45–23
XI July 15, 1995 Schwechat-Rannersdorf Levi's Graz Giants Vienna Vikings 26–20
XII July 13, 1996 Schwechat-Rannersdorf Vienna Vikings Levi's Graz Giants 41–35
XIII July 12, 1997 Schwechat-Rannersdorf Levi's Graz Giants Klosterneuburg Mercenaries 35–14
XIV July 18, 1998 Maria Enzersdorf, BSZ Südstadt Levi's Graz Giants Vienna Vikings 43–3
XV July 20, 1999 Schwechat-Rannersdorf Chrysler Vikings Levi's Graz Giants 37–35
XVI July 22, 2000 Wien, Casino Stadion Hohe Warte Chrysler Vikings Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders 34–28
XVII July 21, 2001 Eisenstadt, Lindenstadion Chrysler Vikings Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders 24–14
XVIII July 20, 2002 Wien, Casino Stadion Hohe Warte Chrysler Vikings Öko-Box Graz Giants 52–21
XIX July 12, 2003 Wien, Casino Stadion Hohe Warte Chrysler Vikings Öko-Box Graz Giants 56–42
XX July 17, 2004 Salzburg, EM-Stadion Wals-Siezenheim Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders Chrysler Vikings 28–20 (14–14)
XXI July 16, 2005 Maria Enzersdorf, Südstadt Chrysler Vikings Papa Joe's Tyrolean Raiders 43–14 (21–7)
XXII July 14, 2006 Hohe Warte, Wien Swarco Raiders Tirol Dodge Vikings 43–19 (14–13)
XXIII July 14, 2007 Hohe Warte, Wien Dodge Vikings Turek Graz Giants 42–14 (21–14)
XXIV June 27, 2008 Wolfsberg Turek Graz Giants Swarco Raiders Tirol 31–21
XXV July 18, 2009 Graz Raiffeisen Vikings Turek Graz Giants 22–19
XXVI July 9, 2010 Innsbruck Danube Dragons Swarco Raiders Tirol 28–21
XXVII June 23, 2011 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Wien Swarco Raiders Tirol Raiffeisen Vikings 23–13
XXVIII July 28, 2012 Hohe Warte, Vienna Raiffeisen Vikings Swarco Raiders Tirol 48–34
XXIX July 27, 2013 NV Arena, St. Pölten Raiffeisen Vikings Swarco Raiders Tirol 48–31
XXX July 26, 2014 NV Arena, St. Pölten Raiffeisen Vikings Swarco Raiders Tirol 24–17
XXXI July 11, 2015 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt Swarco Raiders Tirol Vienna Vikings 38–0

By Team[edit]

Austrian Bowl Champion Teams
13x Vienna Vikings
10x Turek Graz Giants
4x Swarco Raiders Tirol
2x Salzburg Bulls
1x Danube Dragons, Feldkirch Oscar Dinos

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