Danish American Football Federation

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The Danish American Football Federation (DAFF; Danish: Dansk Amerikansk Fodbold Forbund) is an American football organization in Denmark. Its headquarters are located in Brøndby. DAFF organizes Denmark's national American football team, which competes in the International Federation of American Football.

Since 2000, DAFF has seen a huge increase in membership, influenced in by Danish television station TV2 Zulu broadcasts of National Football League (NFL) games on Sunday evenings. The sudden popularity of the sport in Denmark has been dubbed "the Zulu effect" after the name of the TV station.[1] As of the 2007 season, Viasat obtained the rights to broadcast the NFL in Denmark on both 3+ and TV 2 Sport (Viasat owns 49 percent of TV 2 Sport).

The popularity of American football in Denmark can also be attributed to the nation's interest in the long career of Danish placekicker Morten Andersen, the NFL's all-time leader in points.[2]

Mermaid Bowl[edit]

The Mermaid Bowl is the DAFF championship game, the Danish equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl. The name is taken from the famous Little Mermaid, a symbol of Denmark. The first final, in 1988, was not played under the Mermaid Bowl name. [3]

Year # Winning Team Losing Team Score
1988 -- Copenhagen Vikings Odense Swans 33 – 6
1989 I Copenhagen Vikings Odense Swans 17 – 13
1990 II Herning Hawks Odense Swans 20 – 14
1991 III Aarhus Tigers Odense Swans 27 – 0
1992 IV Copenhagen Towers Herning Hawks 78 – 50
1993 V Copenhagen Towers Odense Swans 48 – 33
1994 VI Copenhagen Towers Herning Hawks 46 – 7
1995 VII Copenhagen Towers Aarhus Tigers 35 – 20
1996 VIII Roskilde Kings Copenhagen Towers 62 – 48
1997 IX Roskilde Kings Kronborg Knights 56 – 37
1998 X Aarhus Tigers Kronborg Knights 48 – 20
1999 XI Aarhus Tigers Kronborg Knights 28 – 0
2000 XII Aarhus Tigers Roskilde Kings 49 – 6
2001 XIII Roskilde Kings Greve Monarchs 17 – 10
2002 XIV Avedøre Monarchs Roskilde Kings 27 – 25
2003 XV Avedøre Monarchs Roskilde Kings 28 – 14
2004 XVI Avedøre Monarchs Herning Hawks 41 – 12
2005 XVII Roskilde Kings Kronborg Knights 23 – 6
2006 XVIII Triangle Razorbacks Kronborg Knights 21 – 16
2007 XIX Triangle Razorbacks Avedøre Monarchs 32 – 20
2008 XX Triangle Razorbacks Søllerød Gold Diggers 55 – 24
2009 XXI Søllerød Gold Diggers Triangle Razorbacks 10 – 0
2010 XXII Søllerød Gold Diggers Triangle Razorbacks 13 – 0
2011 XXIII Triangle Razorbacks Søllerød Gold Diggers 35 – 34
2012 XXIV Triangle Razorbacks Søllerød Gold Diggers 34 - 29
2013 XXV Copenhagen Towers Triangle Razorbacks 28 - 21
2014 XXVI Copenhagen Towers Aarhus Tigers 26 - 3

Danish American Football Federation Hall of Fame[edit]

DAFF opened the Danish American Football Federation Hall of Fame on February 5, 2006, the day of Super Bowl XL.

Players
Coaches
Contributors

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masculine, action-packed American import gains popularity, The Copenhagen Post, 24 February 2007.
  2. ^ Say Danish cheese, The Toronto Sun, 10 December 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.daff.dk/amerikanskfodbold/mermaid-bowl/mermaid-bowl-vindere List of Mermaid Bowl Winners (in Danish)

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