It is as if they were the same field, but on different pages. And in the middle of the players and fans to promote them. The Hype is concerned about American Football in Germany. Feeling both the representatives of the German Football League (GFL) as well as the new European League of Football (Eleven). Anyone who can use him as for themselves is the question. The fronts between the leagues are hardened. On Saturday (18.00 pm), the final of the GFL between the Swabian Hall Unicorns and the Dresden Monarch is rising in Frankfurt. But even more exciting than the German Bowl itself should be how it continues with the trend sport in this country afterwards.

With eight teams – six from Germany, one from Spain and one from Poland – the newly founded eleven in June went to her first season.

We are very, very satisfied, says Managing Director Zeljko Karajica. That despite Corona all 44 games could be carried out with audience, almost a sensation is already a sensation.

At the wild and exciting finale, in which Frankfurt Galaxy defeated the Sea Devils Hamburg at 32:30, about two weeks ago around 20,000 visitors in the Düsseldorf football stadium. Measured at the audience numbers, the followers in the social media or the television quotas we have already moved a lot, emphasizes Karajica. People accepted this league.

We are not in great exchange

And she should continue to grow. We came to stay, says Karajica. With Dusseldorf, Innsbruck and Vienna, 2022 three new teams and a new domain country come. Our goal is to get a twelfth team, maybe it will even be 14 or 16, says the 50-year-old managing director of the elf. We will talk different conversations and give us time until the end of November.

The German football market is competitive – and also important for the big NFL. imago images / hardfelser

On the other hand, with the GFL located in the American football association Germany (AFVD) is hardly spoken. We are not in great exchanges, says Karajica. Axel Streich, responsible in the GFF Executive Board for strategy and communication, reported pretty superficial talks last winter. The eleven representatives have been offered several times that they organize themselves together within the organized sport – similar to a Champions League in football or other sports, he says. Apparently there was no interest in it.

Two projects? This can not go well

So everyone continues to work on his own project. Streich is glad that the GFL season was brought into the Corona-related failure 2020 this time. He leads to the lower audience numbers on the restrictions through the pandemic and a restraint of people in the stadium visit, not to the new competition. At the level we move up to date, this can not go well with two leagues in parallel, he prophesied. He is sure that the GFL comes to the eleven does not come to a standstill, but it will be exciting how both will develop parallel .

They put on the structures that have built up charitable clubs over the years, but does not return anything, throws prank the eleven. The GFL, who currently belong to 14 clubs, have lost players, coaches and teams through the competitor.

Germany is Europe s most important market for the NFL.

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Karajica can do little with the criticism. No player is forced to change, he says, asks, If we did not do anything for the popularity of this sport in Germany, who then? The association would benefit. If a teenager has seen the European League of Football and decides to play football, he lands in one of the investigative teams anchored in the AFVD, says Karajica. He refers to youth camps and cooperations with subclassy teams organized.

In addition, 14 ELF players had been invited to London s lighting training for the coming week to the visual training of the American NFL. If one of them creates the leap into the NFL, that would be a quality seal for football in Germany and Europe, says Karajica. The NFL is the biggest stage of football – and a huge show. 2022, no later than 2023, she wants to spend a game in Germany. Here is Europe s most important market, says the NFL Europa boss Brett Gosp.

GFL: Focus always the sport and the German championship

At GFF, the focus always of the sport and the German championship will be string. But we also have not known since yesterday that we need to change and professionalize. The GFL is also interested in better marketing and have already introduced this process a year ago. Since then, among other things, a league sponsor has been won and a league network was founded. In the next meeting of clubs on Sunday you wanted to continue to work on to put points for the future .