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The European Tournament
The EFAF-Cup is an annual invitational competiton played since 2002, following EURO-Cup and Federation-Cup, both european tournaments played in the 90th. EFAF-Cup is a competition - comparable to soccer´s UEFA Cup - for european top teams of their highest national league. The EFAF-Cup Tournament is played in regional groups. The group winner meet in the EFAF-Cup Final to play out the overall winner, the EFAF-Cup Champion.
First Championship was won by Graz Giants. The austrian team did show a great game in Graz in front of more than 1.200 spectators against the long years spanish top team Badalona Drags, covered by Austrian TV.
A new visitor record in 2003: 4000 people followed the EFAF-Cup Final 2003 between Papa Joe`s Tyrolean Raiders (Austria) und Carlstad Crusaders (Sweden). The Scandinaviens did win the thunderstorm game and became EFAF-Cup Champion 2003. In 2004 Raiders team from Innsbruck could win the trophy in front of 4.500 visitors - again a new record attendance - against the British Champion PA Knights, coming from London area.
2005 two new clubs showed up in the EFAF-Cup final. Elancourt Templiers, French Semi-Finalist of the previous year, lost the final against Marburg Mercenaries, the Semi-Finalist 2005 of the German League GFL. 2500 visitors, a club record, watched the game played in the city of Elancourt, close to Paris.
After 11 clubs in 2005 competition the 2006 tournament showed 15 participating teams. TUREK Graz Giants could win their second EFAF-Cup title in 2006. In the final Graz could beat the norwegian champion Eidsvoll 1814 by 37:20 in ASKÖ-stadium Eggenberg in front of 2.600 visitors.
2007 again was the year for the TUREK Graz Giants with their third EFAF-Cup victory. The european champion did win the final against the austriaan club Cineplexx Blue Devils Hohenems from Vorarlberg/Austria by 28 : 26 after a halftime score of 0 : 20.
In 2008 Berlin Adler could win the title against the Parma Panthers. It was the first time since 2003 that a german club did win an EFAF Championship after various victories in EFL/ Eurobowl in the ninties .
The Prague Panthers have won the EFAF- Cup Tournament in 2009 as first czech club ever winning a european competition crown by wining against the french top club Thonon Black Panthers.
Regulations of that competition can be found on download section on this website. Some basic informations:
Every team has to publish its 60-man roster at least till 31st March of the tournament year. After that no player can be added. Every gameday the teams have to nominated an EFAF game day roster, which is limited to 45 players with a maximum of 3 Americans as defined USA, Canadian, Mexican or Japanese passport holders. These three players may all be on the field at the same time.