EFL Bowl IV June 10 in Thonon-les-Bains
The EFL Bowl IV – the championship game of the European Football League (EFL) -will take place on June 10, 2017 in Thonon-les-Bains (France.
The League management of the EFL awarded the right to host and organize EFL BOWL IV to Thonon les Bains Black Panthers.
Home field advantage in finals of both Big6 and EFL is awarded in a bidding process amongst the competing teams. The process was standardized in 2009 and enables clubs to formally apply, if they wish to host one of these games. The League Management after evaluation of all applications decides based on financial, strategic and quality aspects. The goal is to showcase the top European games to a broad public, thus past attendance figures or possible TV coverage are amongst the most important in the mix of criteria that leads to the decision. Still clubs are allowed to back their application by direct financial offerings to their respective opponent, however since 2009 these can only be used in a way deemed to enhance the quality of play in the game. So a hosting club may choose to cover the cost for an extended hotel-stay of the visiting team, accommodate a bigger delegation or offer a prize money for the game. The percentages of such prize money to be awarded to the winner and the loser are preset by competition guidelines to ensure transparency in any financial transaction between the two clubs involved.
Deadline for applications to host EUROBOWL XXXI and EFL Bowl IV is May 16, 2017 at 12.00 h CEST.
If no team applies the League Management assigns the home right with the duty to fulfil the minimum hosting requirements.