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12.06.2004 EFAF

European School Finals



Young American football players from across the continent will compete for the title of European champion when the Flag Football European School Final takes place in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday June 12, just hours before the Berlin Thunder and Frankfurt Galaxy meet in World Bowl XII.

Countries represented in the finals taking place in the Parkstadion from 10:00 a.m. CET are the Netherlands, Germany, England and Italy in Pool A, and Austria, Spain, France and Finland in Pool B.

As well as competing to become the European champions in the non-contact version of American football, the teams made up of 12 to 14-year-old boys and girls will also be gunning to win a dream trip to Vancouver, Canada, to take part in the NFL Flag Football World Championship, which takes place from August 3-8.

The top three finishers in the Flag Football European School Final will compete in Canada alongside teams from the home nation, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Thailand and the USA.

The full lineup of schools competing in the Flag Football European School Final is Viitaniemi (Finland), Gymnasium Wenzgasse (Austria), Eastbourne Cardinals (England), Leonardo Da Vinci College (Netherlands), IES Pere Vives Vich (Spain), Newton/Parma (Italy), AS Flag (France) and Meerbusch Gymnasium Eagles (Germany). IES Pere Vives Vich finished third in last year’s competition and went on to finish in a creditable fifth place in the 2003 NFL Flag Football World Championship that took place in Tokyo, Japan.

The winners of this year’s Flag Football European School Final will be paraded before the 40,000 expected crowd for World Bowl XII at 5:45 p.m. CET on Saturday afternoon. NFL Europe Flag Football Manager Bernd Von Lapp said: “It should be yet another great day of flag football this weekend with boys and girls from all across Europe competing for the crown of European champion and, most importantly, having fun playing the sport of American football.

“Flag football is a safe and fun introduction to the sport of American football and these youngsters competing on Saturday will have a wonderful opportunity to go on and represent their continent in the world championships in Canada. The successful teams from this tournament will enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Vancouver and I am confident they will do Europe proud.

“These flag football players could be the future stars of the NFL Europe League so I would urge as many fans as possible to check out the action ahead of World Bowl XII.” The championship game will take place at 3:00 p.m. CET on Saturday afternoon and will be followed immediately by presentation of trophies and MVP awards.

Note to editors: Flag football is the NFL’s core international grassroots programme involving more than one million boys and girls ages 8 to 14. NFL Flag Football helps children learn the basics of the sport of American football and is played in more than 20 countries around the world, including: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA and Thailand.


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