TORONTO – The Canadian Football League (CFL) and the German Football League (GFL) have agreed to establish a long-term strategic partnership to increase football in both countries and announced on Thursday.
"Our goal is to promote sport and help players live in football," said Robert Huber, president of the American Football Championship Deutschland (AFVD).
The agreement follows a two-day discussion and exchange of information in the largest city in Canada, where CFL's headquarters are located.
"We will share resources to help each other on our two leagues in football and business," said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrose.
The first step will be to add additional GFL players to the CFL National Federation in March this year, which is already demonstrating Canada's highest prospects from U SPORTS or Canadian University Football, Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) and National Collegiate Sports Organization. NCAA).
"Work on it will begin immediately," said Ambrose.
The two leagues also discussed better ways for young Canadian players to continue playing in Germany when their university or junior football career ends, and trying to get German football players to learn and play the game they love in the Canadian university system. .
The Canadian Football League has nine teams that are widely recognized as the highest league in the world outside the United States. Its championship game is determined by the Gray Cup, which has been awarded since 1909.
There are 32 teams in the German football league that play in two separate chapters or levels, and the top 16 compete for a berth in their championship, a German bowl.
It is located at the fast-growing national gridiron football system, which boasts 450 club teams and 65,000 members, often referred to as the deepest and most advanced in Europe.
"We are convinced that this partnership will benefit both leagues and football in both countries," said Carsten Dalkowski, Chairman of American Football Verband Deutschland (AFVD).
The Canadian League has launched a mission – Ambrosie called CFL 2.0 – to increase its international footprint, talent pool and business opportunities while playing in Canada and around the world.
Recently, in cooperation with the League of Liga de Futbol Americano Profesional (LFA), it organized a project in Mexico to unite and design. Ambrosie is planning next week's meetings with other European leagues.
"Gridiron football is playing and thriving in more than 30 countries," said Ambrosie.
“We all owe our great game, our talented athletes and our legionary fans to work together to play their full potential.