The Central European Football League
(CEFL) is a regional American football
league that includes clubs from Serbia
, and Austria
. Initially, the league was named SELAF
(Southern Europe League of American Football), and featured teams from just Serbia and Slovenia.
Since the 2010 season, the league is played during the spring and summer months. This is in contrast with the first four seasons, when the schedule was played out from spring to fall, with a summer break. CEFL completed its first season in October of 2006
. The current champions are the Vukovi Belgrade
of Serbia, after beating the Cineplexx Blue Devils
in CEFL Bowl IV, that was played in Belgrade on October 24, 2009.
The league also switched its format in 2010, with the Istanbul Cavaliers
joining the league. They will play one game against the Blue Devils in the newly formed Wild Card Cup, for the final playoff spot.
Inaugural Season: 2006
The season featured a total of five teams: four from Serbia
and one from Slovenia
: Sirmium Legionaries
(from Sremska Mitrovica
), Wild Boars Kragujevac
, Vukovi Belgrade
, and Ljubljana Silverhawks
The first ever team to win the CEFL championship were the Wild Boars; they beat the Vukovi in SELAF Bowl, played in Belgrade, 22-14.
The second season was already a season of expansion for the league—two new teams, top Hungarian team, Budapest Wolves
, and CNC Gladiators
, then of Austrian Division I, with the Legionaries not returning. Teams... Read More