The CFL and German Football League have formed a long-term agreement as part of the three-down circuit’s 2.0 strategy led by commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
“We will share resources with the aim of helping each other on the football and business sides of our two leagues,” Ambrosie said in a statement.
Players from Germany will attend the national CFL combine in Toronto which is set for March 22-24. The GFL has 32 teams playing in two separate divisions with the top 16 competing for a berth in the German Bowl.
“We are confident this partnership will benefit both leagues and football in both countries,” Carsten Dalkowski, chairman of the American Football Verband Deutschland (AFVD) said in a statement.
It’s the latest step in Ambrosie’s vision for growing the CFL globally and striving to double league revenues as he stressed at the 2018 Grey Cup in Edmonton. The league held a combine and draft in Mexico in January.
The CFL could have 20-30 European players at its Toronto combine in March. Also possible there will be a European draft, similar in structure to the one held in Mexico City two weeks ago. CFL 2.0 is happening. #CFL
— David William Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) January 31, 2019
“Gridiron Football is played and thriving in more than 30 countries,” Ambrosie said.
“We all owe it to our great game, our talented athletes and our legions of fans to work together so gridiron football and those who play it can achieve their full potential.”
Ambrosie explained in greater detail the thought process behind CFL 2.0 on the 3DownNation podcast.