The British are coming! The British are coming!

The CFL is inviting more global players to the national combine in 2020, this time from Great Britain.

There were players from France, Germany, Italy, and Finland at the combine in March, nine of whom were selected in the inaugural global draft.

Each team has been required to dress one global player this season. Many have been little more than glorified cheerleaders, though some globals — including Hamilton kicker Gabriel Amavizca and Winnipeg linebacker Thiadric Hansen — have actually played.

The CFL formed a partnership with the British American Football Association last month. Existing partnerships are already in place with organizations from countries including Mexico, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden, Finland, and Austria. The terms of these deals have not been disclosed.

Though CFL 2.0 hasn’t been everyone’s cup of tea, the league appears committed in its long-term goal of incorporating global players.


John Hodge
John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.