Graphic: Igor Lazarevic
the European Football League, ELF, announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Brazil American Football, BFA (Brasil Futebol Americano), former organizers of the elite league in Brazil.
the BFA, who previously operated the league on behalf of the Brazilian Federation of American Football, CBFA (ConfederaÃ§Ã£o Brasileira de Futebol Americano), is no longer part of the CBFA and is currently looking for teams.
The team of eight ELF kicked off its inaugural season last weekend.
According to ELF, the two leagues will work together to increase the level of cooperation between the two. One of the key elements it seems is the acceptance of Brazilian players into ELF teams without import restrictions:
âOne of the key initiatives is the creation of exchange opportunities for selected players, coaches and officials from both continents. It has already been decided that Brazilian players will not be considered imported players in the European Football League. Also, it is planned to include, in the future, a place reserved for a Brazilian player in each ELF team.
âAnother idea that the boards are considering is the possibility of having a match between the BFA and ELF champions in the future, but no date is set yet. From this partnership we can expect the growth of the visibility of BFA in Europe and the growth of the visibility of the European Football League in Brazil.
the BFA canceled the 2020 season due to the pandemic and has not resumed play since COVID-19 ravaged the country. Normally, state leagues play their seasons in the spring and early summer while the BFA plays a fall program.