Emerald Bowl I Preview!

The IFFL is approaching the end of its inaugural season. On the 9th August in Dalymount Park, the Mullingar Minotaurs will be taking on the Dublin Vipers in the first ever Irish Flag Football National Championship, the Emerald Bowl I.

Flag Football, as a sport, has been in Ireland for a good few years now, but has never been organised on a national level. In October 2014, the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) gathered teams keen on seeing a more official, competitive and permanent league rather than the backyard games they were used to.

The league is in its infancy, but interest is growing because of the success it has seen so far. Most people involved are originally either involved in kitted football or just fans of American Football but not willing to take on the physical side of the sport. Flag Football has every aspect of a dark horse, unknown but with great potential and eager to prove itself a real contender. The sport has never really been promoted before last year and most teams involved are originally kitted clubs with a few exclusively flag teams. All in all, we’ve seen 19 teams taking part 2015, but interest is growing and more teams intend to be part of next season along with more kitted teams.

The league is split into four regional divisions; Dublin, Midlands, Munster and Ulster. Each division has a number of teams competing based on an NFL-type of schedule, with each team playing every other team in their division twice, and at least two inter-divisional games during the season.

The league is split into two seasons, winter (October to February) and summer (March to August). Each season produces a champion, and they compete in the national championship, the Emerald Bowl.

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The Dublin Vipers

The two teams who made it to the Emerald Bowl I are the Dublin Vipers and the Mullingar Minotaurs. The Minotaurs have been solid all season and have refined their game over time from a kitted-based style to a more focused flag style. The Dublin Vipers are the favourites with the best record overall. They are an exclusive flag team, with players having played together for the last three years. They also play a clean and efficient style of flag, which tends to make them the favourites in most match ups. Both teams have played each other twice this past year with the Minotaurs succeeding both times which will make the Emerald Bowl I a very tight and interesting game to watch.

The plans for the future growth of the league are to develop it further by fostering other initiatives such as an all-female league, youth league and school programs, and ultimately to compete on the international level within the next two to three years. We need to see the league grow well enough to have access to a sufficiently large pool of talent.

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Mullingar Minotuars

We would also start working with our neighbouring countries as some of them have years of experience in running successful flag football league. In that mind set the IFFL will be are holding an open tournament on October 10th, with teams from the UK flying over to test the Irish game style. This will also be mark the first anniversary of the league. If all goes well, we would make it an annual event, which would be a good way to test the international waters and build relationships in the long-term.

Some believe that Flag Football is very much in the shadow of kitted football which is rather a misconception. Both sport show a love for the sport American Football in different ways. Anyone who likes the strategies and tactics but not necessarily the physical part of the sport but with a very big dose of fun then Flag Football is the sport for you.

If you want to follow the progress of the Irish Flag Football League, like their Facebook page or visit their website here

Guillaume Poznanski
IAFA Director of Flag Football

Flag Football League Finals

Flag Football League Finals.

As one league commences, another one is set to end. After months of slugging it out in the sun, snow and rain, 4 teams have been left with the opportunity to walk away with the IFFL Winter Emerald Bowl this weekend. The fastest growing sport in Ireland has been steadily progressing over recent years, and the increase in teams and players taking part in Flag Football has been exceptional. The IFFL has been the perfect build up to the IAFL season and despite the opening SBC fixture being cancelled (typical Irish weather!) hopefully the weather will subside and we can be treated to some excellent Flag Football games.

The teams taking part consist of the winners and runners-up of both the Midlands and Dublin Divisions. The Midland Division winners, the Mullingar Minotaurs will face-off against the Dublin Division runners up, the SBC powerhouse that is the Dublin Rebels. Meanwhile, the Dublin Vipers who topped the Dublin Division will take on the North Kildare Reapers in the other semi-final. The winners of both games will then meet in the final to determine the overall champion.

All 3 fixtures will take place this Saturday, February 28th at IT Tallaght, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght. The first game is expected to kick-off at 11am. The championship layout is detailed below!

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Any further information can be found on the IFFL website.
http://iffl.leaguerepublic.com/l/fg/1_100382041.html

IAFL Weekly – 13/12/14

IAFL Weekly!

Its December! Which can only mean one thing….. 3 months until the 2015 IAFL season kicks off! But first we must withstand the wintery weather that always plays havoc with training sessions and team schedules. At least we have Christmas to look forward to! As 2014 winds down, everything surrounding the Irish American Football league will begin to take shape with the last of the Ireland team training sessions taking place in January and the Flag Football league continues to rumble on. So, lets get you up to speed!

 – Match Result.

Craigavon Cowboys   Craigavon Cowboys u19’s – 34

Carrickfergus Knights  Carrickfergus Knights u19’s – 0

Two weekends ago! (November 30th) the Carrickfergus Knights travelled to Portadown Rugby Club to take on their arch enemies, the Craigavon Cowboys. These two sides have formed a close rivalry over the last number of years in the Shamrock Bowl Conference and now that rivalry has extended down to the newest batch of upcoming talent within the ranks. Its been a long wait for the u19’s to get their chance, but the hard work and long wait paid off as both sides put on a promising display of football. It would be the Cowboys who would come out victorious in this contest as they put up a 34-0 shutout on their visitors with Luis Alberto, Conor McNamara, Andrew Burns and James Rolsten (2) getting on the scoreboard, with James Trouton converting a 2pt attempt. With the taste of contact football, no doubt both sides will be itching to return to the field again! Highlights of the game can be found below!

– Photos from Ireland Training

– Rebels Superbowl Party!

10385273_282899041834021_1972501056379155926_nIt wont be long before the NFL enters the playoff stages, so if you are considering where to go to enjoy the biggest event in the football calendar and you happen to be in Dublin, then the Dublin Rebels will be hosting their annual Superbowl Party on the February 1st at 8pm at the ODEON Bar on Harcourt Street. Tickets can be purchased on the eventbrite website or if you need more info, contact the team via their email. This years final is taking place at the University of Pheonix Stadium in Arizona, the third time the Superbowl has been held there.

 

– Flag Football Matches this weekend!

The IFFL is bringing you the 3rd week of matches this Saturday (December 13th) from Seapoint Rugby Club, the home of the Dublin Rebels. The first set of fixtures are kicking off at 3pm with the final game of the day commencing at 5pm. Teams from the Ulster, Midlands and Dublin Divisions are all taking part; You can’t beat a bit of Cross Conference Competition! The matches for Saturday are as follows:

– Dublin Vipers v Dublin Rebels: 3pm
– South Dublin Panthers v Craigavon Cowboys: 3pm
– Craigavon Cowboys v Dublin Vipers: 4pm
– North Kildare Reapers v Edenderry Eagles: 4pm
– Dublin Rebels v North Kildare Reapers: 5pm
– Edenderry Eagles v South Dublin Panthers: 5pm.

RESULTS:

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Some Flag Football match results for you now that took place on Wednesday, November 3rd. We apologise in advance if we have left some results out or if they are inaccurate!
MU Phantoms 19 – North Kildare Reapers 7
Edenderry Eagles 8 – North Kildare Reapers 13  (second half to be replayed)

If you have any news you would like to share with us, be sure to contact either myself or another member of the NFL-Ireland team and we will be sure to get your information out! NFL-Ireland is currently doing a run-down of the active IAFL sides from across Ireland so be sure to keep an eye out for your team in the coming days!

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IFFL Dublin Division Schedule Announced

The schedule has been announced for the team’s participating in this years Dublin Division of the Flag Football Winter League. The first games will take place as early as tomorrow (October 25th) and will run through until the Finals towards the end of February 2015.

Six teams are competing within the Dublin Division that include; DIT,  Dublin Rebels, Dublin Vipers, South Dublin Panthers, West Dublin Rhino’s and UCD. The first set of matches will be hosted in UCD at 12pm. The full schedule can be found below.

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IAFA announce Flag Football League

Photo Dublin Vipers Facebook

IAFA announce Flag Football League.

Within the last few days, NFL Ireland has gathered word that the IAFA have plans in place to commence the inaugural Flag Football League, which is set to begin as early as October 25th.

It will be ran as a pilot league, giving teams from all parts of Ireland the opportunity to compete in a multi-regional platform, that already contains over 10 confirmed teams with more expected to be announced in the near future.

The league will run until the end of February with each team expected to play up to 10 regular season games. The 3 regional winners will then progress through to the finals, with the two highest ranked second placed teams battling in a wildcard match for the fourth spot.

There are 3 confirmed regions in the league to date, with more to be expected soon. So far, the three divisions are divided into Dublin, Midlands and Munster regions respectively. The teams in each region are as follows;

Dublin – Dublin Rebels / Dublin Rhinos / Dublin Panthers / Dublin Vipers / UCD

Midlands – Edenderry Eagles / Maynooth Phantoms / Mullingar Minotaurs / North Kildare Reapers / South Kildare Soldiers

Munster – Cashel Crusaders /

*4 – 5 teams still to be confirmed

 

There is still time for teams and players (male & female) to register for the Flag Football League if you have an interest in playing. No experience is required so be sure to contact the closest team near you. Upon joining the team, players are advised to sign up to the league by completing the relevant registration form. Each teams respective managers should have the required passwords. Links to the form can be found below.
(https://iafaflag2015.eventbrite.ie/)

NFL-Ireland will be sure to keep you updated on the latest Flag Football information as soon as it reaches us!