The tradition of German football success is based on a broad and vivid dedication to junior football throughout its clubs. The history of the German national junior championships dates back to 1982 and since 2001 the German Football League Juniors has held a challenging competition for the top 24 12 junior programs nationwide.
Many German players, who started in one of the German domestic teams, are competing on US high school teams and some have progressed to the NCAA I-A level or earned spots on NFL rosters, such as Constantin Ritzmann (Tennessee, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills), and Ulrich Winkler (Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns) and Sebastian Vollmer now playing for New England Patriots.
The American Football Verband Deutschland (AFVD) represents 270 American Football clubs in Germany and more than 41.000 31,000 individual members.
American Football has been played in Germany since the mid-1970s and the first national championship was organized in 1979, earlier than anywhere else in Europe.
Since then the nation's top division the German Football League, consisting of 16 12 teams that compete to reach the German Bowl championship game, has consistently gained recognition and acceptance within the German public. This fact was recognized by Germany's sports governing authority in 1993 when the AFVD was rewarded membership of the DOSB (German Olympic Committee).
The record attendance for the annual German Bowl is 30,400, a figure that has not been topped by any other team sports in Germany on an amateur club level. German Bowl XXX was played in September 2008 until 2010 at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena, a new state of the art facility that was built for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Reigning champion the Braunschweig Lions defended its title to win a record seventh German championship. From 2011 to 2012 the MDCC Arena at Magdeburg a multi functional arena with a capacity of 30.000 seats is home of German Bowl. German Bowl is broadcasted live on Eurosport and Eurosport 2.
German teams have enjoyed success at numerous international championships. The senior national team was a gold medalist at the 2005 World Games, European Champion in 2001 and 2010 and bronze medalist at 2003 and 2007 IFAF Senior World Championship, finishing as well in 2011 as the highest-placed European team.
Germany leads the way when it comes to success in the Eurobowl trophy, which features the top club teams from Europe; its clubs having won the prestigious competition seven six times.
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