With the start of the American football season into Europe around the corner, let’s take a look back at the winners of the various league titles in 2022.
We have listed a total of 21 league champions, and we are aware there are a couple missing for a variety of reasons. However, the winners presented below give a pretty good indication that the game is growing in popularity and quality.
Click on the links where available for a recap of each championship game.
Austria – Danube Dragons
For the first time since 2010, the Danube Dragons hoisted the Austrian Bowl trophy, after capturing the Austrian championship by beating the Dacia Vienna Vikings 51-29 in the title game to cap an unbeaten season.
BNL – Amsterdam Crusaders
Holland’s Amsterdam Crusaders defeated the Limburg Shotguns from Belgium 38-26 to win the BNL title in the inaugural season for the new league.
CEFL Cup – Fehervar Enthroners
Hungarian champions, the Fehervar Entroners jumped out to an early 10-0 lead over the Prague Lions, Czech league title holders, in the CEFL Cup tournament championship game and then held on in a see saw battle to finally defeat the Lions 24-20 in front of a cheering home crowd.
Czech Republic – Prague Lions
the Prague Lions defeated the Vysocina Gladiators 35-29 to win their second Czech title since 2019 and avenge a 23-0 blanking in the 2021 championship game to the Gladiators.
Denmark – Copenhagen Towers
the Copenhagen Towers defeated the Søllerød Gold Diggers 32-17 to capture their second straight Mermaid Bowl title and sixth in the past decade.
European League of Football
In their first season in the ELF extensionthe Vienna Vikings proved their years of success in the Austrian Football League were well deserved after winning the European League of Football title, defeating the Hamburg Sea Devils 27-15 in the championship game.
Finland – Kuopio Steelers
The Kuopio Steelers continued their Maple League dominance, beating the Seinäjoki Crocodiles 21-14 for their 3rd straight Maple Bowl title. The Steelers had dominated the regular season in Finland and finished the year with an unbeaten 14-0 record.
France – La Courneuve Flash
the La Courneuve Flash were without a doubt the best team in France in 2022. After a 9-1 regular season in league play, they won the FFFA title by defeating the Thonon–les–bains Black Panthers in the championship game. They had beaten the Black Panthers twice during the regular season and did enough in the title game to hoist the trophy.
Germany – Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns found themselves at the top of the mountain once again in 2022 after defeating the previously unbeaten Potsdam Royals 44-27 at Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park in front of 9,000 fans in German Bowl XLIII.
Great Britain – Manchester Titans
the Manchester Titans beat the London Warriors 37-7 to win their first ever British title. the titans were able to throw the ball well all season knocking off the powerhouse London Warriors in the Brit Bowl championship.
the Crusaders captured their 21st dutch title on July 3 when they rolled over the 010 Trojans 50-0.
Hungary – Fehervar Entroners
the Fehervar Entroners beat the Budapest Wolves 31-24 to win the Hungarian bowl to regain the throne after being upset in the 2021 final by the Wolves. the Entroners had a magnificent season both home and abroad winning the Hungarian Title, CEFL Cupand the Austrian League’s first division to finish with an impressive 16-0 record.
Ireland – University College Dublin
University College Dublin captured their first ever Irish title with a 52-24 rubbing of the Dublin Rebels.
Italy – Florence Guelphs
the Florence Guelphs defeated the Milan Seamen 21-17 and hoisted the Italian Bowl trophy for the first time in Florence’s football history. The win avenged a regular season loss to Milano and an embarrassing rubbing in the 2019 Italian Bowl at the hands of the Seamen.
Norway – Eidsvoll 1814s
the Eidsvoll 1814s pulled off the upset in Norway after defeating heavy favorites, the Oslo Vikings 35-28 in the Norwegian title game. Eidsvoll had lost twice to the vikings during the regular season.
the Bialystok Lowlanders took care of business this year defeating the Krakow Kings 21-20 in the Polish bowl. After losing to Kraków during the regular season the Lowlanders and coach Troy Baker and quarterback Nick Rooney were able to pull off the upset and defeat the Kings in the championship game.
Portugal – Cascais Crusaders
the Cascais Crusaders won their first ever Portuguese title by beating the Lisboa Devils 36-20 in the championship final.
Serbia – Vukovi Belgrade
the Vukovi Beograd captured their third consecutive Serbian title and 10th since 2008 by beating the Kragujevac Wild Boars 24-17.
Spain – Osos Rivas
Madrid’s Osos Rivas won the 2022 Spanish National League of American Football title in delayed fashion beating the Las Rozas Black Demons 28-12. This was the first title for Osos since 2001 and marked the end of an undefeated season.
Sweden–Stockholm Mean Machines
The unbeaten Stockholm Mean Machines they were just too much for the Orebro Black Knights in the Swedish Superserien Championship Game, dominating the second-place team from the opening whistle and rolling to a 52-8 blowout win.
Switzerland – Bern Grizzlies
the Bern Grizzlies scored 12 unanswered fourth quarter points to come from behind to edge the Calanda Broncos 26-22 to capture their first Swiss title since 2016.