The European League of Football (ELF) has confirmed the addition of two expansion teams in Prague and Paris, who will join the pan-continental competition for the 2023 season.
The announcement means the ELF will expand to 18 teams, after it was previously confirmed that the Milano Seamen, the Helvetic Guards, the Hungarian Enthroners and Munich Ravens would be joining next year. The new franchise names and further details are set to be revealed at a later date.
“When we sat together in the spring of 2020 and made plans for how the league could develop in the coming years, I wouldn’t have dared to dream that this picture would emerge so quickly,” said Zeljko Karajica, ELF managing director.
“This sport is also inspiring more and more people in Europe, and the European League of Football is fueling the growing interest. With Paris, Prague, Milan, Zurich or Munich, we are adding metropolises that make our product even more attractive.”
Patrick Esume, ELF commissioner, added: “We have emphasised from the outset that we see ourselves as a European league and have worked hard to back up words with actions.
“After Germany, Spain and Poland, Austria and Turkey joined in the second year. In the third year, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, France and the Czech Republic will join. We had actually planned for 16 teams, but the interest in joining the European League of Football is huge. The iron is hot, so we’re forging it.”