ELF releases plans for 2022 Season, Teams/Conferences Announced
Commissioner Esume and the ELF formally announced the total number of teams and conferences ahead of next season
As the European League of Football continues to etch out it’s plans for the 2022 season, fans now have a clearer picture. The league announced expansion will halt at four additional teams, bringing the league total to twelve for next year. Commissioner Patrick Esume had gone on record as saying the league was potentially looking at adding two-four more teams in addition to the aforementioned twelve. Instead, the ELF will stick with the teams that have been announced thus far, and roll into 2022 as is. To go along with the teams, the ELF plans to use the same playoff format as 2021. With the conferences now in effect, playoffs will start with the 1st and 2nd place teams in each conference. Here’s the official release from today’s announcement:
As mentioned above along with the announcement of the twelve teams becoming official, the league has split the teams in three conferences for 2022. First up in the Northern Conference we have four teams that all participated in season 1 in the Berlin Thunder, Hamburg Sea Devils, Leipzig Kings and Wroclaw Panthers. The league’s Central Conference is stacked with high caliber teams in the Frankfurt Galaxy, Sworco Triol Raiders, Stuttgart Surge, and Vienna Vikings. Rounding out the divisions is the Southern Conference. The Barcelona Dragons, Düsseldorf Rhein Fire, Istanbul Rams and Cologne Centurions.
Commissioner Esume had this to say regarding the official announcement:
“I am convinced that a fascinating season with a great line-up lies ahead of us, the quality will increase once again…”
As the off-season in the ELF continues to trudge on, it’s nice to have some stability from a team/conference standpoint. With team combines set up across the league, prospects will have an idea of the teams they’ll likely be set to face heading into 2022. We can’t wait to see who will sign with each of these twelve franchises!