Football in Germany: The impasse continues

hang time – as it's called in American Football Jargon of the time, in the Leathercraft after a Kickoff or Punt through the air sails. Where the Ball lands, wh

Football in Germany: The impasse continues

hang time – as it's called in American Football Jargon of the time, in the Leathercraft after a Kickoff or Punt through the air sails. Where the Ball lands, where the first turn begins, what are the appropriate tactics? The German Football League (GFL) is in the throes of something like the longest hang-time in their League history. Everything is in the balance, the course of events is uncertain, the next move is hardly to predict.

The Kickoff of preparations for the upcoming season, says GFL spokesman Carsten Dalkowski, the Federal Assembly of the American Football Association of Germany on 8. March should be. "There's still a real Hype was felt after the successful German Bowl final in Frankfurt." A few days later, all the plans because of the Corona pandemic were obsolete. Since then, the League is in the waiting state.

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test While planning the GFL, to start in September, with a shortened season in the season. But it is uncertain how many teams compete, as the conditions in the stages will be, how many, or whether the spectators in the stands are allowed and whether the Teams in a timely manner prior to the season, with a regular Training under full-contact conditions start can. Of such a pre-season of the GFL club Frankfurt Universe is still miles away. Twice a week there is athletics training in small groups, says the Universe-managing Director Alexander Korosek.

The second Hessian club, the Marburg Mercenaries, whose President, League spokesman Dalkowski is, you can be at the municipal health office permission for full contact training. This will take place but only in groups of Five against Five. "That is not for sure, every coach makes sense," concedes Dalkowski. In the case of Universe, it remains cautious. Also in another relationship. "Definitely" going to do without you in Frankfurt on the so-called "import player", says Korosek. Too expensive and too risky to do this in these troubled times.

"Positive signals from politics"

Originally had to the clubs of the first and second League until mid-June for or against the participation in a game of operation to decide. In the meantime, the period up to 26. July has been extended. On a provisional basis. Because it can be later. Because many questions have opened up. Practical, such as the number of spectators or the hygiene requirements in the stages. In this regard, the regulations in the individual Federal States are very different. "But there are positive signals from politics," says Dalkowski.

The state of Hesse has recently reduced the minimum distance between the spectators in the stages from five to three metres. "So we get in once in a 1000 Fans to the stadium," says Dalkowski. Korosek looks a little different – from "Fansicht," he says. "What is this atmosphere, if I is located on the rank of the seats, and the next Fan a few feet away from me?"

Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 12:21

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