The Austrian Football League will be increased to ten teams from the 2022 season. This decision was made by the AFBÖ association and the AFL teams in close consultation. There will be no promotion and relegation in or out of the AFL in the next season in order to consolidate the structures and to give the teams – especially the four promoted teams – the chance to establish themselves in the top division.
The Swarco Raiders Tirol and Dacia Vikings, who are now involved in the European League of Football (ELF), will continue to compete in the AFL with newly formed teams. Details on the game plan and game mode will follow at a later date.
Due to the restructuring, there will be three more divisions with ten teams each under the Austrian Football League in 2022. “We are very pleased that we can now carry out the long-planned increase in the Austrian Football League to ten teams. The AFL teams have jointly developed framework conditions to strengthen the league even more sustainably and to give the newcomers more time to develop, ”said AFBÖ league board member Gerwin Wichmann.
The ten teams of the Austrian Football League: Swarco Raiders Tirol, Dacia Vikings, SsangYong Danube Dragons, Projekt Spielberg Graz Giants, Prague Black Panthers, Rangers Mödling, Salzburg Ducks, Atrium Steelsharks Traun, Znojmo Knights (CZ), Telfs Patriots