Innsbruck and Vienna to host EFL semifinals

Category: EFL - published 2012-05-31 by EFAF

Innsbruck and Vienna from Austria had been awarded by the EFAF Board of Directors to host and organize their Semi Finals against Calanda (Switzerland) and Berlin (Germany.

The semi finals will be played:

Innsbruck Raiders versus Calanda Broncos on Saturday June 16, 2012 at 20.00 h at Innsbruck Tivoli New

Vienna Vikings versus Berlin Adler on Sunday June 17, 2012 at 15.00 at Vienna Stadium Hohe Warte

Home field advantage in the semifinals and finals of both EFL and EFAF Cup is awarded in a bidding process amongst the competing teams. The process was standardized by EFAF in 2009 and enables clubs to formally apply, if they wish to host one of these games. The EFAF Board of Directors after evaluation of all applications decides based on financial, strategic and quality aspects. The goal is to showcase the top European games to a broad public, thus past attendance figures or possible TV coverage are amongst the most important in the mix of criteria that leads to the decision. Still clubs are allowed to back their application by direct financial offerings to their respective opponent, however since 2009 these can only be used in a way deemed to enhance the quality of play in the game. So a hosting club may choose to cover the cost for an extended hotel-stay of the visiting team, accommodate a bigger delegation or offer a prize money for the game. The percentages of such prize money to be awarded to the winner and the loser are preset by EFAF competition guidelines to ensure transparency in any financial transaction between the two clubs involved.

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