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GNDU and Jaipur National win in Varsities American Football

By Balbir Singh CHANDIGARH : Guru Nanak Dev University of Amritsar annexed the first All India Inter-Varsity American Football Championshi which was conducted under the banner of the Association of Indian Universities with the support from the United basketball Alliance and the Elite Football League of India Ltd. in the Bhalindra Singh Sports Complex at Punjabi University in Patiala. In the final contest of the American football, Guru Nanak Dev University beat hosts Punjabi University Patiala by 19-14. In the first quarter GNDU scored six points and Punjabi University scored seven points. In second quarter the Amritsar University GNDU scored six points and third quarter both team didn't score any point. In last quarter both teams scored seven points each. Maharishi Dayanand University of Rohtak beat Osmania University and gained third position. In Flag Football Jaipur National University won first position by beating Gujarat University Ahmedabad by 32-6. JERC University Jaipur won third position by beating Siksha O Anunsandhan University Bhubaneshwar. Hosts University Vice Chancellor Dr. Jaspal Singh gave away prizes to the winner teams. On this occasion E.F.L.I President Tausif I. Shaikh, Vice President Deepesh Solanki, American Coach Mark Philamore were honoured by host university. On this occasion Sports Director...

ALL INDIA INTER UNIVERSITY AMERICAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP-2015 START

Punjab 27th February 2015 (N4C Sports ) First time in India, select universities are competing in an Inter University American Football Championship. Going by the name of the 'Elite Bowl 2015', the tournament is being organized by the Elite Football League of India and Association of Indian Universities, along with hosts, Punjabi University, Patiala. AMERICAN FOOTBALL-2015 There are 16 teams participating in the first version of the tournament in India from all across the country. The tournament is being played on grounds specially designed for American Football, complete with line-marking and goal posts. The sixteen teams have been divided into two divisions. Division I teams will play tackle football and Division II teams will play flag football. Tackle football for the better teams in Division I will be played in full American Football protective gear, while flag football played by the Division II teams is devoid of the protective gear. The structure of the tournament begins with quarterfinals on the opening day, followed by semi-finals tomorrow and the final taking place on 2 March 2015.

RUGBY-LIKE AMERICAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TO START IN PUNJAB

PATIALA: A new sport is going to take Punjabis by storm in the coming weeks. American Football - the rugby-like game played in United States - has set foot on Punjab soil from Thursday, at the Punjabi University grounds here. Organized by Association of India Universities (AIU) in collaboration with Elite Football League of India (EFLI) - a professional American Football League body in India - the tournament has 20 universities from all over India taking part in it. Punjab is being represented by four varsities, the Punjabi University (Patiala), Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar), Lovely Professional University (Jalandhar) and Chandigarh University, in the tournament. Still in its infancy in India, the sport, which enjoys equal status to basketball and baseball in the US, is finding huge support base in Punjab. "Four-five months back, the EFIL appointed American coaches in 16 different Indian universities. This move roused the interest of youngsters in the game after which we got 20 universities participating in this tournament," Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma, director of sports at the Punjabi University told TOI. He also added that the decision to organize this meet was taken after the AIU gave nod to include American Football in the sports calendar of inter-university games. A team from Delhi, which has been labeled as the "Delhi Defenders" is also taking part in the tournament. Adesh Kumar, the head coach of the team, said, "The game was introduced in India in 2011 and our main aim is to popularize the sport. This tournament will go a long way in achieving what we have been striving for." So, its time to brace up for some high-octane action with players wearing helmets, donning cleats and smacking the power girdles!

EFLI AND INTELATEXT REVOLUTIONIZE FANTASY FOOTBALL

The Elite Football League of India (EFLI), American football has just scored a game-winning touchdown by securing an exclusive partnership with leading mobile innovations firm, IntelaText. This is the first time in sports history that a major mobile technologies firm specializing in fan engagement will help launch American football in a burgeoning and booming country. The EFLI is growing exponentially and expected to surpass the NFL in fan engagement in the next few years. Contracted with sports' premier television channel Ten Sports, the league has doubled in size from 8 teams in Season One to 16 teams in Season Two with an additional 16 expansion teams gearing up for Season Three, totaling 32 teams in all. League owners include three time Super Bowl quarterback and two time MVP, Kurt Warner; award winning actor, Mark Wahlberg; three time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Irvin and former coach of the Chicago Bears and TV sports commentator, Mike Ditka. "We have more desire for ownership than players to fill the roster. American football is taking off faster than anyone could have imagined," says Sunday Zeller, Founder and co-CEO of the EFLI.

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