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World Bowl

The World Bowl XV trophy in 2007

The World Bowl was the American football Championship game of NFL Europe, similar to the Super Bowl of the National Football League.

The World Bowl trophy itself was a globe made of glass measuring 35.5 cm (14 inches) in diameter and weighing 18.6 kg (41 lbs).


  • Overview 1
  • World Bowl (WLAF, NFL Europe, and NFL Europa Championships) 2
    • Team records 2.1
    • Hosting cities 2.2
  • Other uses of "World Bowl" 3
  • See also 4


When NFL Europe was founded in 1991 as the World League of American Football (WLAF), with teams in North America and Europe as well as expansion plans for Asia, the name World Bowl was appropriate. It was kept after 1995 when the league limited itself exclusively to Europe. From 1995 to 1997, the World Bowl venue was decided by the standings after 5 weeks of the 10-week season. All venues before, and since, were predetermined before the season. The 2002 World Bowl was hosted in Rhein Fire home town of Düsseldorf as a farewell to the old Rheinstadion. After the new LTU arena was completed, the 2005 World Bowl was hosted there again. It would return in 2006, as a first ever back to back WB site. As Fortuna Düsseldorf spent much of this time in lower tiers of the German soccer pyramid, Düsseldorf was the rare NFL Europe city in which American football held an arguably competitive position. 9 World Bowls were played on Saturday and 6 World Bowls were played on Sunday (1991, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000).

World Bowl (WLAF, NFL Europe, and NFL Europa Championships)

Date Venue Winner Score Runner-Up MVP
June 9, 1991 World Bowl '91 Wembley Stadium, London, England London Monarchs 21 – 0 Barcelona Dragons Dan Crossman
Monarchs, Safety
June 6, 1992 World Bowl '92 Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada Sacramento Surge 21 – 17 Orlando Thunder David Archer
Surge, QB
1993 Not Played
June 17, 1995 World Bowl '95 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam, Netherlands Frankfurt Galaxy 26 – 22 Amsterdam Admirals Paul Justin
Galaxy, QB
June 23, 1996 World Bowl '96 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Scottish Claymores 32 – 27 Frankfurt Galaxy Yo Murphy
Claymores, WR
June 22, 1997 World Bowl '97 Estadi Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain Barcelona Dragons 38 – 24 Rhein Fire Jon Kitna
Dragons, QB
June 14, 1998 World Bowl '98 Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany Rhein Fire 34 – 10 Frankfurt Galaxy Jim Arellanes
Fire, QB
June 27, 1999 World Bowl '99 Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany Frankfurt Galaxy 38 – 24 Barcelona Dragons Andy McCullough
Galaxy, WR
June 25, 2000 World Bowl 2000 Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany Rhein Fire 13 – 10 Scottish Claymores Danny Wuerffel
Fire, QB
June 30, 2001 World Bowl IX Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands Berlin Thunder 24 – 17 Barcelona Dragons Jonathan Quinn
Thunder, QB
June 22, 2002 World Bowl X Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany Berlin Thunder 26 – 20 Rhein Fire Dane Looker
Thunder, WR
June 14, 2003 World Bowl XI Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland Frankfurt Galaxy 35 – 16 Rhein Fire Jonas Lewis
Galaxy, RB
June 12, 2004 World Bowl XII Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany Berlin Thunder 30 – 24 Frankfurt Galaxy Eric McCoo
Thunder, RB
June 11, 2005 World Bowl XIII LTU arena, Düsseldorf, Germany Amsterdam Admirals 27 – 21 Berlin Thunder Kurt Kittner
Admirals, QB
May 27, 2006 World Bowl XIV LTU arena, Düsseldorf, Germany Frankfurt Galaxy 22 – 7 Amsterdam Admirals Butchie Wallace
Galaxy, RB
June 23, 2007 World Bowl XV Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany Hamburg Sea Devils 37 – 28 Frankfurt Galaxy Casey Bramlet
Sea Devils, QB
  • Note: Roman Numerals were not officially used by NFL Europa until World Bowl IX. Before 2001, the games were billed as World Bowl '99, World Bowl 2000, etc.

Team records

Team Won Played Winning years Runner-up years
Frankfurt Galaxy 4 8 1995, 1999, 2003, 2006 1996, 1998, 2004, 2007
Berlin Thunder 3 4 2001, 2002, 2004 2005
Rhein Fire 2 5 1998, 2000 1997, 2002, 2003
Barcelona Dragons 1 4 1997 1991, 1999, 2001
Amsterdam Admirals 1 3 2005 1995, 2006
Scottish Claymores 1 2 1996 2000
Hamburg Sea Devils 1 1 2007
London Monarchs 1 1 1991
Sacramento Surge 1 1 1992
Orlando Thunder 0 1 1992
Cologne Centurions 0 0
Birmingham Fire 0 0
San Antonio Riders 0 0
Montreal Machine 0 0
New York/New Jersey Knights 0 0
Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks 0 0
Ohio Glory 0 0

Hosting cities

City No. hosted Years hosted
Düsseldorf 4 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006
Frankfurt 3 1998, 2000, 2007
Amsterdam 2 1995, 2001
London 1 1991
Montreal 1 1992
Edinburgh 1 1996
Barcelona 1 1997
Glasgow 1 2003
Gelsenkirchen 1 2004

Other uses of "World Bowl"

The former World Football League, a short-lived 1970s competitor to the NFL, was the first to name its championship game the World Bowl. In World Bowl I, the only WFL World Bowl contested, the Birmingham Americans defeated the Florida Blazers 22-21 on December 5, 1974 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The game had been scheduled to be played at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, but after the Jacksonville Sharks folded mid season the league decided the team with the better record who host the game.

The proposed World Indoor Football League that was to begin play in 1988 also intended on calling its championship the World Bowl. It would have been played on August 29, 1988. The WIFL, however, disbanded eleven days before its season was to begin.

See also

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