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Israel national American football team

The Israel national American football team is the official American football senior national team of Israel. The team formed in 2012 mainly of Israeli Football League players and coaching staff.

Israel Israel ישראל
Left arm Body Right arm
Left arm Body Right arm
Association AFI
Region Europe (EFAF)
Founded 2012
IFAF Affiliation
Colors Blue and White
Head coach Yonah Mishaan
Defensive Coordinator Lewis Henry Esler Duker
General manager Neria Granevich


First gameEdit

The first international American football game played by Israel was played 17 May 2012 in Baptist village near Petah Tikva, when the Israeli national team met Maranatha Baptist Bible College.[1] For Israeli players it was first ever game on 100 yards field in 11 players team. In the IFL American football is played on 60 yard fields by 9 player teams (in 2012, the IFL played with 8 player teams). The game finished with a 49 - 6 Maranatha win.[2]

Current playing squadEdit

2015 Israel National American Football Team Playing Squad (vs Spain)

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

European Championship of American footballEdit

2018 European ChampionshipEdit

The first official game in EFAF competitions took place on 30 August 2015 in Madrid. The opponents was Spain from EFAF C Group European Championship. As a new entry Israel could earn its way into Group B.[3] Israel won the game 28-20.[4]

Israel then played in the four team Group B European Championship in Italy in September 2016 with the winner of the four team tournament eligible for another qualifying round against either Denmark or Sweden,[5] the sixth and fifth place of the 2014 championship respectively, to the A Championship then planned to be held in Germany in 2018.

The Israel delegation of 45 players and 18 coaches was the largest ever Israeli delegation sent international for a single sport competition.[6]

Date Opponent Venue Final Score Competition Result MVP
30 August 2015   Spain Prado de Santo Domingo, Madrid, ESP 28 - 20 EFAF European Championship Qualifier for Group B Win Dani Eastman [7]
02 September 2016   Italy Lignano Sabbiadoro, ITA 10 - 40[8] EFAF European Championship Group B Semifinal Loss
04 September 2016    Switzerland Lignano Sabbiadoro, ITA 0 - 51[9] EFAF European Championship Group B third place match Loss

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tepper, Greg (16 May 2012). "In 'grass roots miracle,' Israel national team to play its first football game". Times of Israel.
  2. ^ "Israel's American football team debuts". Foxsports. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Israel's national football team heads to Spain for first int'l showdown". Jerusalem Post. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ Israel's Football Team Defeats Spain in First International Game
  5. ^ Israel’s tackle football team to compete in Europe
  6. ^ Israeli football team set to take on the world
  7. ^ "Israel Beats Spain In First International Game to Qualify for IFAF Europe's Group B". American Football International. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  8. ^ Italy Vs Israel
  9. ^ Switzerland Vs Israel