Poland national American football team
The Poland National American Football team represents Poland in international American football competitions. The team is controlled by the Polish American Football Association. The team was formed in 2012, consisting mainly of Polish American Football League players and coaching staff. In addition to players from the Polish league, players from the York Lions, Braunschweig Lions, Kouvola Indians and Kristiansand Gladiators have also participated in games.
The first international American football game played by Poland was played 2 February 2013 in the Atlas Arena in Łódź, when the Polish national team met the Swedish national team in an Arena football game. Polish teams had previously played unofficial matches, beginning in 2005.
There are many Poles and players with Polish roots currently playing in NFL; for example Sebastian Janikowski, Tom Zbikowski, Chris, Dan, Rob Gronkowski, and in the past: Rich Szaro, Chester Marcol, Stas Maliszewski, Ron Jaworski, Zeke Bratkowski. For more persons of Polish descent, see National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and list of Polish Americans. The latest addition is a son of Nigerian and a Polish woman, Babatunde Aiyegbusi who signed up with Minnesota Vikings after playing basketball as well as North American football for many Polish, Czech, and German clubs.
Roster for the 2017 World GamesEdit
|2017 Poland National Football Team roster|
In 2015 Poland is competing in the IFAF level qualifying playoff circuit for the first time.
|2018||Did not qualify|
IFAF World Championship recordEdit
|1999||Did Not Participate|
|2003||Did Not Participate|
|2007||Did Not Participate|
|2011||Did Not Participate|
|2015||Did Not Participate|
All time resultsEdit
|13 November 2005||Pardubice Stallions||Zgorzelec||2–12||Friendly (League All Star Team)||Loss|
|2 February 2013||Sweden||Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland||14–27||Arena Football Friendly game||Loss|
|14 September 2013||Netherlands||Polonia Stadium, Warsaw, Poland||14–37||Friendly game||Loss|
|12 September 2015||Belgium||Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia, Poland||Friendly game||Win|
|27 September 2015||Russia||Arena Lublin, Lublin, Poland||Friendly game||Win|
|11 October 2015||Czech Republic||Letní stadion, Pardubice, Czech Republic||7–14||European Championship Qualifying||Loss|
|6 August 2016||Denmark||COS-OPO Cetniewo, Cetniewo, Poland||35–37||Friendly game||Loss|
|10 September 2016||Sweden||Stadion MOSiR Ząbki, Ząbki, Poland||21–28||Friendly game||Loss|
|24 September 2016||Hungary||First Field, Székesfehérvár, Hungary||22–23||Friendly game||Loss|
|8 November 2016||Netherlands||Arena Lublin, Lublin, Poland||42-14||Friendly game||Win|
|22 July 2017||France||Olympic Stadium, Wrocław, Poland||2–28||World Games||Loss|
|24 July 2017||United States (USFAF)||Olympic Stadium, Wrocław, Poland||7–14||World Games||Loss|
|16 September 2017||Switzerland||Arena Lublin, Lublin, Poland||13–6||Friendly game||Win|