Historic Agreement Between the CFL and the CBFA
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Historic Agreement Between the CFL and the CBFA

As part of the CFL 2.0 plan, the league has reached out to various gridiron football associations around the world, including Europe, Asia, and Mexico. The latest deal with the biggest gridiron association in Brazil promises to expand Canadian football throughout South America. In turn, Brazil might turn into one of the growing gridiron football hotspots on the globe.


Historic Agreement Between Canada and Brazil At the Gridiron

The United States tends to be known as dominant in basketball, but when you consider the American influence on gridiron football, it becomes clear that the U.S. is much more dominant on the gridiron through college pigskin and the NFL. In fact, the U.S. dominates gridiron football so completely that the rest of the world tends to get ignored – unless one of their players happens to make the Super Bowl.

A recent agreement signed between the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol Americano (CBFA) hopes to raise the profile of gridiron football in two dedicated fanbases outside of the United States. The CBFA president said that

It is an honour to be part of this exciting partnership. Our work together will showcase the talent and skill of Brazilian players on the world stage and further develop the foundations of the game in our country.

This isn’t the first time that the CFL has reached outside of North America to partner with football associations – but it is the first time that the Canadian league has partnered with a South American gridiron association. Previous to this agreement, Canada’s pro football league worked in 12 different countries, including Mexico and Japan.

Teaming up with Canada takes place just as Brazil becomes the newest member of the International Alliance of Gridiron Football, a group that includes members from German, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Canada. Together, they’ll work to raise their influence in the sport beyond the occasional quiet appearance at the Super Bowl.

CFL Football

What Does the CFL Get Out of the Deal?

Considering that the CFL functions on the other side of the world, it’s difficult to see the benefits of any Canadian sports league forging an agreement with a country that’s commonly considered among the best in the most popular sport in the world – soccer. However, considering the fact that this is one of many forays into international pigskin from the CFL, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t their first rodeo.

Perhaps the most famous international excursion that the CFL witnessed was their expansion into the United States. This created a situation where the Baltimore Stallions, a squad with deep pockets, were up against teams that represented smaller Canadian provinces like Saskatchewan. While the experiment didn’t last long, it certainly brought enough attention to gather respect from American prospects who frequently end up on CFL rosters.

Ultimately, the latest deal with Brazil could be chalked up to the CFL 2.0 movement. Essentially, Commissioner Randy Ambroise decided to aim big with the latest strategy of embracing the CFL as the biggest “global” league in the world. This includes the development of CFL players from Mexico, Germany, and other places around the globe.

So far, despite the enthusiastic start to the program, there haven’t been any high-profile breakthroughs because of the CFL 2.0 program. German linebacker Thiadric Hansen is the only internationally developed player to play any serious minutes. By adding the top talent available in Brazil to the movement, the CFL hopes that the initiative will find more suitable talent to grow the Canadian game around the world.

Our international partnerships now include the leading football federations and leagues in South America, Europe and Asia, as well as, Mexico.

Together, we are building new pathways for players from around the world to seek opportunities in the CFL, for Canadians to play in other countries, and for the league to share its experiences and expertise on coaching, officiating and player development,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Growing Football In Brazil

Clearly, the CFL is eager to spread its wings internationally, but it’s not every day that one of the oldest continually operating pro leagues in the world offers to partner up. The CBFA will gain an immense amount of expertise from Canadian football owners, executives, managers, and coaches, who will be able to pass along strategies on how to establish a top-notch gridiron program.  

As of the date of the deal, Brazil actually counts more than 18,000 players who are registered members of gridiron teams or groups. Moreover, the CBFA includes two levels of competitive divisions, each including 30 teams within a division. While soccer will likely always remain the main sports of choice in Brazil, there’s a good chance that there is enough momentum for gridiron football to start to gain ground on other popular past times like volleyball.

The ability to learn how to optimize the professionalization of their current gridiron football could prove to be the boost that the nation needs to turn into a fast-growing hotspot for talent. 

Brazilian League match

The CFL Global Draft

Scouting combines in Europe, Mexico, and Japan will continue to spread the word of Canadian football, even if there hasn’t been a single player who turned into a viable Canadian football player. The CFL’s agreement will enable the expansion of the global draft into South America, with the potential to find an untapped source of athletic potential suitable to American football.

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