The CFL and NFL Announce the Flag Championship Teams Set to Compete at Grey Cup in Edmonton
November 9, 2018 - Canadian Football League (CFL) News Release
TORONTO - After ten regional CFL NFL Flag tournaments across the country, where more than 75 teams and over 700 kids played, ten teams have emerged and qualified for the CFL NFL Flag Championship in Edmonton during Grey Cup week.
On Friday, November 23rd the CFL NFL Flag Championship will take place in the fieldhouse at Commonwealth Stadium beginning at 10:30 a.m. MT. with playoffs beginning at 3:30 p.m. MT. The championship game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MT.
The teams will be playing for a berth in the NFL FLAG Championship during Pro Bowl Week (January 26-28, 2019) in Orlando, Florida where they'll compete against other international FLAG teams.
Below are the teams that qualified for the CFL NFL Flag Championship in Edmonton:
BC Kelowna Pack Attack
Edmonton Raymond Comets
Calgary CYFFL Cobras
Saskatchewan The Bomb Squad
Winnipeg Tuesday Night Tykes
Hamilton The Hammer
Ottawa The Cougars
Montreal Flight School
Atlantic Canada Halifax Titans
In its second year, the program has seen tremendous growth and continued success. Both the CFL and NFL were thrilled with the results from the regional tournaments and with the talent and sportsmanship on display.
"We're so excited for the CFL NFL Flag Championship during Grey Cup Week," said Christina Litz, Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Office, CFL. "Working with the NFL and local amateur football organizations to support the growth of our game is so important - not to mention fun. The talent and excitement of our youth will be on full display in Edmonton."
"The NFL is pleased to once again partner with the CFL, for this year's CFL NFL Flag Football Championship. We've had a great season of friendly competition across Canada so far and are really excited to see the qualifying teams showcase their skills and love of the game during Grey Cup Week in Edmonton", said David Thomson, Vice President and Managing Director, NFL Canada. "Football is a complete team game, that brings players and fans together, unlike any other. We are proud to continue to support the development of youth football in Canada."
Last year's inaugural tournament saw the Junior Riders of Saskatchewan put together an overall record of 11-0-1 between regionals and the championship. They outscored opponents 266-47, including a 20-7 win over the Surrey Tigers of BC during Grey Cup week. The win earned them a trip to Pro Bowl Week in Orlando, where they went 2-2, beating two teams from China and falling to Mexico and the United States.
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