OTAs on the way: This is how YOUR team prepares for the Pre-Season

The European League of Football starts its season in June. Until then, teams need to prepare for a long ride.

March 27, 2023
Chris Hahn
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OTAs on the way: This is how YOUR team prepares for the Pre-Season
Berlin Thunder prepares for the season. © Eric Mühle

American Football in Europe is already on the way. Teams and coaches are preparing for the upcoming season with Organized Team Activities all over the continent. While the Pre-Season will not begin until the start of May, all the local talents are being prepared for June 3rd.

Safety Márton Németh in the Enthroners facility. © Petra Kutasi

In several European cities, the off-season went quiet for a long time. Whereas in Cologne, the Centurions already parted ways with their head football coach Kahlil Carter. Newly assigned head coach and offensive coordinator Christos Lambropoulos took over for Carter, while it is still not certain if he will remain head coach next to being the OC. Nonetheless, Lambropoulos knows how to coach a team, being honored German Football League coach of the year in 2021. Despite all the difficulties, the Centurions already started their practice with pads to prepare for Paris at home on June 3rd. With Jan Weinreich retiring, local quarterback Alex Frisch leads the offense until the start of the pre season and the arrival of quarterback Daniel Smith.

QB Alex Frisch getting loose in the Centurions OTAs. © Frederik Löwer

In Barcelona, the team still searches for players to fill up their roster. On March 22nd, the last station on their combine tour in Spain and Portugal had been finished. In April, the Dragons will start their OTAs.

Defensive Lineman Sercan Vardar goes into his third European League of Football season with the Surge. © Svenja Sabatine


First on field-workouts and day camps – next to lifting sessions – have taken place in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Wrocław, Vienna, Leipzig or Stuttgart. In Leipzig, even the players from different parts of Germany travelled to work out for their team. For the Paris Musketeers, OTAs are looking quite impressive as expected. With local talents like Stanley Zeregbe or Jason Befunda around, the off season starts with a good omen.

Stanley Zeregbe arriving in Paris. © Paris Musketeers

All franchises are expected to start their OTAs soon, with import players arriving in the last week of April. For them, practice starts with the official start of the pre season.

Lucas Harting Candido at the Sea Devils OTAs. © Jonas Wicker


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