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Fiona Quimbre: The First Lady of the Gridiron

When Fiona Quimbre first tried out for Cardiff University’s American football team, not many who were present thought she would return. Five months later she became the first female to play for the Cobras. The 18-year-old cornerback ran onto the field for her first taste of full-contact football in a live game for Cardiff’s end-of-season […]

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The Value of Offering Translated Articles

  The Growth of a Game is officially announcing the addition of translated articles to its list of resources. These translations can be accessed through links at the top of each original article or in the “Categories” section on the right-hand side (bottom for mobile devices) of the page. Ever since The Growth of a […]

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The Complete List of European NFL Players

For almost a full year, we’ve been compiling a list of European NFL players through extensive research and with the assistance of The Growth of a Game community. One of our stated goals is to increase the public awareness of American football in Europe, and one of the ways in which we aim to do […]

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Where to Buy American Football Uniforms

  The quality of a team’s uniform is a direct indication of how a team perceives itself. A high-quality uniform with complimentary colors suggests that the team is professional and committed to success, whereas an outdated uniform with poorly contrasting colors is a obvious example of a team that sees itself as an amateur organization. […]

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The Tromsø Trailblazers: Europe’s Northernmost American Football Team

  For much of its 29-year existence, the Oulu Northern Lights from Finland were able to boast that they were the northernmost American football team in Europe. That all changed in a big way in 2011. 586 km north of Oulu and 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, the Tromsø Trailblazers are getting ready […]

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Coach Kim Ewé: Building American Football From Denmark to Italy

  I knew how committed Kim Ewé was to coaching after he had to postpone our first interview so he could finish reviewing film. “I have to make sure my practice plan is ready,” he says. “I use Hudl a lot. Do you know it? It’s my lifeblood.” If you needed any convincing that the […]

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From Finland to the NFL: Seppo Evwaraye’s Rise to Prominence

  Every football player in the United States grows up dreaming what it would be like to play in the National Football League. While it’s a pleasant thought, few Americans ever have the chance to experience it due to the highly competitive nature of the league and the limited roster spots available. For the vast […]

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What is the Value of an Import Player?

  One of the primary steps that any team takes in order to create a professional environment is to sign an import player. Import players typically come from North America due to the higher level of play and the longer tradition with the game of American football, however in recent years many European teams have […]

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From the Big Ten to Britain’s University League: The Clay Rust Story

  By chance, a choice of clothing led former University of Wisconsin quarterback Clay Rust on an unexpected football journey in England. Rust, a chemistry major at Wisconsin, quit the Badgers football team after the 2012 season and moved in the fall of 2014 to Bristol, a city in the west of England, for an […]

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The Improbable Growth of American Football

  To say that it once seemed unlikely that American football could ever grow in Europe would be quite an understatement. That’s not to say that it seemed unlikely because it was American in origin. Basketball has certainly taken hold in Europe along with baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse to a lesser extent, so the fact […]

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An Interview with Travis Brody

This interview is provided in partnership with FieldGoal.eu. The original version can be viewed in Spanish.   Travis Brody is the founder and main contributor of “The Growth of a Game” and President of Premier Class Consulting (PCC), a consulting firm that facilitates the progression of sports organizations in Europe and the United States. Prior […]

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The Hastings Conquerors: A New Model for American Football?

  The Hastings Conquerors looked around at other American football clubs across the United Kingdom for direction before starting their own franchise in 2013. They just chose to go in a completely different way. As one of the UK’s newest American football franchises, they’ve quickly instituted an efficient management structure and have begun to establish […]

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The New Frankfurt Galaxy: Like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

American Football in Europe has come a long way over the past 35 years. Many local teams were established in Germany, Austria, and Italy during the late 70’s and early 80’s, and during that time, the NFL sent teams over to London and Berlin to promote their sport through friendly games in front of sell-out […]

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Should There Be a Limit on Import Players?

  The New York Yankees, the most successful Major League Baseball team in history and one of the most valuable sports franchises of all-time,  revolutionized not only baseball but all of professional sports. The Yankees once went through an unprecedented period of dominance in which they won 11 World Series between 1947 and 1962, and […]

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An American Running Back in Europe: The Larry Croom Story

  You don’t find many guys who have played in Division 1 college football, the NFL, NFL Europe, and the German Football League. Larry Croom did just that. That he came from a city like Long Beach, California – home to legendary hip hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg – […]

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