Since January 11, the Canadian Football League has been organizing international combines where athletes can prove themselves in front of the scouts. Austria was not chosen as the venue, but some Austrian players made a pilgrimage to Florence and Frankfurt to take advantage of their chances for an international career. Today the CFL announced that the two former Dacia Vikings and national team players Dustin Illetschko and Aleksandar Milanovic convinced those responsible in Florence. Both will receive an invitation to the CFL Combine, which will take place in Toronto from March 26-28, 2020.
Opportunities in the CFL
Unlike the NFL, each of the nine teams in the Canadian Football League has five spots that must be awarded to international athletes. So if the athletic performance is right, the chances of getting a foothold in Canada are considerably higher. Illetschko and Milanovic have already taken the international route. Both moved from the Dacia Vikings abroad, to the German Football League or to Finland. Competition in the Canadian Football League is tough. In addition to the Europeans, players from Japan, Mexico and college players from the USA will also take part in the Combine.
With Bernhard Seikovits (Vikings) and Sandro Platzgummer (Raiders) are currently two players of the Austrian national team in the Pathway Program of the NFL. Want to make the leap into professional life through US colleges (DIV 1) the Tyrolean Christoph Henle at the Baylor Bears, Bernhard Raimann at Central Michigan University or Thomas Schaffer in Stanford.
NFL International Player Program: Two Austrians still in the race