PrestoSports Announces Partnership with German Football League
April 18, 2023 (Cincinnati, Ohio) – PrestoSports, the leading provider of athletic websites and digital media solutions, is proud to announce they’ve been selected as the exclusive stats provider for the German Football League. Founded in 1979, the American Football Verband Deutschland (AFVD) is the largest association for American-style Football in Europe, with nearly 50% of all football players in Europe competing within their borders. With 16 teams at the top level in the Erima GFL, divided into north and south, 16 teams in the GFL 2 and over 400 more teams across Germany, the sport is growing and accessible to a sports’ hungry population. The continued growth of the two top leagues led them to seek a stats solution that enabled the ability to incorporate their strong history as they move forward.
“We’ve been keeping league stats since 2002,” says Carsten Dalkowski, League Chairman. “It was important that we were able to maintain our data from previous years going forward. That is the next step for us. With life stats and all these possible things that you can do with data, we want to engage more with our fans.”
PrestoSports technology and broad experience made them the best choices for the GFL. “Our stats guys felt at home right away, it wasn’t a huge jump.” That was important: ultimately they plan to open the program up beyond the two leagues in Germany but to every other team in Germany.
“We’re extremely excited about this partnership with the German Football League,” said John Gatto, Implementation Specialist at PrestoSports. “The league presented a unique challenge for our team, but their quick adeptness to the PrestoStats system has been extraordinary. As we continue to work together on the addition of past season statistics, the PrestoSports platform will engage GFL fans in ways they never have been able to before with real-time live stats for all games and up-to-the-second updates to league standings, overall and individual statistics, etc. We are looking forward to the season kicking off later this spring!”
“The adoption of the PrestoStats by the GFL is just another example of how PrestoSports technology created by firsthand fans and users of the technology translates across borders and languages to build engagement,” said Marilyn Cox, President of PrestoSports.
As the stats stack up and the fans pile into stadiums across the country, the GFL has big plans to expand their stats offerings to continue building fan engagement and the growth of the league through technology. With that roadmap in mind, they’re pleased with their selection of PrestoStats and PrestoSports. “We feel that PrestoSports is the right partner to take the next steps,” says Mr. Dalkowski.
The 2023 GFL season kicks off on the 20th of May and ends with the crowning of the league champion in the Bowl game on the 14th of October.
About the German Football League
The German Football League (GFL) is an American football league that operates in Germany. The league consists of 32 teams, divided into two sections, two conferences in each section and plays a 14-game regular season schedule. The GFL operates within the federation AFVD, that has been in operation since 1979 and has grown in popularity in recent years. The league features many talented players from Germany and other European countries, as well as a few players from the United States. The GFL is considered one of the top American football leagues outside of North America.
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