The next portion of the ranking sees the number eleven through to fifteen positions filled. Many of these teams have young players in the States, representing their youth teams or attending the various academies throughout Europe. If you are unaware of what the AP Polls are, the “Associated Polls” are rankings collected and compiled by sportswriters and broadcasters. In our AP polls, we have a collection of experienced coaches, scouts, players, and analysts from the likes of Germany, Austria, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and several other countries. Places 16-20 have been explained previously on Europe’s Elite website if you are unfamiliar.
Belgium, despite its small size, has been able to make some very strong talent over the last number of years. Franck-William Elokan, recently committed to Umass, Jehovani Pereira is a talented Running Back and Jules Bouron recently joined the NFL Academy as a Quarterback. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the future of Belgium American Football. – Matt Bressington
Switzerland already improved their youth programs over the last few years. Some exciting prospects will have the chance to show their talent in the future. It helps that Switzerland has its own ELF team since last year which doesn’t hesitate to use young talented Swiss players. – David Arming
The recent burst of Polish talent has not come as a surprise, the ELF has had a franchise in Poland since 2021, thus a new generation has been able to develop with a big team in their country. Ksawery Tracz, Michał Minasov, and Jakub Zmaczyński are all recent Polish prospects. In previous years, Lambert Raczynski and Rafal Szymanski were among the best. Poland has always been a big producer of talent, and it hasn’t slowed down yet. – Matt Bressington
Hungary’s American Football Talent is very thin, although good and known for its physicality. They will also grow and improve over the next years as a youth-developing country. Their U19 League just started, and we will see what level of talent it brings to the table. – David Arming
Holland has fallen slightly from years previous, however, that certainly doesn’t mean they couldn’t beat any team on their day. Holland has a rich history of producing talent but hasn’t taken the level up in recent years. They certainly have the potential and ability to be back in the top 10 shortly with more activity. – Matt Bressington
Stay tuned for the 6-10 spots!