American Ice Football: Rules, Teams, Championships, Popular Players & More on the New Sport Taking NFL World by Storm

Published 02/25/2024, 8:54 AM EST

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German TV is on a different level! Before the Super Bowl LVIII took place in Las Vegas on February 11, the Germans were hooked to another game. American Ice Football. This groundbreaking event stems from the creative mind of Stefan Raab. He had previously captured the imagination of audiences with ice football (or soccer for Americans) and then came up with American ice football.

Additionally, with celebrities from diverse backgrounds joining forces to participate in American Ice Football, it provided an electrifying and enjoyable experience for both fans and competitors. It is a game show on RTL Deutschland.

How is American Ice Football played?


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Coach Duggs, a popular X account, took to the platform to share a video from the game, which concluded on February 11. It was captioned, “American Ice Football is the future.” The RTL Ice Football event was held at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, with the broadcast commencing at 8:15 p.m. (German time), airing live on RTL and streaming on RTL+. Moderating the show were Elton and Frank Buschmann. A halftime show by Mark Forster was also performed live like any major football event.

Four teams are in the running for victory in the ice football tournament each year. Each team comprises eight players from the pool of 32 Ice Football participants. The teams will compete against each other on mirror-smooth ice, with all matches featuring players wearing profile-less bowling shoes. This adds an element of anticipation, as viewers will witness numerous celebrity tumbles on the ice. Additionally, an active German American football player serves as the “captain” of each team.


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So, who are some of the popular players playing this game?

Who are the popular players playing the game?

The roster comprises popular names: Ex-athletes, American football players, and even celebrities.


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  1. Northcoast Naughties: Ailton (former football player), Marco Cerullo (model and reality star), Moritz Fürste (ex-hockey player), Paco Herb (reality star), Pascal Hens (ex-handball player), Niklas Gorny (German football player)
  2. Eastie Boys: Eric Stehfest (actor, GZSZ), Evil Jared (musician, Bloodhound Gang), Felix van Deventer (actor, GZSZ), Henrik Scharnbacher (German football player), Kevin Kuske (ex-bobsledder), Philip Boy (ex-gymnast)
  3. Southcoast Smoothies: Adriano Salvaggio (reality star), Frank Stäbler (ex-wrestler), Ian Gehrke (German football player), Marcel Nguyen (ex-artistic gymnast), Mimi Kraus (ex-handball player), Serkan Yavuz (reality star), Stefan Mross (pop star)
  4. Westside Wessis: Alexander Haupert (German football player), Axel Stein (actor and comedian), Calvin Kleinen (rapper and reality star), Fabian Hambüchen (ex-gymnast), Kevin Großkreutz (ex-national soccer player), Thorsten Legat (ex-footballer), Tobias Wegener (reality star)

Not a lot is known about how long these games go on. However, the event concluded before the 2024 Super Bowl. Following this, the Super Bowl was aired live, which is the largest public viewing in the country with 10,000 fans present.


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Do you think this sport has the potential to pick up in America? Let us know in the comments below.

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