The LFA considered expanding to 10 teams for the 2019 season, with Guadalajara, Puebla, Querétaro and even Tamaulipas among the four possible expansion candidates. ", "Karter Schult attempting to land another NFL opportunity",, "TSL P Taylor Symmank Signs with New York Giants! Cornerback Tyquwan Glass was signed to the, Defensive lineman Calvin Heurtelou was signed by the, Daje Johnson, wide receiver, signed with the, Roman Braglio, a defensive lineman, signed with the. "It's only been a short amount of time," he said in Spanish, "but we're beginning to create a story that's being heard around Mexico.". The league also assists in developing NFL referees. The first game was played February 21, 2016, between the Raptors and the Mayas, with the Mayas winning the game 34–6. In a profanity-laced speech, veins bursting from his red neck, he lit into his team: "If you want to repeat as champions, focus!". There is an additional exhibition game called The Spring League Showcase that was first played in July 2017. American football has been played in Mexico since the 1920s and is the fourth most popular sport in the country. Gil isn't the only football player from his family, which runs a chicken production and distribution business. The most dedicated fans are the players' family members and friends. ", "Johnny Manziel is returning to football, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats", "Detroit Lions sign cornerback Raysean Pringle",, "TSL S Keith Reineke signs with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL! The Mayas maintained dominance over the league and won the Tazón México for the second time, 24–18. Luckily for the Mayas, and for the patient, emergency surgery was not needed. In Kelly's honor, Garcia wears No. Aimed at professional athletes but not paying a salary or expenses, the league's goal is to "serve as an instructional league and showcase for professional football talent.". This is a list of English football (soccer) teams and the leagues they play in. The postseason occurs between April and May. The Professional American Football League (Spanish: Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional or LFA) is a professional American football spring league in Mexico, founded in 2016.Starting with four teams, the LFA has since expanded to eight members as of 2019. "These young men [players] are college graduates, so they're examples for a lot of children," Vazquez said. The league is funded primarily by its sponsors and also brings in money through ticket sales, concessions and private investors. He sees it as a "social engagement" with a country where high levels of unemployment and illiteracy are common and many youths end up falling into lives of crime. ", "Falcons sign Tyson Graham, Justin Zimmer",,, "TSL OL Cameron Hunt signs with Oakland Raiders! ", "University of Hawaii alumnus Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea signs with CFL's BC Lions", "TSL LB Kani Kema-Kaleiwahea signs with BC Lions! In November 2018, the LFA signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with the Canadian Football League to share resources and to allow for at least one CFL game to be played in Mexico. Additional, the Mexicas would have to change their franchisee for the 2019 season.[7][8]. The league has sent 90 players to the NFL and another 51 to the Canadian Football League since its inception in 2017. Although the league recognized that there was an administrative problem with the medical expenses insurance policy, the Mexicas were punished for their actions. For operational purposes, the activities of the commissioner were absorbed by the president of the board of directors of the league, Óscar Pérez. "But I hope it's not the only one. [47] Other former NFL commitments to the league were former Cleveland Browns first round pick Kellen Winslow Jr. and former Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro.

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