Raiders Tirol

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Uniform of the Raider Tirol football team in 2023.

The Raiders Tirol are an American football team based in Innsbruck, Austria, that plays in the European League of Football (ELF) since 2022.

History[edit | edit source]

The Swarco Raiders were founded by a small number of American Football fans and volunteers back in 1992. Starting in Austria's 3rd division in the 1993 season, the team went unbeaten with an overall score of 158โ€“11. After being promoted to the 2nd division, the team failed to continue its run of 1993, and posted a record of 2โ€“14 in 1994 and 1995. The next two seasons, the Raiders reached the playoffs but lost their semifinals. Due to a league expansion they were promoted to Austria's top division, the AFL, in 1998.

The first two-season on the top level the Raiders lost most of their games. In the 2000 season they made it to the playoffs and played its first championship game, losing to the then Chrysler Vikings Vienna. A year later they repeated their appearance in the final, but again lost to the Vikings.

Beginning from the 2022 European League of Football season the now named Raiders Tirol compete with 11 other European teams for the ELF trophy. They start in the central conference together with long-term rival Vienna Vikings, 2021 season champion Frankfurt Galaxy and Stuttgart Surge. The Raiders finished the 2022 ELF season with an 8-4 record and reached the semi-finals of the playoffs. This they lost with 7:19 against Hamburg Sea Devils.

2022 Season[edit | edit source]

In the opening game of the ELF, the Raiders lost for the first time in years at home to the Vienna Vikings. After a loss at the Cologne Centurions, the Raiders managed their first win on the third matchday against the Berlin Thunder with 28:16. Three more wins followed before they had to go to Vienna on July 31, 2022. After the 13:29 defeat against the Vikings there, the race for first place in the Central Division was practically already lost. However, the Raiders were subsequently able to secure second place in the division and moved into the semifinals as the best runner-up. There they lost to the Hamburg Sea Devils with 7:19.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

The Raiders ended the 2023 season with eight wins in twelve games and missed out on a place in the play-offs due to a poor points difference. The dismissal of quarterback Christian Strong, with whom the Raiders had won six out of eight games, caused a stir during the season. Wide receiver Jarvis McClam also left the Raiders with Strong, as he has a strong loyalty to Strong. After the end of the season, the Raiders announced that they would not be renewing the contract of head coach Kevin Herron and were parting ways with him.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

On October 16, 2023, the Raiders introduced Jim Herrmann as the new head coach for the 2024 ELF season.

Stadium[edit | edit source]

The Tivoli Stadion Tirol (formerly named Tivoli-Neu) is a multi-purpose stadium in Innsbruck, Austria. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Bundesliga club WSG Tirol and Raiders Tirol of the European League of Football. The stadium capacity was 17,400 when it was built in 2000. For the UEFA Euro 2008 the stadium was temporarily expanded to 30,000 people.

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Sean Shelton 2022 12 248 390 63.6 3135 31 6 18
Christian Strong 2023 8 185 286 64.7 2126 17 7 14
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Philipp Haun 2022-23 24 92 151 1221 60.9 50.9 13.3 70 12 0.5
Marco Schneider 2022-23 24 84 137 1153 61.3 48.0 13.7 46 12 0.5
Adrian Platzgummer 2022-23 24 71 106 803 67.0 33.5 11.3 55 7 0.3
Jarvis McClam 2023 8 61 86 788 70.9 98.5 12.9 72 8 1.0
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Tobias Bonatti 2022-23 24 241 1247 5.2 52.0 64 12 0.5 6 4
Lukas Haslwanter 2022-23 23 120 565 4.7 24.6 35 7 0.3 1 1

2024 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 15, 2024
5 A-import, 6 E-import, 41 homegrown
52 active, 0 inactive, 0 practice squad



2023 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 August 2023
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 43 homegrown
53 active, 4 practice squad



Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L
Kevin Herron 2022-2023 16 9 -
Jim Herrmann 2024-

2024 Staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • President โ€“ Elisabeth Swarovski
  • General Manager โ€“ Ulz Dรคuber
  • Team Manager โ€“ Paul-Philipp Lasch
  • Head of International Recruiting โ€“ Niklas Gustav
  • Quality Control & Analytics Specialist โ€“ Quang Pham Minh

Head coach

  • Head coach โ€“ Jim Herrmann

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator โ€“ Jeff Jagodzinski
  • Quarterbacks โ€“ Jeff Jagodzinski
  • Wide Reciever - Zac Tallent
  • Running backs โ€“ Nick Kleinhansl
  • Tight ends โ€“ Nick Kleinhansl
  • Offensive line โ€“ Charlie Eger
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator โ€“ Jim Herrmann
  • Linebacker โ€“ Simon Riedl
  • Defensive line โ€“ Mike Waufle
  • Defensive backs โ€“ Benjamin Barton

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator โ€“ Benjamin Barton

Assistant coaches

  • Assistant Defensive Coach โ€“ Christian Nobile, Jakub Samel

Strength and conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning โ€“ Andreas Prรถller


Staff updated May 14, 2024


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Raiders Tirol 25 16 9 0.640 732 478 +254

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Leipzig Kings 2 2 0 1.000 93 20 +73
Milano Seamen 2 2 0 1.000 80 40 +40
Berlin Thunder 2 2 0 1.000 65 26 +39
Barcelona Dragons 2 2 0 1.000 46 16 +30
Helvetic Guards 2 2 0 1.000 46 21 +25
Munich Ravens 2 2 0 1.000 84 62 +22
Stuttgart Surge 4 2 2 0.500 108 47 +61
Cologne Centurions 2 1 1 0.500 91 69 +22
Frankfurt Galaxy 2 1 1 0.500 56 53 +3
Hamburg Sea Devils 1 0 1 0.000 7 19 -12
Vienna Vikings 4 0 4 0.000 56 105 -49

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

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