This week I go to the Middle East for this week’s “Team of the Week” to bring you the Judean Rebels of the Israeli Football League (IFL). No, this isn’t the “soccer” football but the American football game that is played in Israel. The Judean Rebels repeated as league champions in April by defeating the Tel Aviv Pioneers, 32-14, to win Israel Bowl IX.
The Rebels were led by quarterback Dani Eastman who completed 17-of-34 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards and scored twice on the ground. Eastman was named the game’s most valuable player.
The Rebel’s defense did not allow any points after the first quarter.
The Rebels have now tied the Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres for the most titles in league history with three (3).
The IFL was founded in 2005 by a group who wanted to have an American football league in Israel. The league is sponsored by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
The league currently has ten (11) teams. They are:
- Judean Rebels
- Tel Aviv Pioneers
- Haifa Underdogs
- Jerusalem “Big Blue” Lions
- Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres
- Jerusalem Kings
- Beersheva Black Swarm
- Ramat Hasharon Hammers
- Petah Tikva Troopers
- Northern Stars
- Rehovot Silverbacks