NFL selects London for 2021 International Combine

22 Sep 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The NFL has announced London as the host for its 2021 International Combine event, which will take place on 12th October.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - which is also the venue for the NFL’s London Games - will host the ‘invitational scouting showcase’, which is mirrored on the annual NFL Combine staged in the United States and aims to discover potential NFL talent from around the globe.

Up to 50 athletes will be selected to participate in a series of tests in front of NFL evaluators, who will aim to gain a position in the NFL’s International Player Pathway program. 

The program launched in 2017 and gives international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level and ultimately earn a spot on a team’s roster. The first two International Combine events took place in Australia and Germany, and produced the likes of the UK’s Efe Obada, who earned a spot on the Buffalo Bills.

“We are excited to host the International Combine in London next month,” said Damani Leech, Chief Operating Officer, International, NFL. 

“Through the event, we hope to discover new talent, create more global exposure of the game and provide an opportunity for participants to compete at the highest level.”

The 2021 event will be closed to the public, while the organisation will also conduct a Combine in Mexico later in October for athletes unable to make it to London due to travel restrictions.