Photo: Hannes Jirgal
the Dacia Vienna Vikings The elite women's team continued to be an unstoppable force in 2020, capturing the Austrian championship for the 18th consecutive time and demolish the opposition in the process.
The championship final in this shortened season was indicative of the dominance of the Vikings women. A handset Danube Dragons / Amstetten Thunder the team was shutout 48-0. In fact, the Vikings did not allow a single point for the entire four-game season while scoring 157 points
The story of last year was more or less the same with the Ladies Vikings going through a perfect season crowning with a 44-0 eruption of the Schwaz Hammers Ladies. And so it has been for 18 seasons. While the records for women American football is hard to find, a search for countries around the world playing women's football does not produce anything comparable.
Head Coach Cameron Frickey, who has coached the team since 2006 explains the sustained and dominant success of this team in simple terms:
“We build better athletes in the offseason and teach simple, fun attack and defense.”
Frickey Arrived in Vienna, Austria, as an imported wide receiver in 1998 and spent six seasons (1998 - 2003) playing for the Vienna Vikings helping them win the Austrian championship five times. He is the architect of this incredible team while fulfilling his other role as head coach of the Austrian women's national team.
Two team members, Karin Weinberger (OL / DL) and linebacker Kata Szücs were named MVP of the league. Weinberger is a member of Vikings Football Academy while Szücs who is Hungarian, joined the club two years ago.
Frickey explains the reasons why these two were granted MVP status:
“Karin has always been strong and focused in her head. Thanks to her additional practices at the academy, she is now stronger and more athletic on the court. It was fun to watch her grow up. We coaches look forward to his improvements every year.
“Kata came to us as a great athlete. She is very strong, quick and quick. She worked hard to become a dominant soccer player. She listens to coaching well and really wants to be great. When she puts on her headphones on play day, the gentle, quiet girl transforms into a punching machine.
With Frickey at the helm, the future looks bright for the Dacia Vikings Ladies. He has no plans to leave and may see this one-team juggernaut continue to cause nightmares for other teams for years to come:
“I hope and wish more players will join my dominant team. I plan to do this job that I love for many years to come. As long as I am here as a coach of this team, we intend to remain the best in Austria. My coaching staff and I have established a tradition of winning that cannot be stopped.
Know the main point of the game. The goal of American is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to strict rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the second and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is réactive, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow notes the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field position.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If correct, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This principal play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from running the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a second kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the second half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the deuxième down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so running 4 yards ( 3. 7 m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the deuxième, and 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled sept yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to puissance them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.