The Bears were founded on May 3, 2007, under the name "Team Sofia". The team quickly became popular throughout Bulgaria and the Balkans. The Bears were the first team in Bulgaria to compete with full equipment and at the international level. In the years after 2007, they have played throughout Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even in Austria with the junior team. For two years in a row, the Bears finished at the top of the Serbian League, Division III, back in 2016 and 2017. The Bears are the most decorated Bulgarian team, having won numerous championships in Bulgaria. Currently, the Bears have a children’s and youth team that competes in flag football, and its adult team competes in various championships and tournaments, including 11 on 11, 8 on 8 (which is the current BFAF format), 5 on 5 flag football, and Iron Flag football.
The Bears are active in a variety of camps for the development of sports and players. We have also been active participants in the creation and structure of the BFAF.
Player development is the basis of the team. Throughout our history, we have partnered with every team in Bulgaria and never missed an opportunity to engage in an American football event. Bears players have taken part in various types of training and events for the sport, including Live Actively, International Sports Week, the Sports We Didn’t Grow Up With event, International Children’s Day with Radio FM+, and many others.
Our mission is to promote American football and introduce everyone to the benefits of sports from an early age. We believe that we can improve the world around us and show that sports can be a celebration for young and old alike and a fun family event for all.
In 2023, the Bears will participate in the local championship under BFAF with at least 8 games played in the format 8 on 8 and will also take part in the Balkan League where they will have 4 games in the group phase. On top of this, the Bears will take part in various flag football tournaments throughout the year.
After a couple of months of hard pre-season practices, the Bears finished their preparation with a 3-day hell camp in the mountains. The players are eager to step on the field and show everyone what we are made of.