The 2019 European Championships are finally here as six men’s teams and three women’s teams will battle it out at Wimbledon Park in London to see who will be crowned champions of Europe in the 18-a-side format.
Some of Europe’s best players will travel to London with their countries to compete in the tournament which takes place every three years and will see the Great Britain teams aiming to retain their titles.
In the 18-a-side format, as opposed to 9-a-side used by many countries across Europe, teams will have the opportunity to develop new tactics and play a number of debutants so there will certainly be plenty of excitement for all the teams as they look to battle for the title as well as prepare for the 2020 International Cup.
As champions from the 2016 tournament, the Great Britain Bulldogs and Great Britain Swans will be the teams to beat, but there will be plenty of competition from the other teams which is likely to provide an action-packed three days of football.
With games taking place on the 9th, 10th and 12th of October, fans will have plenty of opportunities to see their team in action with two different formats taking place.
On Wednesday 9th, all games will be carnival-style, with 20-minute halves, while Thursday 10th will see the men play 20-minute quarters and the women continue with 20-minute halves.
Finals Day, on Saturday 12th, all games will be 20 minute quarters with the women’s Grand Final kicking off at 1 pm before the men’s at 3 pm.
Joining the nine national teams on Finals Day will be the Wimbledon Hawks and Wandsworth Demons from AFL London who will play against the sixth and fifth-ranked teams in the men’s as well as the third-ranked team in the women’s.
While Great Britain and Irish teams are regular contenders, there will be plenty of competition from the rest of the sides.
Both German Eagles squads showed their potential at this year’s Euro Cup in Sweden and will aim to go even better this time, while the French will want to finish a successful year on a high.
In their first AFL Europe tournament this year, the Danish Vikings will be hoping to find the form that saw them win the 2018 Euro Cup. For the Croatian Knights, despite a challenging year, they could be a dark horse and will be looking to follow the success of fellow countryman Ivan Soldo after his premiership with the Richmond Tigers.
AFL Europe will be updating scores and pictures on our social media platforms throughout each days play so head to @afleurope on Instagram, @AFL_Europe Twitter and AFL Europe Facebook page to keep up with all the highlights.
So don’t forget to stay across the AFL Europe website at afleurope.org or head to the AFL Europe Facebook page.