2024 AFL Europe Level 2 Coaching Course

AFL Europe is excited to announce that in 2024 it will deliver an AFL Level 2 Coach Accreditation program to continue the development of selected coaches actively involved in the European game.

The AFL Level 2 Coach Accreditation is a blended learning program that ideally consists of both online and face-to-face course components, however the program can be completed fully online if required. Note that all participants will need to film sessions / game day coaching as part of the program.

Each session will be guided by a guest presenter (from either the AFL, Australian State Leagues or within the AFL Europe community) who has extensive coaching experience and has been approved by the AFL National Coaching managers.

The program will consists of 4 x 2 hour sessions with additional requirements to complete pre-program tasks and assessments outside of these sessions.


* CoachAFL membership and Foundation / Level 1 AFL Coach accreditation

* Currently engaged as a coach in Club or National team football

If you haven’t completed your Level 1 coach accreditation you can complete online at https://play.afl/coach

Program Timeline

Online sessions will be held on a weekday evening, with the in-person session in Lyon to be held on the Friday afternoon / evening prior to the Champions League tournament the following day. If you are unable to attend, we will livestream or record this session so you can still complete the program.

Session 1 – Online

March 2024 (Date / Time TBC)

– Create a vision and philosophy

– Shape the environment

– Build relationships & guide learning

Session 2 – In-Person or Online

April 12, 2024 (Friday afternoon / evening prior to Champions League, Lyon)

– Coach at Training

Session 3 – Online

May 2024 (Date & Time TBC)

– Coach the Game

– Personal Learning & Reflection

Session 4 – Online

November 2024 (Date & Time TBC)

– Personal Learning & Reflection

Program Cost / Application Process

AFL Europe will not charge coaches who are selected to participate in the 2024 Level 2 Coach Accreditation program. Places however are limited and there is a strict presenter-to-coach ratio to ensure all learning objectives are met.

If there are more applications than places available, AFL Europe will select coaches to participate based on the applicants coaching history, current coaching position held, country of origin and likely long term benefit to the AFL Europe community.

Applications close January 31, 2024

Click here to submit your application

2024 Anzac Cup

We are pleased to announce that applications to represent the Australian Men’s & Women’s teams at the 2024 Anzac Cup are now open. Selection criteria based on personal and/or family military history will apply. Applications close 5:00pm (GMT) on Monday November 13, 2023.
Visit link below to submit your application

2023 Euro Cup Team Previews – Part Eight

With less than 24 hours to go until the Euro Cup, the excitement and anticipation is building for the 16 countries that will venture out to our new location in Kiel, Germany, vying for the opportunity of becoming the best country in Europe at Australian Rules Football. In an extraordinary story that will play out across the day, two countries will be looking for a four-peat – an unprecedented feat that may never be seen again. The Irish Banshees, dominant in the grand final last year, will be vying for glory again, but there will be nine other sides hungry to stop them in their tracks. In the men’s side of the draw, the England Dragonslayers will be desperate to repeat their last three contests at the Euro Cup, but 14 determined countries will be fighting for a change at the top.

As is the common approach for AFL Europe’s biggest tournaments, we love to get an insight into the build-up and preparation for the teams competing, as well as the history of these sides, and we continue our team previews with the two English sides – Dragons and Vixens and the European Crusaders.

England Dragons (Men) and England Vixens (Women)

Both English sides have seen great success at past Euro Cup competitions. The Men, as mentioned above, will be eyeing off a four-peat, whilst the Women’s side will be desperate to make amends for last years runners up performance and win their first Euro Cup since 2017. Both teams were straight forward in their comments to AFL Europe, just hoping to play the best footy they can and to enjoy the experience in a new country. With a dominant history at this tournament, will a new venue allow the sides to retain or regain their positions at the top? We will find out in under 24 hours time. 

European Crusaders

With a small unit of footballers in the Netherlands, it has taken a great deal of work to get a Dutch side to travel to Kiel. Team Manager/player Ilse Bot was close to forfeiting, before the idea of a team of Dutch, Danish and Czech residents came to mind. With the team not having training sessions together, and still getting to know each others skills and gameplay the day will be a learning experience for all. Although coming into Kiel as underdogs, Ilse spoke of the desire to ‘surprise some other teams with our Dutch/Danish/Czech talents’.


  • Sam Briggs, AFL Europe