Dan Jackson joins AFL Europe Commission

After the hugely successful running of Euro Cup 2018 last weekend, AFL Europe is thrilled to be able to deliver more good news with the announcement that former Richmond Tiger, Dan Jackson, will be joining the AFL Europe commission.

Chairman Oliver Howard made the announcement at Sundays Annual General Meeting in Cork, and says that Jackson “will be a great addition to the AFL Europe team.”

“The entire AFL Europe community will benefit hugely from of all Dan’s experience, as an 11-year player and Best & Fairest winner at Richmond, the inaugural winner of the Jim Stynes Community and Leadership Award in 2012 for his work with a number of community programs, and his time as a board member of the AFL Players Association,” Howard said.

Jackson accepts the inaugural Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award from the late Jim Stynes.

“In addition to his standout AFL career, Dan has a demonstrated history of supporting grassroots and international footy, having helped coach the French national team at the IC2011 and IC2014 and since retiring has worked with the Canadian national women’s team and numerous club teams in Canada, the USA, England and France.”

Jackson, who will balance his commission duties with his work with Foundation Performance and masters of performance psychology studies in Edinburgh, said that he looks forward to working with those on the ground around the continent to drive the growth of the game.

“I’m really excited to get on board with AFL Europe,” said the 2013 Jack Dyer Medalist.

Jackson in his playing days at Punt Road

“Having spent some time coaching teams in France, Canada, US and UK over the last few years I’ve seen first-hand the passion and energy foreign players bring to our game and I look forward to helping where I can.”

Jackson joins the commission in place of former Chairman, Chris Dow, who will step down after six years serving to focus on his family and work commitments.

“Chris has been a huge reason for the success of AFL Europe and his relentless drive and passion has ensured the continued growth of footy in Europe,” Howard said.

“Chris has always been an amazing leader and mentor to all of us and there’s no doubt he will be greatly missed.”

AFL Europe’s 2018 Annual Report and minutes from the AGM will be published on www.afleurope.org prior to the 14th November.

Champions League 2019 Announcement

AFL Europe are thrilled to announce that next year’s Champions League will once again be held in Amsterdam on the 6th of April, 2019.

This will be the fifth consecutive year Amsterdam has hosted the AFL Europe event since the inaugural competition in 2015.

Europe’s premier international club competition will bring together the best teams from around Europe in their quest of becoming club champions of the continent.

Hosted by AFL Europe in conjunction with AFL Netherlands and the Amsterdam Devils, the continent’s feature tournament of its type will remain at the Sportpark De Eendracht complex.

Both Grand Final’s will be played at the complex’s marquee venue, the National Rugby Centre Stadium (NRCA Stadium), home of the Netherlands national rugby team.

AFL General Manager Ryan Davey said the announcement “illustrates the outstanding success of previous Champions League competitions.”

“These events take considerable time and effort and I would like to thank AFL Netherlands and the Amsterdam Devils for their continued support in growing the game of Australian Football within Europe.”

“AFL Europe are confident that next year’s competition will once again showcase some of the best talent from some of the best clubs across the European continent.”

“We are very excited to work alongside all staff involved to ensure the 2019 Champions League is another rousing success.”

Confirmation of next year’s Champions League date finalises an exciting line-up of events on the AFL Europe calendar in 2019.

Following the Champions League, the annual Euro Cup tournament will be held in Nörrtalje, Sweden in June.

Four months later in October, the European Championships, AFL Europe’s premier 18-a-side international tournament, will be held in London.

For more information on the Champions League for 2019, keep up to date with afleurope.org and follow AFL Europe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Champions League 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

6th of April

Hosted by AFL Europe in conjunction with AFL Netherlands and Amsterdam Devils

Will Taylor – AFL Europe


Euro Cup 2018 Wrap-Up

Two new champions of Europe have been crowned over the weekend, as the Irish Banshees and Danish Vikings took the honours at the continents premier international Australian Football spectacle in Cork on Saturday.

With 24 teams representing 15 different nations across the men’s and women’s divisions of the tournament, a huge pool of almost 400 players and staff descended on the Cork Institute of Technology for a 64-match footy festival.

The Irish chill and persistent rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the crowd, with all eyes on the reigning champions from England, as the Dragonslayers (men) and Vixens (women) set out on their title defence.

While the traditional powerhouses from England, Ireland, Croatia and Denmark were expected to make waves, the day’s early highlight came from the German Eagles women on their Euro Cup debut, as they triumphed over the Danish Valkyries to secure a historic first ever win.

Their enthusiasm upon hearing the final siren typified the spirit of the entire day, with the progression of the developing football nations noticeable for all in attendance and small gains celebrated as heartily as any of the key wins by those at the top end of the draw.

The Irish Banshees, winners of last year’s International Cup in Melbourne, were out to claim Euro Cup retribution for their loss to England in the previous year’s Final, and did their part to set up the tantalising rematch by accounting for Croatia, Scotland & France in the group stages, before toppling Sweden in the Semi-Final.

The Vixens duly kept up their end of that bargain by beating Croatia in their semi-final to earn a place in the decider, but their male counterparts were not so lucky as they hit a major hurdle in the form of the Danish Vikings.

The Vikings had taken all before them on their return to the competition after missing the 2017 edition in Bordeaux, and their convincing victory over the Dragonslayers added more fuel the fire as they stormed into a final against the Irish Warriors.

An increasingly parochial home crowd were revelling in the prospect of an Irish double as the day wore on, and the Banshee’s visibly fed off that atmosphere to put England to the sword from the word go, running away with the game by 25-points to secure their third Euro Cup title.

With that first-leg in the bank expectation turned to Ireland’s men, but despite the typically spirited performance, the Warriors were never able to head the Dane’s, as the Vikings kept the home nation at arm’s length for the duration of the contest.

It was Denmark’s first Euro Cup title since 2015, and based on their performances throughout the day it would seem unlikely they will wait as long to secure their next piece of silverware, as they set an impressive standard for European sides to match in the huge cycle of international football which looms.

Mella Morey and Mike Currane hold the trophy aloft

Final Standings

Men’s Division:

1. Denmark

2. Ireland

3. Croatia

4. England

5. France

6. Netherlands

7. Germany

8. Scotland

9. Wales

10. Sweden

11. Tel Aviv

12. Czech Republic

13. Austria

14. Russia

15. Switzerland


Men’s Team of the Tournament:

Austria: Jan Lewis

Croatian Knights: Josip Habljak

Czech Republic Dragons: Karel Masek

Danish Vikings: Jakob Overgaard

England Dragonslayers: Luke Booth

French Coqs: Thibaut Sarin

Netherlands Flying Dutchman: Kieran Keesmaat

Irish Warriors: Paul O’Halloran

Russian Czards: Aleksandr Dobrodii

Scottish Clansmen: David Jordan

Swiss Mountain Cocks: Stefan Burgener

Swedish Elks: Buster Sund

Tel Aviv Cheetahs: Shir Shalev

Welsh Red Dragons: Scott Jones

Player of the Tournament: Phillip Evermann (German Eagles)


Women’s Division:

1. Ireland

2. England

3. Sweden

4. Croatia

5. Germany

6. Scotland

7. Denmark

8. France

9. Wales


Women’s Team of the Tournament:

Croatian Queens: Ana Barisic

England Vixens: Rania Ramadan-Turner

French Gauloises: Camille Portal

German Eagles: Theresia Meisher

Irish Banshees: Aisling McCarthy

Scottish Sirens: Caroline Sellar

Swedish Ravens: Tilda Bengtsson

Welsh Wyverns: Mary Pickard

Player of the Tournament: Maria Falkesgaard (Danish Valkyries)

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

Euro Cup 2018 Tournament Preview

Only 1 sleep remains before 350 players from 15 nations descend on Cork, Ireland, and the first ball is bounced at one of the world’s premier international football spectacles, with AFL Europe’s Euro Cup 2018 earmarked to be the best in the events eleven-year history.

The city on the southwest coast of Ireland will play host to 64 matches on the day at the Cork Institute of Technology sports facilities, as Europe’s premier national teams face off in the nine-a-side format chasing the title of champions of Europe.

That crown currently belongs to England in both men’s and women’s divisions after their Dragonslayers (men’s team) & Vixens (women’s team) both took the spoils in Bordeaux at the 2017 edition of the tournament.

Dragonslayers skipper, Matt Whiteley, said it was “an honour” to be named captain of his country to lead out the Euro Cup title defence.

“To lead the team out will be a magnificent feeling and one that will stay with me for a very long time,” he said.

“I’m hoping that we can emulate our performance last year and I will be able to lift the trophy once again come evening time.

“The squad has several returning players from last year and we have strengthened with the addition of players from all over the country. We have game winners right across the pitch and we all get on,

“I am excited to see how some of the new players go as they have shown in our recent warm-up game that they have the presence around the pitch to compete with anyone. With coach Garth Nevin leading us again, we have all the personnel capable of defending our crown.”

Bringing such a diverse group of players from across the continent to compete on a 64-game, one-day footy bonanza obviously comes with its logistical challenges, but AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, says that the commitment to the event is “a testament to the strength of the European footy community.”

“It is always an extensive process putting an event like this together, but with the great collaboration between our team in London and those on the ground in Cork, we’ve never been more confident of the day proving a huge success than we are heading to Cork.

“Every year Euro Cup is a hit with all players, officials, volunteers and spectators who get to experience what is a unique event… even in footy heartland in Australia there is nothing quite like it,

“There is an extraordinary amount passion on show as some of the most passionate footy people around come together from every corner of Europe, some coming in as seasoned campaigners, others might be having their first competitive game…famously one player once rode her bike over 1,000km’s from Sweden to Croatia just to get to the tournament, then played through a knee injury that she sustained on the way!”

The tournament marks the beginning of a jam-packed 18-month international cycle for the European nations, encompassing the 2019 Euro Cup in Norrtålje, Sweden, the full-scale 18-a-side European Championships in London, and the 2020 International Cup in Melbourne.

With these events occurring in addition to the ever-expanding domestic competitions around Europe, you can expect to see a lot more of the European footy landscape making waves in the coming years.

Stay across afleurope.org for extended build-up to Euro Cup 2018


Euro Cup 2019 – Cork, Ireland

Saturday 13th October

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Recent Winners:

Men’s Division

Milan 2010 – Croatia

Belfast 2011 – Ireland

Edinburgh 2012 – Ireland

Bordeaux 2013 – England

London 2014 – Denmark

Umag 2015 – Denmark

Lisbon 2016 – Croatia

Bordeaux 2017 – England


Women’s Division

London 2014 – Ireland

Umag 2015 – England

Lisbon 2016 – Ireland

Bordeaux 2017 – England

Euro Cup Fixture Confirmed

European footy fans can officially start putting their Euro Cup 2018 viewing plans in place today, with AFL Europe thrilled to confirm the official fixture for Europe’s premier international nine-a-side tournament next Saturday.

With 64 matches across a jam-packed game of footy, it will be hard to know where to look at times, but you can see the full schedule, highlights, and an explanation of how the ranked draw was conducted below.

See the full fixture here


AFL Europe began the fixturing process by ranking all 15 men’s and 9 women’s sides using their most recent 3-year history at the tournament, to create a draw that would best deliver a fair fixture for all competing sides.

The resultant draw saw the 15 teams competing in the men’s division divided into three groups of four teams and one group of three teams, while the 9 sides contesting the women’s division were separated into one group of four and another group of five teams.

Given the disparity between some group sizes, match length has been extended slightly for matches in Men’s Group C (3 teams) and Women’s Group A (4 teams) to ensure that playing and rest time is ultimately even between all 24 sides across the day.

Teams will play each other team in their pool once throughout the group stages, with the top side in each men’s pool progressing to a quarter-final against a second-placed side from another group, and top two sides in women’s pools progressing to semi-finals. All other sides will continue to play to determine their overall final ranking.



Sweden Ravens v German Eagles – Women’s Group B – 9:00am

It’s a historic start to Euro Cup 2018 as the German Eagles women make their competitive tournament debut against last year’s bronze medalists from Sweden. Both nations have come on in leaps and bounds on the domestic front in the last twelve months, and after the Ravens became the fairytale story of Euro Cup 2017 reaching the semi-final, the Eagles will be out to make a similar first impression in Cork.

You can catch all the action for the opening match live via Bar TV’s online stream through AFL Europe social media channels.


England Vixens v Danish Valkyries – Women’s Group B – 9:00am

Group B of the women’s draw serves up another fascinating contest early in the day, with the English Vixens title defence beginning against a returning Danish Valkyries, who are back at the tournament for the first time since 2016. Expectations are high in both Danish camps as their men and women both publically their sights on semi-final berths, so the Vixens can expect their back-to-back credentials will be put to the test in this early morning belter.


Croatian Knights v Tel Aviv Cheetahs – Men’s Group C – 10:10am

Croatian skipper Ivan Ivos has admitted that he considered his sides Euro Cup 2017 to be a disappointing campaign, given the momentum the Knights brought into the tournament as the then newly crowned champions of Division Two at the International Cup in Melbourne, and their road to redemption begins with a clash against the new kids on the block from Israel.

Tel Aviv takes over from the Jerusalem Peace Lions as the competitions Israeli representatives, bringing some familiar faces and experience that stretches back to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Team days that will provide a stern test to the ever-vociferous Knights in their tournament opener.

Croatia will undoubtedly be one of the sides to watch, as they eye their third Euro Cup title having previously taken the top honour in Milan 2010 and Lisbon 2016.


England Dragonslayers v French Coqs – Men’s Group D – 1:05pm

The third and final round of matches in Group D serves up what could be a cross-channel classic, with the title holders facing their southern neighbours with top-spot in the pool potentially on the line.

England will be confident of pushing deep into the finals once again, but have every reason to be wary of a French line-up that are well drilled over the nine-a-side format and which put the fear of God up an extremely talented Australian Spirit lineup at the ANZAC Cup in April.

The Dragonslayers won’t take a backward step though, with captain Matt Whiteley saying the team ‘’have all the personnel [to have us] capable of defending our crown.’’ We’ll have to wait and see.


Irish Banshees v French Gauloises – Women’s Group A – 1:40pm

Another clash that is likely to have a big bearing of the makeup of the women’s division finals matches, the 18-a-side world champion Irish Banshee’s will be desperate to account for the French and secure the top spot in Group A as they chase Euro Cup redemption on home soil.

The scars from last year’s Grand Final defeat remain tender for the Banshee’s but they will be hell-bent on revenge in 2018, and this match against the Gauloises will go a long way to setting up the salivating prospect of a Grand Final rematch against the Vixens should they come out on top.

The French women though, like their male counterparts, showed at the ANZAC Cup that they will be no pushovers and they themselves could be eyeing top-spot come this final fixture of Group A.




Euro Cup 2018 – Russians ready to roll in Ireland

Putting forward the best young and experienced players from St. Petersburg, the Russian national footy team are entering Euro Cup 2018 full of confidence and belief.

Led by their dedicated skipper Slava Belov, the Czars are looking forward to the challenge of coming up against Europe’s best football nations once again this October.

“The squad is close to optimal,” Slava said.

“We managed to save the best players from the previous tournaments and new players who joined the sport this season look very prominent.”

Despite their recent struggles in the tournament, the nation’s best footballers are optimistic about their chances in Cork in 2018.

It’s an optimism that comes from a successful year of results for football in the country.

The Czars in action at Euro Cup 2017 in Bordeaux.

The inaugural St. Petersburg Cup in May saw the Russians field two sides that played some outstanding football.

On the same weekend, 12 new coaches were earned AFL Level 1 accreditation helping the game move forward in the region.

Now the Russian players and coaches alike are eager to showcase just how much they’ve improved in the last 12 months.

“All the squad represents St. Petersburg having played AFL in St. Petersburg for the whole season together in two teams,” Slava said.

“This will surely help our team work and team interaction.”

“The new players have started fast and the experienced players now must be clutch in the most important moments of the matches.”

Knowing just how tough the competition can be, the Russians know the threat all of the nations possess to their success.

Yet their goals remain high with a top eight finish in the sight for the Czars.

“At our level every opponent for us is tough,” Slava said.

“We will try to play every team as if we have only one game at the tournament.”

“The goal is to qualify from the group stage to the top bracket.”

Euro Cup 2018

CIT Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 13th

Stay across afleurope.org for all the build-up to Euro Cup 2018.

Euro Cup 2018 – Super Scots ready to impress on the international stage

With both the Sirens (women’s) and Clansmen (men’s) sides present at Euro Cup 2018, the Scots are ready to impress on the international stage.

Determined to show a quality of football beyond what their ranking may suggest, the nation’s best footballers will land in Cork this weekend in the hope of progressing through the pool stages in both divisions.

The Clansman led by captain Campbell Lewis are situated in Pool A along the likes of Austria, Sweden and hosts the Irish.

But despite having such strong competition in their group, the Scots are optimistic leading into their opening matches.

“It’s perhaps one of our strongest sides for years”, Campbell said.

“Some players with Euro Cup experience of the past are not involved this year, but some of the newer names have experience in top leagues outside Scotland.”

When asked about his team’s strengths, Campbell looked at the variety of players in different positions within the squad ready to roll for the 2018 campaign.

“We have plenty of players who play different positions at their clubs so our coaches have lots of options depending on how our opposition set up”, Campbell said.

“We’ve spent the year focusing on key aspects of our game; we’d probably want to come away regarded as the best contested ball winners at the Euros, and the best communicators in terms of supporting each other on field.”

“Loud and hard at the ball, if we do that all day I think we can be proud of our effort and it will bring us decent results.”

In the women’s competition, the Sirens have also drawn Pool A in a group that features the French, Croatians and once again the hosts in Ireland.

Ranked seventh in Europe, the women will run out under their superstar captain Stacey Hughes for the fourth consecutive time.

But this time she’ll lead the largest group of footballers the nation has had at a Euro Cup.

Our squad for Cork is a mixture of experienced players and players playing at their first Euro Cup,” Stacey said.

“It is exciting to see so many new players in the squad and great to be taking our biggest ever squad to the Euro Cup.”

Knowing the threat that England and Ireland possess, Stacey also made reference to the improved depth throughout the women’s competition.

“As ever Ireland and England will be the favourites for the title and rightly so, they are two excellent teams,” Stacey said.

“All of the teams are capable of winning games on the day which should lead to a very competitive tournament. I am expecting the Germans to be strong on debut.”

As for where they see themselves in and amongst the ranks, the Scots are looking to showcase a standard of football that showcases their improvement over the last twelve months.

Scotland are currently ranked 7th in Europe so we will be hoping to finish higher than our ranking and give a good account of ourselves on the day,” Stacey said.

“We will be looking to get some wins on the board and give all our players a good experience at the Euro Cup especially the debutants.”

Euro Cup 2018

CIT Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 13th

Stay across afleurope.org for all the build-up to Euro Cup 2018.


Euro Cup 2018 – Croatia “one big family” on route to Cork

Ask any Australian footballer who has plied their trade throughout Europe which nation they most fear coming up against, and chances are Croatia will be your top response.

That is the ultimate credit to the style of game that both the Knights and Queen’s play in every international fixture, combining their high skill level, toughness, and typified by a passion for their jumper which permeates around any field they take to.

The story will be no different in Cork this October, with the Croatian men and women both ambitious heading into their quest to become European champions.

Taking the reins from Knights star Tomislav Cvetko, who has been honing his craft with SANFL club Norwood, Euro Cup 2018 Captain, Ivan Ivos, described the sense of pride attached with captaining his country in Cork.

“Being a captain of the national team is an exceptional honour,” Ivos said.

The Knights side of Euro Cup 2017

“The responsibility is very big, on the ground and beyond, knowing that I am chosen as the one who everybody will follow. I feel proud!”

After what Ivos admits was a disappointing Euro Cup in 2017 following the Knights triumphs in Melbourne at the International Cup, the side is now “ready as never before” after an intensive training regime helped iron out the kinks identified after the Bordeaux campaign.

Now, the Knights are looking forward to showing their improvement to the rest of the world, and aren’t in the business of worrying about the opinions of others.

“It doesn’t matter if some national teams think we’re favourites or not, we are aware of our qualities… we’re coming in ambitious as at every Euro Cup” Ivos said.

“Our main strength is an ideal combination of experience from our older players and the potency from our new and young guys that already have had exceptional results from the national team.”

For their female counterparts, Euro Cup 2018 provides an opportunity to highlight just how far the game has progressed in the four years since women’s footy was first played in Croatia.

Croatian Queens – Euro Cup 2017

Queen’s captain, Matea Sedlaček, says that teamwork and the outstanding team spirit will be the greatest asset on their side as they look to improve on their previous best third-placed finish.

“We are feeling like one big family right now and the atmosphere is as good as it can get,” Sedlaček said.

“I think anything is possible, since that atmosphere in a team is maybe even more important than the technical and tactical part, in my opinion.

“Also, we surely play better than ever, we understand each other better than ever and with a little bit of luck I believe we can go far in the tournament.”

Euro Cup 2018

CIT Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 13th

Stay across afleurope.org for all the build-up to Euro Cup 2018.

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

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Euro Cup 2018 – German girls ready for tournament debut

Fresh from a highly competitive AFLG season, the vast progression of the game in Germany will be on show in Cork this October as the German Eagles women make their maiden voyage to a Euro Cup competition, heading to Ireland alongside their 2017 bronze-medal winning male counterparts.

Leading the side as the inaugural female skipper is Ioanna Kopasaki, who says that the lack of experience is going to be no barrier to her side’s performance, and if anything, can allow the Eagles to be at their best without any burden of expectations.

“Although we are the least experienced team in the competition, every single player is highly motivated and committed to the game, Kopasaki said.

“In contrast to all the other competing teams we don’t have to meet any expectations, so there is no pressure weighing us down before and during the games.

Women’s footy is booming in Germany, with the AFLG Women’s competition launching in 2019

“Even if initially something doesn’t go as well as planned, we won’t be discouraged or put our heads down… we will pick ourselves and our teammates up, learn from it, and come back stronger than before.”

Riding the wave of momentum that surrounds football in Germany, Kopasaki says she hopes to build a national team environment that can be used to further promote the game to women, with the AFLG women’s competition set to launch in 2019.

“Having witnessed the passion, commitment and open mindset that the German players bring to the ground, I am honestly proud, thankful and most of all excited to be the captain of such an amazing team,” she said.

“Our goal is to achieve the best possible experience for every player and the team as a whole and to grow as a team and develop a great team spirit and culture that will hopefully inspire more women in Germany to start playing footy. And of course, to win our first international match.

“Personally, I want to play the best footy I can and lead by example. After all, actions prove who you are, words just prove who you want to be.”

While the Euro Cup tournament is unfounded territory for the Eagles women, the men’s side has set their sights on one step further than their 2017 semi-final appearance.

Florian Naumann, from the newly crowned AFLG champions the Hamburg Dockers, will lead the side once again having also done so at last year’s International Cup in Melbourne.

Germany was an eye-catching runner-up to Croatia in division two at IC17

Having taken the Eagles to second place in division two of IC17, Naumann says he will take great confidence from those experiences in the full-scale 18-a-side format down under.

“It’s the second time after the International Cup now that my team and coach have given me the trust to fulfil this position,” Naumann said.

“Of course, it’s making me even more proud on top of representing my country. I’m very motivated to be the best captain and I have learnt a lot from the two-week tournament in Australia.”

Naumann says the German squad is primed for its best tilt at a Euro Cup yet, with a mix of the old and the new set to see the Eagles making waves against the best Europe has to offer.

“I’m very surprised but also confident about the new players in our squad.

“This year we had the luxury of a selection which gave the coach the opportunity to pick the best players. We’ve got a good mix of new national players of no international experience as well as players with the experience of many different tournaments,

“We’ve got a strong side with improved skills and the very special German team bond.

The Eagles men at Euro Cup 2017

“We’re more than hungry for our first title, so there is no doubt about the maximum effort we’ll show on the ground.”

Euro Cup 2018

CIT Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 13th

Stay across afleurope.org for all the build-up to Euro Cup 2018.

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe