Croatia to host European Championships in October!

AFL Europe is excited to announce that for the first time since 2019, European Championships will be making a return in 2022.

The competition, to be hosted from October 5-8 in Zagreb, Croatia, will round out our year of international events.

Hosted every three years, European Championships sees some of Europe’s top Aussie rules talent battle it out representing their respective countries in the classic 18-a-side format of the game. Similarly to 2019, initial games will be played as two 20-minute halves before all finals will extend to full-length 20-minute quarters.

As always, the competition will be for European or UK citizens only and will have both a men’s and women’s championship.

In the men’s division, Great Britain will be looking to continue its red-hot Euro Championships form and go back-to-back…to-back – with a potential three-peat on the cards, the Great British Bulldogs will be hungry for another victory.

While in the women’s side of the draw, expect Ireland to be the team to beat. The Irish Banshees not only won in 2019 but did so without conceding a single point. The year also saw Ireland win all three major international women’s AFL Europe competitions, something the rest of the competition will be eager to prevent in 2022.

AFL Croatia will host the event for the first time, having just built a brand-new AFL-size oval; perfect for the 18-a-side format.

AFL Europe extends a huge thank-you to the AAFC for kindly offering to host and we wish the Croatian Knights the best of luck as it looks to better its fourth-place finish from 2019 on home soil.

If you’re interested in registering your international team for the 2022 European Championships, you can express your interest here.

You can check your team’s and player’s eligibility here.

Tournament details

Wednesday October 5 – Saturday October 8, 2022

University of Zagreb Sportground, Zagreb, Croatia

Further information about the tournament will be communicated over the coming months.