Match of the Round – Coupe de France 2017

The Coupe de France (The French Cup) is an annual pre-season tournament that brings together the teams competing in the French Championship, and returns to Paris this weekend.  Coupe de France is a one day event, and the 2017 instalment will take place this Saturday the 23rd of September from 10am to 5pm. This year it will be played in Stade Polygone in the Bois de Vincennes, hosted by the Paris Cocks. 

Coupe de France is one of the first Aussie Rules competitions created in France, and allows all the French clubs and players to come together for an action packed day of footy. It’s a highlight of the CNFA calendar for all the players and is especially important to the teams as the winner of the Cup is chosen to represent the French league at the AFL Europe Champions League tournament each year.

This year’s hosts, the Paris Cocks, are the oldest Aussie Rules Football club in France and date all the way back to 1998. The Cocks are lucky enough to now boast three teams in the CNFA – two male teams, the Cockerels and the Cockatoos, and the first ever female team, the Cockerelles.

Six clubs will be taking part in this year’s competition to battle it out for the chance to be the winners of the Cup and to attend the Champions League: the Cergy Coyotes, Bordeaux Bombers, Alfa Lions, Toulouse Hawks/Blagnac Aviators, the Paris Cockerels and the Paris Cockatoos. 

This year’s tournament will have the men’s battle it out in a jam packed day of matches before a French women’s exhibition match prior to the men’s grand final.

To keep up with all the Coupe de France match results on Saturday check out the event page here or the Paris Cocks Facebook page here.