Preparation is underway for an Australian Football tournament like we have never seen before.
The Festival of Football, partnering with the National Australia Bank (NAB), will unite teams from across the continent as they ‘come together’ to play Australian Football matches throughout Europe.
The governing bodies of AFL in Europe are invited to host a tournament on the 26th of September, in a local city of their choice.
Countries that host a tournament as part of the Festival of Football will be receiving items from AFL Europe to assist with their event, including medals for the winning team, a team of the tournament guernsey to present, a new Kangaroo Brand football and more.
The Festival of Football would not be possible without AFL Europe’s partnership with NAB. They are the major partner for AFL Europe’s annual ANZAC Cup, were announced earlier this year as the official Ball Partner of AFL Europe, and have now extended their partnership to become the major partner for the Festival of Football.
NAB are not only a great supporter of AFL in Europe, but they continue to provide tremendous support to the growth of Australian Football back in Australia, through the NAB AFL AusKick program, NAB Rising Stars pathway and NAB AFLW Competition.
John McClusky, General Manager & Head of NAB’s London Branch, very much looks forward to seeing the AFL Europe community come together for the Festival of Football, especially given the challenges faced this year by all, and is excited to announce NAB as the major partner.
“Over the last six months, we have seen the world change before our eyes, but some things remain the same – NAB are excited to continue our support of AFL globally by signing on as the major partner for AFL Europe’s Festival of Football,” said McClusky.
“We are excited to play our part in bringing this event to life and cannot wait to see players from all over Europe out on the field enjoying the great game that is Australian Football.”
Those wishing to host a Festival of Football tournament in their country will only be permitted to do so if the event complies with the COVID-19 government guidelines that are in place in their country.
Ryan Davey, General Manager of AFL Europe, has been in contact with many countries around Europe who expressed large excitement around the event.
“We understand that 2020 has been a difficult time for everyone and whilst the health and safety of our AFL Europe community, and the wider European community, remains the priority – we did want to provide an extra opportunity for our teams get some matches in,” said Davey.
“Many countries around Europe have already returned to regular training sessions and matches, all of which comply with government guidelines in their country. However, we believe the Festival of Football will provide the AFL community throughout Europe with extra motivation & drive over the next two months as they prepare for this inaugural tournament.
“Whilst we are disappointed that we are unable to bring our teams together in 2020, we take some comfort knowing that on the 26th of September (the original AFL Grand Final date) we will have AFL matches being played in countries all over Europe.
“We have no doubt the matches played will be fiercely competitive as always, although looking beyond the results, the Festival of Football will give us a chance to come together as a community and celebrate AFL in Europe.”
It’s going to be a big few weeks as we prepare for the Festival of Football, and we hope you are all excited as we are.
AFL Europe and the event committees around Europe participating in this event will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 in the coming weeks. Matches will only be played if they comply with appropriate government guidelines.