Danish jet flies into Australia

AFL Europe are excited to announce the facilitation of Danish dasher, Mikkel Kjoeges move to Melbourne, Australia to pursue his AFL Career. With the assistance of the Victorian Amateur Football League (VAFA) a favourite son of AFL Europe has settled into the Old Xaverian’s Football Club. Mikkel has played many tournaments and excelled in many games over the past 4 years through AFL Europe and his local team the Farum Cats. It was his outstanding performance, at the 2014 AFL Europe Draft Combine, that was the final catalyst to the full realisation of his skill set and ability. Mikkel will write exclusively for us as we document his time in Australia and his dream of making it in the AFL.

Mikkel’s Australian Adventure – Part 1

I arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday night after an extremely long and exhausting 24 hour flight! I was met at the airport and taken to my accommodation where I was happy to see my bed – we had our first footy session the next night, so it was straight into it!

Training on the Thursday was at Xavier College where I was introduced to my new teammates – they are all very nice guys. Training was very different to what I’m used to! High intensity running drills and a lot of exercises I hadn’t done before, all in 35 degree heat! I think there might have been about 50 guys on the same oval, training together; it was amazing – I went home that night with a great experience and an Australian sunburn.

On the Friday I moved into Port Melbourne to stay with a family friend. Being so close to the beach is great and really beautiful. I was also able to go see the house I will be moving into in Caulfield with 2 other guys – the house is nearly 300m2!

I’m really enjoying living in Melbourne, exploring the city, the beaches and meeting the people is great. It’s all really beautiful. I competed with the World Team in Sydney at the 2012 AFL NAB U16 National Championships and have kept in contact with a few of my team mates. A couple of them are doing pretty well with their footy here in Australia which is great and we’re all getting together next week for a catch up.

Since arriving in Melbourne I’ve become even more determined to make it in the AFL, everyone around me is so supportive and positive. I have wonderful team mates and a great coaching staff here at the Old Xaverians. We had a Training Camp down in Portsea on the weekend of February 21-22. We did a few sessions on the beach in 30+ degree weather, it was massive!

Follow Mikkel’s journey on #MikkelDownUnder and @AFL_Europe


Click here for Part Two


Sarah Ongarello

Excitement brews a week out from Amsterdam

Here at AFL Europe headquarters we had a chat to three of the ten qualifying teams participating in the Champions League in Amsterdam next Saturday 21st March.

On behalf of the West London Wildcats, Nathan Costley, was able to shed some light on the excitement down at the club. The Wildcats are bringing probably the most diverse team of the bunch, with nationalities ranging from Welsh, Irish, Kiwi and Australian. This variety could mean some fierce competition en route to Amsterdam next week!

With similar excitement Zagreb Hawks President, Josip Kraver, enlightens us that the Hawks are coming off a turnover of players due to the unique and specialised draft/trade system in Croatia and is ready to showcase some fresh legs and talent. A special mention to young gun and Croatian National, Tomislav Cvetko, who has returned to his local club the Zagreb Cvjetno Dockers. The Champions League is giving this Croatian team a good opportunity to show their skills and head back to Croatia to continue their domination of the SANH.

Finally, William English and The Malmö Red Eyes are excited to be joining us in Amsterdam after having dominated The SAFL for the past 6 years. Forming in 2006, the Red Eyes won 5 straight SAFL premierships then their 6th in 2014. The Red Eyes will be the first team from Skåne to participate in the AFL Europe Champions League!

Count down is on! One week to go!


Sarah Ongarello

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Belushi’s Bars join forces with AFL Europe

As of Australia Day 2015, Belushi’s become the official accommodation and after party venue for AFL Europe. The partnership comes in the wake of a monumentally successful relationship during the 2014 Axios Euro Cup. In addition to promoting all AFL Europe fixtures, the new partnership will involve exclusive team socials, tournaments, and celebrations.

Sophie Herbert, Belushi’s Marketing Manager UK said: “After the great success of hosting the AFL Axios Euro Cup in 2014, it seemed only natural to build on this solid partnership and become official 2015 partners. We’re thrilled to continue hosting post match parties, in addition to offering accommodation through our sister brand St Christopher’s Inns – but we’re also looking forward to some brand new projects. As the home of international sports and epic burgers, this is a great opportunity for the Belushi’s bars across Europe to further support local sports teams, and bring all the sporting action to our customers.”

The 2015 partnership will include Belushi’s bars and hostels being providers during the 2015 Champions League in Amsterdam, where 14 teams from across Europe will come together to compete. Belushi’s will also host a number of AFL Europe events outside of the regular sporting calendar, in partnership with top suppliers and brands.

Ben MacCormack, CEO of AFL Europe said: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership following the success of the relationship during the 2014 Axios Euro Cup. We are constantly on the look out for companies that want to come on this exciting journey of growth and promotion across Europe of our sport. Belushi’s have shown great interest in supporting us, and our membership, in our efforts and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership. If European teams have a Belushi’s venue in their area we encourage them to get down for a beer and meet the staff especially this Australia Day.”

Belushi’s bars operate six sites in London and individual bars in Edinburgh, Bath, Newquay, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam.

Belushi’s are part of the Beds and Bars group, led by CEO Keith Knowles. Other brands operated by the parent company include St Christopher’s Inns backpacker hostels across Europe and the Flying Pig hostels in Amsterdam.

Traditional London pubs – The Hercules Pillars and The Flying Horse – are also part of the group.  www.belushis.com


ANZAC Cup 2015

2015 sees the 7th edition of the ANZAC Cup on the battlefields of Villers Bretonneux in France. Thanks to the work of previous organisers the CNFA and ABA this event continues to grow into a real highlight on the European calendar. This years event will be held on the 25th April. The aim is to have all players billeted out to local families in what was a real highlight of last years event. A registration fee of around €60 will cover the costs of accommodation for 2 nights, dinner and 2 breakfast’s. If you want to represent Australia and are an ex-pat currently living or travelling through Europe please send us through an email explaining why this would be a special match for you to play in. Playing abilities are not the focus, we are more interested in personal connections to the area or the armed forces and the ANZAC’s special history. In the tradition of the ANZAC spirit kiwi’s are more than welcome to apply.

The series stands at 3 games a piece and is always a fierce battle that is then celebrated by all. As ANZAC Day is on a Saturday this year it is sure to be a very special occasion with a larger than normal crowd.

Please send through your applications to play in a short email to info@afleurope.org by Jan 30th.

PROJECT sign on for three years

PROJECT Clothing has signed on as AFL Europe’s Official Sportswear Supplier for the next three years.

In a major development for AFL Europe more than 10 companies tendered for the rights to be the Sportswear Supplier. PROJECT have shown a willingness to help grow the game throughout Europe by providing quality apparel and affordable prices including generous discounts for National Bodies, Leagues and Clubs affiliated to AFL Europe. They have devised a streamlined process for ordering, design and delivery with all inclusive costs.

PROJECT Clothing was established as a technical teamwear company available to service the wide range of requirements of sports and teams, particularly Australian Football. Australian owned, PROJECT creates technical clothing for athletes to enhance performance, comfort and confidence. As the name reflects, PROJECT treats each sport and partner as a PROJECT, creating specific garments in consultation with the sport and its athletes, providing superior fit and fabrics across each range.

PROJECT are bringing technical fabrics to Australian Football, including new generation performance compression garments, lightweight fabrics and the introduction of Celliant undershirts for game day or training.

PROJECT also identifies the need for a team to look professional and comfortable off the football field as well as on it. With this in mind they ensure that they carry an extensive casual and training range to ensure a club can offer the highest quality garments across its entire product range.

The PROJECT Europe team is based in London and lives and breathes sports, with extensive industry experience in Europe, the UK and Australia.

Check them out here or contact Steve Ralph – steve@projectclothinguk.com – for all your order enquires including prices.

Orders need to be placed prior to the end of February to ensure delivery in time for season 2015.

AFL Europe Champions League – Amsterdam 2015

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the details for the inaugural AFL Europe Champions League – 2015 – Amsterdam. Following a number of years with the majority of our major events being held in the UK and Ireland we are pleased the Amsterdam Devils have taken on the challenge to co-host the Champions League with AFL Europe. It’s a great chance for them to further develop the sport in a market with huge potential.

Date: 21st – 22nd March, 2015

Location: Amsterdam (venue TBC)

Accommodation: We will shortly announce our accommodation partner with special rates for teams

Transport: Make sure you book your flights/trains ASAP in order to keep costs low

Format: Club not country. Winning Club of each major league in our member nations invited (defer to runner-up if premier decline’s invite). If member country only has one club they automatically qualify if not part of another major league e.g. Madrid Bulls. Euro Cup format and rules. 9-a-side. One day competition with group stage and finals (team numbers dependant). Winner to be crowned Club Champions of Europe.

Player Eligibility: As this is a club based competition and there are a variety of different rules regarding Australian playing numbers across Europe we have decided on the following. Maximum of 4 Australian’s on the field at any one time. Players must have played at your club in the premiership year or be signed up to play in 2015. Maximum squad of 16 players (cannot be added to/swapped once the days play has begun).

Registration: Clubs need to confirm their attendance with info@afleurope.org before January 9th, 2015. A registration fee will be charged per participant to help cover costs of the competition. This fee will be announced once all costs are confirmed and we have a clearer indication of the number of teams attending.

Qualified Clubs:

Belfast Redbacks
Toulouse Hawks
Manchester Mosquitoes
West London Wildcats
Zagreb Hawks
Amsterdam Devils
Llops Del Pla
Madrid Bulls
Farum Cats
Rheinland Lions
Turku Dockers
Solna Axemen
Port Malmo Maulers
Edinburgh Bloods
Roma Blues
Oslo East
Bristol Dockers

We are happy to also accommodate women’s teams if there is interest, e.g. Paris, Dublin, Toulouse, Newcastle, Wimbledon.

If you have any queries please contact us at info@afleurope.org

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How to watch Australia vs Ireland in the International Rules this weekend

The Aussies have been waiting a long 12 months to have a crack at redemption after a poor showing by the national team last time around. Australia goes in with a team full of current or previous All Australian players whilst the Irish are also full of national heroes. It is sure to be a cracking match so don’t miss out.

2014 Virgin Australia International Rules – International Broadcast Schedule

If you are in continental Europe you may even be lucky enough to hear our CEO Ben MacCormack commentating on Eurosport 2. Send in any questions or comments on the game via twitter on @BenMacCormack

Level 1 AFL Europe Coaching Course a huge success

On Sunday the 5th of October, AFL Europe held a Level 1 Coaching Course run by Daniel Archer.

After the AGM on the Friday and the Axios Euro Cup – biggest Australian Football European tournament in history – on the Saturday, the AFL Europe weekend ended with a quality coaching course for the community. Attendees included representatives from Croatia, Spain, Wales, England, Austria, Germany and France.

Archer, the course leader, is a Level 3 AFL Coach, he coached at senior state level teams like the University of Sydney, Eastlake FC and NT Thunder. He was also the AFL NSW/ACT Coaching Director and NSW RAMS Assistant coach.

The day course began at the AFL Europe HQ with Archer presenting the coach role, objectives and skills. He insisted that the coach’s philosophy and influence is pivotal to the running of the club and success of the team.

The course then continued in Shoreditch Park, where the attendees were shown techniques and drills to be used in their trainings.

After the assessment of the participants workbooks, the attendees will get a Level 1 Coaching Accreditation.

The course will help the current and future coaches in order to add value and contribute to the success of their club.

If a group of 10-15 people is interested in hosting a coaching course please contact us and we will do our best to run one for you so your group will get the Level 1 coaching accreditation. This is also valid for umpire courses.

Internships available with AFL Europe

Exciting opportunities exist for the right applicants to join the high action sport that is growing rapidly across Europe. If you are interested in helping us achieve even more please have a look at the job description below. Applications close November 28th. There are two positions available.

Intern Job Description 2015