2016 AFL Europe Euro Cup

Welcome to the 2016 Euro Cup! This year’s tournament is being held in Lisbon, Portugal at the National Stadium Jamor.

Date: Saturday 8th October 2016

Venue: Lisbon, Portugal (National Stadium Jamor)


 Pitch Map


Your registration fee of €110 + Eventbrite Fee, this year INCLUDES all of the following:

  • Playing registration fee
  • Event t-shirt
  • 2-night accommodation at either Hotel Amazonia or Praia Mar (price is for a triple room with two of your teammates)
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday at your hotel
  • Wristband and free entry in the official after-party

Please note – if you wish to stay at the accommodation for longer (before or after the tournament), please contact us ASAP on so we can organise this for you. Beds are limited so get in early. 


Eventbrite - 2016 AFL Europe Euro Cup



Any volunteers who which to help during the event can register on Eventbrite AND contact AFL Europe at The price for Volunteers covers your accommodation and breakfast we will supply you with lunch, t-shirt and never ending gratitude.


All umpiring enquiries regarding Euro Cup can be made by contacting – registration is available on the Eventbrite link.

Information Pack:

2016 Pre-Tournament Booklet

Player Eligibility:

1) The Player was predominantly resident in the country of the league between 10 and 16 years of age subject to the qualification in sub clause A below.
2) The Player is a citizen of the country of the league at the time when the competition is conducted, subject to the qualification in sub clause A below.
3) The Player is not under suspension in that Player’s local competition during the period of the competition.
AFL Europe may on a case by case basis, waive the eligibility requirements if it is satisfied that a player is a bona fide resident in the country of the league and his participation would be in the best interests of the competition. Submissions in this regard must be made by lodging a Application for Eligibility Exemption – 2016. Any player who has previously obtained exemption must apply again in 2016 – please complete the form and email to

Tournament Rules and Eligibility

Team Registration & Waiver:

The Eventbrite form makes it compulsory for all players, coaches and team officials to specify which team they are registration for/with however, all teams need to submit a Euro Cup 2016 – Team Entry Form before the cut-off date (Saturday 17th September) as well as a Euro Cup 2016 – Team List and a AFL Europe Euro Cup – Waiver and Release – all players must sign this form before registration on Friday 7th October 2016. This will ensure all information is received by us and we can then go ahead with the rankings and draw.

Three Cities Tournament

The 8th of August saw an Inaugural 3 Cities Tournament hosted by the Czech Lions in Prague. Taking part were the Dresden Wolves, from Dresden, Germany and the Styrian DownUnder Dogs from Graz, Austria. The 3 game round robin tournament saw the Lions take out the top prize, the DownUnder Dogs come in second and the Wolves third.

3 cities tournament _ 0. 1.NP

1st game:
Lions 9.8 (62) vs. Dogs 7.14 (56)

2nd game:
Dogs 8.4 (52) vs. Wolves 5.6. (36)

3rd game:
Lions 9.8 (62) vs. Wolves 2.4 (16)

Congratulations goes out to the Czech Lions! We look forward to seeing whether it will be played in Dresden or Graz next year!

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Austria win the third division Euro Plate

Michael McCormick

The fast finishing Austrian Avalanche took out the Axios Euro Plate on Saturday, overcoming the European Crusaders, 39 – 32.

Austria appeared nervous in the first half, conceding two goals very early on to the Crusaders, many of whom had met each other just hours before their first match together. The Crusaders back-line rebounded every Austrian attack and their full forward, Yann Cornaton, was dangerous, booting two goals to lead his team into the half time break with a handy lead.

The Austrians played as if they desperately wanted to win in the second half, dominating through the midfield and putting the score on the board when it mattered most. The immense effort from brothers, Christian and Erwin Schober, saw the momentum shift in Austria’s favour and three late goals gave them a famous victory.

In a true show of the variety of players involved in the Crusaders, Bolivian footballer, Franz Mercado took ‘Man of the Match’ honours, having plenty of the ball and kicking four goals for his team. The zippy midfielder, who has been playing Australian football only a short while has a big future ahead of him in the European competition according to AFL Europe General Manager, Ben MacCormack.

Oldest Football Club in Australia’s Capital – With a European Connection

Image: Current EastlakeFC Ruckman Chad Gibson with Hall of Fame Member Alex Jesaulenko

In terms of depth of history, Australia doesn’t come close to European countries.  Where Australian’s talk in hundreds of years, European’s talk in thousands.

Despite Australia’s brief history, their population is extremely proud of what it has achieved and their sporting culture has been a huge part of building beliefs and values.  Australian Rules Football has been around for 155 years and there have been a number of Europeans and European descendants who have mastered our game in that time.

Before I moving to London to work as AFL Europe’s General Manager, Ben MacCormack lived in the nation’s capital for five years.  During this time he was involved as a coach at Canberra’s oldest club, Eastlake.

This year marks Canberra’s 100th Birthday and today AFL Canberra Hall of Fame member and Ben’s former Football Manager, Keith Miller, launched the book “Kick It Long”, which celebrates the rich history of the Eastlake Football Club.

Eastlake provided one of the game’s all-time greatest players in Alex Jesaulenko, born in Salzburg, Austria.  He is regarded as one of the game’s greatest-ever players and is an official Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.  He immortalised his reputation in the game by taking the Mark of the Century in the 1970 VFL Grand Final.

Son of a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother, Alex and his family emigrated to Australia in 1949.  According to Jesaulenko, the family name should have been spelt ‘Esaulenko’, but the immigration officials listed it with a ‘J’ in front thinking that is what they heard.  As Australians tend to do, they shortened it and nicknamed him ‘Jezza’ from a young age.

A young Jesaulenko played soccer (football for you Europeans) and rugby union before taking up Australian Rules when he was 14.  He starred for the Eastlake Football Club helping them to win three consecutive Premierships from 1964-1966.

“[Eastlake] certainly provided a winning culture.  I was lucky to play at a footy club that was on the way up that just had a new regime put in, with [former Carlton president] George Harris and his mob, appointed a new coach in Ronald Dale Barassi, they had experienced players and they recruited young guns… and I just fitted into the mix,” said Jesaulenko.

One thing Jesaulenko remembers was the culture at the club – it was a great place to be.

”I think we got paid $2 each or two pound each [per game], at the end of the year – we’d played 18 games – and we just put our $36 on the bar and drank it out, so we gave our money straight back to the club,” he said.

Jezza was then drafted into the AFL, playing 256 games for Carlton and 23 games for St Kilda.  In all of his 279 AFL appearances he kicked 444 goals and took many of the all-time great marks. To immortalise his ability, the annual AFL ‘Mark of the Year’ is known at the Jesaulenko Medal.

Miller’s book explores the history of Canberra’s oldest Australian Rules Football club, which was founded in 1926, as well as that of Manuka Football Club, which merged with Eastlake in 1991.

Miller’s extensive experience with the club included time as a captain, coach and player between 1978 and 1985.

“The book maps out the path of two clubs who created a rich tradition of fierce neighbourhood rivalry for over half a century then found themselves joining forces to survive,” said Miller.

“It is a history that has its origins in the formation of Canberra and parallels the changing economic, social, sporting and demographic development of Canberra.”

Manuka Football Club was formed in 1928 and was a long-time rival of Eastlake before they merged in 1991.

The two clubs were only separated by Manuka Oval and battled each other for six decades, playing 17 Grand Finals against each other and establishing one of the code’s strongest rivalries.

The two clubs shared 32 premierships between them, with Eastlake winning 17 and Manuka 15.

Miller said the book was a tribute to everyone who had contributed to the success of both clubs.

“The book is dedicated to every player, coach, committee member, volunteer and supporter who has travelled that journey and created our history,” Miller said.

“Canberra is 100 years old and these people have played an important part in 86 of those years.”

We look forward to many more Europeans playing their part in the history of our great game.

For those interested in buying a copy of the book please contact .


AFL Austria launches new league

Martin Schittegg

The kickoff for the Austrian Footy League (AFL Austria as working title) is done and we had a great evening/night of footy on 16th of July.

There are three teams: (all with some DownUnderDogs players and some rookies)

Castle Rock Mammoths

Castle Rock Mammoths

Gradec Earthmovers

Gradec Earthmovers

Murtal Mountain Goats

Murtal Mountain Goats

Although some players where not available we still had 10 players on each team and so we could play all matches 9 a side (with 2 umpires, 2 goal umpire, and 2 guys for scoreboard and statistics)

We had three matches (each 2 x 15 minutes (Euro Cup format)
Mammoths – Earthmovers: 39 (6.3) : 25 (3.7)
Earthmovers – Mountain Goats: 23 (2.5) : 22 (3.4)
Mountain Goats – Mammoths: 49 (7.7) : 18 (2.6)

and the ladder after the first day is:
1. Mountain Goats: 4 Points 71:41 (173%)
2. Earthmovers: 4 Points 48:61 (78%)
3. Mammoths: 4 Points 57:74 (77%)

So every team has had a victory and the spirit of all teams was great. We had the perfect mixture between fun and ambition to win and all players are very motivated and are already looking forward to the next game day.

The next game day will be 10th August dependant on player availability.

It was a great day for the DownUnderDogs and a great day for footy in our region.


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