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With all the Aussie rules seasons over, the centre of Australian football moves to London and the 2014 Euro Cup.
Ben McCormack, the CEO of AFL Europe, says that with 16 men’s sides and 5 women’s sides, this is the largest tournament since the competition was first held in 2005.
One of the men’s sides is the European Crusaders – a multinational side consisting of Czechs, Finns and others who couldn’t make a national side in time for the tournament.
The women’s competition won’t feature a Crusaders side this year – but where the Euro Cup has never had more than two women’s sides, they will have a record-breaking five this year.
Denmark, England and Scotland will be there for the first time, joining the French and Irish.
The Euro Cup is a nine-a-side competition, which will be played at London Irish club in Sunbury. The Tournament is held over six fields. McCormack says that they’ve rounded off the corners to give the pitches an oval feel.
The tournament is held over a single day and features 53 matches taking about half an hour each, with 12 minute halves for the men, and 10 minute halves for the women.
While the Irish are perceived as the strongest team in Europe, last year’s men’s tournament was won by a side from England. In fact, the English have won the tournament three times, as opposed to the Irish with two.
The entire tournament will be streamed live on Youtube. You can also listen to the interview with the AFL Europe CEO online.
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