The International Federation of American Football (IFAF)’s next women’s international tournament is set to take place in Leeds, UK, this August.
2019’s IFAF Women’s European Championships will be held at the John Charles Centre for Sport, previously South Leeds Stadium, from the 12th to 17th of August.
The Great British women’s team, the host side and number one seed for the event, will be joined by the current reigning European Champions Finland, alongside Austria and Sweden.
Unfortunately, two teams have previously pulled out, leaving the round-robin tournament to the four remaining nations.
We have not been made aware of any reason for their withdrawal or had confirmation of the two nations who were supposed to be in attendance.
The adjusted schedule will take place across three days, with the four teams playing in the following order:
Monday 12 August: Finland v Austria and Great Britain v Sweden
Wednesday 14 August: Finland v Sweden and Great Britain v Austria
Saturday 17 August: Austria v Sweden and Great Britain v Finland
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Even though they are the youngest of the teams, GB are the top-ranked women’s team in Europe, having performed well in the five year’s since they played their first international game.
The IFAF Women’s tournament will serve as the first full senior European Championship that BAFA has hosted as a home nation, and the continual rise of the British Women’s team means that they will be hoping to perform well in the four-team competition.
According to a reliable source, the players are paying £500 each to play in this tournament – more than double the cost the GB Men’s teams have paid for recent competitions.
We asked BAFA if this price would change now that there are only three games being played by each team, but they did not choose to respond.
BAFA’s website suggests that we can expect further information soon, including details about when and how you can watch the games.
We offered BAFA the opportunity to comment on the tournament and answer our questions, but they did not choose to do so, given ample time.
If any significant new information arises, or BAFA give us any information which adds to the story, we will provide updates.