2018 European Championship of American football

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2018 European Championship of American football
Tournament details
Host nation Finland
Dates29 July – 4 August 2018
No. of nations6
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg France
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Austria
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg Finland
Tournament statistics
Attendance10,001 (Avg. ~1,111 per game)
MVP of the tournamentFrance QB Paul Durand
2014

The 2018 European Championship was the 14th European Championship in American football. The final tournament was played in Vantaa, Finland from 29 July to 4 August 2018.

Qualification[edit]

The Qualification for the European Championship 2018 was held in three stages. In the first round, twelve teams played a single playoff round. The six winners and two further teams played the second round, in two tournaments of four teams. Another two teams entered the qualification in the third round in playoff games against the two tournament winners of the second round. Four teams were already qualified for the European Championship 2018. Altogether an all-time record number of twenty teams competed to win the European title in 2018. One team, Germany, did not play a single game.

First round[edit]

The first round was played from August to October 2015. Six of the twelve teams took part in one of the tournaments of the last championship. These were the seeded teams playing against an unseeded team. The seeded teams were the hosts of their playoff game. Israel defeating Spain was the only unseeded team to make it to the next round.

Date Kickoff Away Score Home Game site
30 August 12:00 p.m. CEST Israel  28–20  Spain Estadio Santo Domingo, Alcorcón
26 September 6:00 p.m. CEST Slovakia  00–21    Switzerland Stadion Rankhof, Basel
10 October 1:00 p.m. CEST Norway  00–20  Russia Zarskoje Selo Stadion, Pushkin
10 October 2:00 p.m. CEST Hungary  00–56  Serbia Voždovac Stadium, Belgrade
11 October 2:00 p.m. CEST Poland  07–14  Czech Republic Letní stadion, Pardubice
24 October 6:00 p.m. CEST Belgium  03–17  Netherlands Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk

Second round[edit]

The second round tournaments were played in 2016. As runner-up and third in the B Group Tournament in 2013, Italy and Great Britain earned a spot as the host nation of one of the tournaments.

Tournament in Italy[edit]

Date Kickoff Away Score Home Game site
Semifinals
2 September 2:00 p.m. CEST Israel  10–40  Italy Stadio G. Teghil, Lignano Sabbiadoro
2 September 7:00 p.m. CEST Switzerland   00–17  Serbia Stadio G. Teghil, Lignano Sabbiadoro
Classification game
4 September 3:00 p.m. CEST Israel  00–51   Switzerland Stadio G. Teghil, Lignano Sabbiadoro
Final
4 September 7:00 p.m. CEST Serbia  14–17  Italy Stadio G. Teghil, Lignano Sabbiadoro

Tournament in Great Britain[edit]

Date Kickoff Away Score Home Game site
Semifinals
16 September Russia  03–30  Great Britain Sixways Stadium, Worcester
16 September Netherlands  13–20  Czech Republic Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Classification game
18 September Russia  06–17  Netherlands Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Final
18 September Czech Republic  13–38  Great Britain Sixways Stadium, Worcester

Third round[edit]

Italy and Great Britain, as the winners of the tournaments in Italy and Great Britain, were respectively assigned to play against Sweden and Denmark (fifth and sixth place at the 2014 EFAF Championship), with the winners advancing to the 2018 tournament.

In June 2017, Italy was announced to have qualified for the final tournament[1] as only one of the four teams without any match played. Finland, who was already qualified, did not appear on the schedule. No reasons were given.

In March 2018, IFAF New York announced to have Sweden, Denmark, and Great Britain advancing to the final tournament. Now reigning Champion Germany and Italy were not on the list. Again, no reasons were given. On 28 March, the website American Football International reported that the reason for Germany not joining was due to the teams in the German Football League voting not to change the league schedule to accommodate the European Championships.[2]

Teams[edit]

Venue[edit]

All games were played at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion in Vantaa, Finland

Vantaa
Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion
Capacity: 4,700
Pohjola stadion.jpg

Group stages[edit]

Group A[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team W L Pct PF PA PD
 Austria 2 0 1.000 81 16 +63
 Sweden 1 1 0.500 33 61 −28
 Denmark 0 2 0.000 35 70 −35

Schedule[edit]

1 2 34Total
 Austria 0 14 62040
 Denmark 0 7 8015

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 29 July 2018
  • Game time: 16:00 EEST
  • Game attendance: 502
  • Referee: Øyvind Løken
  • Box score
1 2 34Total
 Denmark 14 0 0620
 Sweden 0 7 17630

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 31 July 2018
  • Game time: 16:00 EEST
  • Game attendance: 347
  • Referee: Bård Beylich
  • Box score
1 2 34Total
 Sweden 3 0 003
 Austria 21 10 7341

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 2 August 2018
  • Game time: 16:00 EEST
  • Game attendance: 512
  • Referee: Øyvind Løken
  • Box score

Group B[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team W L Pct PF PA PD
 France 2 0 1.000 63 23 +40
 Finland 1 1 0.500 42 28 +14
 Great Britain 0 2 0.000 16 70 −54

Schedule[edit]

1 2 34Total
 Great Britain 0 7 007
 Finland 7 21 0028

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 29 July 2018
  • Game time: 20:00 EEST
  • Game attendance: 1650
  • Referee: Bård Beylich
  • Box score
1 2 34Total
 France 14 14 7742
 Great Britain 3 3 309

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 31 July 2018
  • Game time: 20:00 EEST
  • Game attendance: 428
  • Referee: Øyvind Løken
  • Box score
1 2 34Total
 Finland 0 0 7714
 France 0 7 01421

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 2 August 2018
  • Game time: 20:00 EEST
  • Game attendance: 2518
  • Referee: Bård Beylich
  • Box score

Finals[edit]

5th place game
1 2 34Total
 Great Britain 7 7 12733
 Denmark 0 0 8816

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 4 August 2018
  • Game time: 11:00 EEST
  • Game weather: Sunny, +25°C
  • Game attendance: 303
  • Referee: Finland Veikko Lamminsalo
  • TV: YLE Areena
  • Box score
Bronze medal game
1 2 34Total
 Sweden 0 6 15021
 Finland 7 7 71435

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 4 August 2018
  • Game time: 15:00 EEST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, +24°C
  • Game attendance: 1,984
  • Referee: Norway Bård Beylich
  • TV: YLE Areena
  • Box score
Final
1 2 34Total
 France 7 0 14728
 Austria 0 14 0014

at Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa

  • Date: 4 August 2018
  • Game time: 18:00 EEST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, +24°C
  • Game attendance: 1,757
  • Referee: Norway Øyvind Løken
  • TV: YLE Areena
  • Box score

See also[edit]

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