Great Britain Lions looking to Roar in Finland

The British American Football Association have announced this week that the GB Lions Men’s Squad will be headed to Finland this summer to take part in the IFAF European Championships.

While there were some concerns that the recent unification of IFAF and therefore the potential return of Germany to the fold, this announcement would appear to allay fears that GB might lose their place in the Championships to make room for the winner of the last two Championships.


BAFA are pleased to announce the Great Britain men’s adult team will be heading to Finland this summer to participate in the 2018 IFAF European Championship which will be held in Vantaa, Finland

The tournament will feature host nation Finland, along with Austria, Denmark, France, Great Britain, and Sweden.

BAFA Chairman Martin Cockerill said:

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for the players and staff to showcase the talent and passion that exists in British football, as we enter the final phases of preparation and put in place the finishing touches to the team ready, for the assault on the top tier of European football”

IFAF Managing Director Andy Fuller said:

“This summer’s Championship provides us with a wonderful showcase for European football and a pathway to the 2019 World Championship.

I am very happy that the finals are being staged in Finland.”

Fuller added.

“The Finnish Federation are experienced hosts of major football events, and we are all looking forward to an exciting and entertaining tournament.”

President of the Finnish Federation (SAJL), Roope Noronen added:

“We are very proud to be hosting the men’s European finals this summer. We shall do everything we can to make our guests welcome and provide a great stage for the competition.”

The European Championship will run from July 28 to August 5.

The teams are seeded and divided into 2 groups.

Group A: Austria (1), Sweden (4), Denmark (5)

Group B: France (2), Finland (3), United Kingdom (6)


Sunday 29 July
16:00: Denmark vs Austria.
20:00: Finland vs. United Kingdom

Tuesday 31 July
16:00: Sweden vs. Denmark
20:00: United Kingdom vs. France

Thursday 2 August
16:00: Austria vs. Sweden
20:00: France vs. Finland

Saturday 4 August
12:00: 5th Place playoff
16:00: Bronze medal match
20:00: Final


ISS Stadion in Vantaa, the same stadium as the World Championships for ladies was played on in 2013, and where several U17 and U19 Nordic Championships have been played.

All matches will be streamed 

Photo Courtesy of Bec Edwards




Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1