Australian Football League set to return to London

Australian Football League set to return to London

The Australian Football League has confirmed it will stage an exhibition match in London for the first time in six years when the Western Bulldogs meet Port Adelaide.

The game, scheduled to be played at The Oval on November 3rd, will be the first time the capital has seen AFL football since Port Adelaide and Geelong clashed in 2006.

Following agreement with Surrey County Cricket Club, AFL general manager of national and international development Andrew Dillon said the game would continue to promote the AFL internationally.

“There are now 21 countries affiliated under AFL Europe with more than 4,600 players competing in regular competitions across Europe,” Dillon explained.

“A large Australian expatriate community in England, primarily centred in London, retains strong links to their clubs at home.”

AFL Europe hosts an annual competition for its affiliated leagues and it is expected the best two countries will play a curtain-raiser before the Bulldogs-Power match.