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Approx population (2009): 7 million
National side: Catalonia Dragons
Governing body: Lliga de Futbol Australià de Catalunya
Primary contact / link: Lliga de Futbol Australià de Catalunya
WFN Census (2004): 4 teams, 28 players
WFN World Ranking (2008): 20th
The Catalan program began around 2000, with small games organised, leading to the 2005 creation of the Lliga de Futbol Australià de Catalunya (Catalan Australian Football League), LFAC. In some ways this program appeared to become more active than that in Madrid, with at one stage four teams and staging what they called the World 9s, though featuring mostly local sides. In 2009 the LFAC competition grew to include sides from Andorra and Perpignan in France, neighbouring areas with Catalan heritage.
2010 saw the formation of the European Australian Football Association, with both Spain and Catalonia admitted as foundation members, with the caveat that if LFAC were to lapse then any future Catalan effort would need to be represented in the EAFA by Spain. It seems unlikely that will occur, with LFAC building a solid base.
Outlook (2010): Steady growth looks to be likely, and it will be interesting to see if their admission to EAFA, which is AFL supported, means they will look to attend future International Cups.
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