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Approx population (2009): 10.5 million
National side: Czech Lions
Governing body: Czech Australian Football League
Primary contact / link: Czech Australian Football League
WFN Census (2004): N/A
WFN World Ranking (2008): N/A
History: Australian rules football has been played in the Czech Republic since around 2003, when there were efforts to start a club in Prague known as the Tigers.
The first lasting club was founded in 2005, known as the Czech Lions. The Lions remained the only team in the Czech Republic for the next three years, playing mainly in tournaments against other European teams, hosting the CEAFL Championships in 2006.
The Czech AFL hosted the EU Cup in Prague in 2008, hosted at Slavia Rugby Club.
In 2009, the Czech AFL took steps to create a domestic competition in the Czech Republic, with the creation of two sides in Prague known as the All-Stars and the Marauders. As of July 2009, the two sides had around 30 active playing members, of which around one half were Czechs, one third expatriate Australians, and the remainder from other nationalities. The national representative side of the Czech AFL still competes under the name Czech Lions.
Outlook (2010): The Czech AFL is currently focusing on consolidating the Prague metro league and growing the number of local players, although they also have some matches scheduled against other national teams such as Germany and are expected to return to the EU Cup.
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