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Approx population (2009):   7.8 million

National side:   -

Governing body:   AFL Switzerland

Domestic clubs:
Lugano (competing in AFL Italia)
Zurich Steinbocks

Primary contact / link:   AFL Switzerland

WFN Census (2004):   N/A

WFN World Ranking (2008):   N/A

History:   There have been numerous reports of people wanting to start clubs in Switzerland, with names mentioned including the Geneva Eagles and the Lucerne Lions. In addition, some members of the EU Crusaders scratch team at the EU Cup have been resident in Switzerland.

The first Swiss club to officially play a match was the new club in Lugano, located in the Italian-speaking southern region of Ticino, who took part in the AFL Italia 2010 premiership season.

Switzerland made its first appearance at the Euro Cup in 2011, with the squad based around the Lugano club.

They were followed by the Zurich Steinbocks, who played their first practice match against Lugano in early 2011.

Outlook (2011):   There was some discussion of Switzerland attending the IC11, although it is yet to be confirmed. Lugano will continue playing in the Italian league for the time being, whilst the new Zurich club hope to see more clubs created in their region of central and northern Switzerland.

Other points of interest:   Matthew Leuenberger is a professional Australian rules footballer currently playing with the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League, whose father is Swiss.

Footy legend Ron Barassi is of Swiss-Italian descent, his forefathers having emigrated from Ticino.

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