THE CROKE PARK European gaelic football Championships & Champions Cups are the climax of our season. The Champions Cups (senior championships) are contested by the top teams in each of Gaelic Games Europe’s five regions, whilst other clubs from across the continent compete for Intermediate and Junior Championship glory.
The 650+ players representing 50 teams drawn from 15 countries along with supporters, VIPs and local dignitaries will ensure a colourful occasion and vibrant atmosphere at our highest profile event of the year. Jointly hosted by the Maastricht Gaels, Belgium GAA, Eindhoven Shamrocks and The Hague GAA clubs at the home of European gaelic games in Maastricht at the heart of Europe where the Netherlands meets Belgium and Germany, the weekend includes a major social event where the Champions are feted and presented with their trophies, before everyone celebrates the end of the season with a massive party!
Short movie of European Gaelic Football Championships Finals, held in Maastricht – 24 Sept. 2016.Leinster G.A.A. Official GAA Ladies Gaelic Football Belgium GAA Berlin GAA Jersey Irish GAA Club Luxembourg Gaa Amsterdam GAC Paris Gaels GAA Vienna Gaels GAA Irmandinhos A Estrada EGHB Liffré GAA – Football Gaélique Den Haag GAA Eindhoven Shamrocks GFC Munich Colmcilles GAA Lille GAA Clermont Gaelic Football Club The Paddies – Padova Gaelic Football Slovak Shamrocks GAA The Earls of Leuven G.A.A club Luxembourg Gaa Holland Ladies GAA
Posted by Gaelic Games Europe on Dienstag, 27. September 2016
This year, the Champions Cups, which are open to the top teams from the Iberian, North-West, Benelux, Nordic and Central-East regions, will also serve as the European Senior Football Championships. The remaining men’s teams are graded into “intermediate” and “junior” levels and battle for championships at each level. Female teams not participating in the Champions Cup play for the European Championship Shield and Plate prizes.
Using six pitches from early morning until evening, games are played in a 11-a-side format (male) or 7/9-a-side format (female) with group games in the morning and knock-out stages after lunch. Each team will normally play between four and six games. Games last 15-25 minutes at the group stage and 30 minutes for semi-finals and finals. The main competition finals are played on Europe’s only dedicated gaelic games astroturf pitch. The pitches and the modern clubhouse with multiple bars, changing rooms, medical and other services are provided the Maastricht city council’s sports service, who have developed a high quality multi-purpose facility which is regarded as one of the best in Europe.