IFAF 2019 Women’s European Championships: Meet Team Sweden

Team Sweden heads into the IFAF 2019 Women’s European Championships August 12-17 at John Charles Stadium in Leeds, England with a great deal of optimism

Although Team Sweden finished a disappointing sixth in the 2015 European Championships in Spain, narrowly defeated by the hosts in their final game, the Swedish women’s program has continued to be active playing against the reigning European Champions, Finland, each year.

They have yet to get the better of their Baltic neighbors, but they’ve continued to close the gap – especially in recent seasons, when the blue and gold side came up just a single point shy against the Finns in 2018.

Sweden’s first game gets underway Monday, August 12, against hosts, Great Britain, at 7 pm (8pm CEDT). The countries have met three times before and Great Britain has won each time, 27-10 in 2013, 26-14 2014 and 30-14 2015.

After Great Britain, familiar foes Team Finland await, on August 14, before Sweden winds up the tournament on August 17 against Austria. The tournament is played as a ’round robin’ group, where the winner with the best record takes home the European gold – meaning that at least two victories will be required to compete for the gold, a difficult but far from impossible task for the Swedes.

All the games will also be broadcast live on Youtube and Facebook

Coach Forsman:

“It has been a long and difficult process to get the final squad where there has been incredible evenness between many players and we really had to go through all aspects before we made the decisions.

There has been incredible competition for roster spots building up to this tournament and I am grateful for how many players have been available to make this trip as part of the National Team. We have a really strong team and I look forward to the challenges during the European Championships.”

The Swedish Finalists Carlstad Crusaders and Örebro Black Knights are well represented in the Swedish squad, between them providing 27 of the 43 players.

Team Sweden Roster:

QB Linda Johansson Carlstad Crusaders
QB Mallory Fraiche Jönköping Spartans
RB Anna Hedström Carlstad Crusaders
RB Minmin Zhao Örebro Black Knights
RB Moa Toll Arlanda Jets
FB Sara Lidner Örebro Black Knights
FB Elin Luuk Örebro Black Knights
WR Teresia Keskitalo Örebro Black Knight
WR Moa Hansson Carlstad Crusaders
WR Emma Sandsjö Carlstad Crusaders / Skövde Dukes
WR Karin Ullen Carlstad Crusaders
WR Hanna Karlsson Jönköping Spartans
WR Natalie Bengtsson Carlstad Crusaders
WR Sara Wikström Jönköping Spartans
OL Alexandra Thörnstrand Örebro Black Knights
OL Julia Olsson Kristianstad Predators
OL Angelica Tingstad Örebro Black Knights
OL Johanna Enoksson Örebro Black Knights
OL Frida Olsson Granlund Carlstad Crusaders
OL Ida Handel Carlstad Crusaders
OL Dessire Strömberg Carlstad Crusaders
DT Johanna Aspenberg Örebro Black Knights
DT Mathilda Thörnblad Jönköping Spartans
DT Jonna Didriksson Carlstad Crusaders
DT Linn Stridsman Arlanda Jets
DT Caroline Dahlen Örebro Black Knights
THE Elin Thimfors Carlstad Crusaders
THE Yasmin El Messaoudi Arlanda Jets
THE Marie Mardirossian Örebro Black Knights
THE Veronika Nikeus Örebro Black Knights
LB Tove Hedengren Örebro Black Knights
LB Alma Gustavsson Carlstad Crusaders
LB Jenika Hedman Örebro Black Knights
LB Heidi Svensson Duric Jönköping Spartans
LB Matilda Svensson Duric Jönköping Spartans
LB Gabriella Brönnegård Arlanda Jets
DB Elin Persson Örebro Black Knights
DB Hedvig Palocci Arlanda Jets
DB Tilde Vitek Örebro Black Knights
DB Jenny Gramenius Arlanda Jets
DB Amanda Åslund Arlanda Jets
DB Sabina Rydberg Arlanda Jets
DB Rebecka Winberg Utah Falcon
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