American Football in Finland?

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CaliforniaTim
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American Football in Finland?

Post by CaliforniaTim » Thu May 26, 2022 8:25 pm

My (Finnish) wife and I (an American) are seriously thinking about moving to Finland soon.

Does anyone know if American football is widely watched/played in Finland these days?

Are their any causal leagues for adults who want to play touch or flag football?

Thanks for the info - it may make or break my decision to move! :lol:



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FinnGuyHelsinki
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Re: American Football in Finland?

Post by FinnGuyHelsinki » Fri May 27, 2022 7:35 am

CaliforniaTim wrote:
Thu May 26, 2022 8:25 pm
My (Finnish) wife and I (an American) are seriously thinking about moving to Finland soon.

Does anyone know if American football is widely watched/played in Finland these days?

Are their any causal leagues for adults who want to play touch or flag football?

Thanks for the info - it may make or break my decision to move! :lol:
Depends on what one means by "widely", there are teams around but ice hockey, soccer, Finnish baseball... are much more common and likely to have as a team sports hobby. Definitely a niche compared to those. There's information on https://jenkkifutis.fi/ (in Finnish only, generally one thing to be aware of is that not everything is provided in English).

inkku
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Re: American Football in Finland?

Post by inkku » Fri May 27, 2022 10:34 pm

Plenty of teams in southern Finland and in particular in helsinki. Pretty popular i would Say .

CaliforniaTim
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Re: American Football in Finland?

Post by CaliforniaTim » Sat Jun 04, 2022 8:08 pm

Thanks for the replies. For anyone else that is curious, I dug a little deeper in the website https://jenkkifutis.fi/ and looks like there several Division III teams in smaller cities like Vaasa and Joensuu.

There is also a a country-wide flag football tournament that plays its final at the SM-viikko. https://sm-viikko.fi/briefly-in-english/

Still depends where we end up, but it looks promising!


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