Australian football has been played in Sweden since 1993, after the Helsingborg Saints were formed to play in the Danish Australian Football League.
The national team, The Elks debuted in 1997 against the Danish Vikings and have since gone on to play in the EU Cup (defeating Germany in the 2007 Grand Final), the Tri-Nations Cup and two International Cups.
A national governing body was formed in 2007 under the name Svenska Australiensiska Fotbollsförbundet or AFL Sweden.
After a huge growth spurt in the game in Sweden, the Elks came to their second International Cup full of hope and big expectations.
However, the Swedes struggled to play a full four quarters in most of their games, squandering opportunities and advantages.
A narrow win over Japan in their last game showed the Elks' future promise and gave them eleventh spot on the Division one ladder.