European Federation of American Football | Charleroi Trophy 2002-2004

DateRoundIrish Team European Team 
  Charelroi Trophy I   
2002SFDublin Rebels26Forbach Taupes (Fra)8
2002FinalDublin Rebels22Charleroi Cougars (Bel)0
  Charleroi Trophy II   
2003SFDublin Rebels8Celtes de Mitry (Fra)6
2003SFCarrickfergus Knights6Charleroi Cougars (Bel)8
20033rd/4thCarrickfergus Knights22Celtes de Mitry (Fra)8
2003FinalDublin Rebels12Charleroi Cougars (Bel)0
  Charleroi Trophy III   
2004SFDublin Rebels8Chevaliers d’Orleans (Fra)26
20043rd/4thDublin Rebels20Charleroi Cougars (Bel)0



<p>Ireland was re-admitted to the European Federation of American Football in the early 2000s, and Ireland’s National champions competed in the Charleroi Trophy, an unofficial West European Club Championship, from 2002-2004.

The Dublin Rebels represented Ireland all three years, winning in 2002 & 2003. The Carrickfergus Knights also represented Ireland in 2003, finishing third. Other teams taking part were host team Charleroi Cougars from Belgium as well as other Belgian and French representatives.

In 2002 the Rebels defeated France’s Forbach Taupes 26-8 in the Semi-Finals before winning 22-0 against the host team in the final. [1][4]

In 2003 The Rebels won their Semi-Final 8-6 against Celtes de Mitry of France, whilst the Carrickfergus Knights went down by the same score to the Charleroi Cougars. The Knights won the 3rd Place Playoff 22-8 against the Celtes, before the Rebels again defeated the Cougars in the Final, 12-0. [2][5]

The 2004 edition saw the Rebels back in action, however, this time they lost in the Semi-Final 26-8 to Chevaliers d’Orleans, before beating the host team for the third year in succession, in the 3rd Place Playoff, on a 20-0 scoreline. [3]

Dublin Rebels being presented with the Charleroi Trophy 2003 [Reference: [7]


[6] American Football International (2013) EFAF Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 30 August 2017]

[7] Irish American Football Association (2003) Dublin Rebels Celebrate their victory in the 2003 Charleroi Trophy [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 11 November 2019]


[1] Irish American Football Association (2002) June 29th/30th 2002 – DUBLIN REBELS WIN CHARLEROI TROPHY CHARLEROI TOURNAMENT [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 October 2017]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2003) DUBLIN REBELS WIN CHARLEROI TROPHY – DUBLIN REBELS FINISH FIRST & CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS 3RD [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 October 2017]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2004) 26th-27th June 2004 REBELS PLAY IN CHARLROI TROPHY ORLEANS DEFEAT LILLE IN FINAL [Internet] Available from:

[4] Dublin Rebels (2002) REBELS WIN CHARLEROI TROPHY [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 July 2017]

[5] Dublin Rebels (2003) REBELS WIN 2nd CHARLEROI TROPHY [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 July 2017]


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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