Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Australian football first came to Timor-Leste in 2007 when several friends who liked to kick the ball around jokingly put together the East Dili Eels.

Later that year, two Timorese played in the country's first AFL match between the Australian army and UN police.

Now, six teams play in Dili with mostly Timorese players, including Romaldo Barreto, one of the original two players from the first match in 2007.

East Timor's national team, the Crocs, were formed in 2008. They play in Bali twice a year, have toured Darwin and debuted at the International Cup in 2011.   

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Timor Leste at IC11

Placing: 18Timor-Leste IC11 guernsey

Considering members of the Crocs were playing football from the back of a car only a few years previously, the fact they were fieldig a team at the International Cup was in itself a huge achievement.

What Timor-Leste lacked in skill and experience, they made up for with enthusiasm and resilience. Despite remaining winless for the tournament, they improved greatly during the two weeks and came away thoroughly impressed by their experience. 

Timor-Leste in action at IC11

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