The Vietnam Swans are an inclusive, nationally focussed sporting and social club built around the sport of Australian Rules Football. We have an active membership across Vietnam, including Danang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau, in addition to the many supporters and former players in Australia and across the globe.
The Swan’s priorities vary from season to season. In general, our priorities are:
- Playing and growing Australian Rules Football in Vietnam
- Introducing Vietnamese locals to ‘our great game’
- Strengthening Australian ties in Vietnam, while encouraging people of all backgrounds to participate
- Supporting and improving the community we live in
- Travelling to play football games throughout the region
- On field success – winning matches & tournaments
Our mens and womens teams train and play competitive games regularly.
In addition to the weekly activities, the highlights of each season are:
- The ANZAC Friendship Match in Vung Tau, typically held close to ANZAC day.
- Various tours across Asia as part of the AFL Asia league.
- The Indochina Cup, where we take on the teams of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
- The AFL Grand Final parties held across Vietnam.
- AFL Asian Championships
We also work and play closely with other sporting clubs in Vietnam, including the Viet Celts Gaelic Football Club in Hanoi, the Saigon Geckos and Hanoi Dragons Rugby Clubs, and the Saigon Australian Cricket Club.
The Swans have had many highlights over the course of our history, since the Hanoi Hawks and the Saigon Saints were formed way back in 1998.
In 2007, the Hanoi Hawks and the Saigon Saints formed the Vietnam Swans. The team above debuted at the 2007 Asian Champs in Thailand.
The first ANZAC Friendship Match was held in Vung Tau in 2010 (pictured above). This set the scene for bigger and bigger games each year at the Lord Mayor’s Oval. This oval was the site of the original Vietnam Football League (1966-1971) where AFL was played by Australian servicemen.
In 2010, the Vietnam Swans won their first ever tournament, the Indochina Cup.
In 2011, the Vietnam Swans went back-to-back to win the Indochina Cup in Laos (pictured above).
The Club kept winning Indochina Cups regularly over the years. With strong results in recent years, the Swans now hold a solid lead in the number of tournament victories for this Cup. 2013’s win is pictured above.
In 2015, the Vietnam Swans won their first tournament outside the Indochina Cup, at the Manila Cup in the Philippines (pictured above). This open tournament was always hotly contested.
In 2016, the Club rose to national attention when a young Libba paid us a visit and had a cameo run at a tournament in Saigon.
2018 was the debut of the very first Vietnam Swans womens team, the Lady Swans (pictured above in their second game, against the Malaysian Warrior Women).
The Club recorded its first victory at the Asian Championships in 2018.
AFL-X tournaments and District teams appeared in Saigon and Hanoi in 2018.
There will no doubt be many more. You should join us!