Australian Football Association of North America
The Australian Football Association of North America (AFANA) is a non-profit organization that formed out of the campaign to save television coverage of Australian rules football in the United States and Canada in 1996. AFANA has an emphasis on the fan, and aims to help the game to develop and to improve its exposure in North America, including better TV coverage.
A major success of the lobby group was the televising of AFL matches from 2006 by Setanta Sports (USA) and MHz Worldview   whilst it continues to work with the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) to get television exposure for local matches.
Coverage was briefly lost when Setanta Sports USA went offline on March 1st, 2010. ESPN sporadically broadcast matches and carried the Grand Finals in 2010 and 2011. Weekly coverage returned in 2012 on Fox Soccer Plus.
For the 2013 season, officials at the Fox Entertainment Group have told the AFANA they will broadcast matches in the United States on Fox Soccer Plus. A post on the AFANA website says Fox Soccer Plus will "broadcast a minimum of 2 live games per week in HD, with the 2013 season kicking off Saturday, March 23rd." The network has also committed to show all 2013 playoff matches, leading up to and including the 2013 Grand Final.
Grand Final Parties
One of AFANA's major services is the posting of announcements of the many AFL Grand Final parties held in North America (and sometimes Europe and Asia). These yearly parties are typically held the day of the Grand Final and usually feature Australian food and beverages as the staple refreshments for the event.
- "Preliminary Info on 2013 AFL Coverage on TV and Internet". 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-03-06.