United States Australian Football League

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United States Australian Football League
USAFL Logo.jpg
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1996
Inaugural season 1997
No. of teams 37
Country USA
Official website www.usafl.com

The United States Australian Football League (USAFL) is the governing body for Australian rules football in the United States. It was conceived in 1996 and organized in 1997. It is based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Since co-ordinating the first National Championships, the organisation has functioned as a national amateur Australian Football representative league. By 2006, the league had grown to 40 affiliated clubs, making up 60 teams and 2,000 players.[1] 1,048 were registered USAFL players and 340 USAFL sanctioned matches were played. Of the 709 players who competed at the USAFL National Championships, 77.4% were non-Australian, and over 60% were American.

The USAFL has Junior Development, Coaching Development and Umpire Development programs.

History[edit]

The first match between two local US clubs was played in 1996 between Cincinnati and Louisville.[2] In the first year the Mid American Australian Football League was formed. Many of the local players had found out about the game in the 1980s on television and ESPN. Although the local game grew, ESPN no longer broadcast AFL matches, and in response the lobby group, AFANA was formed.

In 1997, the first club national championships were held in Cincinnati. Nashville hosted the first Australian Grand Final Festival in the same year. The United States Australian Football League (USAFL) was formed in 1997 to govern the code in the country.

Ambassadors[edit]

The involvement of many well-known Australians has helped boost the relations between the USAFL and AFL. In the early days, Paul Roos was a key figure. More recently, Robert DiPierdomenico, Colin Carter, Ian Dicker, Wayne Clarke, Leigh Matthews and Michael Voss have become official USAFL ambassadors.

Metro and Rec Footy[edit]

The USAFL has embraced Metro Footy – a scaled down version of footy (as the sport is sometimes called) for American-sized fields with fewer players. Many USAFL clubs are fed by several Metro Footy or Rec Footy sides and selected players represent at the Nationals. Metro Footy has also enabled the USAFL to stage exhibition matches at Arena Football League games. Rec (or Recreational) Footy is generally a co-ed, non-tackle version of the game which has been adopted by many clubs across the US in order to introduce women into the game and men at a more introductory level.

National teams[edit]

USAFL is responsible for the co-ordination of the National Teams, the USA Revolution men's team and the USA Freedom women's team. The team plays in international tournaments and exhibition matches against other countries. National team players are selected from the best US-born players from the club teams across the country.

With close proximity to Canada, the Revolution & Freedom participate in the annual 49th Parallel Cup against Canada each year except for years of the International Cup in Australia.

The Revolution competed in the 2002 Australian Football International Cup, finishing 5th out of 11 countries and in the 2005 Australian Football International Cup finishing 3rd out of 10 countries. They competed in the 2008 Australian Football International Cup where the Revolution finished 7th out of 16 countries.

Domestic tournaments and competitions[edit]

List of USAFL National Championship Premiers[edit]

Teams Premiers Runner Up Total Year(s) won Year(s) lost
Denver Bulldogs 8 2 10 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 2006, 2010
San Diego Lions 2 3 5 2001, 2006 2000, 2002, 2007
Boston Demons 2 2 4 1998, 1999 2001, 2003
New York Magpies 1 2 3 2010 2004, 2012
Cincinnati Dockers 1 0 1 1997
Vancouver Cougars 1 0 1 2008
Austin Crows 1 0 1 2013

Funding and revenue[edit]

The Australian Football League provides around A$80,000 annually in funding for the USAFL, primarily for league development. The USAFL also generates revenue through club and player membership and merchandising activities.

USAFL Footy Kids[edit]

US Footy Kids is the USAFL's equivalent of the successful AFL Auskick program and part of the USAFL's junior development program.

USAFL clubs and representative sides[edit]

Club City USAFL League Metro League Founded Official website
Arizona Hawks Phoenix, Arizona USAFL Western Regionals Arizona Australian Football League 1999 Official Site
Atlanta Kookaburras Atlanta, Georgia Mid American Australian Football League Atlanta Australian Rules Football League 1998 Official Site
Austin Crows Austin, Texas Mid American Australian Football League 2002 Official Site
Baltimore Washington Eagles Baltimore, Maryland, Fairfax, Virginia & Washington, D.C. Eastern Australian Football League Baltimore Washington Eagles Metro Competition 1998 Official Site
Baton Rouge Tigers Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mid American Australian Football League 2004 Official Site
Boston Demons Boston, Massachusetts Eastern Australian Football League New England Metropolitan Australian Rules Football League 1997 Official Site
Charleston Saints Charleston, South Carolina 2011 Official Site
Chicago Swans Chicago, Illinois Mid American Australian Football League Chicago Australian Football Association 1998 Official Site
Cincinnati Dockers Cincinnati, Ohio Mid American Australian Football League 1996 Official Site
Columbus Jackaroos Columbus, Ohio Mid American Australian Football League Columbus Metro Footy League 2008 Official Site
Dallas Magpies Dallas, Texas Mid American Australian Football League 1998 Official Site
Denver Bulldogs Denver, Colorado USAFL Western Regionals 1998 Official Site
Des Moines Roosters Des Moines, Iowa Mid American Australian Football League 2010 Official Site
Florida Redbacks Tampa Bay, Florida Eastern Australian Football League Florida Metro Footy League 2003 Official Site
Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids Fort Lauderdale, Florida Eastern Australian Football League 2005 Official Site
Golden Gate Roos San Francisco, California USAFL Western Regionals 1998 Official Site
Houston Lonestars Houston, Texas Mid American Australian Football League 2005 Official Site
Indianapolis Giants Indianapolis, Indiana 2013 Official Site
Kansas City Power Kansas City, Missouri Mid American Australian Football League Kansas City Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
Las Vegas Gamblers Las Vegas, Nevada USAFL Western Regionals 2005 Official Site
Los Angeles Dragons Los Angeles, California USAFL Western Regionals Southern California Australian Football League 2010 Official Site
Louisville Kings Louisville, Kentucky Mid American Australian Football League 1996 Official Site
Milwaukee Bombers Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mid American Australian Football League Milwaukee Metro Cheddar Cup 1998 Official Site
Minnesota Freeze Minneapolis, Minnesota Mid American Australian Football League 2005 Official Site
Nashville Kangaroos Nashville, Tennessee Mid American Australian Football League 1997 Official Site
New York Magpies New York City Eastern Australian Football League New York Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
North Carolina Tigers Raleigh, North Carolina Eastern Australian Football League North Carolina Metro Footy League 1997 Official Site
Orange County Bombers Orange County, California USAFL Western Regionals Southern California Australian Football League 1998 Official Site
Philadelphia Hawks Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Eastern Australian Football League 1998 Official Site
Portland Steelheads Portland, Oregon North West Pacific Football League Portland Australian Football League 1998 Official Site
Riverside Saints Riverside, California USAFL Western Regionals Southern California Australian Football League 2011 Official Site
Sacramento Suns Sacramento, California USAFL Western Regionals Sac Footy Rec League 2009 Official Site
Saint Louis Blues St. Louis, Missouri Mid American Australian Football League 1997 Official Site
San Diego Lions San Diego, California USAFL Western Regionals San Diego Metro Footy League 1997 Official Site
Seattle Grizzlies Seattle, Washington North West Pacific Football League Seattle Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
Tulsa Buffaloes Tulsa, Oklahoma Official Site

Former clubs[edit]

Club City Founded Official website
Detroit Overdrive Detroit, Michigan
Illinois Ironmen Naperville, Illinois
Inland Empire Eagles/Fire Riverside, California
Lehigh Valley Crocs Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Los Angeles Crows Pasadena, California
Mojave Greens Fort Irwin, California
Phoenix Scorpions Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh Wallabies Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
South Carolina Hawks Charleston, South Carolina
Tri-Cities Saints Bristol, Tennessee
Tucson Javelinas Tucson, Arizona

Affiliated leagues[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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