United States Australian Football League
|Sport||Australian rules football|
|No. of teams||37|
|Most recent champion(s)||New York Magpies
|Most titles||Denver Bulldogs
The United States Australian Football League (USAFL) is a 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 organization 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. 1,048 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Metro and Rec Footy
- 3 National teams
- 4 Domestic tournaments and competitions
- 5 Funding and revenue
- 6 USAFL Footy Kids
- 7 USAFL clubs and representative sides
- 8 Former clubs
- 9 Affiliated leagues
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The first match between two local US clubs was played in 1996 between Cincinnati and Louisville. 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.
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
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.
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.
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
List of USAFL National Championship Premiers
|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||2||2||4||2010, 2014||2004, 2012|
Funding and revenue
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
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
|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|
- Mid American Australian Football League
- Eastern Australian Football League
- North West Pacific Australian Football League
- Californian Australian Football League
- Australian rules football
- Australian rules football in the United States
- Metro Footy
- Women's Australian Football Association
- Official website
- United States Australian Football League on Twitter
- United States Australian Football League on Facebook
- US Footy News
- Fox Sports World Video
- World Footy News
- ESPN aired this segment for Australian TV
- Stateside Footy TV Cable Access program produced at WCTV in Wilmington, Massachusetts, featuring Australian Rules Football played in the United States