AFL England

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AFL England
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SportAustralian Rules Football
Founded2012 (2012)
AffiliationAustralian Football League
PresidentJason Hill
ReplacedAFL Britain
Official website

AFL England is the governing body for Australian Rules Football in England. It was formed in 2012 to succeed AFL Britain with the aim to be more effective in governing the game in England, as both Scotland and Wales had developed their own autonomous bodies.

AFL England is also the nominated body for Great Britain and as such is responsible for the recruitment and selection for both the Great Britain Bulldogs and Great Britain Swans

Jason Hill was appointed as the President of AFL England in 2018[1] replacing long-serving President Claire Shapland.


AFL England aims to:

  • Lead the awareness, growth, development and promotion of Australian Football in England.
  • Create a pathway between the English and Australian game.
  • Work in partnership with AFL Europe in reaching mutual goals, maintaining similar values, while working to grow the game on a domestic level.


British Australian Rules Football League[edit]

The BARFL was formed in 1989, with efforts from John Jelley and others seeing the formation of eight clubs for an inaugural season in 1990. The founding clubs were the London Hawks, West London Wildcats, North London Lions, Earls Court Kangaroos, Lea Valley Saints, Thames Valley Magpies and Wandsworth Demons in and around London and a club based in Leicester, the East Midland Eagles. Of the foundation teams, four still survive in West London, North London, Wimbledon (formerly London Hawks) and Wandsworth.[2]

The inaugural game took place between the Earls Court Roos and Lea Valley Saints, with Tango tapping to JvdM who pumped it long to Donger for the first ever goal. The Roos prevailed 33.24 (222) to 1.2 (8)

Between 1990 and 2001, the league existed as one competition for all clubs, ranging from a high of 10 clubs in 1991 to a low of only 6 in 1998.

Divisional structure 2001-2007[edit]

In an environment where large numbers of Australians could be both a blessing (in terms of experience and teaching ability) and a curse (in terms of new clubs outside London finding it difficult to compete against the Australian expat-based London clubs), the league in 2001 divided teams into two leagues. The first league was the London Premiership, where the powerful London clubs would continue under the same local-content regulations as previously (i.e. quotas of British players who must be on the field at any time).

The restructure of the BARFL in 2001 saw the London-based clubs form the London Premiership, and the regional clubs break off to form their own league. The new structure also enabled London clubs to field reserve grade teams, forming the London Conference. Prior to this, two BARFL Premiership clubs, the Wandsworth Demons from 1999 and the West London Wildcats in 2000, had fielded second teams in the main division. These teams, the Clapham Demons and the Shepherds Bush Raiders became founding members of the Conference.

Beneath the London Premiership would be a London Conference, where the teams could field their 'reserve' sides, including the Clapham and Ealing teams which had been previously entered by Wandsworth and West London respectively. The London Conference has greatly relaxed 'local content' rules, meaning that backpackers and other Australians can compete at a social level.

In 2003, with new clubs being formed outside the capital and regional clubs still struggling against the larger numbers of Australians playing for the London sides, it was decided that clubs outside London would compete in a Regional Premiership. This included the Bristol Dockers, St Helens Miners and the two new sides in the Doncaster Saints and Reading Kangaroos.

In 2004, a fourth division of the BARFL appeared, with the Scottish Australian Rules Football League forming. In the inaugural season, three clubs played each other for the premiership, the Edinburgh Old Town Bloods, the Edinburgh Uni Body Snatchers and the Glasgow Sharks.

2007 saw the introduction of a third tier of football in the London region, known as the Social Division. This division was formed for the same reasons as the conference division, with some of the larger clubs being unable to field their full player lists in two teams resulting in some fielding more than one team in the conference.

AFL Britain[edit]

In 2008 the BARFL rebranded and redeveloped to become AFL Britain, an organisation with less direct control over football in London but a greater ability to support the game to grow both in and outside the capital.

In 2010, the AFL Britain had four affiliated leagues, the AFL London, AFLB North, AFLB Central, AFLB South.

AFL England[edit]

During the season of 2012, it was decided by the AFL Britain Committee that it was best to rename to be more focused on football within the England domain. This would also assist with National Governing Body status from Sport England. AFL England would sit aside the other AFL leagues such as Scottish ARFL, Welsh ARFL in the UK and with AFL Ireland in Ireland.

In 2015 the inaugural women's league was established - the AFL London Women's Premiership - which was won in its inaugural season by the Wandsworth Demons. Two years later, following the success of this women's league, the Women's Conference was also launched.

In 2018, AFL England launched the National University League which ran for four rounds, and featured teams from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and the University of Birmingham, along with a representative team made up of players form the Universities of South Wales.

Current clubs[edit]


AFL London features eight clubs, fielding a total of over 27 teams across five divisions - the Men's Premiership, Men's Conference, Men's Social, Women's Premiership and Women's Conference).[3]

Current Teams[edit]

Club Colours Competed Previous Names Conference Team Social Team Women
London Swans
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1991- Sussex Swans (now in Southern league) London Swans - London Swans
North London Lions
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1990- Regents Park Lions Bounds Green Lions North London Lions
Putney Magpies
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1999- London Gryphons (1999–2003) Putney Magpies Putney Magpies Putney Magpies
South East London Giants
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2008- Dulwich Dragons (2008–2011) - - South East London Giants
Wandsworth Demons
1990- Clapham Demons South London Demons Wandsworth Demons
West London Wildcats
1990- Shepherds Bush Raiders Ealing Emus West London Wildcats
Wimbledon Hawks
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1990- London Hawks (1990–94) - Wimbledon Hawks Wimbledon Hawks
Reading Kangaroos
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2003- - Reading Kangaroos -

Former Teams[edit]

Club Colours Years Competed
Bristol Dockers
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1991 - 2011 (Moved to WARFL)

Regional England[edit]

The BARFL Regional Premiership commenced in 2003, and ran until it was absorbed into the BARFL's 3rd division Social League at the start of the 2007 season. The Aussie Rules UK 9-a-side National League began in 2007, featuring teams in a number of regional divisions. This then combined with AFL England in 2010, to form the AFL England Central & Northern and AFL England Southern Divisions.[4]

Central & Northern[edit]

Club Colours Years competed
Huddersfield Rams
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2009 (ARUK Central), 2010-
Manchester Mosquitoes
2006 (BARFL), 2007-09 (London Social), 2010-
Merseyside Saints
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Nottingham Scorpions
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2004-06 (BARFL), 2007-09 (London Social), 2010-
Wolverhampton Wolverines
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Former Teams

Club Colours Years competed
Hull Mariners 2010 - 2013
Sheffield Thunder 2010 - 2016 (Thereafter on occasion)
Birmingham Bears 2009 - 2016
Durham Saints / Swans 2007 - ???
Gateshead Miners 2008 - 2011 (Into Tyne Tees)
Hartlepool Dockers 2006 - 2010 (Invitation & Social)
Middlesbrough Hawks 2006 - 2007 (Into Tyne Tees)
Newcastle Centurions 2007 (Into Tyne Tees)
Redcar Bombers 2009 (Into Tyne Tees)
Tyne Tees Tigers 2012 - 2018 (Moved to the SARFL)


Club Colours Years competed
Portsmouth Pirates
Southampton Titans
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Sussex Swans
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Former Teams

Club Colours Years competed
Bournemouth Demons 2007 - 2013
Chippenham Redbacks 2009 - 2016 (Moved to WARFL)
Guildford Crows 2010 - 2013
Plymouth Seagulls 2011-2012

Grand final results[edit]

Pre-divisional structure[edit]

  • 1990 Wandsworth 10.10 (70) d. Earls Court 9.14 (68)
  • 1991 Earls Court 18.15 (123) d. Wandsworth 12.15 (87)
  • 1992 Wandsworth 12.5 (77) d. West London 11.9 (75)
  • 1993 London Hawks 12.13 (85) d. Lea Valley 6.5 (41)
  • 1994 London Hawks 15.8 (98) d. West London 8.11 (59)
  • 1995 Wandsworth 17.13 (115) d. West London 6.5 (41)[5]
  • 1996 Wimbledon 11.8 (74) d. West London 6.11 (47)[6]
  • 1997 Wandsworth 7.11 (53) d. Wimbledon 7.10 (52)
  • 1998 Wimbledon 11.8 (74) d. Wandsworth 7.2 (44)
  • 1999 Wandsworth 14.10 (94) d. West London 14.5 (89)
  • 2000 West London 11.12 (78) d. Wandsworth 5.2 (32)

Divisional structure[7][edit]

Year London Premiership London Conference London Social London Women's Premiership London Women's Conference Central & North England Southern England
2001 North London 10.7 (67) d. Wimbledon 6.9 (45) Shepherds Bush d. Regents Park
2002 North London 18.11 (119) d. West London 8.5 (53) Shepherds Bush d. Regents Park
2003 Wandsworth 11.11 (77) d. West London 9.8 (62) Shepherds Bush 11.8 (74) d. Clapham Demons 7.6 (48) Bristol Dockers 13.19 (97) d. Reading Roos 9.7 (61)
2004 West London 14.12 (96) d. Wimbledon 5.2 (32) Shepherds Bush 18.19 (127) d. Putney Magpies 9.4 (58) Reading Roos 28.20 (188) d. Bristol Dockers 1.6 (12)
2005 West London 9.14 (68) d. Wimbledon 9.7 (61) Shepherds Bush 11.12 (78) d. Clapham Demons 11.9 (75) Nottingham 10.9 (69) d. Bristol Dockers 8.6 (54)
2006 West London 18.11 (119) d. Wimbledon 2.6 (18) Shepherds Bush 5.11 (41) d. Clapham 4.3 (27) Reading 22.20 (152) d. Nottingham 6.7 (43)
2007 West London Wildcats 16.17 (113) d. Wandsworth Demons 3.2 (20)
2008 West London Wildcats 13.8 (86) def Putney Magpies 4.3 (27)
2009 West London Wildcats 11.8 (74) d. Wandsworth Demons 10.7 (67) Clapham Demons d. Shepherds Bush Raiders South London Demons d. Ealing Emus
2010 Wandsworth Demons 15.15 (105) d. Putney Magpies 4.7 (31) Shepherds Bush Raiders d. Clapham Demons Ealing Emus d. South London Demons Manchester Mosquitoes d. Nottingham Scorpions
2011 West London Wildcats 13.11 (89) d. Wandsworth Demons 8.9 (57) Shepherds Bush Raiders 17.4 (106) d. Clapham Demons 9.13 (67) South London Demons 3.11 (29) d. Ealing Emus 3.4 (22) Nottingham Scorpions d. Huddersfield Rams
2012 North London Lions 8.8 (56) d. Wandsworth Demons 8.7 (55) Shepherds Bush Raiders 11.11 (77) d. Regents Park Lions 12.3 (75) Reading Roos 8.9 (57) d. Balham Hawks 3.4 (22) Manchester Mosquitoes d. Nottingham Scorpions
2013 West London Wildcats 10.10 (70) d. North London Lions 9.6 (60) Shepherds Bush Raiders 9.5 (59) d. Regents Park Lions 5.12 (42) Reading Roos 6.5 (41) d. Ealing Emus 3.6 (24) Leeds Minotaurs d. Manchester Mosquitoes
2014 West London Wildcats 14.13 (97) d. Wandsworth Demons 8.10 (58) Shepherds Bush Raiders 14.9 (93) d. Clapham Demons 2.4 (16) Ealing Emus 4.7 (31) d. South East London Giants 4.6 (30) Manchester Mosquitoes d. Huddersfield Rams
2015 North London Lions 8.9 (57) d. West London Wildcats 8.8 (56) Shepherds Bush Raiders 8.20 (68) d. Bounds Green Lions 5.5 (35) South London Demons 7.4 (46) d. Ealing Emus 1.9 (14) Wandsworth Demons 5.3 (33) d. Wimbledon Hawks 1.2 (8) Manchester Mosquitoes d. Sheffield Thunders
2016 West London Wildcats 14.10 (94) d. Wandsworth Demons 7.3 (43) Clapham Demons 8.2 (50) d. Shepherds Bush Raiders 7.5 (47) South London Demons 8.10 (58) d. Reading Roos 3.2 (20) Wimbledon Hawks 10.5 (65) d. North London Lions 0.0 (0) Manchester Mosquitoes d. Nottingham Scorpions Sussex Swans d. Southampton Titans
2017 Wandsworth Demons 4.14 (38) d. North London Lions 5.5 (35) Shepherds Bush Raiders 7.8 (50) d. Clapham Demons 4.5 (29) South London Demons 6.5 (41) d. Bounds Green Lions 1.3 (9) Wandsworth Demons 6.2 (38) d. South East London Giants 0.1 (1) West London Wildcats 4.8 (32) d. Clapham Demons 0.1 (1) Manchester Mosquitoes 16.13 (109) d. Nottingham Scorpions 9.12 (66)
2018 Wandsworth Demons 8.13 (61) d. West London Wildcats 9.6 (60) Shepherds Bush Raiders 7.9 (51) d. Clapham Demons 4.5 (29) South London Demons 7.5 (47) d. Bounds Green Lions 1.4 (10) Wandsworth Demons 5.3 (33) d. North London Lions 1.5 (11) Clapham Demons 1.3 (9) d. London Swans 1.2 (8) Manchester Mosquitoes 16.11 (107) d. Nottingham Scorpions 12.10 (82)

National Teams[edit]

AFL England also co-ordinate four representative teams:[8]

For Great Britain, the Great Britain Bulldogs and the Great Britain Swans who have competed at the Australian Football International Cup and the AFL Europe Championship and against other national sides in International Friendlies. Organisation of these teams is assisted by the WARFL and the SARFL.

Representing England are a men's team (England Dragonslayers) and a women's team (England Vixens). These compete in AFL Europe competitions, notably the Euro Cup.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AFL England Committee – Welcome to AFL England". Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ Devaney, John. "The story of the British Footy League". Australian Football. Slattery Media. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. ^ "AFL London | Australian Football League". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ "AFL England | Men's Football". Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ The story of the British Footy League John Devaney
  6. ^ The story of the British Footy League John Devaney
  7. ^ "Grand Final Winners | AFL London". Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  8. ^ "AFL England | National Program". Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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