|Sport||Australian rules football|
|No. of teams||47 (men's) and 25 (women's)|
|Men's: Austin Crows|
Women's: San Francisco Iron Maidens
|Most titles||Men: Denver Bulldogs|
Women: Denver Bulldogs and San Francisco Iron Maidens
|TV partner(s)||Go Live Sports Cast Youtube|
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.
As of 2011, there were over 1,000 registered USAFL players. There are 48 member clubs, of which 47 have men's teams (all except North Star Blue Ox) and 25 have women's teams. Most of the football clubs in the United States have a traditional 18-a-side team for representative purposes and multiple 9-a-side teams running in a local league.
Each year the USAFL holds a National club championship, a tournament open to all clubs across the nation, the largest of its type in the world for the sport. In addition to the Nationals, the USAFL holds major regional tournaments including the Central, East and West regional tournaments.
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 via the then-nascent ESPN cable network. Although the local game grew, ESPN no longer broadcast AFL matches, and in response the lobby group, Australian Football Association of North America 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.
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. At the 2011 Australian Football International Cup, the Revolution finished 4th in an increased field of 18 countries. The Revolution finished 8th at the 2014 Australian Football International Cup, again with 18 countries participating.
Domestic tournaments and competitions
USAFL clubs and representative sides
Associate Members (via AFL Canada)
|Club||City||State||Region||Est.||Titles (M)||Titles (F)||Website|
|Calgary Kangaroos||Calgary||Alberta||AFL Canada||2002||1||Link|
|Quebec Saints||Montreal||Quebec||AFL Canada||2008||Link|
|Club||Years in competition||Reason for Disbandment|
|Arizona Outlaws||2018 - 2021||Absorbed back into Arizona Hawks|
|Baltimore Washington Eagles||1998 - 2017||Split to form Baltimore Dockers and DC Eagles|
|Charleston Saints||2011 - 2015||Folded|
|Centennial Tigers||2020 - 2022||Withdrew from league|
|Detroit Overdrive||1999 - 2006||Folded|
|Florida Redbacks||1999 - 2013||Folded|
|Illinois Ironmen||2000 - 2004||Merged with Chicago Swans|
|Inland Empire Eagles||1997 - 2002||Folded|
|Lehigh Valley Crocs||1999 - 2003||Absorbed by Philadelphia Hawks|
|Little Rock Coyotes||2017 - 2021||Folded|
|Los Angeles Crows||1996 - 2003||Folded|
|Mojave Greens||2003 - 2006||Folded|
|Oklahoma City Flyers||2016 - 2017||Absorbed into Oklahoma Buffaloes|
|Pittsburgh Wallabies||2004 - 2006||Absorbed by Philadelphia Hawks|
|South Carolina Hawks||1999 - 2001||Folded|
|St. Petersburg Swans||2014 - 2017||Left to create Major League Footy, both folded in 2019|
|Tri Cities Saints||1999 - 2004||Folded|
|Tucson Javelinas||1999 - 2004||Folded|
- Mid American Australian Football League
- Eastern Australian Football League
- Southern California Australian Football League
- "Australian football makes inroads in Baltimore one bounce, kick and bump at a time". The Baltimore Sun. 26 July 2014.
- "Aussie rules tackling the USA". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 September 2011.
- "AFL International Development Regional Plan 2012-2016" (PDF). United States Australian Football League. May 2012. p. 8. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
- Maine, Jim (2012). Aussie Rules For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-118-34875-8. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
- U.S. Australian Football League hosts regional tournament in the Twin Cities by Ren Clayton for CBS Minnesota. 18 June 2022
- "MAAFL League History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- "USAFL Club List". USAFL.