United States Australian Football League

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United States Australian Football League
USAFL logo.png
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1996
Inaugural season 1997[1][2]
No. of teams 37 (men's) and 13 (women's)[1]
Country USA
Most recent
champion(s)
Austin Crows
(3rd premiership)
Most titles Denver Bulldogs
(8 premierships)
Official website www.usafl.com

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.

In 2011, there were 10,000 registered players.[2] There are 37 men's clubs and 13 club's teams.[1] Most of the football clubs in the U.S.A. have a traditional 18-a-side team for representative purposes and multiple 9-a-side teams running in a local league.

History[edit]

CRBR Park Stadium is the largest purpose built cricket/Australian football ground in the United States. It has a capacity of 20,000.

The first match between two local US clubs was played in 1996 between Cincinnati and Louisville.[3] 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, 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.

Robert DiPierdomenico, Leigh Matthews and Michael Voss are official USAFL ambassadors.

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. 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[edit]

USAFL clubs and representative sides[edit]

Football Map[edit]

USAFL Teams[edit]

Club City State Region / League Est. Titles (M) Titles (F) Website Women's
AFL Hawthorn Icon.jpg Arizona Hawks Phoenix Arizona Western 1999 Link Lady Hawks
Woodville Warriors design.jpg Atlanta Kookaburras Atlanta Georgia Eastern 1998 1 Link
AFL Adelaide Icon.gif Austin Crows Austin Texas Central 2002 3 Link
AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png Baltimore Washington Eagles Washington District of Columbia Eastern 1998 Link Lady Eagles
USAFL Baton Rouge Icon.jpg Baton Rouge Tigers Baton Rouge Louisiana Central 2004 Link
AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg Boston Demons Boston Massachusetts Eastern 1997 2 Link Lady Demons
AFL North Melbourne Icon.jpg Calgary Kangaroos Calgary Alberta AFL Canada 2002 3 Link Kookaburras
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Chicago Swans Chicago Illinois Central 1998 Link Swans
Cincinatti Dockers Icon.jpg Cincinnati Dockers Cincinnati Ohio Central 1996 1 Link
USAFL Cleveland icon.pngCleveland Cannons Cleveland Ohio Central 2014 Link
Columbus Jackaroos Columbus Ohio Central 2008 Link Jillaroos
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg Dallas Magpies Dallas Texas Central 1998 Link
AFL Footscray Icon.jpg Denver Bulldogs Denver Colorado Western 1998 8 6 Link Lady Bulldogs
USAFL Des Moines icon.png Des Moines Roosters Des Moines Iowa Central 2010 Link Roosters
EDMONTON WOMBATS.png Edmonton Wombats Edmonton Alberta AFL Canada 2008 Link Emus
AFL fort lauderdale Icon.png Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids Fort Lauderdale Florida Eastern 2005 Link
Balmain colours.png Golden Gate Roos San Francisco California Western 1998 1 Link SF Iron Maidens
USAFL Houston icon.jpg Houston Lonestars Houston Texas Central 2005 Link
AFL GWS Icon.jpg Indianapolis Giants Indianapolis Indiana Central 2013 Link
AFL Port Adelaide 1997-2009 Icon.jpg Kansas City Power Kansas City Missouri Central 1998 Link
Las Vegas Gamblers Las Vegas Nevada Western 2005 Link
USAFL LA Dragons Icon.jpeg Los Angeles Dragons Los Angeles California Western 2010 Link Dragons
Cincinatti Dockers Icon.jpg Louisville Kings Louisville Kentucky Central 1996 Link
Little Rock Coyotes Little Rock Arkansas Central 2016 Link
EssendonDesign.svg Milwaukee Bombers Milwaukee Wisconsin Central 1998 1 Link
AFL fMinnesota freeze Icon.png Minnesota Freeze Minneapolis Minnesota Central 2005 Link Freeze
Nashville Kangaroos 2017 colors.png Nashville Kangaroos Nashville Tennessee Central 1997 Link
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg New York Magpies New York New York Eastern 1998 2 Link Lady Magpies
AFL Richmond Icon.jpg North Carolina Tigers Raleigh North Carolina Eastern 1997 Link
AFL fMinnesota freeze Icon.png North Star Blue Ox Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota Central 2017 Link Blue Ox
Oklahoma City Flyers Oklahoma City Oklahoma Central 2016
Oc.png Orange County Bombers Orange County California Western 1998 Link
BurnieHawksDesign.PNG Philadelphia Hawks Philadelphia Pennsylvania Eastern 1998 Link Hawks
Usafl portland.png Portland Steelheads Portland Oregon Western 1998 Link Sockeyes
AFL North Melbourne Icon.jpg Quebec Saints Montreal Quebec AFL Canada / AFL Quebec 2008 Link Montreal Angels
AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Sacramento Suns Sacramento California Western 2009 Link Lady Suns
San Diego Lions Icon.jpg San Diego Lions San Diego California Western 1997 2 Link
Seattle Grizzlies Seattle Washington Western 1998 Link Grizzlies
CarltonDesign.png Saint Louis Blues St. Louis Missouri Central 1997 Link
     Tampa Bay ARFC St Petersburg Florida Eastern 2015 Link Swans
AFL St Kilda Icon.jpg Tulsa Buffaloes Tulsa Oklahoma Central 2010 Link

Previous clubs[edit]

Club Colours Years in competition Premierships
Charleston Saints 2011 - 2013
Detroit Overdrive
Florida Redbacks 1999 - 2013
Illinois Ironmen
Inland Empire Fire 1997-2002
Lehigh Valley Crocs 1999 - 2003
Los Angeles Crows 1996 - 2003
Mojave Greens 2004 - 2005
Pittsburgh Wallabies 2004 - 2006
South Carolina Hawks 1999 - 2001
Tri Cities Saints 1999 - 2004
Tucson Javelinas
Vancouver Cougars 2006 - 2009 2008

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Affiliated leagues[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Australian football makes inroads in Baltimore one bounce, kick and bump at a time". The Baltimore Sun. 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Aussie rules tackling the USA". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ MAAFL League History

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