List of VFL/AFL players with international backgrounds

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This is a list of Australian Football League players that come from diverse backgrounds in terms of nationality and birthplace. 15 per cent of all players are either born overseas or have a parent born overseas.[1] A total of 121 players from a multicultural background (at least one parent born overseas) are among the 817 AFL listed players in 2013. Richmond Football Club has the most multicultural players with 30% and Carlton Football Club has the least with almost 5%.[2] Of the current 121 multicultural players (2015 season), more than half have one parent from Anglophone countries, mainly the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand.[3]

Years Number of seasons played in the Australian Football League ^ Denotes players in the Australian Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes current players in the Australian Football League
Nationality Birthplace Player Career Notes Ref.
 Ireland  Ireland Colm Begley 2006–2009 Born in Ireland [4]
 Ireland  Ireland Ciarán Byrne 2014– Born in Ireland [5]
 Ireland  Ireland Patrick Brophy 2017– Born in Ireland [5]
 Ireland  Ireland Ray Connellan 2017– Born in Ireland [5]
 Ireland  United Kingdom Conor McKenna 2014– Born in the UK [5]
 Ireland  Ireland Paul Earley 1984 Born in Ireland [4]
 Ireland  United Kingdom Conor Glass 2016– Born in the UK [5]
 Ireland/ United Kingdom  Ireland Cian Hanley 2015– Welsh mother, Irish father [5]
 Ireland/ United Kingdom  United Kingdom Pearce Hanley 2008– Born in England, UK; Welsh mother, Irish father [6][5]
 Australia/ United Kingdom  Australia Mitch Golby 2011–2015 Born in Australia; English father [7]
 Australia/ United Kingdom  Australia Ryan Harwood 2010– Born in Australia; English mother [7]
 Australia/ South Africa/ United Kingdom  Australia Ryan Lester 2011– Born in Australia; English-born mother and South African-born father [6]
 Australia/ United States of America  Australia Archie Smith 2014– Born in Australia; American-born mother
 Australia/ United States of America  United States of America Sanford Wheeler 1989-1994 Born in the US
 Australia/ United States of America  United States of America Don Pyke 1989–96 Born in the US
 United States of America  United States of America Jason Holmes 2014– Born in the US [5]
 Australia/ United States of America  Australia Zac Clarke 2009– Born in Australia; American father [8][9]
 Australia/ United States of America  United States of America Mason Cox 2015- Born in the US [10][5]
 Australia/ France  Australia Allan La Fontaine^ 1934–1942, 1945 Born in Australia; French [11]
 Australia/ Ireland  Ireland Jim Stynes^ 1987–1998 Born in Ireland [11]
 Australia/ South Korea/ United States of America  South Korea Peter F. Bell^ 1995–2008 Born in Korea; Mother born in South Korea, father born in America [11][12]
 Australia/ Brazil/ Democratic Republic of Congo  Brazil Heritier Lumumba 2005–2016 Born in Brazil; Congolese father, Brazilian mother [13]

Albania[edit]

Austria[edit]

Barbados[edit]

Canada[edit]

Chile[edit]

China[edit]

Name Origins Career
Jack Wunhym Chinese father[18] 1927–29
Ernie Foo Chinese parents[19] 1914
Lin Jong Taiwanese mother; Timorese-Chinese father[6] 2012–
Wally Koochew Chinese father and Norwegian mother[20][21] 1908
Dannie Seow Born in Singapore; Chinese father[22][23] 1986-1987; 1989-1990
George Tansing Chinese father[23][24][25] 1908

Cook Islands[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

East Timor[edit]

  • Lin Jong (Taiwanese mother, Timorese-Chinese father)[6]

Egypt[edit]

Ahmed Saad (Egyptian parents)[34]

Estonia[edit]

Fiji[edit]

Germany[edit]

Greece[edit]

see: Greek Team of the Century[43]

Hungary[edit]

India[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Name Origins Career
Colm Begley Born in Ireland[4] 2006–2009
Dermott Brereton Irish parents[12] 1982–1992;1994–1995
Patrick Brophy Born in Ireland[5] 2017–
Ciarán Byrne Born in Ireland[5] 2014–
Ray Connellan Born in Ireland[5] 2017–
Conor McKenna Born in Ireland[5] 2014–
Paul Earley Born in Ireland[4] 1984
Conor Glass Born in Ireland[5] 2016–
Cian Hanley Welsh mother, Irish father[5] 2015–
Pearce Hanley Irish, born in England, UK; Welsh mother, Irish father[6][5] 2008–
Darragh Joyce Born in Ireland[5] 2017–
Tadhg Kennelly Born in Ireland[4] 2001–2008;2010–2011
James Magner Irish parents[6] 2012–13
Jock McHale Irish parents 1903–1920
Niall McKeever[6] Born in Ireland[4] 2010–2013
Dermot McNicholl Born in Ireland[4] 1990
Caolan Mooney Born in Ireland[6] 2012–2014
Conor Nash Born in Ireland[5] 2017–
Mark O'Connor Born in Ireland[5] 2017–
Brett O'Hanlon [51] 2012–
Jamie O'Reilly Born in Ireland[6] 2010–2011
Colin O'Riordan Born in Ireland[5] 2017–
Setanta Ó hAilpín Irish father, Fijian mother[6] 2005–2013
Michael Quinn Born in Ireland 2009–2010
Ciarán Sheehan Born in Ireland[5] 2014–
Brian Stynes Born in Ireland[4] 1992
Zach Tuohy Born in Ireland[6][5] 2011–
Tommy Walsh Born in Ireland[6] 2012–2014
Sean Wight Born in Scotland, UK, Irish parents[4] 1984–1995
Aidan Corr Born in Ireland[5] 2013-

Israel[edit]

Italy[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Macedonia[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Malta[edit]

Myanmar[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Norway[edit]

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

Russia[edit]

Samoa[edit]

Seychelles[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Slovenia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

South Sudan[edit]

Spain[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Sudan/South Sudan[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

  • Lin Jong (Taiwanese mother, Timorese-Chinese father)[6]

Thailand[edit]

Tonga[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Tuvalu[edit]

Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Wales[edit]

Zimbabwe[edit]

See also[edit]

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