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United States Australian Football League

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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.

United States Australian Football League
USAFL logo.png
SportAustralian rules football
Founded1996
Inaugural season1997[1][2]
No. of teams42 (men's) and 22 (women's)[1]
CountryUSA
Most recent
champion(s)
Men's: Austin Crows
(4th premiership)
Women's: San Francisco Iron Maidens
(3rd premiership)
Most titlesMen: Denver Bulldogs
(8 premierships)
Women: Denver Bulldogs
(6 premierships)
TV partner(s)Go Live Sports Cast Youtube
Official websitewww.usafl.com

In 2011, there were 10,000 registered players.[2] There are 43 member clubs, of which 42 have men's teams (all except North Star Blue Ox) and 22 have women's teams.[1] 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.

HistoryEdit

 
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 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.

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

National teamsEdit

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 competitionsEdit

USAFL clubs and representative sidesEdit

Football MapEdit

USAFL TeamsEdit

Club City State Region Est. Titles (M) Titles (F) Website
  Arizona Hawks Phoenix Arizona West 1999 Link
  Arizona Outlaws Phoenix Arizona West 2018 Link
  Atlanta Kookaburras Atlanta Georgia East 1998 1 Link
  Austin Crows Austin Texas Central 2002 4 Link
  Baltimore Dockers Baltimore Maryland East 2017 Link
  Baton Rouge Tigers Baton Rouge Louisiana Central 2004 Link
  Boston Demons Boston Massachusetts East 1997 2 Link
  Calgary Kangaroos Calgary Alberta AFL Canada 2002 3 Link
  Chicago Swans Chicago Illinois Central 1998 Link
  Cincinnati Dockers Cincinnati Ohio Central 1996 1 Link
 Cleveland Cannons Cleveland Ohio Central 2014 Link
  Columbus Cats Columbus Ohio Central 2008 Link
  Dallas Magpies Dallas Texas Central 1998 Link
  DC Eagles Washington District of Columbia East 2017 Link
  Denver Bulldogs Denver Colorado Central 1998 8 6 Link
  Des Moines Roosters Des Moines Iowa Central 2010 Link
  Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids Fort Lauderdale Florida East 2005 Link
  Golden Gate Roos San Francisco California West 1998 1 3 Link
  Houston Lonestars Houston Texas Central 2005 Link
  Hawai'i Eagles Honolulu Hawaii West 2019
  Indianapolis Giants Indianapolis Indiana Central 2013 Link
  Jacksonville Saints Jacksonville Florida East 2018 Link
  Kansas City Power Kansas City Missouri Central 1998 Link
     Las Vegas Gamblers Las Vegas Nevada West 2005 Link
  Los Angeles Dragons Los Angeles California West 2010 Link
  Louisville Kings Louisville Kentucky Central 1996 Link
  Little Rock Coyotes Little Rock Arkansas Central 2016 Link
  Maine Cats Portland Maine East 2018 Link
  Milwaukee Bombers Milwaukee Wisconsin Central 1998 1 Link
  Minnesota Freeze Minneapolis Minnesota Central 2005 Link
  Nashville Kangaroos Nashville Tennessee Central 1997 Link
  New York Magpies New York New York East 1998 2 Link
  North Carolina Tigers Raleigh North Carolina East 1997 Link
  North Star Blue Ox Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota Central 2017 Link
  Oklahoma Football Club Oklahoma City /Tulsa Oklahoma Central 2017 Link
  Orange County Giants Orange County California West 1998 Link
  Philadelphia Hawks Philadelphia Pennsylvania East 1998 Link
  Portland AFC Portland Oregon West 1998 Link
  Quebec Saints Montreal Quebec AFL Canada 2008 Link
  Rome Redbacks Rome Georgia East 2018 Link
  RVA Lions Richmond Virginia East 2019 Link
  Sacramento Suns Sacramento California West 2009 Link
  San Diego Lions San Diego California West 1997 2 Link
     Seattle Grizzlies Seattle Washington West 1998 Link
  Saint Louis Blues St. Louis Missouri Central 1997 Link
  Wisconsin Wombats Madison Wisconsin Central 2017 Link

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Previous clubsEdit

Club Years in competition Premierships Reason for Disbandment
  Baltimore Washington Eagles 1998 - 2017 Split to form Baltimore Dockers and DC Eagles
  Charleston Saints 2011 - 2015 Folded
     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
  Los Angeles Crows 1996 - 2003 Folded
     Mojave Greens 2003 - 2006 Folded
     Oklahoma City Flyers 2016 - 2017 Merged with Tulsa to form Oklahoma FC
     Pittsburgh Wallabies 2004 - 2006 Absorbed by Philadelphia Hawks
  South Carolina Hawks 1999 - 2001 Folded
  St. Petersburg Swans 2014 - 2017 Created Major League Footy
  Tri Cities Saints 1999 - 2004 Folded
     Tucson Javelinas 1999 - 2004 Folded
  Tulsa Buffaloes 2010 - 2017 Merged with Oklahoma City to form Oklahoma FC
  Vancouver Cougars 2006 - 2009 1 Still active in AFL Canada

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Affiliated leaguesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  4. ^ a b "USAFL".

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