United States Australian Football League
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.
|Sport||Australian rules football|
|No. of teams||42 (men's) and 22 (women's)|
|Men's: Austin Crows|
Women's: San Francisco Iron Maidens
|Most titles||Men: Denver Bulldogs|
Women: Denver Bulldogs
|TV partner(s)||Go Live Sports Cast Youtube|
In 2011, there were 10,000 registered players. There are 43 member clubs, of which 42 have men's teams (all except North Star Blue Ox) and 22 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.
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 competitionsEdit
USAFL clubs and representative sidesEdit
|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|
- "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.
- "MAAFL League History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2012-09-30.