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The United States Australian Football League (also known informally as the USAFL or US Footy) is the governing body for Australian rules football in the United Statesmarker. It was conceived in 1996 and organized in 1997.

Since co-ordinating the first National Championships, the organisation has functioned as a national amateur Australian rules football representative league. By 2006, the league had grown to 40 affiliated clubs, making up 60 teams and 2,000 players. 1,048 were registered USAFL players and 340 USAFL sanctioned matches were played. Of the 709 players who competed at the USAFL National Championships, 77.4% were non-Australian, and over 60% were American.

The USAFL has Junior Development, Coach Development and Umpire Development programs.

History

The first match between two local US clubs was played in 1996 between Cincinnatimarker and Louisvillemarker.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, AFANA was formed.

In 1997, the first club national championships were held in Cincinnati. Nashvillemarker 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.

Ambassadors

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. More recently, Robert DiPierdomenico, Colin Carter, Ian Dicker, Wayne Clarke, Leigh Matthews and Michael Voss have become official USAFL ambassadors.

Metro Footy

The USAFL has embraced Metro Footy – a scaled down version of footy (as the sport is sometimes called) for American-sized fields with fewer players. Many US Footy clubs are fed by several Metro Footy sides and selected players represent at the Nationals. Metro Footy has also enabled the USAFL to stage exhibition matches at Arena Football League games.

National side

USAFL is responsible for the co-ordination of the National Team, the Revolution.The team plays in international tournaments and exhibition matches against other countries. Revolution players are selected from the best US-born players from the club teams across the country.

With close proximity to Canada, the Revolution participate in the annual 49th Parallel Cup against Canada.

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.

Domestic Tournaments & Competitions



Funding and revenue

The Australian Football League provides around A$90,000 annually in funding for US Footy, primarily for junior development.The USAFL also generates revenue through club and player membership and merchandising activities. USFooty recently launched USFootyTravel.com to combine their travel with fundraising.

US Footy Kids

US Footy Kids is US Footy's equivalent of the successful AFL Auskick program and part of the USAFL's junior development program.

US Clubs and representative sides

Club City Colours Metro League Founded Official website
Arizona Hawks Phoenix, Arizonamarker Arizona Australian Football League 1999 Official Site
Atlanta Kookaburras Atlanta, Georgiamarker Atlanta Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
Austin Crows Austin, Texasmarker 2002 Official Site
Baltimore Washington Eagles Baltimore, Marylandmarker, Fairfax, Virginiamarker & Washington, D.C.marker Baltimore Washington Eagles Metro Competition 1998 Official Site
Baton Rouge Tigers Baton Rouge, Louisianamarker 2004 Official Site
Boston Demons Boston, Massachusettsmarker New England Metropolitan Australian Rules Football League 1997 Official Site
Cincinnati Dockers Cincinnati, Ohiomarker 1996 Official Site
Chicago United Chicago, Illinoismarker Chicago Australian Football Association 1998 Official Site
Columbus Jackaroos Columbus, Ohiomarker Columbus Metro Footy League 2008 Official Site
Dallas Magpies Dallas, Texasmarker 1998 Official Site
Denver Bulldogs Denver, Coloradomarker 1998 Official Site
Florida Redbacks Tampa Bay, Floridamarker Florida Metro Footy League 2003 Official Site
Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids Fort Lauderdale, Floridamarker 2005 Official Site
Golden Gate Roos San Francisco, Californiamarker 1998 Official Site
Houston Lonestars Houston, Texasmarker 2005 Official Site
Kansas City Power Kansas City, Missourimarker Kansas City Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
Las Vegas Gamblers Las Vegas, Nevadamarker 2005 Official Site
Louisville Kings Louisville, Kentuckymarker 1996 Official Site
Milwaukee Bombers Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker Milwaukee Metro Cheddar Cup 1998 Official Site
Minnesota Freeze Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker 2005 Official Site
Nashville Kangaroos Nashville, Tennesseemarker 1997 Offfical Site
New York Magpies New York Citymarker New York Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
North Carolina Tigers Raleigh, North Carolinamarker North Carolina Metro Footy League 1997 Official Site
Orange County Bombers Orange County, Californiamarker Southern California Australian Football League 1998 Official Site
Philadelphia Hawks Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker 1998 Official Site
Portland Power Portland, Oregonmarker Portland Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
San Diego Lions San Diego, Californiamarker San Diego Metro Footy League 1997 Official Site
Seattle Grizzlies Seattle, Washingtonmarker Seattle Metro Footy League 1998 Official Site
St. Louis Blues St. Louis, Missourimarker 1998 Official Site


Former Clubs

Club City Founded Official website
Detroit Overdrive Detroit, Michiganmarker
Illinois Ironmen Naperville, Illinoismarker
Inland Empire Eagles/Fire Riverside, Californiamarker
Lehigh Valley Crocs Bethlehem, Pennsylvaniamarker
Los Angeles Crows Pasadena, Californiamarker
Mojave Greens Fort Irwin, California
Phoenix Scorpions Phoenix, Arizonamarker
Pittsburgh Wallabies Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker
South Carolina Hawks Charleston, South Carolinamarker
Tri-Cities Saints Bristol, Tennesseemarker
Tucson Javelinas Tucson, Arizonamarker


Affiliated Leagues



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