USAFL Junior Development

More than 50,000 American youngsters have participated in Australian Football clinics over the past 10 years. The majority of these clinics have been conducted by volunteers and one of the more successful programs, Saturday Morning Footy, has been running in the Washington, DC area since 2007. As kids walk from the field after their first exposure to our great game, you will often hear the comment, “that’s the best game I’ve ever played”.

Additionally, the game of Ausball has been played in various cities across the US since 2007 to introduce beginners, students and teachers to the game of Australian Rules Football (or Footy). Ausball is a modified, developmental version of Footy, a game that has been played in Australia for over 150 years. With it's fast pace and variety of skills, a novice might think it is a hybrid game of some of America's favorite sports, like soccer, basketball and volleyball. We like to think it's the best of everything rolled into one awesome game!

Ausball has been specially designed for the U.S. physical education curriculum. It's the perfect game for Physical Education, as it is great for cardiovascular, very skill diverse and a fantastic team game, keeping all participants active all the time. One of the great things about Ausball is its adaptability. Field size, team numbers and rules can all be easily adapted to best suit your school and students.

Donate to Junior Development and you can help facilitate the next USAFL Juniors clinic. All donations are tax deductible!

The Ausball website is loaded with all the resources you need to get an Ausball program started in your school, e.g. lesson plans, Instructional videos and links. We also offer a FREE instructional DVD online or you can buy a copy for $5 at the online store.

We've broken the DVD up into sections so you can view it easily, just click on a link below:

  1. Introduction
  2. Handball
  3. Kicking
  4. Game Rules
  5. Bouncing 
  6. Resources

The DVD will show you how to get your first lesson started and then use all the great resources on this website to keep teaching footy all year round!

For more information contact juniors@usafl.com.