USAFL News

Oct 12, 2016

2016 USAFL Nationals Preview - Women's Division

After an important growth year for women’s footy in the USA, 2016 once again was a showcase of just how strong the female football program is in the country.

It’s going to be hard to top last year’s 10th Anniversary Nationals, however.  Heading into the last set of Division 1 matches, four of the five clubs competition had a chance to be crowned premiers, and in the end the song remained the same.  Denver, despite being tripped up by Minnesota, continued to write their legendary story and hoist their sixth straight Nationals cup.

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Oct 11, 2016

USAFL Umpires Association Auction

Umpires, Players, and Fans,

The United States Australian Football League Umpires Association (USAFLUA) is proud to announce a unique opportunity for Umpires, Players, and Fans to bid on “One of a Kind” Australian Football Umpire gear through the 2016 USAFL Umpires Association Auction.

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Oct 11, 2016

2016 USAFL Nationals Preview - Men's Division 1

“I'm back to livin' Floridays / Blue skies and ultra-violet rays / Lookin' for better days, lookin' for better days / Lookin' for Floridays.” – Jimmy Buffett

There is a little bit of incredulity running through my fingertips as I begin this preview series of the 2016 USAFL National Championships.

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Oct 6, 2016

San Diego To Host 2017 National Championships

The USAFL is pleased to announce San Diego, CA will host the 2017 USAFL National Championships the weekend of October 21 - 22.

Doren James, USAFL Operations & National Tournament Director stated, "I would like to personally thank the San Diego Sports Alliance for all the work done and hospitality shown. Following months of negotiations, we're excited to be able to announce that our National Championships will travel to San Diego for the first time!"

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Sep 29, 2016

2016 USAFL Nationals Men's Seedings Announced

The USAFL is proud to announce the seedings for the four men's divisions to be contested at the 2016 USAFL National Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, to be held October 15-16 at the Premier Sports Campus.  The women's divisional seedings will be announced soon.

The men's divisions were announced live on the USAFL Facebook page on Thursday, September 29th, hosted by USAFL.com's Brian Barrish and USAFL Revolution head coach Tom Ellis.

The match schedule will be announced soon.

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Sep 15, 2016

2016 AFL Grand Final Viewing Parties

From its humble beginnings as the final match of the 1898 VFL season, to the grand spectacle that is planned for this year's edition, the AFL Grand Final has become the most anticipated event of the Australian sports calendar.  After six months of play, eighteen teams will have been whittled down to just two to fight it out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to determine who will be crowned AFL Premiers for season 2016.

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Sep 9, 2016

Same as it Ever Was; No Major Changes to Poll

Shh… can you hear it?

Silence.

Well, maybe not complete silence, save the fluttering of Eagles’ wings and Tigers’ paws, but other than the shuffling of several teams, an eerily quiet Top 20 Poll, the next to last one before Nationals’ seedings are announced at the end of the month, saw 17 teams stand pat.

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Sep 1, 2016

Maidens Look to Defend East-West Showdown Crown

It began simply as friendly banter on the other side of the world.

Two sets of teammates, having a discussion as to who was the better side.  Surely in sporting history this is not an anomaly, as thousands of rivals have chirped and guffawed their superiority.

But this was different.  This was a group of women representing the USA Freedom national team at the 2014 International Cup in Melbourne.  Moreso, they represented two long established footy clubs separated by 3,000 miles of real estate.

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Aug 19, 2016

2016 Nationals Game Day Process

Following the recommended game day process for players and club admins will help the tournament run as smoothly as possible.  The USAFL recommends doing as much as you can before heading to the grounds for games.  We do provide club admin kiosks at Tournament Central but internet access can be spotty. 

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Aug 17, 2016

Golden Gate Sneaks Up to #3; Crows Still Tops

I’m glad to see someone is paying attention.

Last week’s poll seemed to bring a lot of opinions as to where teams should have been, especially towards the top of the poll.  And that’s good.  That’s the point of this whole thing is to drive a conversation and get people talking.

Another three weeks is under our belt, and while many of us were watching people jump and swim and run and flip and do all sorts of stuff for some chocolate covered gold coins that you wear around your neck, there was a lot of footy going on and it affected the positions.

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Aug 10, 2016

Women's Footy: We Are All Game Changers

Over a decade ago, I fell in love with a sport that I had never heard of and happened to discover.

It was unlike anything that I knew but integrated all the traditional sports that I grew up playing. As a single mother and recent college graduate, joining the Arizona Hawks fulfilled my craving to be a part of a team. Alongside my sister (by choice, not birth), now my coach, I played my first game at the 2005 USAFL Nationals in the inaugural women's division. 

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Jul 27, 2016

Ups and Downs - Regional Results Shake Poll

I’ve only felt an earthquake once in my entire life.

It was August, 2011, and there was a 6.0-mag quake in Virginia that we felt all the way up in Philadelphia.

But while in Salem, Oregon two weekends ago for the Western Regional Tournament, I witnessed another one. 

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Jul 26, 2016

Seow to Coach East Coasters vs Revos

The USA Revolution’s journey to Melbourne and next year’s International Cup championship continues with a camp in Philadelphia next weekend.  Dozens of prospective American players will make their way to the City of Brotherly Love, in search of being one of those selected by coach Tom Ellis and his staff as one of those to represent their country against some of the world’s best footy players.

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Jul 14, 2016

Oregon Trail -- Previewing the USAFL Western Regional

Before its name was changed to Salem in 1850 by politician William H. Williams, Oregon’s capital was known as Chimikiti, a word from the Kalapuya language meaning “meeting place”.  Nestled in the WIlliamette Valley region, Salem provides one of the most picturesque backdrops to just about anything.

It is appropriate, therefore, that some of the best teams in the USAFL make Salem their “chimikiti” for 2016, bringing together teams building towards the future, and towards a championship.

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Jul 7, 2016

Dragons, Houston, Dees, Eagles Move Up in Poll #4

The winds of winter are being felt in Australia, while the heat of summer is broiling the great meadows of the American continent.

The winds of change on the USAFL Top 20 poll, however, weren’t much of a gust so much as they were a gentle breeze, not unlike the Fremantle Doctor cooling down the West Coast.  There weren’t many games played in voting round four, but the ripples from a great day in Yonkers were felt up and down the ladder, helping even teams who didn’t even take to the field.

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