USAFL News

Apr 8, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's West

It's no secret that the balance of power in the USAFL has shifted to the West Coast over the last half decade.  In fact, a total 26 Division 1 and Division 2 Grand Finals since Nationals began have featured at least one team from this West Region.

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Apr 7, 2016

Klatt, Hemenway Carry American Hopes into SCG Clash

Roughly a half century ago, several astronauts walked on the moon and called it “a giant leap for mankind.”

Sydney, Australia, may as well be as far away as the moon.  And the surface of the Sydney Cricket Ground may very well be as hallowed and non-descript as that as our closest satellite rock.

And yet, when Kim Hemenway and Katie Klatt step onto the pitch this Friday night (US time), they will be making a leap of their own.  Not just for American Aussie Rules, but for all of women’s sports.

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Apr 7, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's Central South

Texans like to think they're the center of the universe.  They're like New Yorkers in that respect, except they make better food.

With three teams among the top ten in the country, Texas can make an argument about being the center of the footy world, at least in the USAFL.  With national champions Austin, resurgent Dallas, and burgeoning Houston, there is plenty of top flight footy in the Lone Star State.

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Apr 6, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's Central North

In the beginning, there was light.  It shone, flickering and grainy on TVs across the country, a game played a half a world away that was unlike any other.  And it was good.

And lo, the light begat two teams separated by a mighty flow of water, in the city of Queens and Kings alike.  And Kings begat Bombers and Kangaroos, and Dockers begat Jackaroos and Swans.  And the game grew across the land for years and years into what it is today. 

And it is, as it was, good.

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Apr 5, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's East

At one time, the Eastern region could be compared to the Beatles; three talented lead musicians, a steady fourth keeping pace, and a rotating cast of cameos.

Over the past two years, however, the remains of the EAFL have become a solo artist and a backing band.  New York has been the best team on the Eastern seaboard for over a half decade, and though they have lost some of the luster that shone through when they were Divvy 1 champs in 2014, they are still center stage.

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Apr 4, 2016

Season Preview Week 2016!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

Another long American winter has finally dissipated, and though the Cold Old Man still clings to certain parts of the country with an iron grip, it cannot stop the coming of the 2016 USAFL season.

Through a gauntlet of local, regional, and sometimes national matches through the varying climes that our landscape offers, 34 USAFL clubs will weave their way towards the ultimate goal of lifting up a piece of hardware at Nationals.

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Mar 27, 2016

2016 AFL US Combine - Los Angeles April 24-27

The Australian Football League (AFL) will host the 2016 US Combine in Los Angeles, April 24-27.

Three Americans that have come out of previous combines are currently on AFL rosters and making names for themselves are Matt Korchek (2015), Mason Cox (2014), and Jason Holmes (2013).

Legitimate candidates who are interested in attending should reach out to Doren James at operations@usafl.com.

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Mar 22, 2016

WatchAFL Global Season Pass Discount

The 2016 AFL Season is right around the corner, and you can watch every single game LIVE with an AFL Global Pass.

This year we're making it more enticing to catch the action.  The USAFL is offering a 10% discount on a full season pass!

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Mar 7, 2016

2016 Regional Tournament Schedule Released

NOTE: This article was updated on 3/31 to include the location of the Eastern Regional Tournament.

Last season the USAFL Regional Tournament Series brought together more than twenty clubs for fierce competition at three different locales across the country as they jostled for position ahead of the National Championships.

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Mar 2, 2016

Fighting Squids to Host Florida Cup April 23rd

The Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids will be hosting the Florida Cup tournament, to be held at Central Broward Regional Park, April 23rd, 2016.  The event is open to all clubs and individuals who want to come play some footy. 

CBRP stadium is the best footy ground in North America, having successfully hosted several tournaments, most recently the 2015 Eastern Regional Tournament and the 49th Parallel Cup,

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Feb 23, 2016

Between the Posts: All of the Footy.

I want to say I've had some time to reflect on the weekend now that this is my second Monday of the week, but everything has been such a whirlwind the past 36 hours so I haven't had time to really digest the situation. Arriving at the Sydney airport led to my frantic 2 hour sprint around the building because I found out I didn't have an actual ticket to get home (shout out to Cyclone Winston), so I didn't have time to really gather my bearings before the long sleep in the air.

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Feb 22, 2016

Kickin' with Klatt: The One the Day After

I've now had a day to sit back and reflect on the big day. To first go over it a bit, I'll say that it was a really fun time and a great experience. The morning session was all fitness testing. I was middle of the pack (of about 50 girls) for all of them, as I expected, although my 20m sprint was on the better end. So those results were no surprise to me. 

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Feb 20, 2016

Kickin' with Klatt: The One the Day Before

Well, tomorrow is the big day. It hadn't really hit me yet - so far, it's just felt like an awesome vacation. The realization hit me like a truck tonight though, as I was packing up for the morning. 

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Feb 13, 2016

Hemenway Looks to Lead the Way in Sydney

Kim Hemenway generally likes to grab life by the ball.

First it was soccer, then it was basketball, and eventually footy.  She continuously has challenged herself in sport, and in life, and for the most part has been very successful.

Last season, she led her New York Magpies to its best season in their history, and was arguably the best player in the league.  In seven seasons since discovering the sport on Craiglist, of all places, she has become one of the most well-rounded Aussie Rules players this country has seen.

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Feb 6, 2016

Between the Posts: Footy.

In less than two weeks, I will be hitting the skies and heading to Sydney, Australia, for the AFL Women's Talent Search. If you aren't sure what that is, think NFL combine for athletes who didn't play football in college.  We will be tested in a variety of fitness areas, including a 20m sprint, a running vertical jump, a standing vertical jump, the AFL agility test, and the ever lovely beep test.  For those of you who aren't sure what a beep test entails, just imagine running back and forth through the 7th circle of Hell and you'll be pretty close to spot on.

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