Jul 27, 2015

2015 49th Parallel Cup - Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA

The 10th renewal of the 49th Parallel Cup carnival comes to the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this weekend.  Nearly 100 athletes representing both nations will take part in a total of four matches over two days – Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st.  The USAFL, in conjunction with AFL Canada, will be streaming all four PC matches live on YouTube.  Both days’ coverage will begin at 5:45pm ET, with Brian Barrish and Denis Ryan leading the commentary team for the weekend.  There will also be live updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jul 23, 2015

From Sacto to the 'Gong: Kwoka's "Life Changing" Footy Journey

With her flowing red locks, her long strides, and booming kicks, Lauré Kwoka is easily recognizable on the footy field.  She has become a fixture in the midfield for the Sacramento Lady Suns, and her enthusiasm for the game has helped her become a better player in just three seasons of play.

She stands out equally off the field too; gregarious, passionate, and with an almost permanent smile on her face.  It’s what has made her a fantastic teammate, and an ambassador for the game at home and abroad.

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Jul 15, 2015

Austin, Dallas, New York Ladies Take Centrals Honors

Both the Austin Crows and Dallas Magpies entered Saturday’s Central Regional in Racine with the intention of staking their claim as threats in Division 1 at the National Championships.  Both Texas sides proved their point, and took home championship cups to boot.

And so too did the New York Lady Magpies and Columbus Jillaroos, who combined to take down the Minnesota Freeze ladies.  In doing so, both clubs also sent a message that they were not to be taken lightly.

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Jul 9, 2015

Hello Wisconsin! - Pregaming the Central Regional Tournanment

Middle America has been the hotbed of Australian Football in this country since the very beginning.  Its teams and players, much like the land itself, have grown and expanded over the years, with new clubs sprouting up and older ones continuing to thrive.

And though a few of those clubs from the yonder days of USAFL days footy past have faded into the horizon, the Central Region of the league is still very strong, and continue to boast skillful teams, excellent players, and the next generation of football pioneers.

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Jul 8, 2015

USAFL Top 20 Poll V: Much Ado About Little

Two massive tournaments took place prior to the 4th of July weekend, featuring six of the top 11 teams in the country, in addition to games scattered across the landscape.

After all of that footy under the intense heat of late June, the net gain was one team moving two rungs up the ladder, with two others sliding up one spot.  The Orange County Bombers, winners of the Western Regionals, remained in the top spot for the fourth poll in a row, taking top votes from seven of the nine panelists.

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Jul 4, 2015

USA Revolution and Development Rosters Announced

Representing 19 teams from coast to coast, the USA Revolution and Development squads rosters have been announced for the 2015 49th Parallel Cup matches against Canada.

The rosters, selected by USA Revolution head coach Tom Ellis, assistant coach Dan Sarbacker, and the rest of their staff, are a mixture of veterans at the club and national level, as well as new American footballers who are the next generation of the sport's future in this country.  

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Jul 1, 2015

Bombers Fly, Suns Shine, Maidens Reign at Western Regionals

Davis, CA -- 15 games were played over the course of nine hours under a broiling California sun on the outskirts of Sacramento this past Saturday.

When all was said and done, the #1 ranked team in the country repeated as regional champs, the hometown Suns earned some well-deserved hardware, and the San Francisco Iron Maidens asserted themselves as favorites to reach a third straight chance for a National Championship.

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Jun 30, 2015

Introducing the USA Revolution Coaching Staff

I am pleased to announce the new coaching staff for the USA National Australian Rules Football Team, The American Revolution. 

This coaching staff includes 5 past Revolution players.   I am excited to have them on board to help grow this great sport in the USA.  I look forward to having them work with the next generation of American players to go where we have never gone before. 

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Jun 25, 2015

Capitol Thinking - Previewing the Western Regional Tournament

"There's something about the weather that everybody loves, they call it the Indian spring of Sacramento / And when the sun is up in the sky, the wind is blowing by the riverside, most every day” - Middle of the Road, "Sacramento"

The balance of power has shifted to the Western region of the USAFL, a movement that accentuated itself last season when all five competitive divisions last year saw at least one team from the Left Coast participate their respective Grand Finals.

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Jun 17, 2015

USAFL Top 20 Poll IV: Upsets Upheave Pack

Thanks to the Memorial Day holiday, our last poll was published on a Friday as opposed to the usual Wednesday.

And so it is by that happenstance that 24 hours after that poll came out back on May 29th, that three teams pulled off significant upsets, proving our expert panel wrong. 

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Jun 15, 2015

Talented Triumvirate Leads USA Freedom Forward

A new day dawns for the USA Freedom women, and with it, a new set of faces to lead them into the future.

The three women who make up the national team’s leadership group are a microchasm of the squad itself.  Each comes from the three regions of the USAFL, East, Central, and West.  There is a mixture of experience and youth, and all three have backgrounds in different sports.

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Jun 1, 2015

"Saturday Morning Footy" Youth Program Turns 10

Saturday June 13 marks the beginning of the tenth season of Washington DC’s youth Australian football program, Saturday Morning Footy. My wife, Deena Ackerman, and I began the program when our son was 6. We hoped that through the program he would learn to play and love the game of Australian football.

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May 31, 2015

USA Freedom and Liberty Rosters Named for Parallel Cup

The women who will don the red, white, and blue and take on the Canadian national sides at the 49th Parallel Cup in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have been announced.  In all, 47 players, representing eight USAFL clubs, will make up the USA Freedom national team, and the USA Liberty development team.

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May 29, 2015

USAFL Top 20 Poll III: Top Five Stay, Calgary Gains

After a volatile second poll that saw teams bounce around the rankings like a three-year-old child on a moon bounce, the third USAFL poll saw was much more lucid.  Top five teams stayed intact, the Orange County Bombers garnered more support from the panel in their claim to be the best team in the country, while several other clubs made small, but important moves up the ladder.

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May 24, 2015

Ft Lauderdale to Host 2015 49th Parallel Cup Matches

A new road ahead of a new International Cup lies in waiting.  And it begins in sunny Florida with an all too familiar rivalry.

The 2015 edition of the 49th Parallel Cup, featuring a series of international test matches between the USA and Canada, will be held July 31st and August 1st at beautiful Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

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