International Cup

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Game Day Preview: Revolution set to take on Japan

First up for the Revolution in Division 1 pool play will be Japan.  In Saturday’s action the Samurai went 1-1 on the day.  Losing their first game against a young, athletic Nauru side by 23 points, 6.6 (42) to 3.1 (19). Nauru also defeated Fiji setting up a showdown between Japan and Fiji in what turned out to be a dramatic thriller. 

Peaceful Northwind Can't Stop the Revolution

The Revolution have gotten their 2011 International Cup campaign off to a fantasitc start. After going 2-0 in pool play the Americans have secured the number 5 seed in Division 1.  Their first game was against familiar foe Canada Northwind and was one of the mostly highly anticipated matchups of the opening round.  The game did not disappoint and was described by the announcer as, "A slog with neither team willing to concede a goal."



How long is a 15 hour flight? 

Four movies, three stretching sessions, two meals, and a looooong deep mouth-opened sleep. This was not just ANY flight but my first time traveling to Australia, playing an Australian sport, in the first ever Women's International Cup. What an opportunity! Feelings of excitement, anxiety,  and I-want-to-kick-butt-NOW ran through my body throughout the flight. As a new player, and new to Freedom, I wasn't sure where I stood, how much paying time I would even get, and just how this whole crazy footy scene would be like. I've played various sports all my life -- football, basketball, ultimate, and ran track -- but never at this level. At the moment I stepped off that plane, I was now representing my country.

Ambassador Beazley Sends off the Freedom & Revolution to the International Cup

By: Denis Ryan

A couple of weeks ago I received a request from a Scott Bolitho of the Embassy of Australia. You see, Australia's Ambassador to the US, Kim Beazley, is the patron of the USAFL and he wanted to hold a reception in honor of the local Baltimore Washington Eagles players who were about to head down under and represent the US at the 2011 International Cup of Australian Football.

The USA Takes on the World

IC 2008 Revos

This Friday, August 12 the 2011 AFL International Cup officially kicks off in Sydney, Australia. More than 70 USAFL members are travelling to Australia to represent the USA Revolution and USA Freedom squads.

Both the Revolution and Freedom squads include players from all over the United States with a wide range of ages, experience, athletic ability, professional careers, ethnic backgrounds, you name it!

Eagles Host Lobsterbake for International Cup Players

By: Denis Ryan

Recently the Baltimore-Washington Eagles held a Lobsterbake as a fundraiser for members of the club who are representing the USA in the upcoming AFL International Cup being held in Australia this August. The bake was a sellout with over 130 people attending.

Brett Kirk Reflects on World Tour

After six months of travelling the world and spreading the word about footy and the upcoming International Cup as the AFL's International Ambassador, Brett Kirk has returned home to Sydney.  As part of his journey he visited several USAFL clubs and conducted various coaching, umpiring and training sessions including New York, Boston, Denver, Arizona and Los Angeles.  He is now taking time to share his experiences as he continues to promote the International Cup.  In an interview with the AFL when asked where, of the places he spent time, he thought Australian Football had real potential, Kirk made the following comments.

USAFL Proud to Announce Second Umpire Scholar at International Cup 2011

The USAFL develops Aussie Rules in the USA not just by promoting playing of the sport across the country - it actively promotes umpire accreditation too. Umpiring? Yes! After all, you can't have a game without umpires. From early on, promotion of umpires has been a priority, with hosting of umpire clinics as early as 2000 and the USA was the first ever country to send an umpire to the International Cup in 2002.

USA Team Supporter T-Shirts on Sale!

IC 2011 Supporter Shirt

Support the USA Revolution and USA Freedom and buy an Offiicial Supporter's T-Shirt! All proceeds go toward helping fund the teams for 2011 International Cup. Shirts are available in men's, women's and kids sizes.

International Cup Draw Released

International Cup 2011

The AFL has released the draw for the International Cup to be held in Sydney and Melbourne August 12 – 27.  There will be 18 countries competing in the men’s competition. Round one will be a seeding round used to determine two divisions. Teams have been split into six groups of three with each team to play the other two teams in its group in lightning match format of 2 X 15 minute halves. Based on the results of round one the top twelve teams will be placed in Division 1 and the remaining six will make up Division 2.


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