Why do we ask for your Nationality?

Nationality status is required to help ensure the 50/50 Participation Rule is carried out fairly. The laws governing the 50/50 Rule are:

  • A team may not play more than 9 non-Nationals on the field at any one time.
  • Clubs are encouraged to use the 50/50 rule in all games during the year but it is not mandatory.
  • A “Non-National” player for a USAFL team is anyone that is not deemed an American.
    A “Non-National” for a Canadian team is anyone that is not deemed a Canadian.
  • A players Nationality ruling is to be determined by country of birth on passport.
  • If you play an Australian, an Irishmen, or a New Zealander for example….all these nationalities are all deemed “Non-Nationals” and you can not play more than 9 of these players on the field at any one time.
  • Therefore Clubs will need to have a minimum of "9 Nationals" on the field at all times at Nationals
  • If a player cannot prove "National Status" that player will be deemed a "Non-National".
  • If you are an American or a Canadian, the onus will be on you to prove that status.
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