More than 1,000 athletes to compete at World's largest Australian Football Tournament

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Louisville, Kentucky, October 5, 2010 - The United States Australian Football League will bring its 2010 National Tournament to Louisville, Kentucky over the weekend of October 9-10. The popular event is the biggest Australian Football tournament anywhere in the world, and attracts more than 1,000 players, officials and coaching staff, with a total of 32 men’s teams spread across four divisions, as well as 6 women’s teams representing over a dozen cities across the USA and Canada.

The tournament in Louisville, Kentucky will also features juniors exhibition clinics and games, Under 23 and women’s development seminars, umpires clinics, a national administrators conference and the USAFL’s Annual General Meeting. The tournament will be held at Louisville Soccer Park (Champions Park) in Louisville, Kentucky, at 2050 RIVER RUN ROAD (just off Zorn Avenue at I-71).

“We are once again excited to return to Louisville after the huge success of our ten year anniversary championships back in 2007. We can’t thank the city and sports commission enough for the support, including the upgrading of the fields by having them fully irrigated since we were last here” said USAFL President and Tournament Director, Richard Mann. The USAFL are also proud to host guests from the professional league in Australia, the AFL (from both the men’s and women’s development departments), the Executive Chairman, Glenn Cooper, of national sponsor, Coopers Brewery, Ben Huffman from last years’ host city, Mason, Ohio, and from next years’ host city, Austin Texas, Matthew Payne.

The event sees five fields running simultaneously from 9 am Saturday through to 1 pm Sunday and OVER 60 GAMES WILL be played. The DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS start at 130 pm Sunday, with the DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at 4:30 pm Sunday. The organization hopes to have 10,000 U.S. participants in the next decade, a whole new generation of “Aussie Rules” football athletes, and to develop hundreds of thousands of new fans.

For more information on this world class event and the sport of Australian Rules Football in the USA, check out www.usafl.com/nationals/2010/central

MEDIA CONTACT Richard Mann, USAFL President National Championships Tournament Director 303-330-2772 president@usafl.com
USAFL OFFICE Doren James, USAFL Operations Manager,  608-575 8835  operations@usafl.com
LOUISVILLE Troy Killian, Director of Operations Greater Louisville Sports Commission One Riverfront Plaza, 401 West Main Street Suite 2300, Louisville KY 40202 1-866-587-7767 502-376 6451 - Direct tkillian@gotolouisville.com www.louisvillesports.org | www.GoToLouisville.com

Images courtesy: Amy Valentine - 2007 USAFL National Tournament, Louisville, Kentucky

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