USAFL 25th Anniversary Events

USAFL 25th Anniversary ~ 1997-2022

The USAFL is proud to celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2022.

On September 6th, 1997, the first Nationals was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the Saturday evening, a meeting behind the barn took place with a small group of AFL- loving Aussies and took the leap to start the United States Australian Football Association. The rest is history. 

From an infamous start to the current evolution of the United States Australian Football League, the game has evolved and grown over the last 25 years. It now hosts the largest single weekend of Aussie Rules Tournament Football in the World (including Australia) every October when Nationals comes around.

Throughout 2022 we will celebrate our 25th. Below is a summary of the planned events so check back here often for updates and links as events become available. Get involved and support the League through this incredible year - reach out to Paul O'Keeffe



  • The highlight of the year will be the Anniversary Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 13th in Ontario, California to kick off Nationals weekend and celebrate the clubs, members, sponsors and support the USAFL Foundation.
    • Life Member & Hall of Fame Inductees
    • Silent Auction 
    • AFL & Australian Celebrities and Dignitaries
    • Tickets on sale soon


  • Club Heritage Members(man & woman) who have been instrumental to the club over the last 25 years
  • Club 25th Anniversary Teams
  • Club Heritage Round - a special game that is important to the history of the club. Best on Ground player will receive a special 25th Anniversary BOG medal


  • USA Revolution Mens 25th Anniversary Team
  • USA Freedom Womens 25th Anniversary Team
  • Best team of Nationals (Men and Women) based on Division 1 Best and Fairest over the years
  • Best Finals Teams at Nationals (Men and Women) based on Div 1 Grand Final BOG’s over the years
  • Special Reunion Division at Nationals for those who have hung up the boots


  • History of the USAFL Podcast
    • Six episodes that will cover all aspects of the growth if USAFL over the years from the Founding years, to Nationals and Internationals, Umpires and Women
  • Documentaries
    • Celebrating the League 25 years
    • Celebrating the Women’s game
  • Social Media Heritage Flashback and Spotlight posts throughout the year
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