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Season Preview Week 2017: Women's Western

9 hours 46 min ago

We wrap up our season preview series, and our women’s previews, with the Western region.

The West is responsible for Women’s Divisional titles in each of the last seven seasons; Six in a row by Denver and last year’s steak ending triumph by San Francisco in Divvy 1, and Portland in Division 2, who did so alongside Calgary in 2015, and Seattle and Arizona in 2016.

Around the Grounds: April 22, 2017

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:47pm

Houston Lonestars 10.12.82 def Tulsa Buffaloes/OKC Flyers 2.0.12
Houston 12.7.79 def Baton Rouge Tigers 2.2.14
Baton Rouge 7.7.49 def Tulsa/OKC 3.5.23

The Houston Lonestars kicked off their 2017 campaign with two convincing wins over the Tigers and Tulsa/OKC, looking in midseason form already.  Baton Rouge notched a split for the day with a 16 point triumph over the Buffaloes/Flyers combination in the nightcap.  (Recap)

Season Preview Week 2017: Women's East & Central

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:54pm

The emergence of women’s Aussie Rules football into the sporting consciousness of Australia has been a sight to behold.  It emerged from the precipice and into the white hot spotlight in February when, after years of talk and planning, the first AFL Women’s season came and went in a resounding success.

Following nearly in lockstep, the growth of the women’s game in the USA has been tremendous in the past two seasons.  2017 will see fourteen clubs field sides, and at least three more, Chicago, Des Moines, and Wisconsin, in development.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's Western

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:52pm

We’ve saved the largest grouping of men’s teams in the USAFL for last.  It’s the biggest, the most expansive, and full of some of the best footy in the country.

Since the first USAFL tournament in 1997, sixteen Division 1 Grand Finals have had at least one team from this region, and five deciders were all-Western affairs.  The Denver Bulldogs have their names stamped all over the division, with a total of eight titles, including four on the trot from 2002-2005, and the San Diego Lions, winners in 2001 and 2006.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's South

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 7:17pm

Just like their Northern brethren, the southern part of the USAFL’s Central region has teams at the top echelon of talent, and others that are on the way up with constant improvement.

At the top of the heap are the Austin Crows, two time defending Division 1 champion. Whether anyone can knock them off this year is up for a round table type debate.  But teams like Dallas and Houston will be nipping at their heels, and always put together entertaining footy matches during the Texas Cup series.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's North

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 3:40pm

They come from the land of the ice and snow, or at least that’s what the weather is like until April.

The Northern part of the USAFL’s Central Region has benefited from the fact that there are a number of teams in the upper Midwest, and their relative proximity to them.  That has forged some of the league’s greatest rivalries, friendly and otherwise, over the past 20 years.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's Eastern

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 5:19pm

Our first region to preview is the East; eight teams with varying histories and fortunes.

New York continued their dominance in season 2016, continuing to be the lead singer of the rock and roll band that is this grouping of clubs.  There are improvements and strength coming from up and down the east, especially from the Nation’s capital, Boston, and the Florida gulf coast.

2017 USAFL Season Preview Week!

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 6:29pm

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare

20 years is a long time.  It’s a generation.  A time of growth, and a time of change, a time of maturity.

20 years ago, this country had a handful of teams playing our great game.  Who would have thought that both the game and the league would have blossomed the way it did, just like the blooms of April?

MCG, Docklands to host IC17 Grand Finals

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:57pm

Every footballer dreams of playing on the big stage. 

When the USA Revolution and Freedom national teams go to Australia in August, they’ll get their chance to play on the two biggest stages in the game.

Around the Grounds - April 8

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 2:58pm

USAFL Regular Season:

Nashville 10.11 (71) defeats Atlanta 4.5 (29)

The Kangaroos held sway at home against the rival Kookaburras, blowing open a close game at halftime en route to a 42-point win at Elmington Park.  Cliff “Nugget” Cosnahan lit up the Kookas for six of Nashville’s ten major scores.  [Recap]

Metro Round-Up

The 2017 Arctic Cup (or How We Became Vikings in 72 Hours)

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:41pm

"Who thought footy would bring me to f***ing Iceland?" says a chilly Ross Levesque, bitterly surveying his drenched apparel against a backdrop of rugged rocky terrain and steep dark hills rising in the distance.

But it wasn't strictly footy that brought him to Iceland - rather, his brother Jay, whom Ross introduced to footy in 2003 and who is now a USA Revolution veteran, was the larger factor for Ross' short trip. The two faced off in the Arctic Cup, with Ross playing for a combination Swedish/Icelandic team and Jay for the Baltimore Washington Eagles.

Eagles, Lady Eagles Open Season in Iceland

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:53pm

As arctic winds race across the Icelandic tundra, so too will seven international footy teams rage upon the turf seeking glory, adventure, and most importantly – the after-party.  

Subscribe to Watch AFL, Support the USAFL!

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:02pm

The 2017 AFL men's season is upon us, kicking of on Thursday, March 23rd and continuing all the way though to the Grand Final at the MCG in October.

You can see every single game LIVE with a WATCH AFL subscription.  Select either a weekly, monthly, or season pass and catch every mark, every goal, and every breathtaking moment of the AFL Premiership season.

A Force Awakens: 9 Women Elected to Lead USAFL Clubs in 2017

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 5:09pm

More and more, the effect and influence of women on the USAFL community is growing and becoming more vital to its sustainability.  As has been the trend over the past several of seasons, their role has grown on the field, and has ballooned with equal fervency away from it.

Wave Those Flags: Remembering Alex Benjamin

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 8:53pm

The overall character of a football community, be it local, national, or international, is a sum of its parts.  Usually, we only see the high profile ones – the players on the ground, the coaches, and those in the upper reaches of the administrative hierarchy.  But the living and breathing dynamic of a club or a league also includes and relies on umpires, clubpeople, and fans for continuity.  For if it wasn’t for those, this community wouldn’t be here.

Ryan Steps Down as USAFL President

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:07pm

USAFL President Denis Ryan has tendered his resignation to the league, effective immediately.  Michael Sheppard, the current USAFL Eastern Regional VP, will take over as interim president.

2017 USAFL Regional Series Announced

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:39pm

For the third straight season, the USAFL will travel around the country bringing exciting Australian football action to three American cities.

The 2017 USAFL Regionals series sees the best men’s and women’s teams in the country converge to see who will lift the hardware in a pivotal series of midseason matches.

Last year saw 26 clubs and several hundred players take to grounds across the country, and this year the hope is that more teams and footballers will get involved to help continue to make these among the best events on the USAFL calendar.

2017 USAFL Australia Day Party Listing

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:00pm

Australia Day commemorates the landing of the the first fleet of British ships in Port Jackson Harbour, Sydney, in 1788.  Traditionally celebrated with cricket, barbeques, cold beverages, and the like, the fesitivities will not be limited just to Australia.

Below is a listing of USAFL clubs who will be holding Australia Day events in the week surrounding Australia Day proper (January 26th).  If you don't see your club listed here, check out our team page.

Austin, Texas (Austin Crows)