The JAFL is the governing body for the sport in Japan since 1988 when the first Japanese boys toured Japan. The JAFL has evolved from a number of students with dreams of footy greatness to a fully functioning association which leads the development of aussie rules in Japan. This association is a credit to the passion of the Japanese students who have nurtured the game in Japan. The Tokyo Goannas support them and their dreams.
WEBSITE: Japan AFL
|The Komozawa Magpies was established in 2004 and competes in the Japan Top League. Komozawa University is a famous Tokyo university.
WEBSITE: Komozawa Magpies
The Nagoya Redbacks Australian Football Club, an idea founded by Shane Hardy and Steve Micallef over a few beers at the Red Rock on AFL Grand Final Day 2005, played it’s first three years in the Osaka based NAFL competition, sweeping aside all comers in three undefeated seasons. The Redbacks were admitted to play in the 2008 Narita Cup, the clubs first experience playing the Tokyo based JAFL league teams, and finished a commendable third on the day, before abandoning the NAFL and joining the JAFL top league for season 2009, and gaining a new major sponsor in Outback Steakhouse. Finishing third in 2009 after a slow start to the year the Redbacks are looking forward to a strongseason in 2013 as we build for the future of football in the Chubu region
WEBSITE: Nagoya Redbacks
Osaka Dingoes play Australian Rules Football (AFL) in Osaka, Japan.
WEBSITE: Osaka Dingoes
WEBSITE: Senshu University
The Borneo Bears are probably the newest club in Asia having been established in 2008. They are an expatriate team with a dream to promote and play the sport of Australian Rules football throughout Kalimantan Borneo. They support the club mascot, the Kalimantan Honey Bear or Beruang Madu. There is a sanctuary for the honey Bear just out of Balikpapan that survives on donations and volunteers alone. The Borneo Bears Australian Rules Football Club are supporting this sanctuary by means of donations and voluntary assistance. The Borneo Bears
also host the Borneo ANZAC Day Cup whichis played in Balikpapan between the Jakarta Bintangs, Bali Geckos and the
WEBSITE: Borneo Bears
Beijing started in 2003 in a similar way to other clubs.A bloke called \”Sanger\” wanted a couple of other boys to have kick to kick with and then the Bombers were born! They have toured and drank but yet to come home with some serious silver wear maybe 2010 will be their year.
WEBSITE: Beijing Bombers
The Guangzhou Scorpions was founded in May 2010 by club Patron Grant “Tom” Dooley a living legend within the Asian football scene and a group of local expatriates who had a keen interest in the game of Australian Rules Football. From the outset The Scorpions intent was to spread the word about the ‘most exciting game in the world” far and they have done this with some success as the majority of the team hail from places other than Australia.
WEBSITE: Guangzhou Scorpions
The Jakarta Bintangs (Stars) Australian Football Club was formed in 1995 with the objective to provide a football outlet to the many Australians living in Indonesia\’s capital. Since then the club has developed and has been represented by a wide range of players from varying age groups and nationalities including Indonesians, Papua New Guineans, Americans, Canadians, Brits, French and New Zealanders. The Club has competed in and hosted the Asian Championships.
WEBSITE: Jakarta Bintangs
For a club formed in 2008, the Phants as they are known, have been extremely successful. They performed well in the last Asian Championships and went on to win the Indo China Cup. They have the most distinguishable guernsey in the Asian region and it is a most sought after prize after any game! In the 2008 Asian championships a few Goannas represented the Lao boys and we hope in the future we have some more exchanges.
WEBSITE: Lao Elephants
The Malaysian Warriors Australian Rules Football Club (MWAFC) was founded in the late 1980â€™s by Aussie Expats working and living in Kuala Lumpur, who carried with them, a love of the â€œGreat Gameâ€. The MWAFC was initially known as the MARK Tigers (Malaysian Australian Rules Kelab) and the team recorded their first win in August 1994 against the RAAF in Butterworth, Penang. They have contested and hosted the Asian Championships in 2009.
WEBSITE: Malaysian Warriors
The boys in the Phillipines started in 2004. Their evolution is not unsimiliar to many of the clubs in asia. The boys drink beer, then think they are in their teens. Then comes the kick to kick …this leads to manly rivalry…a game! And the rest is history. The establishment of the Phillipine Aussie Football League. In the short time they have been in existance. They have hosted the Asian Championships and the Manilla Cup. The Goannas finished third in that year.
WEBSITE: Philippine Eagles
The Shanghai Tigers were established in 2002 by Australians with a real love of the game. Their club has grown rapidly to become a competitive team within the wider Asian Football League while working closely with the AFL to promote our great game to Chinese nationals. In October this year Melbourne and Brisbane will play game in Shianghai. This mirrors the early games Tokyo had in 1986 and 1987 that nurtured the JAFL.
Visit Website : Shianghai Tigers
The Singapore Wombats were established in 1993 by a bunch of homesick aussies. They have grown in numbers since those days and are now are an Asian Power house of footy. The Wombats have toured Japan and the Goannas have played in Singapore too. The Wombat emblem was designed by one the Goannas and a few of the old Goannas are now Wombats. They hosted the Asian Championships in 2008.
WEBSITE: Singapore Wombats
The Thailand Tigers were established in 1996 and have grown since then. They are regular tourists on the South East Asian circuit and hosted the Asian Australian Championships (the one that everybody wanted to go too!) in 2007. They have been successful in growing the game in Thailand and around South East Asia
WEBSITE: Thailand Tigers
The Vietnam Swans were originally two separate teams Hanoi and Saigon. In 2007 they amalgamated to play in the Asian Championships. Their football success is starting to grow in the South East Asia but the ability to market themselves has been noted around Asia. The Tokyo Goannas recommend any players to hook up with this team and enjoy what Vietnam and the Swans have to offer!
WEBSITE: Vietnam Swans
How does a small amateur football club from Melbourne become involved with football in Japan? Well, it all began in 2002 when 12 BHN players scraped together the money to travel to Japan and enter as a team in the Sugadaira Cup held near Nagano. This enabled a four team round robin tournament to be held and what a fantastic weekend of football that was. Futher tours followed with BHN attending the Narita Cup each year from 2003-2007 and the Japan Fosters Cup at Chiba in 2009. More recently we have also toured Osaka including school clinics to help promote the game in Japan. BHN is also active in Melbourne regularly playing a game against the touring Samurai. BHN also offers a scholarship each year for one of the Samurai players to play a season with BHN in Melbourne. This involves finding accommodation with a member of the club, assisting with job searches and any other issues that arise. To date around 10 Samurai players have played a season with BHN in Melbourne. BHN also sent two of its young players to Japan in 2003 and 2004 to play and train for a month with the Samurai including the Grand Finals those years. It is pleasing that a strong culture has developed at BHN which is strongly supportive of developing football in Japan.
WEBSITE: Box Hill North Amateur Football Club
The Milwaukee Bombers are am amateur Australian rules football team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. There is both a men’s and women’s team made up of players from the state of Wisconsin who compete in the USAFL.”
WEBSITE: Milwaukee Bombers
Our Club began in 1998 as the Philly Crows by ourfounder Chris Hasson (US) and consisted of 5 to 6 eager players meeting in the snow and slush down at the lakes in South Philly. A couple of years back our mother team, the mighty Hawthorn Football Club (Hawks) of Aus, saw our successes and growth and asked us to be their sponsered club here in the US. Since then our roster has grown to over 30 steady players with an Alumni that has reached over a hundred spread around the globe. Our current line up consists of about 70% US, 30% Australian players.
WEBSITE: Philly Hawks
Although Aussie Rules found its way into Canada in 1989 it wasn’t until 2008 that the Montreal based Quebec Saints were formed and ‘footy’ was finally discovered by French-Canadians. The Saints entered the Ontario AFL in 2009. The ‘OAFL’ is one of the biggest leagues outside of Australia, and in their first season the Saints claimed the Division 2 premiership trophy, named the ‘Mike Pyke Cup’ in honour of the first Canadian to play in the AFL. The Saints also run a 9-a-side development league (called the ECAFL) aimed at a more ‘social’ brand of footy. The successful competition has quickly turned the Quebec Saints into an up and coming force in Canadian Aussie Rules. 2009 also saw the creation of a women’s team called the Montreal Angels. After only 12 months of footy the Angels had two girls added to the Canadian national team and then in 2010 claimed the Canadian Women’s National Championship.
WEBSITE: Quebec Saints
Södermalm AFC was formed in 2006 and plays in the local Stockholm competition as well as the Swedish championships. Led by coach Jordo, SAFC have managed to attract Swedes as well as expaths, and have brought the skill level of our native player to a level that has helped make Stockholm and Sweden to be force to be reckoned with in European footy.
WEBSITE: Södermalm Blues
Founded in March of 2009, The Des Moines Roosters got their start when twobrothers, Tyler and Wes Kamerman, crossed paths with Aussie native Paul Fradd and put their plan in motion. The Roosters have shown steady improvement over the course of their first full season in 2010 and will be the smallest metropolitan area represented at the US Nationals this year. The Roosters are always recruiting and are open to players of any skill level.
WEBSITE: The Des Moines Roosters