MLF – DISTINCTLY AMERICAN FOOTY
Major League Footy is a distinctly American take on Australian Rules Football, and fuses elements or various playing formats to create a fast-paced, high scoring game that delivers a great experience for players and supporters alike.
On and off the ground, MLF is designed to foster a sustainable playing format and business model for independent, semi-professional Australian football in the United States.
Our game is played on a rectangular field, 100 yard x 53.3 yards – the dimensions of an American football (gridiron) field (without the end zones).
Teams have five players on the field, and up to five in interchange.
Unlike other new ‘export’ versions of Aussie Rules, MLF preserves the ruck contest at the start of each period of play, and footy’s iconic goal posts and traditional scoring (with the addition of 10 point super-goals on ripping bombs from beyond 40s), while also incorporating contemporary rules as the game continues to evolve, and as originally conceived by Australian Football International.
The result is a free-flowing, high-scoring and fast-paced game of Australian Football that is familiar to footy players and supporters everywhere, while being suited to American players and available American sports facilities – and American tastes.
The format creates both lots of wide-open space, and with more contests with significantly reduced congestion…Plus, super-goals!
With over 130 matches played to date, with trials of various proposed rules along the way, we’ve found this format distills the best of footy into an decidedly Americanized take on our great sport.
Clubs operate on the traditional American sports business model, as opposed to the traditional ‘club’ structure, and financial barriers for entry to the sport are eliminated.
Players are not assessed dues in Major League Footy, there are no restrictions on the number of Australian nationals participating on the field, and the emphasis is on head-to-head, not tournament, play.