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We have had many years of experience in growing the game internationally. Through trial and error, we have seen first-hand what works and what does not. It’s our mission to grow the sport of Australian Rules Football internationally, while also empowering those who share that vision to achieve their goals, and see footy become a ‘Top 5’ sport here in the USA!
MLF Eliminates Participation Barriers
A traditional 18-a-side version of Australian Football has a number of significant barriers that have hindered its growth outside Australia, many of which you’ve likely experienced in your own footy journey…
Regular matches are played on large cricket ovals, featuring 18 players per team. Add another 4 reserve players (per team), plus 6 umpires, runners and the like, and you need 50 people to play a match of traditional Australian football.
Major League Footy and the Footy 9s format has been designed to make it much easier for participants to enjoy playing a new game, without the difficulty of trying to find a large enough field and recruit a small army in order to play. And, Major League Footy Makes Footy Free To Play.
An American Model
The other barrier of course is the huge amounts of time and money volunteers have expended trying to grow the game internationally.
Whilst no doubt personally rewarding, this has also imposed an enormous strain on people, resulting in burn out and people leaving the game. They may have also come under pressure from their partner, who fail to see why you are “wasting all your time and money on this hobby of yours”.
While the club culture is, of course, central to the footy experience in Australia, the ‘club’ model does not translate well to American sports culture.
Major League Footy has created a franchise system to allow you to achieve your dream of growing the game internationally, without the significant participation, time and cost barriers mentioned above. We want you to have fun and be rewarded for your efforts.
Major League Footy is structured to operate footy in an ‘Americanized’ model of pro sports – The league sets the schedule, provides umpires, rents fields matching a standard criteria, manages league and team media, and provides equipment and uniforms.
By becoming a Major League Footy franchisee, you will be part of a global network that is dedicated to the growth of the world’s greatest game. We will work with you and assist you to achieve your goals.
While all current Major League Footy clubs are operated under a ‘single entity’ model, the league is seeking local operators for clubs in Florida markets.
Opportunities also exist for franchisees to operate ‘Elite Series’ sides representing independent players or clubs traveling to Florida to complete in a developmental schedule.
Get in touch with us now – and get your club on the ground!