Borne from the success of a 2015 training season that continued year-round in a lead-up to the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) 2016 USAFL season, Major League Footy is designed to leverage the unique opportunities of winter sports in Florida.
Having seen those 2015 trainings generate significant interest from new recruits and current players alike, the concept of simply ‘having a kick’ thru the off-season evolved into a full-fledged, USAFL-recognized Florida winter competition including matches of traditional, metro rules, AFL 9s and Ausball variations of Australian football.
The experience of the St. Pete Swans – that playing and training throughout the winter has been the club’s single-best recruitment (and training) initiative – is unique, and has increased co-ed club participation exponentially.
While the emphasis of the Major League Footy Florida Winter League is indeed training and recruitment (all 2016-’17 Winter League matches are scheduled in conjunction with training sessions) – the introduction of a ‘player draft’ and the race for the Championship Final assures that game play remains fair and competitive.
Major League Footy umpires are accredited both as USAFL Level I and also AFL 9s umpires..
All Major League Footy trainings, practices and competitions are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level. Uniforms and any other needed equipment are provided by Major League Footy and founding club, the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC).
Any interested players are welcome to contact the club by phone/text at: (727) 490-9217.