Hall Of Famers Aylett, Barassi, Dixon Welcome Swans to AFI


MELBOURNE: Coach of the Swans Ron Barassi talks to his players during the round 17 AFL match between Hawthorn Hawks and Sydney Swans, 1993 in Melbourne. A true legend of the sport and proponent of International footy, Barassi currently serves on the AFI Board.(Photo by Getty Images)

The St. Petersburg Swans will return for the second season of Major League Footy circuit of Footy 9s Australian Rules Football, kicking off the 2017-’18 season November 18th in St. Petersburg, Florida, when the Swans host the Orlando Sharks.

The Swans defeated the Suncoast Suns 117-38 to capture the Inaugural Major League Footy Championship Final, February 25, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

With the Swans as the circuit’s flagship club, Florida-based teams will compete in an 18-week season through March 2018.

The campaign also marks the league’s new alignment with Australian Football International, developers of the Footy 9s format and leading independent advocates for worldwide growth of the sport.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AFI Board Member Brian Dixon is interviewed by Tim Lane after he was made an inductee of the AFL Hall of Fame at the 2010 Australian Football Hall of Fame induction dinner in Melbourne. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE – Jason McCartney #5 of the Kangaroos celebrates with AFI Board Member (then NMFC club president) Allen Aylett after the Kangaroos defeated the Tigers at the Telstra Dome June 6, 2003. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

In the new alignment, Major League Footy recognizes AFI as the governing body of the Footy 9s format, which has been developed specifically for game play in the United States.

AFI Board Members and Hall of Famers Allen Aylett, Ron Barassi and Brian Dixon share a career-long passion for the international development of the sport, and are universally renowned for their distinguished careers as players, coaches and administrators.

Founded in 2014 as a member of the USAFL, the St. Petersburg Swans are honored to today represent Major League Footy and Australian Football International as a direct connection between some of the greatest luminaries of footy history – and the future of our great sport in the United States.

The 2017-’18 Major League Footy Premiership Season, Presented by Aussie Sports USA, kicks off Saturday, November 18, when the Swans host Orlando in St. Petersburg.


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