AFI achieves record growth in 2021 with 55 teams

15 January 2022

Australian Football International (AFI) is pleased to announce that it enjoyed record growth in 2021, with 55 teams taking part in AFI events.

AFI ran 5 major events in 2021, including the World 9s, Harmony Cup, Touch Footy World Cup, Darwin 9s and Masters 9s.

World 9s (16 teams) – Australia Men, Australia Women, Chile, Great Britain, Ireland Men, Ireland Women, Italy, New Zealand Men, New Zealand Women, Samoa, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, Tonga, United Nations Men, United Nations Women.

Harmony Cup (8 teams) – Druze Victoria, Eastern Devils, Greece, Ireland, Italy, North Macedonia, New Zealand Men, New Zealand Women.

Touch Footy World Cup (7 teams) – El Salvador, Great Britain, Haiti, Malawi, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines.

Darwin 9s (8 teams) – PINT Queenants, Tracy Village Bushpigs, Wanderers Eagles, Darwin Buffettes (Women’s Division), Nightcliff Tigers, Darwin Buffaloes, Wanderers Eagles St Marys (Men’s Division)

Masters 9s (16 teams) – Ascot Vale Panthers, Melton Panthers, Marcellin Bald Eagles, Beaconsfield Superules (Men’s 35+), Ascot Vale Panthers, Melton Panthers, Brunswick Mudlarks, Marcellin Bald Eagles, Beaconsfield Superules, Melbourne Lions (Men’s 47+), Melbourne Lions, Mooroolbark Mustangs, Blackburn 1, Blackburn 2, Box Hill North, Northside Lions (Women’s 35+)

AFI CEO Brian Clarke confirmed that the record growth had been the result of much hard work by the entire AFI community.

“It has been fantastic working with our key stakeholders – the players, team managers, coaches and umpires – to make our events such a great success. We are building such a special community of people within AFI and it makes all of the hard work worthwhile. To have 55 teams participate in our events in 2021 is an incredible result.”