The New York Magpies are an amateur Australian Football Club dedicated to establishing and growing the great Australian sport in the New York metropolitan area and across the USA. The Magpies were established in 1998 by Erik “Chucky” Kallhovd and compete in the United States Australian Football League (USAFL). In 2008, the Magpies expanded the club by adding a women’s team, the Lady Magpies. The New York Magpies are an affiliate of the Collingwood Football Club, the largest professional sports club in Australia.
We are always looking for new players and supporters, so come on out and join the Magpies.
The Magpies are a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation and a qualified public charity under the Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The club runs on the back of generous donations from sponsors and supporters. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today!
The USAFL is a grassroots, amateur sports organization and as an official affiliate of the Australian Football League (AFL), is the role representative of Australian Football within the United States. The USAFL’s first ever game was played in 1996 between Louisville and Cincinnati at Louisville Kentucky and the league was formed the following year, with the first Nationals carnival held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997. The USAFL consists of three major geographic conferences across North America with the NY Magpies vying annually for the Eastern American Football League (EAFL) title. The season culminates each year with all the teams across the USA competing for the National Championship in a two day tournament with four men’s divisions and one women’s division.
Game Development and the 50/50 rule
Australian Rules Football in the United States is designed to be as inclusive as possible. To this end one of the founding rules in the US is that North American players must account for at least 50% of the players on the field at any one time. This rule ensures the game is welcoming to any new players regardless of skill and experience.
The Magpies’ season typically runs from March through early-October each year, with games played both locally and nationally. In addition to its contests against other members of the EAFL – Boston, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Baltimore/ Washington and Florida – New York has travelled to a number of cities to play games, including Austin, TX; Tampa, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Denver / Colorado Springs, CO; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati, OH; Louisville, KY, Kansas City, MO; and Pittsburgh, PA.
Preseason training usually kicks off in March. See the schedule for training dates.
The players who make up the Magpies are a diverse group, mixing locals and Aussie expatriates alike. Ranging in age from 16 to 50 and from numerous countries, there are college students, employees from Fortune 100 companies, lawyers, bankers, accountants, teachers and many, many others. The Magpies are open to anyone who wants to play the game and have a great time. So if you’re interested please complete this online form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The welcoming nature of the Club is reflected in the growth of the Lady Pies, which was established in 2008 and competes for the National Championships alongside the men’s team.
The Magpies players also participate in the New York City Australian Football League (NYCAFL), an intra club competition designed to promote and develop new players to the game as well as foster camaraderie and friendship. The NYCAFL is part of the club’s development program and usually runs on Friday nights during summer. See the club schedule for more details.