Do you have to be Australian to play?
NO! The New York Magpies welcome players from any nationality who are living in the New York Metro area to play. To compete within the United States Australian Football League (USAFL), we must have a 50/50 ratio of Australian citizens and non-Australian citizens (predominantly composed of Americans). Therefore, even if you have never kicked a football before in your life you are still able to play for the Magpies!
Magpies players are all amateur. As such, we organize our trainings and games to try and accommodate for the work schedules that many have in New York. The New York Magpies Australian Football Club is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).
The standard within the teams vary, including players who have previously played at a professional or amateur level in Australia, Americans who have played for a number of years in the US, and also both Australians and Americans who are learning the game for the first time. For those that have played football in Australia, a comparable standard of the New York Magpies is a mid-level amateur side, although rapidly improving in standard.
One of the best resources is the AFL Website, which has information covering the history, skills and laws of the games.
You can buy footballs in the US from the following locations:
AFL games can be streamed live over the internet through Watch AFL Live TV.
Australian Football is perfect for people who have previously played an American college sport, such as American football, Rugby, Lacrosse, Soccer etc. The level of fitness is similar to that of soccer players, but Australian Football also contains tackling.
On average, the New York Magpies played 8 to 10 games per year. In addition, we have four NYCAFL games and one State of Origin game in New York.
New York City Australian Football League (NYCAFL) is 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. NYCAFL is a a slightly modified format (smaller field size, smaller number of player per team – usually 9-a-side), but with predominately the same rules as regular Australian Football. NYCAFL is a great way for new players to learn how to play the game, for players with work or family commitments to continue to play without having to devote a weekend to an away game, and for those after a social kick of football to continue an involvement in the game.
The Magpies aim to provide an opportunity to play football at both a social and a reasonably serious level, through the local NYCAFL games, and through both of our representative teams in the New York Magpies and the New York Lady Pies.
As most players have significant work commitments, it is rare that players are available for all away trips or games, or indeed all trainings. The expected commitment is to make training and games when available, bearing in mind individual work and family commitments. Those who aim to play for the representative teams should try to be at as many trainings, both weekday and weekend, as possible.
Being aware that not all who are interested in playing are able to travel regularly or at all, the Magpies also provide NYCAFL as an opportunity for less experienced players to learn how to play the game, and for more experienced players to press their claim for selection in the representative Magpie teams.
The season runs from late March through early October. The Magpies provide the opportunity to play a game, either NYCAFL, or a Magpies home or away game approximately every second weekend, with major US holidays automatically rostered as off weekends.
Attending training and NYCAFL games are completely FREE. Players are however responsible for travel costs associated with games played outside the New York area. In many cases the team will however provide subsidies to all players to decrease travel expenditures.
Member funds are used to purchase equipment, e.g. jumpers, balls, water, pay for field permits etc., and provide umpires for games and the general running expenses of the club. The club also undertakes extensive fundraising and sponsorship activities to provide player subsidies and cover a portion of the general expenses of the club.
Yes, the Magpies play a number of away games per year. The Magpies have played in such locations as: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Boston, Florida, Las Vegas, Denver, Ohio, Dallas, and Milwaukee.
Due to the huge growth of the Magpies over the past decade and limited funds the club receives, away trips are generally self-funded by players, including flights and accommodation. The club subsidizes some expenses, such as medical equipment, bus rental to and from games, field rental, umpires and other equipment. For away games that are within driving distance of New York (eg. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and Baltimore) the Club hires vehicles to provide transportation. The club raises funds to subsidize player travel by hosting and promoting various fundraising events throughout the year.
With NYCAFL played in the New York area, players have a chance to play up to four games of Australian Football a year without having to leave New York or attend training on a weekly basis, making it an ideal alternative for those looking for an introduction to a new sport, or for those with full work and family commitments.
The Magpies train on Tuesday evenings at the Queens Sports Center, which is two subway stops from Times Square. More details on training times and locations is located here.
Yes! American male players are eligible to be selected in the USA Revolution, the US National Team, which regularly plays in tournaments against teams from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark. Women players are eligible to play for the USA Freedom team as well as the USA Liberty, the feeder team to the USA Freedom.
The Magpies have had many men and women make the National teams over the past decade, with many travelling to Australia to compete in International Cup.
No. The Magpies are an amateur club run by volunteers. Australians who have queries regarding employment or visas in the United States should contact either their local Australian Consulate or the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C.
Absolutely. Here it is!
Good ol’ New York forever
We know how to play the game.
Side by side we stick together
to uphold the Magpie name.
At the ball with strength and courage,
We’ll fight with all our might.
O the premiership is calling
for the good ol’ black and white.