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The Clubs That Never Quite Made It - How, Why and Where-to-Now?

  • Monday, February 21 2005 @ 02:22 am ACDT
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General News Every year, a number of people take the initiative and start having a kick in their previously footy-foreign area. Some plan clubs, others plan leagues, some have huge plans of conquering the world. Sometimes these gather momentum and take flight - but sometimes they don't...

WFN takes a look at a few of the clubs and leagues that never quite made it, as well as some who haven't made it yet, but have never given up.

AFL Website Redesigned

  • Thursday, February 17 2005 @ 05:53 pm ACDT
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The AFL website has gone through major redesign. Of extra interest to world footy news readers will be the section under Game Develoment / International Leagues - it's now much easier to find, even if it hasn't been expanded in some time!

Reader Demographics for WFN - the first six months

  • Thursday, February 17 2005 @ 05:32 am ACDT
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After first going online in July/August of 2004, World Footy News has built up to an average of about 200 hits a day. Some times of year have been busier than others, depending on how much is going on out there in footy land - but overall, stats suggest that a core readership is developing of regulars who check by a couple of times a week.

One interesting statistic is where some of the readers seem to be coming from...

Roos and Saints WFN Reader Favourites

  • Monday, February 14 2005 @ 01:21 pm ACDT
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General News The votes are in - North Melbourne and St Kilda are the AFL sides with the greatest amount of support among the readers of World Footy News. There was some considerable distance between these two and third-place Collingwood. The Brisbane Lions finished last, one vote behind those who professed not to follow any team in the AFL.

Multicultural Cup Newcomers - Turkey, Italy and Greece

  • Tuesday, February 08 2005 @ 10:55 pm ACDT
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In March 2004, the inaugral Australian Football Multicultural Cup was held, celebrating the achievments and contributions of Melbourne's ethnic communities to Aussie Rules. This year sees the cup return, with three Mediterranean sides in Greece, Italy and Turkey taking the field.

World Footy Census 2004 - North America

  • Saturday, January 08 2005 @ 07:55 pm ACDT
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General News Over the next few weeks World Footy News will release region by region reviews of the 2004 census data collected to give a snapshot of the state of Australian football around the world. Our first article looks at the numbers in North America.

Tsunami disaster appeal

  • Monday, January 03 2005 @ 11:35 pm ACDT
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Like everyone else, World Footy News is deeply saddened by the massive disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunamis in the Asia region, with well over 100,000 people confirmed dead. We take this moment to urge anyone who has not already made a donation and can afford to, to do so through agencies such as the Red Cross, United Nations or any other agency you think is appropriate.

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Red Cross Australia

United Nations

Australian Rules - from Colonial past-time to World Footy

  • Sunday, December 26 2004 @ 07:05 am ACDT
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General News It could be argued that many Australian football supporters know little of the true history of the game, and perhaps not many ponder its future. Most focus only on their own club, perhaps occasionally looking into its past, but rarely the bigger picture of the sport. There are lessons from the past, and the remarkable spread of the game overseas in some ways parallel its movement across Australia over many decades. Some would have us believe that the game has only ever been seriously played in the south east corner of Australia - they do a great injustice to many other major leagues, but also to their own sport, which has a rich and colourful tradition that spans well over a century across its native land. Similarly we need to recognise the emerging markets for footy in North America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific and other untapped regions. Opportunities should not be missed and left for later. If we seek lessons from the past, we might ensure the game's future, which some would argue is less than secure. The following article explores the historic beginnings of Australian Rules football through to the emergence of the AFL and the sport's growth around the world.

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