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2005 MAAFL Schedule Released
The MAAFL 2005 schedule has been released with seven Clubs again competing for the coveted MAAFL Title. The MAAFL is now entering its fifth year as a league - and has consolidated itself over that time as the premier Australian Football League in the United States. The proposed schedule was presented to the Club Directors at the MAAFL AGM in Atlanta and was accepted as the official schedule the 2005 Season.

2005 MAAFL Schedule Released

 

The MAAFL 2005 schedule has been released with seven Clubs again competing for the coveted MAAFL Title. The MAAFL is now entering its fifth year as a league - and has consolidated itself over that time as the premier Australian Football League in the United States. The proposed schedule was presented to the Club Directors at the MAAFL AGM in Atlanta and was accepted as the official schedule the 2005 Season.

 

The 2005 draw is a general reverse of the 2004 draw with some slight variation coming from the 2004 which saw Milwaukee Bombers finish the season with 3 away games due to their proposed hosting of the 2004 National Championships (which ultimately moved to Atlanta). The draw was catering to clubs not having to fly to Milwaukee twice late in the season. This years draw is back to a closer version of home and away than 2004 season. The MAAFL draw is based on a 2 year commitment from each MAAFL Club that you will host and visit each other MAAFL Club over the course of the 2 seasons. In 2004 the MAAFL recorded a 100% attendance rate in all matches being played and expectations of this continuing in 2005 are very high.......

 

The 2005 Season will commence on May 7, 2005 - and will run through to Round Seven on August 27, 2005. Each MAAFL Club will play 6 games with one bye. The MAAFL Guidelines (which are being slightly modified for 2005 to ensure field sizing standards) are based on making each MAAFL match as competitive as possible - with a complete focus on an "even playing field" for the traveling team. In the US today - with out committed regional travel - the games growth potential is severely limited and the MAAFL keeps this knowledge at the forefront of it league guidelines. This includes American/Australian Ratios of 60/40 and number of players per team designated by the away team (14's, 16's, or 18's). The field size (which if layed out for higher number of players per team in advance was identified as a potential advantage to the home squad with larger benches (and more legs) over the course of a game.

 

Other key USAFL dates have been listed with this draw - and are shown as expected dates (but not guaranteed as they are set and managed by the USAFL - except for the MAAFL VS OAFL match in Toronta which is a locked in date. The hot topic in the 2004 MAAFL AGM was the proposal to introduce a "MAAFL Championship/Grand Final" weekend to the league. A large number of clubs supported this idea - and saw it as an important concept in further developing the league and its overall interest level. Discussions such as alternative venues per year (giving the Grand Final teams a most likely neutral location) were also added to the heated conversations. President Al McGlasham will be following up with the MAAFL Board of Directors on this key issue with the releasing of the 2005 draw.......

 

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