Minnesota Freeze Aussie Rules Football Club

Australian Rules football, or 'footy' as it is colloquially known, is a non-stop thrill - a fast, competitive, physical, and high scoring team game.

In its first three years of competition at the National level the Minnesota Freeze have had remarkable success by winning two championships; Division 3 in 2005 and Division 2 in 2007. Coupled with that on-field success has been the outstanding growth both on and off the field, as it has developed from a team into a fun social club as well.

If you are looking to get involved in sports, looking for something new or perhaps just want to see what footy is all about: join the Minnesota Freeze Footy Club today. New Players Are Always Welcome!!!

We have programs for men and women that cater to all levels of participation: local, National, and International competition. No prior experience is necessary. We have three local teams, comprised of players from various backgrounds, ages, and nationalities that scrimmage against each other throughout the season in a Metro League.

We encourage everyone to come down to Lake Nokomis for our weekly training and join us for a kick.

With an open and welcoming Metro League, a highly competitive team in the Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL), and a winning national team, there is much to like about being involved with The Freeze.

2012 Madison Invitational

2012 Madison Invitational
The Minnesota Freeze were well represented at the 2012 Madison Invitational with 28 men and 20 women making the trip to Madison, Wisconsin.  The Freeze men took home the men's crown by defeating Chicago, Kansas City, and Columbus.  Not to be outdone, the Freeze women played two matches against Columbus to win the women's division. Read more »

Freeze Women Named to US Freedom 2012 Squad


The US Freedom held their annual training camp/tryouts in Minneapolis on June 16-17, 2012.

The 2012 US Freedom Squad has been named for the yearly clash against Canada on August 4 in Dublin Ohio.  The Minnesota Freeze will be well represented in the 2012 squad lead by 4 year Freedom player Marie LaVictoire and 2011 Freedom vice captain and International Cup All World player Becky Kraft.  Read more »

Women's Club Promo 2012

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Changes to 2012 Season Kickoff

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The weather never seems to cooperate with the Minnesota Freeze Season Kick Off's.  Last year we had snow on the ground and the weather forecast for April 28 is even worse with temperatures in the mid 30's and rain.

The Minnesota Freeze board has decided to postpone the BBQ until Saturday May 5.

The first training will still take place tomorrow and a post training social will be held at the 5-8 Club where the Freeze will by the first drink for all those attending training! Read more »

2012 Flyer

Freeze Flyer 2012

The Minnesota Freeze have released their 2012 recruiting flyer.  We encourage all players, club members, and supporters to print out, post, and pass it around!

If you have any questions or special requests, please contact Andrew Werner.


Minnesota Freeze 2012 Promo Video

Raffle Prize Winners

The Minnesota Freeze want to pass along thanks, again, to those that provided prizes for our annual raffle. It was a very successful fund-raising effort.

Congratulations to our prize winners:

Flight Lesson: Stephanie Schmitz

Two Gingers whiskey: Stephanie Schmitz

Kieran’s Gift Certificate: JoAna Cramblit

Appliance Smart Gift Card: Many Bambenek

DeGidio’s Gift Card: Jeff Grier

Linder’s Gift Card: Scott Johnson; Johnny Kropf

Target Gift Certificate: Helen/Eddie Phillips; Brian Larson Read more »

Aussie Rules Winning Converts in America

They play their footy over 15,000 kilometres from the MCG, making the Minnesota Freeze one of the most distant outposts of Aussie rules football in the world. Yet surprisingly, they are part of a growing, robust footy subculture emerging in the United States.

The Freeze plays in the United States Australian Football League (USAFL). The competition was founded in 1997 and now boasts 33 teams from coast to coast.

Unsurprisingly, it is fuelled by the passion of Aussie expats, but is attracting quite a few American converts, including Freeze president Brian Driscoll. Read more »

We Will be Brothers - Hulu


The critically acclaimed documentary "We Will be Brothers" is now available on Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/watch/235710/we-will-be-brothers

In August of 2008, 35 American men from all over the country left their families, their jobs, and their homeland to live out a dream in Melbourne, Australia. These 35 individuals joined together to form the United States National Australian Football team-the American Revolution. No lucrative contracts, no endorsement deals, no fame, not even funding for the trip to Australia. Each participant paid their own way to play one of the most physically taxing games in the world, purely for a love of the game and for the opportunity to represent their country. "We Will Be Brothers" is their story...

Over the course of nine months, three tryouts, and five matches, not only do the players strive to win, but they also find a deeper meaning in the game beyond wins and losses. The aging veteran Donnie Lucero, talented rookie Jay Levesque, family man Ryan Marx, and fiery Head Coach Rob Oliver tell the story of America's quest to earn a spot in the Grand Final to be played at the 100,000 seat Melbourne Cricket Grounds. Highlights include matches against Denmark, China, South Africa, Nauru and Japan, as well as cameos from multiple AFL legends, and a visit with kids at an elementary school. The story that unfolds is about competition, brotherhood, and most of all... life.

Written by Jeff Purcell and Daren Woolsey

Freeze Represented at Revo/Freedom Training Camp


Minnesota Freeze sent a large contingent of men and women to Austin Texas to participate in the US Revolution and US Freedom training camps/tryouts.  All the players in attendance are hopeful of making their respective squads to represent the US in the 2011 International Cup which will be contested in Sydney and Melbourne this August.

Revolution Candidates

  1. Andrew Werner
  2. Danny Hansen
  3. Zach Weaver
  4. Brent Mergen
  5. Steve Fashant
  6. Ryan Sutherland

Jason Becker is an assistant coach for the Revolution Read more »

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