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 »
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. Read more »
Interviews from the 2007 Nationals in Louisville. The Minnesota Freeze are featured at 3 minutes and 23 seconds.
In 2005 the Minnesota Freeze competed as a standalone team for the first time at the USAFL National Championships in Milwaukee, WI. Their pool ended in a 3 way tie and the Freeze made the Grand Final based on scoring percentage.
Maybe it was their inexperience or ignorance but Minnesota was not intimidated of playing on the big stage. This was the biggest story of the National championships and both teams had claims to being the crowd favorite. Minnesota was the upstarts playing as a full team for the first time. The Tigers of Baton Rouge had been scattered by Hurricane Katrina. The USAFL community came together and raised funds to ensure that they could get their players to Milwaukee.