Can I kick it? Yes you can
Tasmania has a proud football history going back to the 1860’s, with the state being one of the first to play the sport outside Victoria.
Australian Rules Football better known as AFL, or even more commonly as ‘footy’, is a cornerstone sport in Tasmania. The state has a proud history of playing local football which dates back to the 1860’s, with the state being one of the first to play the sport outside of the neighbouring state of Victoria.
Since the start, Tasmania has been a breeding ground for talent for the AFL and has produced over 300 AFL greats. The state is currently represented by 32 listed players and five umpires in the national 2018 AFL season.
AFL can be enjoyed by the whole family. Tasmania has secured seven national league games through its strongly forged ties with the Hawthorn and North Melbourne football clubs. The 2018 season will see four Hawthorn home games played at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, and three North Melbourne games played at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
As well as regularly bringing the excitement of the national league to the state, Tasmania’s links to the two clubs provide pathways to promising and hopeful future Tasmanian AFL stars.
This includes the Auskick program, providing skill development for junior boys and girls. But it’s not just for the kids! For those keen to have a kick, there are also womens’, community and elite leagues, with local football gracing football ovals across the state.