About the Australian Ultimate League
Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and over the last decade, Australia have continually been one of the highest performing countries. We continue to produce medals at World Championships and have recently achieved our best results at both the u24 (2018) and open World Championships (2016).
There has never been a better time to see the best of the best go head to head in a professional league!
How will it work?
Six brand new elite mixed teams will complete a full round robin of matches in Melbourne over one weekend (18-19th August). All matches will be filmed and will be released online, round by round, in the following weeks.
On October 13th, two weeks after the final round of matches are released, the two top teams will fly to Sydney to compete for the AUL Cup.
Why do this?
- To see the best of the best ultimate players in our country go head to head.
- To create a professional product that can be used to market our sport in Australia.
- To promote gender equality in sport by having the most elite level of the sport in our country be available and accessible to all.
How will the teams be selected?
The six teams already have a leadership group of two coaches, and two marquee players. The coaches, with assistance from the marquee players, will work together to select an additional four women and four men from their city to form the core of the team. This will happen by March 20th.
All interested players from across the country (who have not yet been selected in the initial group of 60 players) will then have the chance to apply for the draft.
Applications for the draft will be accepted between March 21st and April 6th, giving the leadership groups of each team time to watch potential recruits at the various tournaments throughout April (BCI, Div II & Div I Nationals).
We are running the draft to allow the elite players from outside the major cities a chance to play in the league.
Draft night will occur (behind closed doors) sometime in early May. There, the coaches will select another two women and two men from the draft nominees to complete their team (total of 14 players). The final team lists will be released online periodically throughout May and June, inline with our social media campaign.
You said professional, are the athletes getting paid?
That’s the goal. We want to attract the best of the best and pay them to play. But we’re not sure we’ll get there in our inaugural season. For 2018, our aim is to cover the costs of the players/coaches from each team.
Where is the money coming from?
For this whole thing to be a success, both the league and each individual team are going to need to get sponsors. As well as this, we will be selling team memberships for each team, so get behind your local team!
Yep, it’s going to take a huge effort from everyone involved, but we really believe the end product – a professional league that showcases the best of the best playing our favourite sport – is going to be worth it.
With that being said, to make sure this league is a success, we will require volunteers in all sorts of areas to get it off the ground.
Where is the money going?
All funds (through sponsors/memberships) will first go directly to making this league happen (field/stadium hire, filming, insurance, etc), and the rest will be divided evenly between all the players/coaches to help cover their expenses.
Are you changing any rules?
At this stage, the current WFDF rules of ultimate will apply, with the following adjustments:
- Each team will have fourteen players on their roster (seven women and seven men), with only twelve (six of each) being allowed to play in any one game.
- Matches will be played six on six (three women and three men) on full size ultimate fields.
- Games will be first to 13 with no time-cap.
There may be more added down the track, but don’t stress, it will still be ultimate (we’re not adding referees!!).
What is AFDA’s involvement, and how will the AUL impact on their existing events?
At this stage, the AFDA have no direct involvement with the AUL. We have spoken with the AFDA, and they are supportive of our plans, but we will look to discuss a more formal arrangement down the track.
As best as we can, we have made sure the AUL will not clash with any of the existing major ultimate events in the “mixed” season (Halibut, AUGs, AMUC Div I and II).
Who’s organising it?
Cat Phillips, Brendan Ashcroft and Matt Hill are behind the AUL.
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