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  • Friday, October 12 2012 @ 01:00 am ACDT
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As you read this footballers, coaches, umpires, supporters and support staff from all over the United States and Canada are headed to Mason, Ohio to take part in the 2012 US National Championships. As in past years teams will play three pool matches before the top teams in each pool play off in the final on Sunday afternoon.

This year 38 teams will be play in the four mens divisions (some clubs will field a second team in the fourth division) and one women's division. Not all clubs make the US Nationals due to a variety of reasons but needless to say it is a very large financial committment for teams to travel large distances for this tournament.

Last year's champions the Denver Bulldogs will again go in favourite for the tournament despite only five games with a 3-2 win/loss record playing during the 2012 season on which to assess their form. This is not unusual as Denver is one of the most isolated teams in the country and lack of intercity footy has not hurt them in the past as they have won 8 of the National Championships over the years.

Teams will appear in the following divisions:

Division I
Team
Pool A
New York Magpies
Denver Bulldogs
Orange County Bombers
Nashville Kangaroos
Pool B
Golden Gate Roos
Dallas Magpies
Seattle Grizzlies
Calgary Kangaroos
 
Division II
Team
Pool A
Minnesota Freeze
Boston Demons
San Diego Lions
Austin Crows
Pool B
Philadelphia Hawks
Los Angeles Dragons
Portland Steelheads
Baltimore Washington Eagles
 
Division III
Team
Pool A
Florida Redbacks
Chicago United Football Club
New York Magpies
Sacramento Suns
Pool B
North Carolina Tigers
Atlanta Kookaburras
Kansas City Power
Columbus Jackaroos
 
Division IV
Team
Pool A
Houston Lonestars
Milwaukee Bombers
Minnesota Freeze
Baltimore Washington Eagles
Pool B
Nashville Kangaroos
Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids
Des Moines Roosters
Denver Bulldogs
 
Women's
Team
Pool A
Denver Bulldogs
Baltimore Washington Lady Eagles
San Francisco Iron Maidens
Pool B
Minnesota Freeze
New York Lady Magpies
Calgary Kookaburras