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This page is a quick snapshot of the status of Australian Football in Samoa. For further information, browse our news items or use the search facility. If you wish to contact football officials from the country, please search our site for links to their leagues or clubs, including in our Atlas. If unsuccessful, we can normally assist with putting people in touch.
Approx population (2009): 179,000
National side: Kangaroos (formerly Bulldogs)
Governing body: AFL Samoa
Primary contact / link: AFL Samoa
WFN Census (2004): 4 senior teams, 80 adult players, 16 juniors
WFN World Ranking (2008): 11th
History: In 1998 a public meeting was held in the capital of Apia in order to establish a body to organise structured Australian Football competition in the country. The meeting saw the formation of the Samoa Australian Rules Football Association (SARFA), now AFL Samoa. An exhibition game drew a big crowd and development was quite rapid, before plateauing. Solid performers at International Cups, Fia Tootoo has been their stand out player, and AFL player Aaron Edwards' Samoan heritage has helped raise their profile. A strong Rugby background ensures a very robust style of game, and their association with the Moorabbin Kangaroos in Victoria's Southern Football League has been fruitful.
Outlook (2009): The game is waiting for a leap forward to develop a strong local senior league, but the AFL's recent focus on talent from the South Pacific should ensure a positive future.
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