USARL
Get USARL essential facts below. View Videos or join the USARL discussion. Add USARL to your Like2do.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
USARL

USA Rugby League
Current season or competition:
2018 USARL season
USARL_logo.png
SportRugby league
Instituted2011
Inaugural season2011
ChairmanPeter Illfield
Number of teams11
CountryUnited States United States
ChampionsEastern Suburbs colours.svg Jacksonville Axemen (2nd Title)
Most titlesSouth Sydney colours.svg Philadelphia Fight
Websiteusarl.com

The USA Rugby League (USARL) is the official governing body for rugby league in the USA and runs a rugby league football competition in the United States. The league consists of eleven teams located in east coast states. The regular season is played in June and July.

The league was founded in 2011 by clubs that had broken with the established American National Rugby League (AMNRL), plus expansion franchises. The USARL began its inaugural season in 2011 with eight teams. The USARL was granted affiliate membership in November 2014 of the RLIF and RLEF, replacing the AMNRL which is now defunct.[1]

History

2011-2012: Foundation

The formation of the USA Rugby League was announced on January 12, 2011. Seven teams that had previously competed in the American National Rugby League, the United States' established rugby league organization and recognized governing body for the sport, announced they were breaking with the AMNRL to form a new league. The stated reason for the split was dissatisfaction with the governance of the AMNRL; the departing teams were unhappy with the lack of club involvement in the league's decision making, and the new league was founded with the principle of including its member clubs in its administration.[2][3][4]

The departing AMNRL teams were the Boston Thirteens, the Washington, D.C. Slayers, the Fairfax Eagles, the Jacksonville Axemen, the New Haven Warriors, the Philadelphia Fight, and the Pittsburgh Vipers; they were to be joined by two new teams, the New Jersey Turnpike Titans and Kodiak Rugby from New York City. Before the season Pittsburgh and Fairfax became "developmental" teams in the new league outside of the top-tiered competition; Fairfax subsequently suspended operations.[5] The New York team was unable to find a suitable stadium in the city, and instead became the Rhode Island Rebellion.[6] One additional team, Oneida FC, joined the top-tiered competition for the 2011 season.[7]

On January 13, 2011, the USARL announced that Peter Illfield, chairman of the Philadelphia Fight, would be the league's first Chairman.[8][9] The league's first event was a rugby league nines tournament in the Philadelphia area on May 28-29, 2011. Round 1 of the regular season championship kicked off on June 4; the Jacksonville Axemen won the minor premiership with the best regular season record. In the inaugural Grand Final on August 27, the Philadelphia Fight defeated the New Haven Warriors to win their first ever national championship.[10]

2013-2014: Expansion

In 2013 the USARL and AMNRL increased their focus on reunification, particularly after the United States' encouraging showing at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. An independent commission assembled to lead negotiations, however the USARL clubs eventually pulled out. USARL commissioner Peter Illfield blamed apparent dysfunction and disorganization in the AMNRL organization for this decision. The USARL subsequently invited AMNRL clubs to join their ranks as full members and initiated a four-team expansion.[11]

In 2014, the USARL expanded to 10 teams, adding expansion squads Atlanta Rhinos, Central Florida Warriors, and Tampa Mayhem. In addition, the Northern Virginia Eagles withdrew from the AMNRL and joined the USARL.[12] To reduce operating costs, the competition was split into two conferences.[13] Meanwhile, the AMNRL suspended its 2014 season.

2015-present: AMNRL folds

In 2015, the AMNRL folded, leaving the USARL as the undisputed top-level rugby league competition in the United States. Three former AMNRL clubs joined the USARL; Bucks County Sharks, Connecticut Wildcats, and New York Knights. The Delaware Black Foxes also joined as an expansion squad. For 2016, the Connecticut Wildcats left the competition and were replaced by the White Plains Wombats. Before the 2017 season, the D.C. Slayers and Bucks County Sharks left the competition, and the USARL abolished the division structure within the North Conference. Before the 2018 season, the Central Florida Warriors left the competition and were replaced by Southwest Florida Copperheads. The Rhode Island Rebellion also left the competition.[14]

Structure

The first event of the season is the rugby league nines tournament.

Regular season

The USARL is split into two conferences, North and South. In the South Conference, teams play a double round-robin schedule of 6 games. In the North Conference, teams play a single round-robin schedule of 6 games. Teams qualify for the playoffs based on point differential, with a win counting for 2 points, a draw for 1, a loss for 0, and a forfeit for -2. The regular season runs through June and July.

Play-offs

In the South Conference, all four teams automatically make the playoffs. The teams with the best and worst records, and the second- and third-best records, play each other in the South Conference semi-finals. The winners meet in the South Conference finals. In the North Conference, the teams with the six best records make the playoffs. The winners of the South Conference finals meet the winners of the North Conference finals in the USARL Grand Final.

Teams

North Conference
Colors Club Founded City (MSA) State Stadium Titles
(Last)
Ipswich Colours.svg
Boston Thirteens 2009 Boston  Massachusetts Nickerson Field 1 (2015)
North Queensland colours.svg
Brooklyn Kings 2014 Brooklyn  New York Randalls Island Field 10 0 (N/A)
Balmain colours.svg
Delaware Black Foxes 2015 Wilmington  Delaware Eden Park Stadium 0 (N/A)
New York colors.svg
New York Knights 1997 New York City  New York The Castle Pier 40 0 (N/A)
Fairfax Eagles colors.svg
Northern Virginia Eagles 2007 Nokesville  Virginia Grizzly Sports Complex 0 (N/A)
Philadelphia colours.svg
Philadelphia Fight 1998 Conshohocken (Philadelphia)  Pennsylvania Garthwaite Stadium 4 (2016)
Canterbury colours.svg
White Plains Wombats 2016 White Plains  New York Blind Brook Elementary School 0 (N/A)
South Conference
Colors Club Founded City (MSA) State Stadium Titles
(Last)
Rhinoscolours.svg
Atlanta Rhinos 2014 Atlanta  Georgia Atlanta Silverbacks Park 1 (2017)
Jacksonville colors.svg
Jacksonville Axemen 2006 Jacksonville  Florida Hodges Stadium 2 (2018)
Wests Panthers Colours.svg
Southwest Florida Copperheads 2018 Buckingham (Fort Myers)  Florida Lehigh Senior High School 0 (N/A)
Central Comets colours.svg
Tampa Mayhem 2014 Tampa Bay  Florida Tampa Catholic High School 0 (N/A)

Former teams

Former Teams
Colors Club Years Active City (MSA) State Stadium Titles
(Last)
New South Wales colours.svg
Baltimore Blues 2012-2014 Baltimore  Maryland 0 (N/A)
New Jersey colours.svg
Bucks County Sharks 1997-2016 Bucks County (Trenton)  Pennsylvania Falls Township Park 0 (N/A)
Wests Tigers colours.svg
Connecticut Wildcats 2003-2015 Norwalk  Connecticut Andrews Field 0 (N/A)
St. George colours.svg
D.C. Slayers 2003-2016 Washington  Washington Duke Ellington Field 0 (N/A)
New Haven colours.svg
New Haven Warriors 2006-2012 West Haven (New Haven)  Connecticut Ken Strong Stadium 0 (N/A)
New Jersey Turnpike Titans 2011-2012 Jersey City  New Jersey Cochran Stadium 0 (N/A)
Fairfax Eagles colors.svg
Oneida FC 2011-2012 Cambridge  Massachusetts Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium 0 (N/A)
RI Rebellion colors.png
Rhode Island Rebellion 2011-2017 Providence  Rhode Island Marvel Field 0 (N/A)

Premiership winners

For the first three seasons, the USARL was a single-division competition. In 2014 the teams were split into two conferences and three divisions.

Season Grand Finals Minor Premiership
Premiers Score Runners-up
2011 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight
28 - 26
New Zealand colours.svg New Haven Warriors Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen (14 points)
2012 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen
28 - 22
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston 13s Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen (16 points)
2013 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight
28 - 22
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight (14 points)
2014 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight
30 - 18
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight (14 points) (North)

Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen (12 Points) (South)

2015 Ipswich Colours.svg Boston 13s
44 - 12
Rhinoscolours.svg Atlanta Rhinos Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight (16 points) (North)

Rhinoscolours.svg Atlanta Rhinos (8 Points) (South)

2016 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 42-20 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight (16 points) (North)

Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen (12 Points) (South)

2017 Rhinoscolours.svg Atlanta Rhinos 32-18 New York colors.svg New York Knights Newcastle colours.svg New York Knights (16 points)

Rhinoscolours.svg Atlanta Rhinos (11 Points) (South)

2018 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 56-16 Castleford colours.svg Brooklyn Kings

Winners

Winners Count Years
Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 4 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 2 2012, 2018
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston 13s 1 2015
Rhinoscolours.svg Atlanta Rhinos 1 2017

Development programs

The USARL has supported the establishment of the American Youth Rugby League Association (AYRLA), a clinic and game program for juniors run through high schools in Rhode Island and as of 2012 Philadelphia.[15]

Mikhael Shammas of the Boston 13s has also endeavored to establish a North American Match Officials Association to improve officiating quality of the game within North America.

The 2013 season has seen substantial growth of the game with the establishment of a New England 9s tournament and an under 23's competition, as well as regular school competitions in Rhode Island and Boston under the ARLYA banner.[16]

Developmental teams

As part of the 2011 season, a former AMNRL team, the Pittsburgh Sledgehammers, participated as a "developmental team", playing a more limited schedule while developing the club for future seasons.[7] Several other clubs have registered "developing" teams: these include the Denver Wolverines, the Los Angeles Raiders, the Orange County Outlaws, the Seattle Force and Texas Rugby League (which will field two teams, the Dallas Dragons and the Houston Hornets). Several of these are established developing teams that were previously aligned with the AMNRL; the USARL has committed to support them in their development.[17] Another team, the Utah Avalanche, were formerly affiliated as a developmental team, and participated in the 2011 USARL 9s tournament.[18]

In 2011 the Jacksonville Axemen also launched a reserve grade competition, the "Firehouse Subs" Southeastern Rugby League Championship, which acts as a feeder club system for the Axemen to further develop players. The competing teams are the Daytona Gearheads, the Jacksonville Hatchets, and the Orlando Adrenaline.[19] A fourth team, the Tampa Inferno, joined the championship in 2013.[20] From 2014-2017, Daytona and Orlando formed a joint venture Central Florida side to compete in the USARL South Conference.

Representative sides

New England Immortals

The New England Immortals RLFC were founded in 2010 and consisted of the top players from the 3 New England based AMNRL clubs.They played their inaugural match against the Canadian National Team, on July 31, 2010, defeating the Canadians 12-8 in a tightly contested match. After the AMNRL/USARL split in 2011, the Immortals were transferred to the USARL and became the only form of representation for USARL clubs due to the RLIF regulation that USARL-based players could not represent the Tomahawks. The Immortals took to the field for their second match since their inception, and despite putting up a hard fight, they were out classed by the more experienced Marines, losing by a score of 68-12. As of 2014, due to budgetary cuts and restructuring of the USARL competition, the Immortals have not played a match since their loss to the Royal Marines.

USA Pioneers

In 2014, the league established a touring developmental side, the USA Pioneers, to play friendly matches against foreign nations. They completed a two match tour in Jamaica in April 2014, winning their first game against a Jamaican domestic outfit, but fell short to the semi-professional Hurricanes Rugby League whilst still proving to be strong opposition for the Jamaicans.[22] The Pioneers played a friendly against a touring New Zealand Police squad the following August, losing 6-62 against very strong opposition.

Presidents Barbarians

The USARL established another team to play a second match against the New Zealand Police and to 'curtain-raise' the 2014 USARL National Championship between the Philadelphia Fight and the Jacksonville Axemen. This representative consisted of overseas-imports from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and France; similar to Super League's Exiles. They were beaten by the Kiwis 16-46.

See also

References

  1. ^ "USARL become members of the rugby league European federation". November 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Mascord, Steve (January 12, 2011). "Discord 2011: Edition 2". rleague.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "New Rugby League Competition Announced". rugbymag.com. Rugby Magazine. January 12, 2011. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Breakaway league launched in the US". code13rugbyleague.com. January 12, 2011. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Eagles Cease Operations". fairfaxeagles.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Mark Reynolds (July 23, 2011). "Providence-based rugby team battles for recognition". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ a b "USARL Constitution, Teams, Entry Qualifications Announced". Philadelphia Fight Rugby News and Press. fightrugby.com. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "USA Rugby League (USARL) Names Peter Illfield Chairman". usarugbyleague.com. USA Rugby League. January 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "USA Rugby League name a Chairman-the Fight's own Peter Illfield". Philadelphia Fight Rugby News and Press. fightrugby.com. January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ Daniel Andruczyk (August 28, 2011). "It's Hard to Keep a Game of Rugby League Down". rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Mascord, Steve (March 12, 2014). "American Civil War Wages On". Forty20 Magazine. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "2014 Season IV schedule is here". www.usarl.com. USA Rugby League. March 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ http://www.usarl.com/2014/02/4th-annual-usarl-annual-general-meeting-%E2%80%93-sunday-february-16-2014/
  14. ^ http://www.usarl.org/news/2018/2018-season-preview-at-a-glance
  15. ^ Youth program expands to Philadelphia
  16. ^ http://www.usarugbyleague.com/2013/05/u23-rugby-league-championship-finals-sunday-may-12/
  17. ^ "USA Developing Regions". usarugbyleague.com. USA Rugby League. 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ "Draw for this Weekends 9?s Announced". usarugbyleague.com. USA Rugby League. May 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ "Three New Teams Coming to Florida". jaxaxe.com. Jacksonville Axemen. May 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ http://80thminute.com/?p=1040
  21. ^ "Developing regions". USA Rugby League. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ http://www.usarl.com/2014/03/usa-pioneers-begin-a-new-era-for-touring-development-teams/

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

USARL
 



 

Top US Cities

Like2do.com was developed using defaultLogic.com's knowledge management platform. It allows users to manage learning and research. Visit defaultLogic's other partner sites below:
PopFlock.com : Music Genres | Musicians | Musical Instruments | Music Industry