The 2019 Australian Indigenous Football Championships (AIFC) were held this past weekend at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex in Queensland.
Players from around the country travelled to compete in the AIFC, with some coming from as far away as Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
This was the second edition of the tournament after last year’s success, giving more Indigenous players the chance to showcase their talent.
A youth competition was introduced this year, where eight teams competed with the Platypus side defeating the Koalas in the youth Grand Final.
In the men’s Grand Final, the Brisbane Warrigals and Maliyans United played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time. The contest would be decided by a penalty shootout, which Brisbane won to claim the men’s AIFC title.
Maliyans United were also involved in the women’s Grand Final, defeating NQ Brolgas 6-0 to win the tournament.
A game between the Indigenous Football community representative team and the QLD Police Service also took place, with the match played in good spirit.
For the first time, all Semi Finals and Grand Finals were livestreamed by SBS with Craig Foster in attendance on Saturday. Foster commentated these matches, as well as meeting with those at the tournament. The games were simultaneously streamed on the NITV Facebook page.
Murray Bird, Football Queensland (FQ) General Manager of Operations, Compliance and Game Development claimed the event was extremely important for football in Australia.
“Football Queensland is extremely proud to be supporting the Australian Indigenous Football Championships in the event’s second year,” Bird said.
“The tournament is a fantastic event for football in our country.
“We look forward to seeing the Australian Indigenous Football Championships continue to grow in the coming years.”