We are very pleased to announce that Australia field a Senior (18 + Men’s) Australian Outback Flag Gridiron Team to compete in the IFAF Oceania World Championship qualifying match against New Zealand.

The proposed date for the possible match has been penciled in to be held in June/July this year in New Zealand.

If successful in winning the match the team will then qualify for a spot in the 2018 IFAF Flag Gridiron World Championships (host country yet to be confirmed)



Please note: This is only open to Gridiron Australia current registered members and member states .

Apply to be an Assistant Coach of the Junior Outback


We now are seeking applications for Assistant Coaching Staff for the Junior Outback, Australia’s Junior Team.

The team will compete at the 2017 IFAF Oceania Qualifier, attempting to Qualify for the 2018 IFAF Gridiron World Championships. (host country yet to be confirmed).

The positions being recruited for include: Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Positional Coach (Offense), and Positional Coach (Defense).

Applications close on Sunday the 26th of March 2017 (AEDST).

This exciting opportunity is available to registered members of Gridiron Australia member states only.

All applications must include the details as set out in the selection criteria and must be submitted by email to:

Outback Flag Gridiron Coaches – Applications Open

After an overwhelming response, Gridiron Australia are excited to be adding a National Flag Team to our International Program!

We now are seeking applications for Flag Gridiron Coaching Staff (Head Coach and Assistant) for our very first Australian Outback Men’s Flag Gridiron National Team.

The team will compete in the IFAF Oceania Flag World Championship qualifying match against New Zealand in July 2017 and if successful will then qualify for a place in the 2018 IFAF Flag Gridiron World Championships (host country yet to be confirmed).

Applications close on Sunday the 26th of March 2017.

This exciting opportunity is available to registered members of Gridiron Australia member states only.

All applications must include the details as set out in the selection criteria and must be submitted by email to:


Support the Australian Outback Women’s National Team

The Australian Outback National Women’s Gridiron Team will be competing for the very first time in the IFAF Women’s World Championship of American Football which will be held in Langley, British Columbia from the 24-30 June 2017!

This is a historic event for the sport of Gridiron in Australia – the FIRST EVER Australian Outback Women’s National Gridiron Team to compete on the world stage!  American Football in this country is a minority sport and the sport for Australian women, is very young with the first clubs commencing only around 7 years ago – funding is very scarce.  All of the travel squad including players, coaches and support staff will pay their own way to attend the preparation camp and tournament – this will cost thousands!

Much needed funds are required to assist the team and any media exposure, donations or sponsorship would be gratefully appreciated.  In turn, we would certainly ensure that the Australian Outback National Team and Gridiron Australia Social Media accounts and Websites give thanks and visibility to any company or person who has supported us.



If you wish to support SA, NSW, WA or ACT please go to the individual players account.


Australian Development Team in Tahiti

2016 - Tahiti SquadThe Mens Australian Outback Development Team travelled to Tahiti to participate in the first Tahitian Football Festival hosted by the Fédération Tahitienne Football Américain (FTFA).  The purpose of this trip was to assist Tahiti with the development of their very first National Team.  American Samoa were also invited to the festival which is also aimed at assisting the growth of the sport in the Oceania Region.

Australia played 2 games during the 12 day trip with some great results.

Game 1 was held on Wednesday 27 July 2016.  The Australian Outback Development team defeated American Samoa 40-14.  Touchdowns by: Mark Shoebridge (QB), Josh Taylor (WR), Conor Foley (RB), Max Nina (WR), Jacob Kerin (WR) and Ben Gough (RB) Punt Return. Kicker Aaron McEvoy kicked 4/6


Game 2 was held on Saturday 30 July 2016.  Australia defeated Tahiti 82-6. Touchdowns by: 3 x Liam Bennett, 3 x Ben Gough, 2 x Ben Raglione, Brad Ferguson, Mark Shoebridge, Brad Ebdon and John Leilua. 9/11 kick conversion by Aaron McEvoy with 1 unsuccessful run through and 1 x safety.


Game Film – Both games have been loaded into our YouTube Channel and can be watched here:

Game 1 – Australia v American Samoa
Game 2 – Australia v Tahiti

Photos – Some photos of the event can be viewed in our Facebook Album

Finally, we would like to thank the Fédération Tahitienne Football Américain FTFA for the opportunity to travel to Tahiti, we thank the federation for their hospitality and we hope to see them again very soon!

2016 IFAF Junior World Championships

The Junior Australian Outback National Team will be competing in Harbin, China in the IFAF U19 World Cup which is the world championship of American Football for players under the age of 19 organised by the International Federation of the American Football (IFAF).

Keep up to date with the 2016 IFAF U19 Junior World Championships here:


Outback Camp: QB Coach: “No Clear Favourites” In Tight Position Battle

Article written by Chris Guscott @Chris_Guscott

It’s no secret that the quarterback is the focal point of an offence, and in a lot of cases, the entire team. So whilst there are only three present at this year’s camp, the responsibility of their position isn’t lost on them.

Quarterback coach Ross Smith has the smallest group to govern, but the quality of the group is what matters most.

“There’s good leadership from them; I’m asking them to lead from the front. They’re competing as a group as well which is always great. They’re a bunch of coachable guys and a bunch of guys who are smart,” Smith said.

Simon Whitehead, Mark Shoebridge and Jared Stegman are those guys who will all be looking for their first spot on a World Championship roster, and the feeling within their small group is a positive one.

Outback Quarterbacks

“We get a lot of work in but it makes everyone get a lot of coaching done so everyone really improves during the week,” Whitehead said.

Shoebridge added, “…we all know each other, we like to push each other but we also like to support each other. We also get a lot of time with Ross one-on-one, and we’re really quite tight…we’re able to speak to him on a player-to-player level.”

The level of competition for the illustrious quarterback spots certainly isn’t minimised however in spite of this.

“It’s definitely a tight contest going through with only three of you looking for minimal spots, yet it also helps with the odds because there aren’t that many of you to fill the spots that are available,” Whitehead said.

Outback Quarterbacks

Smith added the same sentiment; “…we’ve made some big plays and some mistakes so everyone’s still learning, everyone’s still striving to get better. The fact that they’re competing means that it’s making my life tough, which is a good thing.”

To further add to the intrigue of the quarterback selection dilemma, 2011 World Championship starter Kiernan Dorney was unable to attend the camp but still remains heavily in the discussion for a spot after being involved with the Outback training camps in previous years.

When asked about Dorney, Smith was precise in his answer.

“Kiernan is still in the mix certainly. He’s a good quarterback, he obviously started at the last World Cup, so in some respects we know what we have in him. I have a depth chart in my head obviously, but it’s pretty fluid right now and changing on a daily basis.”

And when he was asked about whether there were any clear favourites in the race so far, he was even more precise.

“No. No clear favourites. Favourites, but no clear favourites.”

Outback Camp: Experience Shining Through For Defensive Backbone

Article written by Chris Guscott @Chris_Guscott

There are plenty of new faces in the 83-man squad at this year’s national selection camp, which has been a big encouragement for the coaches and the future of gridiron in Australia. However, there’s one group at camp which provides plenty of experience to solidify the team: the defensive backs.

“We’ve got a lot of depth, so (we have) guys that have played in Europe, guys that have played in other championship series’, a lot of guys who know each other so it helps to have that chemistry coming into camp already,” Wolfe said.

In a group of 13 players, almost half have played for the Outback before and all but one of those were at the 2011 World Championships in Austria.

Victorian Safety Scott Wolfe was part of that group, and recognises that with experience comes developed elements which take time to perfect.

“We’ve got a lot of depth, so (we have) guys that have played in Europe, guys that have played in other championship series’, a lot of guys who know each other so it helps to have that chemistry coming into camp already,” Wolfe said.

“We can rely on each other a little bit more to make the right play, make the right checks, calling the right coverages and relying on the right person to be there at the right time.”

Whilst the group of veterans is picking up where they left off, Defensive Backs coach Ben Walker sees them taking the younger guys along for the ride.

Outback camp defensive backs

“The experienced guys can help the younger ones through, there’s a good mix there,” Walker said.

“We’ve got Wolfey and Bluey (Damien Donaldson) who have played overseas. So while the current guys we’ve got have a lot of experience at home, as far as buying into JL’s (HC John Leijten) system, they’re certainly helping them through which has been great.”

However, instead of the younger ones becoming content with learning and observing behind the veterans, Walker has been impressed with their competitive nature.

“It’s making them compete a lot harder then what they’d traditionally would if they didn’t have those guys there. I guess it’s that typical fight or flight response, and I would hate to think that the guys that we brought in would take the flight option, but they’ve been digging in hard.”