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2011 Freedom Team

Lady Pies named in USA Freedom Team!

NY Lady Pie players Christina Licata, Drea Casillas , Siobhan McHale and Monica Robbins were recently selected to the USA Freedom team, which will play in the inaugural 2011 AFL International Cup in Australia later this year.  Six women’s teams from the USA, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Ireland and an Australian Indigenous team will take the field.


2011 US Freedom Squad Announced

USA Freedom Coach, Leigh Barnes, announced the USA Freedom squad for the 2011 AFL International Cup today.  The team will travel to Australia in August to compete in the first ever women’s International Cup competition.

Six teams from the USA, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Ireland and a Multi-cultural Indigenous team will compete in this history-making event in Sydney and Melbourne from August 15-27.

Freedom Training Camp Success

Last weekend the USA Revolution and USA Freedom held their final training camp before the 2011 International Cup in Austin, Texas. There were 34 Revolution and 22 Freedom hopefuls competing for a spot on the squads to travel to Australia in August.

"The weekend was a great success and definitely gave us a lot to think about", said Revolution Head Coach, Matt Bishop, "We will be announcing the squad for the 2011 International Cup in the coming weeks".

The Freedom Prepare for Australia

The USA Freedom are preparing for their first ever AFL International Cup tour to Australia later this year.

“I’m extremely excited to be coaching the Freedom at their first big international tournament.” said Coach, Leigh Barnes, “This is going to be a fantastic experience for both the players and coaching staff and the event will mark a significant achievement in the history of women’s footy in the U.S.”.

2011 Freedom Coaches

Leigh Barnes (Head Coach) was named the US Freedom Head Coach after the retirement of Wayne Kraska.  Leigh was born in Tasmania and played footy there and in Queensland.  Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Leigh was a founder of the Golden Gate Roos Australian Football Club.  He has served the Roos in many capacities including president, player, and coach.  Leigh was the USAFL western region Vice President and in 2011 will be taking the helm as the Sacramento Screamer's Women's coach.