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Indian Tigers

  Website: http://www.aflindia.org
Email: president@afl-asia.com
Contact: Sudip Chakraborty
Phone: +91-98361-63301
Address: Kolkata, india
     
Australian football is a relatively new sport in India, with the game only recently gaining a foothold.
But the foundation was laid in November 2000 when former Melbourne player and Victorian politician Brian Dixon, secretary General of the Asiana Sport for All Association, approached the promoter of India's traditional game, Kabaddi. Australian Rules Football Association of India (ARFAI) is the registered national federation of the sport in India, taking care of development work across India, specially in the states of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with efforts to start in Odisha and Chattisgarh as well.
Today the game also has a registered board in the state of Kerala and has some presence in the state of Maharashtra.
The Indian Tigers won their 1st international match in 2001 against Timor Leste. India fielded its first national side to compete in the 2008 International Cup. Most players had been playing the game for less than 12 months.


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