This weekend will see the AFL celebrate its annual Multicultural Round as thousands of football fans come together to appreciate and recognise the vast array of cultures in our great game.
A great initiative by the AFL Players Association is the “2017 Multicultural Map,” which shows all the 149 AFL and AFLW current players that were either born outside Australia or have one parent born outside Australia.
From Austria to Zimbabwe, there are 38 countries represented on the 2017 Multicultural Map — the third of its kind.
Players highlighted in green were born outside Australia, while those in red have a parent born in another country. Therefore, some players may be listed against more than one country.
The SMJFL is proud to support the AFL in this wonderful initiative with a large number of unique cultures a highlight among our 10,500 players.
Highlights of the 2017 Toyota AFL Multicultural Round:
- Sherrin match ball with the word ‘Welcome’ in six languages (Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Greek, Italian, and Arabic)
- Bilingual 50m arc marking in six languages
- #ManyCulturesOneGame written on the field in place of afl.com.au
- Umpires to wear orange wristbands and orange goal flags to represent harmony
- Multicultural Round theme LED signage around venues
- Video stories to be played on the big screens around all venues
- There will be pre-game entertainment and a number of clubs will have special on-field jumpers celebrating the diversity of cultures within Australian Football
- Thousands of new fans and communities will experience live AFL action for the first time through the AFL MyPassport program which has been supported by Australia Post
- Match attendees of the Australia Post AFL MyPassport program and ethnic media outlets will receive information about Australian Football in different languages
- The AFL and the AFL Coaches Association will again host the Alex Jesaulenko AFL Coaching Internship. This program will see ten clubs – Brisbane, Carlton, Essendon, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney Swans, and West Coast Eagles – appoint coaches with multicultural backgrounds to their football departments for the remainder of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
- The Collingwood v Adelaide game is being called in Mandarin and will be streamed live on 3ZZZ Community Radio.
Watch our feature with multicultural club Waverley Park Hawks: