Australian Rules Football in India was launched by Ricky Ponting. It was the time when captain Ricky Ponting was leading Australan Cricket Team and playing IPL under the ranks of the Kolkata knight Riders in 2008.
The 1st team representing India called the “Indian Tigers” was participated in the AFL International Cup in 2008, held in Melbourne.
Brett Kirk, the International Ambassador of AFL visited India to promote the sport in the country, touring cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Jalandhar.
Kerala becomes the 2nd state in India to embrace footy after West Bengal.
The “Indian Tigers” won their first international victory versus Timor Leste in the International cup 2011.
In 2013, Honourable CM of Gujarat Mr.Narendra Modi invited the secretary general of AFL India to his state to kick start Footy in the state.
Sudip Chakraborty, Secretary General of ARFAI, fell in love with AFL after watching Footy match live at the MCG during his tour with the “Indian Tigers” in 2008.
Thereafter he took up the charge to develop the fastest outdoor team sport on earth in India. Sudip went on to organize the trip for “Indian Tigers” for International cup 2011 in Australia and also was the Captain of the Indian Tigers team which got India’s 1st ever International Victory in Australian Rules Football.
Now a days, Australian Rules Football is a common game in India…