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American Ultimate Disc League
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American Ultimate Disc League
Sport Ultimate
Founded 2010
Inaugural season 2012
No. of teams 22
Country(ies) United States (19 teams)
Canada (3 teams)
Most recent champion(s) New York Empire
Most championships San Jose Spiders (2)
TV partner(s) Stadium
Eleven Sports Network
Official website theAUDL.com

The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is an ultimate frisbee league in North America. The AUDL was founded in 2010, and played its inaugural season in 2012 with eight teams. Regular season games are played April through July. The playoffs consist of three rounds: divisional wild card round, division championships, and finally culminating in a final four style showcase known as AUDL Championship Weekend in August. The winner of each division's championship game advances to Championship Weekend, with semifinals on Saturday and the championship game played on Sunday.

AUDL is a semi-professional league. Players do not receive a regular paycheck for playing in the league. Instead, players receive a portion of gate receipts and an ownership interest in the team. Players generally earn $350–$700 per season, and generally hold full-time day jobs.

Rules

The AUDL features a number of rule changes from the traditional set of rules laid out and established by USA Ultimate and the WFDF.

The field area is expanded to 53+13 yards wide and 80 yards long with 20-yard end zones (the same size as an American football field, but with the end zones taking up twice as much of the field as in American football). Games are timed with four-quarters of 12 minutes each, including a 15-minute halftime. If the score is tied, a five-minute overtime period is played. If the score remains tied after overtime, a second overtime is played in which the first team to score wins.

Notable changes from the USAU format include the use of referees, a drop in the stall count from 10 seconds to 7, a ten-yard penalty for travelling when catching the disc, no prohibition of double-teams, and a yardage penalty for travelling when throwing the disc. There are also other infractions, such as too much physicality, that result in 5-, 10-, or 20-yard penalties depending on the severity of the infraction. While different from the USAU and WFDF rules, many of the changes for the AUDL could also be seen in the MLU.

Teams

As of the 2020 season, 22 active teams compete in four divisions: Atlantic, Central, East and West. There are 19 teams from the continental United States and three from Canada.

Active teams

Team City/Area Stadium Founded First Season
Atlantic
Atlanta Hustle Atlanta, GA St. Pius X Catholic High School 2015 2015
DC Breeze Washington, DC Carlini Field at Catholic Univ. 2013 2013
Philadelphia Phoenix Philadelphia, PA Garthwaite Stadium 2013 2013
Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Pittsburgh, PA J.C. Stone Field 2014 2015
Raleigh Flyers Raleigh, NC WakeMed Soccer Park 2014 2015
Tampa Bay Cannons Tampa, FL Skyway Park 2014 2015
Central
Chicago Wildfire Chicago, IL Langhorst Field, Elmhurst College 2013 (as Windy City Wildfire) 2013
Detroit Mechanix Detroit, MI Bishop Foley Catholic High School 2010 2012
Indianapolis AlleyCats Indianapolis, IN Grand Park Events Center 2012 2012
Madison Radicals Madison, WI Breese Stevens Field 2013 2013
Minnesota Wind Chill Saint Paul, MN Sea Foam Stadium 2013 2013
East
Boston Glory Boston, MA Hormel Stadium 2019 2020
Montreal Royal Montreal, QC Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard 2013 2014
New York Empire New York City, NY Joseph F. Fosina Field 2013 2013
Ottawa Outlaws Ottawa, ON MNP Park 2014 2015
Toronto Rush Toronto, ON Varsity Stadium 2013 2013
West
Austin Sol Austin, TX House Park 2015 2016
Dallas Roughnecks Dallas, TX The Colony Five Star Complex 2015 2016
Los Angeles Aviators Los Angeles, CA Culver City High School 2014 2015
San Diego Growlers San Diego, CA Junipero Serra High School/Balboa Stadium 2014 2015
San Jose Spiders San Jose, CA Foothill College 2013 2014
Seattle Cascades Seattle, WA Seattle Memorial Stadium 2014 (as the Seattle Raptors) 2014

Former teams

Team City/Area Stadium Season(s) Notes
Cincinnati Revolution Cincinnati, OH Sheakley Athletic Center 2012 (as the Bluegrass Revolution), 20132016
Rochester Dragons Rochester, NY Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium 2012 (as the Buffalo Hunters),20132015
Charlotte Express Charlotte, NC Irwin Belk Complex 20152016
Columbus Cranes Columbus, OH Warhawks Stadium 2012
Connecticut Constitution New Britain, CT Arute Field 2012
Nashville Nightwatch Nashville, TN Hunters Lane High School 20142018
New Jersey Hammerheads Trenton, NJ Mercer County Community College Stadium 2013
Philadelphia Spinners Philadelphia, PA Franklin Field 2012 Left to join MLU
Rhode Island Rampage Providence, RI Pierce Memorial Field 2012
Salt Lake Lions Salt Lake City, UT Taylorsville High School Stadium 2014
San Francisco FlameThrowers Oakland, CA Laney College Football Field 20132018
Vancouver Riptide Vancouver, BC Swangard Stadium 20142017

Championships

Season Date Champion Final score Runner-up Venue Location Ref
2012 August 11, 2012 Philadelphia Spinners 29–22 Indianapolis AlleyCats Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac, MI
2013 August 4, 2013 Toronto Rush 16–14 Madison Radicals Lane Tech Stadium Chicago, IL
2014 July 27, 2014 San Jose Spiders 28–18 Toronto Rush Varsity Stadium Toronto, ON
2015 August 9, 2015 San Jose Spiders 17–15 Madison Radicals Avaya Stadium San Jose, CA
2016 August 7, 2016 Dallas Roughnecks 33–27 Seattle Cascades Breese Stevens Field Madison, WI
2017 August 27, 2017 San Francisco FlameThrowers 30–29 Toronto Rush Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard Montreal, QC
2018 August 12, 2018 Madison Radicals 20–16 Dallas Roughnecks Breese Stevens Field Madison, WI
2019 August 11, 2019 New York Empire 26–22 Dallas Roughnecks Foothill College San Jose, CA
2020 NA No champion due to COVID-19 NA NA NA NA

MVP

Season Name Team
2012 Jonathan "Goose" Helton Indianapolis AlleyCats
2013 Jonathan "Goose" Helton Windy City Wildfire
2014 Beau Kittredge San Jose Spiders
2015 Beau Kittredge San Jose Spiders
2016 Dylan Tunnell Atlanta Hustle
2017 Jonathan Nethercutt Raleigh Flyers
2018 Matthew "Rowan" McDonnell DC Breeze
2019 Ben Jagt New York Empire
2020 No MVP due to COVID-19 NA

League Commissioners

  • Josh Moore, Commissioner from 2012 to 2013
  • Steve Gordon, Commissioner from 2013 to 2018
  • Steve Hall, Commissioner from 2018–present
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