January 2001 witnessed the creation of the first official Australian Rules Football club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – The Vancouver Australian Football Club (VAFC), the Vancouver Cougars.
The Cougars are a non-profit organization, with the team having much success throughout its short history, winning six premierships. The club is comprised of over 40 members, consisting of players, officials and supporters, and competes in the British Columbia Football League against teams from Burnaby, Delta and Vancouver.
The season runs from April through September, with both home and away games, as well as tournaments throughout Canada and the United States. In 2005, the Cougars made history by competing in the US Nationals. The Cougars were the first team from outside the USA to compete in this renowned tournament. In 2008 the Vancouver Cougars were the first team outside of America to win the US Australian Football championship.
For the 2014 season, the Cougars made history by entering a second team into the BCAFL under a “one club, two teams” format in an effort to help grow the game locally.