Founded on November 18, 2011, the organization says the activity level at its nearly 500 certified and accredited courses will approach one million rounds played in 2015 and generate a total of between $15 million and $20 million in new revenue for those facilities.
On the fourth anniversary of its founding on November 18, 2011, The American FootGolf League (AFGL) provided an update on the growth of the alternative, soccer-inspired activity at the golf courses that it sanctions and certifies. The AFGL is the founder and official governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States, as sanctioned by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG).
Nearly 500 U.S. golf courses now are accredited to offer FootGolf activities that meet AFGL standards, the organization reported, and nearly one million FootGolf rounds will be played in 2015 those courses, generating a total of between $15 million and $20 million in new revenue for those facilities.
“I never dreamed we’d be in almost 500 courses across the country, and receive recognition and acknowledgement from every major golf and soccer organization in such a short time,” said AFGL founder Roberto Balestrini. “When we first started, no one understood what FootGolf is.
“The next stop in the AFGL’s journey is the FootGolf World Cup in Argentina in January 2016,” Balestrini added. “The AFGL National FootGolf Team will compete for the world championship, representing the United States. We are talking with several major sponsors intrigued with the idea of attaching their names and brands to FootGolf. We are planning more regional, national and international events for 2016, and developing new tools and ideas to assist our FootGolf facilities to grow the game. We expect our fifth year will see explosive growth on many fronts.”
The AFGL currently operates the American FootGolf Pro-Am Tour, the U.S. National FootGolf Championship, and represents the United States in the official FootGolf World Cup. The AFGL also publishes “This is FootGolf Magazine” (www.thisisfootgolf.com), provides the only official FootGolf equipment in the U.S. and offers FFANS, the only recognized FootGolf handicap service at www.footgolffans.com. More information about the AFGL can be found at www.afgl.us.
Laura Balestrini, AFGL President, also mentioned the contributions to the sport’s growth by the National Golf Course Owners Association, “for recognizing the AFGL’s governing role for the sport of FootGolf in the U.S.,” along with “all the golf course owners and operators who have installed FootGolf and offered this new game and sport to their respective communities.”