If you’re in Melbourne in winter then there’s only one game in town and that’s AFL football! The season kicks off in a couple of weeks and if you are interested in checking out Australia’s favourite sport you can do so for FREE at the Welcome Game on March 23rd.

Now in its third year, The Welcome Game is an inclusive event that promotes a message of welcoming everyone to Australian football, the MCG and the Melbourne Football Club with thousands of free tickets given away to visitors, new migrants and international students.

Going to a new game for the first time can be daunting, but Melbourne FC fans are some of the most friendly and welcoming in the world and keen to welcome newbies (like you) at a match.

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Experience your first AFL game with a passionate Melbourne FC Fan!

Attending a match with locals is the best way to really feel like part of the home team crowd.  SportsHosts can connect you with local passionate fans to take you to the Welcome Game, explain the rules and maybe even take you to their favourite pub! You’ll get a real Aussie experience and also maybe make some new friends at the same time.

Rohit went to his first Aussie Rules match with a local host and says “I have watched AFL at home on TV but never really understood the game. It was so nice to go with locals that explained everything with such detail and passion.” 

This will be an exciting AFL clash between Melbourne Football Club and Port Adelaide Power at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) on Saturday 23rd March at 1.45pm.

SIGN UP HERE and SportsHosts will get you connected with a local host to attend the Welcome Game for FREE!



If you can’t make it to the Welcome Game, there will be plenty of opportunities to see AFL football with fans throughout the season and by signing up at SportsHosts, you will be kept up-to-date with all the action taking place.