Australian Rules football holds a special position in the lives of people of the Tiwi Islands, which are located just off the coast north of Darwin, Australia. At present about 20% of all Tiwi’s play in regular football competitions on the islands.
The Tiwi Islands Football League began in 1969. It currently has seven teams, and the grand final in the end of March is one of the largest tourism events in the North.
Unlike Aborigines elsewhere in Australia, the Tiwi’s were spared white incursions onto their land and have retained complete control of their home islands of Bathurst and Melville to this day.