AFL Asia is the representative body for Australian football in Asia, who support over 20 countries across the continent to grow the game.

AFL Asia’s purpose is to progress the game and share its heritage and possibilities across Asia, with a vision to be the AFL’s leading international growth region.

Through game development initiatives and events such as the Asian Championships, the Shanghai Cup and the Indochina Cup, we are continually looking to provide more communities across Asia with an opportunity to participate in our programs and competitions.

The Advisory Board

Simon Highfield

Development Manager and Chairman

Simon joined AFL Asia as the Development Manager in August of 2019. He has extensive experience working with the AFL, and prior to working across Asia he spent several years living and working across the Pacific and developing Australian football across many island nations. Now based at AFL House in Melbourne, Simon heads up AFL Asia operations under the AFL banner.



Grant Dooley

Board Member

Grant has extensive experience living, working and playing Australian Football in Asia. A Life Member of the Hong Kong Dragons, and past player and coach of the Jakarta Bintangs, Grant was also instrumental in the founding of the Guangzhou Scorpions and the South China Australian Football League. Back in Australia, he is a past Board Director of the Williamstown Football Club, one of the oldest football clubs in Australia. Grant is now residing in Singapore, where he is the CEO of ARA Infrastructure.



Matt Gale

Board Member

Matt has lived in Osaka, Japan for the past eight years and has held various roles within AFL Asia since 2017, including President and Coaching & Umpiring Development Coordinator. He is a PE Teacher by trade and has a 35 years of AFL involvement as a player, coach and as an administrator living in South Australia and in Japan. Matt brings a wealth of experience in terms of game development, community engagement, sports journalism and digital media.



Paul Halliday

Board Member

Paul has lived in Indonesia for the past 30 years where owns and operates a Drilling Contracting Business that operates in Asia and Africa. He is a founding member and past President of the Jakarta Bintangs and current Chairman of AFL Indonesia, which is charged with the development of Indonesian boys and girls, who not only learn about Australian football, but life skills for their future development.



Rob Spurr

Board Member

Rob’s long association with AFL in Asia goes back to his six years in Jakarta, where captained Indonesia to the 2002 Asian Championships and was instrumental in the establishment of a fledgling local development program. Transferred to Chile in 2005, he quickly established an AFL footprint with the formation of the Santiago Saints, South America’s foundation club that continues to play international fixtures and promote the code across the continent. Currently based in Melbourne. Rob is a CFO who remains heavily involved in his childrens’ junior sporting clubs and enjoys watching the Blues play on weekends.


Rod White

Board Member

Currently residing in Taiwan, Rod was elected in 2020 to the AFL Asia Advisory Board and brings a wealth of international corporate executive experience working within a FTSE Top 30 company across Sales, Marketing, Commercial and Operations which links in with his 7+ years living and working across multiple AFL Asia countries. This is complemented by his 25 years of AFL involvement as a player, coach and executive whilst living in Melbourne and Sydney, across country and metro leagues and most recently his time with AFL Vietnam Swans.