Australian Football Match Policy

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the governing body for Australian Football and, as the “keeper of the code”, it is our responsibility to establish a framework that ensures the best possible journey for young players to progress their learning and development towards the adult version of the game.

There are more than 250 leagues across Australia that provide opportunities for players and their families to participate every year. We recognise it is largely an army of volunteers that run these leagues for the love of the game and the enjoyment it provides their kids.

It is therefore vital that providers of the game are familiar with, and adopt, the procedures contained in this policy to ensure participating boys and girls have a fun, safe and positive football experience that is suitable to their needs.

We don’t want to put kids in adult environments too early and that includes large grounds, congested play, unnecessary physicality and an over-emphasis on winning when skill development is more important.

Therefore, this resource is designed to promote measures that will maximise the enjoyment and development of all players.

It is designed to introduce and retain the next generation of young players and their families.


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