AFL Junior Match Policy Guidelines

There are over 150 junior leagues across Australia that provides opportunities for children and their families to participate every year. We recognise that it is largely an army of volunteers that run these leagues for the love of the game and the enjoyment that it provides their kids.

It is therefore vital that providers of junior football are familiar with, and adopt, the "this is our game" philosophy 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.

The Junior Football Match Guide aims to:

1. Provide clear direction to leagues and clubs for the provision of appropriate pathways for all boys and girls in safe and enjoyable environments.

2. Ensure that junior football is delivered in a uniform manner (consistent rules & regulations) across all States and Territories.

3. Maximise the recruitment and retention of players and umpires through programs and match rules appropriate to each age level (meets the needs of children - they are not little adults).


The following links are to videos that detail the junior match policy:

Junior Football Match Guide -- This is Our Game -- Philosophy

Junior Football Match Guide -- This is Our Game -- Size of Field

Junior Football Match Guide -- This is Our Game -- Safety

Junior Football Match Guide -- This is Our Game -- Parents

Junior Football Match Guide -- This is Our Game -- U9/10 Tackling

 The full junior match policy document can be downloaded below



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