Women & Girls


The AFL are committed to keeping the participation of women & girls a top priority, whether that be as a player, coach, umpire, volunteer, or administrator. The Women’s Football Vision, and the Women & Girls Game Development Action Plan sets out the priorities and initiatives being undertaken in this space.


The AFL National Female Community Football Guidelines have been developed to provide clarity and guidance to community leagues and community clubs in establishing best-practice frameworks for female football.

A detailed resource to help plan for the development of facilities that welcome all participants and umpires.

The Australian Women's Football Fund launched the Community Grants Program in May 2023.

Access other guidelines and resources related to community football.

Creating more inclusive environments

The AFL has a range of resources and education to help clubs and leagues create more inclusive environments for women and girls.

The Women & Girls Community Football Charter is a commitment from Community Football Clubs to champion women and girls, guided by four principles: opportunity, visibility, access, and investment. Becoming a signatory of the charter involves completing a checklist and quick wins action plan for your club.

The AFL Inclusive Clubs & Gender Equity Education Program supports community football clubs to develop the knowledge and skills to foster safe, equal and respectful environments for all members of your community, particularly women and girls. The program involves a webinar, two face-to-face workshops and the development of an action plan.

Download and print the Safe & Inclusive Use of Umpire Rooms, and Safe & Inclusive Use of Player Rooms posters. Club’s are encouraged to hang these posters in all umpire and players rooms which outlines responsibilities of keeping rooms a safe and inclusive environment for all.


Want to know more about women’s acquisition, retention, and involvement in male dominated sports? Get in-the-know with our research.