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Beginner - Advanced

Game Type

Gradual Introductions of Contact

The perfect environment for kids to have fun learning through play, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime

What is Junior Football?

There are over 150 junior leagues across Australia providing boys and girls the opportunity to play Australian Football. Junior Football is the next step for kids who are ready to move on from NAB AFL Auskick or other introductory school and/or community programs. It’s the perfect environment for kids to have fun learning through play, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime. Rules of matches are modified so children can continue to develop their skills in an enjoyable, safe atmosphere. 

We recognise that it is largely an army of volunteers that run our community leagues for the love of the game and the enjoyment that it provides their kids.

Find Out More in our FAQs Where Can I Play Junior Football?

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What to Expect at Junior Football

Kids are gradually introduced to competitive football in stages as they gain stills and confidence throughout their years of Junior Football participation. It is important that providers of Junior Football and participants alike are familiar with, and adopt, the "this is our game" philosophy. It is this philosophy that ensures 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.

Youth Girls

Junior Football for Girls

Many girls prefer to play Australian Football in single gender environments, and where possible we recommend girls over age 10 do so. However, should your daughter prefer to play in mixed-gender team or competition they are permitted to do so until age 14.

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