Important notes
Parent and volunteer involvement
Athletes in outside regions

Important notes

Medical consent 

Medical consent is required for you to be involved in the Youth Competition and a signed hard copy is required prior to the first game.

All information will be confidential and only provided to medical staff as required. A form will be available online for printing, completion and return to:

Auckland: PO Box 300 633, Albany, Auckland 0752

Alternatively present in person at Information days or first round. Hard copies will also be available at all contact days.

Player check list 

A player check list is provided to all players to ensure you have all resources required for each week of the competition. Hard copy will be provided but will also be available online.

Weekly Handouts

The aim is to minimise time commitments and maximise the value of the programme.

Participants will be provided with a weekly handout via hard copy, email and online to utilise and follow in their own time when best suits. These handouts will focus on two core components of skills/game development and physical preparation.

Parent and volunteer involvement 

The sport of AFL is new to participants, parents and volunteers. AFL New Zealand is committed to providing opportunities for each of these groups.


Head and Assistant Coaching positions for all age groups in all regions.

The coaching roles for each age group vary weekly to ensure a learning environment is achieved for those without a background in the sport. Guidance and resource is provided by AFL New Zealand to minimise the time commitment and maximise learning.

Goal Umpiring 

Equipment and instruction provided by AFL New Zealand staff/Umpires to ensure a full understanding of the umpiring role.

Team Management 

Direction is provided to assist organisation and delegation skills. Game day itinerary and run sheets will provide managers with the direction required to ensure teams are adequately resourced, maximising development.

Game Management 

Timings, results, goal scorers and best players are the additional elements that if done well, make the competition a great experience for participants, spectators and family.

All resources, equipment and requirements provided by AFL New Zealand.

Runners and Water runners

There is no better way to learn and understand the game than from on the field. Runners provide messaging and communication from the coaches to the players. Water Runners provide the players sufficient hydration.

Guidelines, rules and equipment will be provided by AFL New Zealand.

Visit AFLNZ Volunteer Job descriptions for further information.

Athletes in regional areas outside of Main Centres

Players based outside of the main competition centres will be required to arrange transport for the Youth Competition.

AFL New Zealand will assist in this area by allocating meeting times, meeting places, contact database, carpool roster and in some cases bus travel, for age groups of the area.

With limitations on programmes delivered in the South Island, talented players identified in the regions of Christchurch and Otago will be provided with a development staff and programme in place of the Youth Boys competition. The opportunity then exists for a fast track entry into the AFL New Zealand Academy as a wild card entrant.