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 returned in person at Information days or first round. Hard copies will also be available at all contact days, for completion.

Player Gear requirements

Players are required to have:

  • Football boots
  • Mouth guard
  • Youth T-shirt – received on payment of Youth competition fees

Playing uniform is provided by AFLNZ and includes:

  • Football Guernsey
  • Football Shorts
  • Football Socks

Weekly Handouts

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

Participants will be provided with handouts to utilise and follow in their own time when best suits. These handouts will focus on core components of skills, game development and physical preparation.

Following these handouts will give you great insight to some of the things you can be doing to better your chance of selection on the next step of your AFL Pathway.

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.

Coaching 

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.

Please contact AFL New Zealand at playafl@aflnz.co.nz for more 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.