Important notes
Parent and volunteer involvement
Athletes in outside regions

Important notes

Medical consent 

It is a requirement prior to playing that all participants in the AFL New Zealand Youth programme have completed AFLNZ Medical declaration.

The medical declaration must be signed by parent/caregiver and hard copy returned to AFLNZ at contact days or scan and email to Hard copies will also be available at contact days, for completion.

All information will be confidential and only provided to medical staff as required. A form is available online.

Player gear requirements

Players are required to have:

  • Football boots
  • Mouth guard
  • Youth T-shirt

Playing uniform is provided by AFLNZ and includes:

  • Football Guernsey
  • Football Shorts
  • Football Socks

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 programme 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 for more information.

Athletes in regional areas outside of Main Centres

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

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 Otago region will be provided with a development staff and programme in place of the Youth programme. The opportunity then exists for a fast track entry into the AFL New Zealand Academy as a wild card entrant.