What girls only age groups do you have?
In 2017 the YJFL will be running girls’ competitions for U10s, U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s & U18s.
How old do I have to be to play?
The player will need to have turned 7 years old by the 16th April 2017 to be able to register with a club. The dates to determine what age group a player is eligible to play in are as follows:
U10 – Born on or after 1st January 2007
U12 – Born on or after 1st January 2005
U13 – Born on or after 1st January 2004
U14 – Born on or after 1st January 2003
U15 – Born on or after 1st January 2002
U16 – Born on or after 1st January 2001
Youth Girls – Born on or after 1st January 1999
Do I have to have played Auskick before?
There is no requirement to have played Auskick before participating in YJFL competitions.
How much does it cost to play and how do I register?
The cost to play varies from club to club but most clubs have a lower fee for girls. Please contact your local club for cost and registration details.
When and where are games played?
Most of the games are played on Sundays throughout the season, however clubs may request a Saturday or weeknight game but this needs to be agreed by both clubs. Teams will play half of their games at their home ground and the other half at their opponents home grounds.
What time will games be played?
Usually the younger age groups will play earlier in the day, but this is dependent on your clubs requests that are made at the start of the season.
When and where is training held?
Please contact your local club for all the details regarding day, location and time of training.
What if my local club doesn’t have a girls team in my age group?
All the clubs in YJFL who currently have girls teams are listed below. However, if you want to create a girls team at a club that currently doesn’t have one, contact your local club and help them recruit. All is takes is a couple of friends to recruit a couple more friends!
How many players are needed for a team?
16 players are needed to field a team. There is a maximum of 24 players per team on game days with 8 on the bench. 11 players are needed to start an offical game. If one team has fewer than 16 players, then both teams must play with equal numbers on the field.
Is there scoring and finals?
U10s girls’ games have scoring but will not play finals as the focus is on learning the game and developing their skills. Scoring, ladders and finals are permitted in U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18. U15 through to under 18 also have representative teams.
Footy can be physical, are there many injuries in the girls’ competition?
Girls playing football are at risk of injury no more than a girl playing netball or basketball. Football is a contact sport and can be a physical game which is why different age groups play with different modified rules, tailored to their different stages of development.
Can I play with the boys in a mixed team if I want to?
Girls can play in mixed teams with boys up to and including U14s. After this, girls must play in girls only competitions.
Are there other ways to be involved in girls footy if I don’t want to play?
Absolutely. Girls/Womens football is the fastest growing area of AFL football in Australia and there are always roles for women and girls. You can become a coach, an umpire, a trainer, a team manager or a club administrator. There are plenty of voluntery and paid roles in the AFL for females so conatact your local club to find out how you can get involved.
What is the pathway for girls if they want to keep playing beyond youth girls?
Once you are over 18 and can no longer play Youth Girls, you can start playing senior womens football. There are many senior womens football teams throuhgout Victoria that play in a range of suburban competitions. There is also an opportunity to play in the state based VFL Womens competition. And finally, the AFL conducted their inaugural National Womens Competition in 2017 which looks set to expand in the years ahead.