How old do I have to be to play?
The dates to determine what age group a player is eligible to play in are as follows:
U8 – Born before 30th April 2014
U9 – Born on or after 1st January 2012
U10 – Born on or after 1st January 2011
U11 – Born on or after 1st January 2010
U12 – Born on or after 1st January 2009
U13 – Born on or after 1st January 2008
U14 – Born on or after 1st January 2007
U15 – Born on or after 1st January 2006
U16 – Born on or after 1st January 2005
Colts – Born on or after 1st January 2003
Youth Girls – Born on or after 1st January 2003
What girls only age groups do you have?
In 2021 the YJFL will be running girls’ competitions for U9s U10s, U11s, U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s & U18s.
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.
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.
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?
Under 8 – no recorded scores.
Under 9 Mixed & Girls – no recorded scores.
Under 10 Mixed & Girls scores are displayed on scoreboard but not published (scores only for grading purposes).
Scoring, ladders and finals are permitted in U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, Colts and Youth Girls.
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 a girl play with the boys in a mixed team if they 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 footy if I don’t want to play?
Absolutely! You can become a coach, an umpire, a trainer, a team manager or a club administrator. Contact the YJFL for umpiring roles or your club for any other positions.
What is the pathway for players if they want to keep playing beyond Youth Girls & Colts?
Once you are over 18 and can no longer play Youth Girls & Colts, you can start playing senior womens & mens football. There are many senior football teams throughout Victoria that play in a range of suburban competitions. There is also an opportunity to play in the state based VFL & VFL Womens competition.
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