What girls only age groups do you have?
In 2020 the YJFL will be running girls’ competitions for U9s U10s, U11s, U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s & U18s.
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 in 2012 or 2013 if they have turned 7 years old by the 30th April 2020
U9 – Born on or after 1st January 2011
U10 – Born on or after 1st January 2010
U11 – Born on or after 1st January 2009
U12 – Born on or after 1st January 2008
U13 – Born on or after 1st January 2007
U14 – Born on or after 1st January 2006
U15 – Born on or after 1st January 2005
U16 – Born on or after 1st January 2004
Colts – Born on or after 1st January 2003
Youth Girls – Born on or after 1st January 2002
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?
U9s & 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 U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 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 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 voluntary and paid roles in the AFL for females so contact 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 throughout 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.
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