Under 12 Boys & Girls – ‘Futures Program’
The Under 12 Futures Program takes place in August and September each year. Based on club nominations, the futures program allows each club to nominate a select number of players to participate in a four week training program, and an intra squad match.
The futures program gives Under 12 players their first opportunity to be part of a representative program and provides a strong orientation ahead of longer representative programs in future years.
Invitations to players selected for the squad will be sent out in the first week of August.
Under 13, 14 & 15 Boys & Girls – Yarra Magpies Academy
The Yarra Magpies Academy model sees the YJFL interleague training program partner with Collingwood NGA for Under 13 to Under 15 players.
The Under 14 boys, Under 15 boys and Under 15 Girls teams participate in AFL Victoria’s Metropolitan Junior Development Series, with matches held on the Saturday and Monday of Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Our Under 13 boys, Under 13 girls and Under 14 girls squad will play intra-squad matches.
More information regarding the Yarra Magpies program can be found at https://www.yarrajfl.org.au/yarra-magpies-academy/
Under 16 Boys & Girls – Shepparton
The Under 16 program relies on club nominations and generally gives players who have not represented the YJFL previously an opportunity to earn a representative jumper. The program consists of three training sessions and a match.
Two former members of the U16 YJFL boys team have been drafted by AFL clubs in the past two years – Justin McInerney (Banyule/Sydney Swans) and Francis Evans (Brunswick/Geelong Cats).
The boys and girls matches against the AFL Goulburn Murray Academy will be held in July 2021 at Rumbalara FG (Shepparton).
Players invited to participate in the squad will receive notification in the first week of June.
Team of the Year Matches
The YJFL Colts and Youth Girls Teams of the Year play a match against an Oakleigh Chargers Development squad at the end of the season.
The match allows the best YJFL Colts and Youth Girls players of the season to participate in match together, with the Oakleigh Chargers using the game as a trial for their bottom age players.
The match will be played in late September 2021.