AFL Masters is football that allows mature players (over 30 ish) the opportunity to participate in our great game of Australian Rules Football and to compete with similarly aged players in a safe, well organised and enjoyable atmosphere. Clubs exist throughout the Victorian Metropolitan area playing every second week during the season, with training once a week.
It is the pathway to either:
play for the first time in a competition that is more focused on fun and keeping fit for life; or
continue playing football when the body starts struggling to recover from the rigors of Seniors football (open age 18+), but the mind isn’t ready to stop; or
come out of retirement, you know you want to!
AFL Masters has a national standardised set of modified rules designed to reduce the risk of injury, and are acknowledged and supported by the AFL and the Australian Sports Commission. Games consist of 4 x 15 minute quarters, a couple of modified rules and no boundary umpires, other than that it’s footy as you’ve always known and loved it.
The AFL Masters Men’s competition has been running for over 30 years, and started with a small group of over 35s, and there are now over 119 teams Australia wide. The league are even considering an over 65s competition as the founders are still not ready to stop! The Masters comp has a surprisingly large number of men who didn’t take up football until they were in their 40s or 50s when their doctors told them they needed to lose weight and improve their fitness. AFL Masters seemed like the perfect solution for them.
Although a base level of fitness is an advantage, with 18 positions which require varying levels of fitness, and a bench, there is a place for all body types and fitness levels, just getting started is the key to a fitter you, and why not have fun while you are at it! The inaugural 2018 Women’s AFL Masters competition is affiliated with the Victorian Metropolitan League and there is a club near you (in Melbourne) ready to put up their hand to support our new competition.
Here are some testimonials of the experience of playing in the Women’s competition at the week-long 2017 Masters Carnival in Geelong:
Images curtesy of Pine Creek Pictures, taken at the AFL Masters Carnival, Geelong, October 2017.