Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When does the season commence?
Skills clinics and practise matches were held between March – June 2018. Register here for details of your nearest club. The season proper will start on 23rd June 2018.
What are the training requirements?
AFL Masters training is once a week, typically on a Wednesday night, but varies from club to club. Training will either be mixed with the Mens, or a women’s only training, depending on the club. Training is not compulsory, however football does require a base level of fitness, so if you cannot attend training, it would be advised to do some fitness work outside of game days.
How long are the games?
Games are 4 x 15 minute quarters, with five minute breaks at quarter, and three quarter time; and 10 minutes at half time.
I currently play in a Seniors team, can I play both?
Yes. If you are currently involved in a Seniors team, and also want to try AFL Masters or transition over time, you can play in both leagues. This is particularly beneficial if you are not getting as much game time as you would like in your Seniors team. A permit to play both can be arranged through your club. You will just need to respect that when playing AFL Masters, you are playing under a modified set of rules.
What does 30+ (ish) mean?
Recently a majority ruling decision was made by the AFL Masters Victorian Metropolitan board that only women who are 30 or above, or turing 30 in this calendar year (2018) are eligible to play. Unfortunately there will not be any exceptions. We would still encourage women who are close to 30 to be involved with a club in anticipation of reaching the eligible age.
What is the uniform?
Playing uniform, Guernsey, Shorts and Socks are arranged through your club. Plain coloured leggings/tights/compression tights/bike shorts of any length etc are allowed also.
Can I bring my children along?
AFL Masters is a family friendly environment, so kids are welcome to come along with supervision, however there currently isn’t child minding available, but this is something that could be considered if the demand requires in the future. Your kids might even want to join in at training sessions, which in many cases is fine.
What days are games?
Games will be played on Saturday afternoons. Each game day consists of three matches with player sharing between teams encouraged. Games will be played at 1:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
What if I can’t play every week?
AFL Masters has a more casual approach to availability and can accommodate varying commitment levels. Playing with lower numbers on the field or sharing players is part of the spirit of AFL Masters. If you cannot commit to playing in a team we have an option for you to be a part of a pool of players that can be on standby when teams are short.
What are the modified rules?
Click here (AFL Masters rules) to read the rules. They are not significantly different to the true game, however protection of the body is the highest priority. Although AFL Masters is still a contact sport, and as with all sport, injury is always possible, however the modified rules makes for lower risk of injury, for example, rather than tackling to the ground, tackles are more of a bear hug. Our umpires will not tolerate any rough conduct. AFL Masters doesn’t have boundary umpires to reduce the burden of finding helpers from week to week. If the ball goes out of the field boundary, the ball is bounced (or thrown up in wet conditions) as a ruck contest.
Players are encouraged to have their own private health insurance and ambulance cover, as only public liability insurance is included in player fees.
How much does it cost?
The cost is approximately $100-150 for the season. This can vary based on the sponsorship efforts of the club, and inclusions, but fees include public liability insurance, umpires, trainers and playing uniform (jumpers on loan). You will also need to purchase your own footy boots and a mouthguard.
I keep hearing about a Masters Carnival, what is it?
Once a year, there is a week long National AFL Masters Carnival hosted by a different State. Although the carnival has been going for over 30 years, the women have had a competition in the carnival for the past two years (Gold Coast in 2016, Geelong in 2017). The Carnival will be held in Coffs Harbour this year from 30th September – 6th October 2018. If you are keen to play in the National Carnival (you will have the time of your life), the cost is approxiamtely $500 to register (which includes playing uniform (to keep), umpires, trainers, various functions throughout the week and the presentation night. Everyone who goes to the carnival has an incredible time where like-minded footy lovers get to play footy and socialise. It is an event for the whole family. To keep up to date with the latest news on the carnival, click here.
Not sure whether you are fit enough?
Check out Women’s AFL Masters supporter, Davey Black Fitness, based in Elsternwick, who can provide football specific training programs designed to get your body moving again.
Specialist Coaches will help you build your fitness back through individually targeted exercises to help make you a more robust player, reducing your risk of injury and increasing your ability to run out a game.
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