SANFL_GameDevelopmentSANFL is dedicated to ensuring Australian Rules Football is accessible to all South Australians, regardless of age, sex, religion or nationality.

SANFL offers a number of different promotional, participation and talent programs for people from non-traditional football backgrounds living in South Australia. These include participation in multicultural festivals and community engagement along with the Multicultural Umpiring Academy and various talent pathways and competitions for multicultural footballers to represent our State.

All programs are designed to bring different cultural groups together to promote a greater acceptance and understanding of Australia’s national game.


Multicultural Festivals

The SANFL aims to be active in the community engaging cultural groups through a presence at Multicultural festivals run across South Australia.

If you would like the SANFL to attend your next Multicultural event please email Matthew Diglio, Inclusive Programs Officer,


Sporting School Program – New Arrivals Programs (NAP).
The Sporting Schools program is a four, six or eight-week football program, conducted in primary schools across South Australia. It consists of weekly clinics, run by our SANFL Development Officers, which aims to teach students all the basic skills of Australian football including handballing, kicking and marking.

Multicultural Umpiring Academy

The SANFL Multicultural Umpiring Academy (MUA) has been designed to help multicultural groups living in South Australian get involved in umpiring football.

Participants are taught the skills of all three umpiring disciplines – field, boundary, and goal – with the aim to transition umpires into various junior leagues around South Australia.

If you are interested in joining the Multicultural Umpiring Academy, please email SANFL Umpiring Recruitment Officer, Andrew Crosby



AFL Multicultural All Nations – Diversity Championships

The All Nations Carnival offers young multicultural footballers the opportunity to represent their State at the Diversity Championships.

Nineteen talented multicultural footballers under the age of fifteen will be selected to compete in the week long tournament against all other states and territories.

Alipate Carlile Academy

The Alipate Carlile Academy is a high performance training squad aimed at fast-tracking the development of footballers from a multicultural background.

Currently based at one of the SANFL clubs, this program is designed for players between the ages of 15 and 18.

Former Port Adelaide defender Alipate Carlile, who was born in Fiji, coaches the academy, which not only provides assistance for on-field success but also offers workshops for the players to assist them with their off-field behaviours.

Bachar Houli Academy

The Bachar Houli Academy is a high performance football talent camp for emerging Islamic players between the ages of 14 to16.

Named after Richmond footballer Bachar Houli, the Academy aims to develop participants’ leadership and football skills, along with providing genuine pathways to pursue football at an elite level.

The five-day camp involves skill acquisition, high performance testing, game education, leadership development and a representative match to finish the camp.


AFL Community Ambassadors

The Australia Post AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador Program further engages with multicultural communities through a network of dedicated volunteers. The objective of each ambassador is to connect with their particular communities and promote AFL activities as a vehicle for engagement and inclusion.

For more information about the AFL Community Ambassador program please contact Matthew Diglio, Inclusive Programs Officer,

Local Football Clubs

SANFL will be providing education to all community clubs as we move toward the ‘inclusive club network program’.

Within the program, SANFL will help community clubs understand the needs and wants of diverse groups.

Clubs will follow a resource to encourage inclusive practices locally. This document will educate the club and its members about cultural awareness and engaging diverse cultural groups.

Community clubs can be rewarded with the ‘SANFL inclusive club’ accreditation after successful completion of the inclusive toolkit and checklist.

Community clubs will be able to promote that they are an ‘inclusive club’ with the accreditation to engage the diverse landscape of South Australia.

For enquiries in relation to SANFL Multicultural Programs please contact:

Matthew Diglio
Community Programs Coordinator – Multicultural
08 8424 2275

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