Whether you’ve never played a game of football or you already get involved in having a kick and a catch, the SANFL can help you on your journey to learn the game no matter your age or ability.
We have a number of programs designed for the youngest beginner right through to senior levels for male and females.
- NAB AFL Auskick is the key introductory program for children aged five to eight. SANFL manages approximately 300 Auskick Centres in South Australia which provides a fun and safe environment for children to have an Australian Football experience in a community or school-based setting.
- SANFL Juniors offers a range of competitions throughout metropolitan South Australia for children aged under eight to under 16.5. In 2016, approximately 4200 children participated in the inaugural season with more than 260 teams fielded.
- For those in regional South Australia, the NAB AFL Auskick Centres and SANFL Junior grades vary from under eight to under 18. There are 186 football clubs affiliated with SANFL Community Football.
- Senior men (over 18) can register to play at any of the Community Football Affiliated Leagues. This includes the South Australian Amateur Football League (66 clubs) and the 24 country football leagues across South Australia.
- Senior women can play in the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL). The new SANFL Women’s League Competition will provide a new offering for the first time in 2017. Senior Women’s teams are also continuing to be introduced in regional areas, particularly the south-east.
- Eight SANFL Clubs – Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, South Adelaide, Sturt, West Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens – offer pathways for talented juniors starting at Under 13 level through to the Under 16 and Under 18 competitions, as well as Reserves and League level for senior players. All clubs offer the chance for talented junior women – Under 14 and Under 16 – to participate throughout August and September.
SANFL is dedicated to ensuring people of all ages, and varying abilities, have the opportunity to be part of our supportive community and experience Australian Football.
Regardless of the form of participation, the SANFL supports players, coaches, umpires and officials with various programs and competitions modified to cater to individuals with physical and mental limitations.
The SANFL engages at school and community sports days along with providing AAA Auskick programs that are designed to meet the needs of children with a specific disability.
The C7 Football Amateur League, WheelChair Aussie Rules, Inclusion National Carnival and Deaf Football are just some of the many programs available that meet the needs of individuals with a disability.
SANFL is dedicated to ensuring Australian 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.
SANFL Indigenous Programs provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to participate in a range of football and sports based programs and events throughout South Australia.
Programs are run on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north of the State, and the Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands on the West Coast. They accommodate specifically for remote communities and manage the sustainability of the Far North West Sports League (FNWSL), with initiatives focused on indigenous populations.
The programs assist Federal strategies regarding school attendance, health, wellbeing, sports and lifestyle messages to increase community participation and develop employment opportunities.