Female football in South Australia has grown from strength to strength with increased participation across juniors, girls and women’s competitions.
The popularity of the game is testament to the number of exciting and new talent pathways and programs available to all females wanting to learn the game. This includes young girls starting out in Auskick through to women who are ready to play at the elite level with the recent introduction of the SANFL Women’s League.
SANFL’s programs are designed to identify, nurture and develop our State’s female footballers with several new programs soon to be announced including Female Footy Fun Days and female football Academies. To find out more please contact:
SANFL Community Programs Coordinator
SANFL Female Talent and Pathways Manager
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. There are also three female-only Auskick Centres in metropolitan Adelaide for girls to have a kick and a catch.
SANFL JUNIORS offers a range of competitions throughout metropolitan South Australia for children aged under eight to under 16.5. The competition includes several all-girls teams including, under eight, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16. For further information about the confirmed clubs for 2017 please contact Scott Patching, SANFL Juniors Competition Coordinator, email@example.com.
SANFL MACCA’S SHIELD will again give hundreds of girls across Adelaide the chance to represent their SANFL club with eight non-AFL aligned SANFL clubs divided into a Northern and Southern Conference. The Under-14 and Under-16 competition will offer females in both age groups the opportunity to take part in the four-week program which then concludes in a series of Grand Finals on the closing weekend.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE provides a four-division Open Women’s competition and an under 18 Girls competition. For more information about the league visit sawfl.org
SANFL manages two State teams including the Under 15 school girls which will compete at School Sport Australia National Football Championships and the Under 18 Girls which will compete at the National AFL Under 18 Youth Girls Championships. To find out more about these competitions please email Emma Gibson, Emma Gibson, SANFL Female Talent and Pathways Manager, Emma.Gibson@sanfl.com.au
SANFL WOMEN’S LEAGUE
In 2017, SANFL will create a new and elite level of competition for talented female footballers with the introduction of the Statewide Women’s League. The women’s State league will address the current gap in the competition pathway between the existing South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL) and the inaugural AFL Women’s League, which also kicks off in 2017.
SANFL has created the elite level State League competition providing South Australian women the opportunity to compete against the State’s best.
The SANFL Women’s League will comprise of a seven-week season plus Grand Final to be played through February and March and will coincide with the AFL’s competition