State football bodies are available to assist with the establishment of junior and youth girls competitions.
A good starting point is to contact your state or regional Game Development office so they can outline the support available and facilitate a meeting of key interest and stakeholder groups including:
Funding must be available through your Game Development office to a pay small honorarium to a person to drive the competition's establishment. An interested person could be identified from the following stakeholders:
To ensure the long-term sustainability of the competition it is recommend that existing community football leagues and/or clubs take on the responsibility of administering the competition.
This also eliminates the need to duplicate the resources and infrastructure required as female football is integrated with the existing football network.
To eliminate as many barriers and impediments in the establishment of a girls competition flexibility is highly recommended.
Study, social and part-time work pressures and other sporting commitments are all factors that should be considered when determining an appropriate competition format
Competitions need to meet the needs of participating players so flexibility in the timing and days games are played, reducing team numbers and innovative competition formats together with the following should be considered:
There is no difference in rules for junior boys or girls under 12.
Refer to AFL Youth Girls Rules in Appendix 2 modified formats to meet the development needs of youth girl participants eg, 9 a side = 4 x 12 minute quarters with no kicking off the ground allowed.
Ball size = size 4 (15 years and over), size 3 (if under 15)