As the AFL Women’s competition evolves and we get set to enter our fifth season in 2021, it is important that we do not lose touch with our history and the women that have come before you.
With much excitement the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Draft was held in Melbourne on October 12, 2016, with Nicola Barr taken by the GWS Giants as the game’s historic first selection.
In 2017, it was Izzy Huntington who was the first choice for the Western Bulldogs in a star studded first round that also saw eventual NAB AFLW Rising Star Chloe Molloy go to Collingwood and 2018 AFLW Grand Final best on ground Monique Conti also find her way to the Bulldogs.
The 2018 AFLW Daft saw both Cats and North Melbourne join the competition with Nina Morrison going to the Cats with the #1 pick; whilst Carlton made history by pre-selecting Abbie McKay (daughter of Carlton champion Andrew) as the first ever Father – Daughter player listed in AFLW.
2018 also saw Madison Prespakis selected as the Blues first pick, history now shows that Maddy went on to win the NAB Rising Star in 2019 and the AFLW’s most prestigious award, the Best and Fairest in 2020.
The 2019 Women’s Draft ushered in the next generation of stars with history being made as our four new clubs in Richmond, St Kilda, Gold Coast and West Coast added their first ever draft picks. This Draft was a big moment in the Competition’s evolution with close to 120 players added to the AFLW ranks. The Western Bulldogs took Gabrielle Newton as their #1 pick along with our second father – daughter selection in Isabella Grant, daughter of Bulldog legend Chris Grant.
Now as we come to the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft, we are faced with the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic challenges not just for players and their preparation but for club staff as well. With modified or in the case of the VFLW, cancelled state league seasons, AFLW club list managers have needed to work extra hard to build their Draft lists based on what they have had at their disposal.
Within this site you will find all you need to know about what lies ahead and specifically, what nominating for the Draft actually means.
It will step you through the process for the Draft and who is eligible, as well as providing details about the league as it continues to evolve.
To our clubs, good luck with finalising your lists and to our nominating players, we thank you for your consideration in being drafted into the AFLW and wish you all the best in your future footballing endeavours.
Head of Women’s Football
ABOUT THE NAB AFLW DRAFT
The 2020 NAB AFLW Draft will be held on 6 October 2020. Date and Venue to be advised.
All players wishing to be considered for selection are required to nominate for the draft by going to https://womensdraft.afl.com.au/ between 9am (EST) 1st September and 3pm (EST) 21st September 2020.
Players are free to nominate for one (1) State or region only. They can nominate any State they choose, however this may have an impact on relocation eligibility. NO relocation allowance or costs will be provided by the AFL or Club to a player who:
- Would not have reasonable need to relocate to their closest Club’s primary training ground (reasonable need to relocate based on a reasonable travel time post training with initial consideration of an hour by motor vehicle); and
- Elects to nominate in a different draft to that AFLW team. (An exception to this will be made for players who nominated for their local draft in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft but were not selected and have subsequently decided to nominate in a different State for the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft.)
Where the player is eligible, the following relocation costs can be provided as follows:
- Actual costs of the transport of player to the location and return at the end of the players contract, connection of utilities and loan for security deposit
- Relocation allowance with the following allowable costs:
- Temporary accommodation of up to four months (temporary accommodation requires active searching for permanent accommodation)
- Living allowance
- Removal / storage of household goods
- Reimbursement for the purchase of essential household goods (maximum payment)
- Reasonable removal costs if the player returns home with the first two years
Relocation costs as agreed by AFL and AFLPA in the CBA applicable to AFLW players shall be payable by each Club where a player meets the criteria set out above. The agreed relocation entitlement is included under Schedule A, Clause 12 in the AFLW CBA.
The NAB AFL Draft order is based on reverse 2020 AFLW Competition finishing positions (subject to the trading of draft picks and any compensation draft picks allocated by the AFL through the expansion process).
Clubs can choose to make selections in the Primary Draft subject to the number of Primary List spots they have available at the commencement of the draft.
AFLW Clubs will be provided with a full list of draft nominees after nominations have closed, with an update provided following the father-daughter bidding process (see below).
POST DRAFT SELECTION PERIOD
If a Club elects to keep up to two (2) spots open, they will have from 9am (EDST) 7 October 2020 until 5pm (EDST) on 9 October 2020 to select and advise the AFL of their final Primary Listed player(s).
Clubs can select players from within their own State or from another State (or overseas), the player must agree.
Only players who nominated for the 2020 Draft are eligible to be signed.
Relocation costs as agreed by AFL and AFLPA in the CBA applicable to AFLW players shall be payable by each Club where a player meets the criteria agreed between AFL and AFLPA in the CBA applicable to AFLW players.
FATHER DAUGHTER RULE
A player may be nominated by an AFLW Club based on the father-daughter rule if their father played at least 1 AFL game for that Club.
Where relevant an AFLW Club must submit a father-daughter nomination form to the AFL between the 28th - 30th September 2020 (note the player must have separately nominated for the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft).
|September 1||Draft Nominations open 9am (EST)|
|September 21||Draft Nominations close 3pm (EST)|
|October 6||NAB AFL Women’s Draft|
|October 7||NAB AFLW Post-Draft Selection Period commences|
|October 9||NAB AFLW Post-Draft Selection Period concludes|
|October 16||NAB AFL Women’s Club Final List Lodgement|
|November||2021 Pre-season commences|
|February||2021 NAB AFLW Season commences|
HOW DO I NOMINATE FOR THE NATIONAL DRAFT?
You must nominate online via https://womensdraft.afl.com.au/
Once the form has been completed online, you will receive an email to alert you the nomination has been approved by the AFL.
PLAYERS ELIGIBLE TO BE DRAFTED
A player who has nominated is eligible to be drafted in the NAB AFLW Draft if she has
satisfied the following requirements:
1. The player must have attained, or will attain the age of 18 years, on or before 31 December 2020;
2. The player must not be bound to an AFLW Club; and
3. The player has been:
a. registered continuously from 1 June immediately preceding the NAB AFLW Draft Selection Meeting and has played at least one game in the season immediately preceding the NAB AFLW Draft Selection Meeting in any recognised Club or school football competition in Australia; or
b. a bona fide resident for a continuous period of three years preceding the NAB AFLW Draft Selection Meeting in a country other than Australia, unless the General Counsel considers that there is a reasonable explanation for the player not having satisfied this item 3 and should nonetheless be eligible to be drafted.
WHAT ARE THE DRAFT REGIONS?
- Victoria (All Victorian Clubs)
- Tasmania (North Melbourne) – must reside in Tasmania
- South Australia (Adelaide Crows)
- Western Australia (Fremantle or West Coast)
- Gold Coast Only (Gold Coast SUNS zone)
- Brisbane Only (Brisbane Lions zone)
- Queensland (Brisbane or Gold Coast SUNS)
- New South Wales (GWS Giants)
- International (all Clubs – only available to Players who normally reside outside of Australia)
IF I AM SELECTED AT THE NAB AFLW DRAFT, AM I BOUND TO THE CLUB THAT SELECTS ME?
Yes, for a period of 6 months (the length of the player contract).
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’M DRAFTED?
The Club that selects you will be in contact to congratulate you and communicate the next steps, including your induction and training details.
WHAT IS THE POST DRAFT SELECTION PERIOD?
Each Club will have the option to retain up to two (2) spots on its list that can be filled by October 9 2020. This will allow Clubs to consider interstate players that may be willing to move (on their own accord) after not being selected in the draft.
RELOCATION OF INTERSTATE PLAYER
If a player chooses a State to be drafted in that they do not currently reside, there will be no relocation costs covered by either the AFL or the club should their participation require the player to move States.
A player can be nominated for a Club based on the father-daughter rule if their father played at least 1 AFL game for the Club.
ABOUT THE NAB AFL WOMEN’S LEAGUE
WHICH CLUBS ARE INVOLVED?
Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL GAMES BE PLAYED
The competition will be played in the first half of the year, with the final fixture – including format and schedule of games to be released by the end of October.
Players will be required to travel throughout the course of the competition but all reasonable expenses in doing so will be covered by the AFL/AFLW Clubs.
WILL PLAYERS BE REQUIRED TO BE FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES?
No, you will be part time with access to the best facilities, coaches and player development programs on offer. The training requirements will all be laid out for you in advance and every measure possible will be put in place to avoid any impact on your work or study.