There is a saying that time flies when you are having fun, and it’s no surprise that time has flown since 2017, when the NAB AFL Women’s Competition became a reality.
As we look ahead to our sixth season, it is important to reflect on how far we have come over the past five years, as we continue to build a lasting legacy that we can all be proud of.
In our inaugural season, we saw 216 women take to the field in the colours of eight foundation Clubs. Today, we witness 420 strong and skilled women playing in the NAB AFLW Competition across fourteen Clubs, making the NAB AFL Women’s Competition the largest employer of female athletes in Australia.
This year, the AFL Commission announced the remaining four AFL Clubs would be provided the opportunity to field a NAB AFL Women’s team in the coming years. As we welcome new fans from Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans, we will also welcome new players, which will see us exceed 500 NAB AFL Women’s players by 2023.
Over the past five NAB AFL Women’s Drafts, we have seen some outstanding names announced as the highly anticipated number one pick. Nicola Barr (2016), Izzy Huntington (2017), Nina Morrison (2018), Gabby Newton (2019) and Ellie McKenzie (2020) have all solidified themselves as key players in our game. Celebrated at their Clubs for their contributions to team success, this talented group of women have etched their own stories into the fabric of women’s football.
Being drafted into the NAB AFL Women’s Competition is a huge achievement, admired by many women and girls across the country who are waiting for their chance to run out in their team colours. In years to come, this year’s draftees will become the next wave of players we all admire.
The AFL Commission has also endorsed a change to the timing of season six of the NAB AFLW Competition to ensure the elite women’s season has its own window from Round One through to the Grand Final, removing any overlap with the Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
As we arrive at the 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Draft, we are excited for the opportunity it presents. New players are ready to embark on their AFLW journey alongside the women who inspired them to pick up a football.
Within this website, you will find all the information required to nominate for the NAB AFL Women’s Draft. The information provided will step you through the Draft process, including player eligibility and information about the NAB AFLW Competition.
To our Clubs, we wish you luck with finalising your lists ahead of season six of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition.
To our nominating players, we thank you for your interest in joining our talented list of AFLW players and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Nicole Livingstone, AFL General Manager of Women’s Football
ABOUT THE NAB AFLW DRAFT
- The 2021 NAB AFLW Draft will be held on 27 July 2021. Venue to be announced.
- 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) June 21 and 3pm (EST) July 16, 2021.
- 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 2020 NAB AFLW Draft but were not selected and have subsequently decided to nominate in a different State for the 2021 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 2021 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 SELECTON PERIOD
- If a Club elects to keep up to two (2) spots open, they will have from 9am (EDST) 29 July 2021 until 5pm (EDST) on 30 July 2021 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 2021 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 19th – 21st July 2021 (note the player must have separately nominated for the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft).
- June 21- Draft Nominations open 9am (EST)
- July 9 - Draft Nominations close 3pm (EST)
- July 27 - NAB AFL Women’s Draft
- July 29 - NAB AFLW Post-Draft Selection Period commences 9am (EST)
- July 30 - NAB AFLW Post-Draft Selection Period concludes 5pm (EST)
- August 3 - NAB AFL Women’s Club Final List Lodgement 3pm (EST)
- September - 2021-22 Pre-season commences
- December - 2021-22 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 2021 NAB AFLW Draft if she has satisfied the following requirements:
- The player must have attained, or will attain the age of 18 years, on or before 31 December 2021;
- The player must not be bound to an AFLW Club; and
- The player has been:
- 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
- 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 8 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 July 29 2021. 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 from December 2021 through to the first half of 2022, 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.