AFL Masters Vic Metro Women’s Pathway Programs
AFL Masters Vic Metro supports women to be involved in the sport’s administration, leadership, playing, coaching, umpiring, and volunteering. Our sport is seeing a really positive growth in national participation.
For the Over 35’s Women, it can still feel a little on the back foot coming to the game and uncertain about to progress. Vic Metro, with over 350 women registered in our 2022 competition, and hundreds registered with AFL Masters QuickKick program, is continuing to invest in footy for fun for Over 35’s, with a structured pathway for progression. Vic Metro’s player pathway includes opportunities at 4 levels:
1. AFL Masters QuickKick: Structured AFL introductory sessions and clinics that teach the fundamental skills of Aussie Rules for women participants new to the game. Women who have always wanted to play the sport but were derived of opportunities or simply never got around to it. The essential rules of footy combined with the actions of marking, kicking, and handballing are all taught amongst a great social atmosphere.
For more information on the AFL Masters QuickKick program visit: https://aflvm.com.au/womens/afl-masters-quickkick/
2. Over 35’s Women’s Non-Contact: Australian Rules games of a modified nature. The rules consist of zero contact, smaller grounds, and smaller sides. Zones and rotated forwards are permitted to enhance the ability of goal scoring. An experience that paves the pathway to the traditional game or serves those who can no longer play standard footy.
For more information on the Over 35’s Women’s Non Contact pathway go to: https://aflvm.com.au/womens/over35snoncontact/
3. Over 35’s Women’s Competition: Established in 2018, Australian Rules in a traditional sense. Each team with 18 players on the playing field and games played fortnightly. Modified rules applicable to older athletes. A diverse range of ages where ALL over 35 are welcome. A league that continues to thrive year after year.
To find out more on the Over 35’s Women’s Competition pathway visit: https://aflvm.com.au/womens/over-35s-womens-competition/
4. Vic Metro Representative side: The opportunity to represent our league whilst donning the famous Big V and embodying the Vic Metro spirit. Off the field, the opportunity to connect with fellow footy lovers from across the nation who share the same love for Masters footy.
For more information on representing Vic Metro National Carnival team visit: https://aflvm.com.au/events/national-carnival-overview/
Introducing an Over 35s Women’s Team
If you are introducing a new Women’s team to your existing club, there are resources here for everyone whether you are starting your first female football team, or wanting to improve the experience for your existing teams. Importantly, this also includes strategies which can assist your club to successfully recruit and engage women and girls in playing, coaching and administration roles. If your Club would like to apply to field a Women’s non-contact or Women’s competition team in 2024, please review the follow resources. New team entries close 15 October each year.
Individual Players Clubs are actively recruiting! Contact your closest club to find a women’s team. If your closest Master’s club does not have a Women’s team in 2023 there are still plenty of opportunities for you to join in the fun. Play as a fill in or join in with casual matches that will be organised throughout the season.