The AFL Masters “Footy for Fun” brand of football provides an extended pathway for players who would like to continue to play Australian Rules Football with similarly aged players in a safe, well organised and enjoyable atmosphere. AFL Masters also welcomes beginners who are only just discovering our great game.
The opportunity to participate at a club level, maintain fitness and above all enjoy your footy is the main motivation for players. Although we all love to win, at this stage of our football journey, the social interaction and camaraderie between all teams, players, supporters and families is emphasised.
There are clubs throughout Australia who play games every second weekend during the season (typically a Sunday). The fortnightly schedule allows for recovery time between games and also gives players and families plenty of time to themselves.
Difference between Seniors and Masters
Senior football as it is called is a very competitive game of must win ideology.
Masters is “Footy for Fun”, where the game is more important than winning. Masters is more family orientated and the camaraderie built is lifelong.
AFL Masters is football that is designed to allow mature players the opportunity to participate safely in our great game and to compete with similarly aged players. The opportunity to participate, to compete, to be physically active, healthy and fit is the main motivation of the players in our competition.
|AFL MASTERS||AFL SENIORS|
|Focus||Participation and fun||Performance|
|How often we play (typically)||Fortnightly||Weekly|
|How often we train (typically)||Weekly||Twice weekly|
|Representative games||National carnival with state teams competing||No|
|Rule modifications||No knees up in the ruck or a marking contest||Raised legs allowed|
|Water carriers and runners allowed any time||Runners only after a goal|
|Ball up||Centre bounce|
|Legal side bump or legal tackle (between knee and shoulder) is the only permitted contact||Full contact|
|Late contact of any form is a relayed free kick||Late contact ok if legal|
|Once a tackled player has been bought to the ground, no other player shall become involved in the tackle||Unlimited players allowed to contest for a ball on the ground together|
|All teams must have the same amount of players on the field at all times – opposition offers players from the interchange if a side is short||No equalization of player numbers on the field|