Come and Play Girls Footy in 2017
Join us in season 2017 as we celebrate the amazing growth in Girls Footy at
In 2017 we have the opportunity to field Girls teams in the new age group format - Under 10/12/14/16/18. They will be supported with
We also work closely with the all girls group at Parkdale Auskick.
We are a Family Club
Our Girls and their parents get together each week as part of our club's Match Reports, to relive their team's
There's Strong Support
Our teams are well supported by a team of dedicated coaches, trainers, team managers and parents and from the Club executive and broader club community. Our coaches are fully accredited and guided by our High-Performance Manager Peter O'Gorman and Girls Coaching Coordinator.
It's a Great Experience
Above all, our Girls have great fun playing footy with their mates. Each brings their own talents, playing their role as an individual and as part of a team, learning valuable life skills along the way. The Girls are passionate about their footy and dedicated to improving their skills. And like any good footy team, they are committed to their
Interested? Then Come and Join Us!
Interested in playing or would like to find out more? Contact Girls Footy Coordinator Jason
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“Love watching the girls smile and have fun whilst exercising, and at the same time improving their skills and developing new relationships." 2016 Parent Survey.
Girls Football - Frequently Asked Questions
What girls’ only age groups do you have?
In 2017 the SMJFL will be running girls’ competitions for U10s, U12s, U14s & U16s & Youth Girls (U18s).
How old do I need to be to play?
A player will need to have turned at least 7 years old by the 30th of April 2017 to be eligible to register with a club. The dates to determine what age group a player is eligible to play are as follows:
U10 – Born on or after 1st January 2007
U12 – Born on or after 1st January 2005
U14 – Born on or after 1st January 2003
U16 – Born on or after 1st January 2001
Do I have to have played Auskick before?
There is no requirement to have played Auskick before participating in SMJFL competitions.
Where do games get played?
Teams will play around half of their games at their home ground and the other half at opponent’s grounds.
What time will games be played?
Generally speaking, the younger the age group the earlier the games.
How long do games go for?
This varies depending on age groups:
U10 = 4 x 10 minute quarters
U12 = 4 x 12 minute quarters
U14 & U16 = 4 x 15 minute quarters
When do games get played?
The majority of games are played on Sundays throughout the season. Occasionally a club may request a night game on a weeknight but this needs to be agreed to by both clubs.
Will there be scoring and finals?
U10 girls’ games will be not have scoring or finals as the focus is on learning the game and getting as many touches of the football as possible. Rather than playing a final series the U10 girls will play in a round robin event at the end of the season known as a Lightning Carnival.
Under 12s, U14s & U16s will all record scores and play in finals at the end of the season.
How many players are in a team?
U10 & U12 teams need a minimum of 9 players on the field, all other age groups play a minimum of 12 players.
What exactly are the modified rules?
The following table shows several rule modifications and how they apply to each age group:
Footy can be a physical game, are there many injuries in the girls’ competition?
There is no doubt that football can be a physical game which is why different age groups play with different modified rules to suit the different stages of development.
What is the pathway for girls if they want to keep playing as they get older?
Girls’/women’s football is the fastest growing area of AFL football in the country. There are many senior football teams throughout Victoria that a player may choose to play with once they’ve finished in the Youth Girls competition.
In addition to the above, there are various elite pathways and training programs available from U15s right through to open age including the new AFL Women’s competition.