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Youth Football Year 11/12 Competition Rules


All competitions managed by the West Australian Football Commission are played as per the AFL Laws of Australian Football. In addition to the AFL Laws of Australian Football, the below local rules apply to the Year 11 – Year 12 age group to ensure fair and even competitions. Coaches must endeavour to coach players within the spirit that these rules were intended (refer to WAFC Junior & Youth Rules & Regulations, Rule 1 – Spirit of Junior Football.)

Please note that where mixed age group competitions are played, the competition rules of the lower age group shall be applied.



1a. Ground Size

As per WAFC POL.15A – Ground Preparation, ground sizes should be set as

135m – 185m (L) x 110m – 155m (W).

1b. Football

Size 5 leather footballs

1c. Number of Players


  1. Maximum of 7 players on the bench
  2. ii. Numbers on the field should always be even

1d. Match Length

4x 20-minute quarters.


2a. General

Rules as per AFL Laws of Australian Football

2b. Protected Area

The protected area at this level is 5 metres.

2c. Order-off Rule

To be applied as per the Red & Yellow card system.


3a. Team Nominations

  1. Players are permitted to move from one team to another team in the same Club during the season.
  2. Players are not permitted to play for multiple teams in the same age group in the same round.
For all other general team nomination requirements, please refer to WAFC POL.10A.

3b. Competition

  1. Scoring and match results are permitted
  2. Premiership points and ladders are permitted
  3. Finals are played

3c. Awards

Best players and goal kickers may be recorded and awarded at this level.


4a. General

  1. Players who miss matches in the qualifying rounds of a season through participation in any WAFC State Program will be credited for each match missed.  The games will be allocated to the division where the player has played the majority of matches in the current season.
  2. Any Colts player who plays a match at WAFL level, is deemed ineligible to play Youth football on the same weekend.

4b. Finals Eligibility

  1. To be eligible to take part in any finals match all non-WAFL Colts players must have played a minimum of five matches for that club in the qualifying rounds of that season for the Year 11–12 competition age group.
  2. The division a player is permitted to play finals is as follows:
  1. A player is permitted to play in any higher division final.
  2. A player is permitted to play in any division final provided he has played five qualifying matches in the respective division he intends to play.
  3. A player who plays in a finals match of a higher division is permitted to play in a lower division final (after the higher grade is eliminated) as long as the player has played five qualifying matches in that lower division.
  4. A player who has played less than five qualifying matches in a division is only permitted to play finals in the highest division in which he has played.
  5. Where a club has more than one team playing in a final on the same day a player from a higher division may play for the lower division, except those players stated in 4b(ii)(d) and 4b(ii)(c).
  1. A player who has suffered a long-term injury, and has subsequently not qualified for finals, may on application to the WAFC be deemed eligible given that they have provided supporting medical documentation. The final decision is at the sole discretion of the WAFC. A long-term injury refers to an injury where the recovery period is over six weeks in length.


WAFL Colts Players

  1. WAFL Colts players must have played a minimum of seven matches for that club in the qualifying rounds of that season for the Year 11-12 competition age group in order to be eligible for finals.
  2. WAFL Colts players who have played at least three quarters of the total matches of the qualifying rounds of the WAFL Colts season are ineligible to play with a junior club/team during junior finals.



5a. Field Umpires

The umpires’ coach shall oversee a panel of umpires from which he will appoint a trained umpire(s) to officiate at each match played under the control of the WAFC. All umpires must comply with the AFL Laws of Australian Football, WAFC Junior & Youth Rules & Regulations and any Competition variations adopted by the governing bodies.

  1. Should a field umpire not be available to officiate at any match the opposing coaches or team officials may agree to appoint any person to act in that capacity. In such case the appointed umpire shall have the same responsibilities and authority as any umpire appointed by the Umpires Coach, including the awarding of Fairest and Best votes. An umpire appointed under this By-Law shall be named on match documents and shall receive normal match payments.
  2. All field umpires shall be suitably attired for the match as approved by the WAFC.
  3. The field umpire will report all stretcher callouts as per WAFC POL.15I – Stretcher Policy.
  4. The collection of umpire related match documents is at the discretion of the WAFC.
  5. Any officially appointed emergency umpire will have the same powers as the central umpires.

5b. Boundary Umpires

  1. Each team competing in an 18-a-side competition from Year 9 and above shall supply a boundary umpire who shall be correctly attired and of sufficient knowledge and competency to correctly throw the ball into play and carry out all other responsibilities of the position, as defined in the Laws of the Game.
  2. Boundary umpires are not required for any Year 9 15-a-side matches as the Last Possession Rule will apply as per 2c. Out of Bounds.

5c. Goal Umpires

Each competing team shall supply a goal umpire who should be of sufficient knowledge and competency to carry out all responsibilities of the position, as defined in the Laws of the Game. 

  1. The Goal Umpires will wear the approved attire and have a minimum of two signalling flags.
  2. The goal umpire will be supplied with a scorecard. The goal umpire will keep a record of each team’s score during the game, will compare score cards at the end of every quarter and will change ends at half time. Goal Umpires must compare scorecards with Interchange Stewards/independent scorer at all major breaks.
  3. At the conclusion of the game the Goal Umpire will date and sign the scorecards and hand them to the field umpire.
  4. The Goal Umpires will endeavour to keep the area immediately behind the goal line clear of spectators and other obstructions (refer to WAFC POL.15)
  5. The goal umpire is not permitted to coach or encourage players.

5d. Timekeeper

The home team shall supply a Timekeeper for each game. The Timekeeper will have a means of keeping time and of indicating the end of each quarter to the field umpire, and be deemed to be the official time keeper

5e. Interchange Steward

Both the home and away teams are responsible for providing an Interchange Steward.

  1. Only one steward per team is permitted inside the interchange area where they must remain for the duration of the match.
  2. In the event an interchange steward is not in attendance the appointed timekeeper/s will be responsible for the recording of the send-off details and make notes of any issues that would usually be the responsibility of the Interchange Steward.

5f. Independent Scorer

The Home Team shall provide and independent scorer. 

  1. The Independent Scorer is permitted to be the same person as the Interchange Steward. 
  2. The Independent Scorer shall carryout their duties in accordance with the AFL Laws of the Game
  3. The Goal umpires and the independent scorer shall enter all goals and behinds and confer at the conclusion of each quarter.
  4. Should any discrepancy occur in the scores recorded by both goal umpires then the scores will be clarified with the umpires and the independent scorer, with the scorecard of the independent scorer being deemed as the official score.


6a. Coaches


  1. A team for any match shall have a coach who is subject to the same investigations and penalties as a player, including suspensions, sanctions  fines.
  2. Coaches must play all eligible and able players up to the maximum allowed in both home and away and finals matches.
  3. Coaches must adhere to the Equal Opportunity Policy for all players in all games, including finals (refer to WAFC POL.04)



  1. Only accredited coaches will be able to be selected on a team sheet.
  2. All head coaches must at minimum be accredited as an age appropriate Foundation Coach via CoachAFL prior to coaching their first fixtured match.
  3. If a coach is not a CoachAFL member and does not hold at minimum, an age appropriate Foundation Coach accreditation, they will not be permitted to coach.
  4. All assistant coaches must be accredited as an age appropriate Foundation Coach prior to coaching their first fixtured match.


Coaches Box

  1. All coaching staff must remain within the Coaches Box. Only listed coaching staff can remain in the Coaches Box. Coaching staff may only exit the Coaches Box at authorised quarter changes, half time and at the conclusion of the match.
  2. Each team is permitted to have a maximum of three coaches inside the Coaches Box (1 head coach & 2 assistant coaches). 

6b. Team Manager


  1. Each team is required to have a team manager who will act as the primary point of contact for umpires, between competing teams and match officials.
  2. The Home Team Manager is responsible for the welfare of the umpires on match day.


Coaches Box

  1. Team managers are permitted inside the coaches box.

6c. Runners


  1. Teams are only permitted to have one runner.
  2. Team runners shall be clearly identified by wearing an approved uniform.
  3. Runners are not permitted to carry water.
  4. Team runners are not permitted to remain on the playing surface. Team runners are to deliver one message from the coach to a player and return immediately to the Coaches Box via the interchange area.
  5. Team runners are not permitted to ‘coach’ whilst on the ground.
  6. Team runners must enter and exit the playing field through the interchange area at all times.
  7. Team runners should be an adult.
  8. Team runners are not to carry out any other team official duties during a match.


Coaches Box

  1. The team runner is permitted inside the coaches box.

6d. Water Carriers

  1. No more than two Water Carriers are permitted per team, per match in. Additional water carriers can be applied for at the discretion of the WAFC.
  2. Water carriers shall be clearly identified by wearing approved WAFC uniform.
  3. Water carriers are not to become involved in any capacity in on field coaching. They are to deliver water promptly and exit the field immediately.
  4. Water carriers should be an adult.


Coaches Box

  1. Water carriers are not permitted inside the coaches box.

6e. Medical Officer/Trainer

  1. Each team shall provide a team medical officer/sports trainer with a current Provide First Aid – 1 Day Accreditation (previously known as Senior First Aid/Apply First Aid).
  2. The team medical officer/sports trainer shall be clearly identified by wearing approved WAFC uniform.
  3. The team medical officer/sports trainer must be able to prove, upon request by league officials, suitable proof of qualifications to assess and remove injured players on a stretcher.
  4. Should a team fail to provide a qualified medical officer/sports trainer, then the opposing teams suitably trained medical officer/sports trainer may assume control of injured players for both teams.


Coaches Box

  1. Only one Medical Officer/Trainer is permitted inside the coaches box.

6f. General

  1. A team official under suspension for a breach of the Laws of the Game or the WAFC Rules & Regulations may not play or officiate in any

game of Australian Football during the period of suspension. This

includes any affiliated senior, junior, WAFL, Country, School or Interstate competition.

  1. Team Officials are not permitted to make intentional contact with opposition players under any circumstances.


AFL Laws of Australian Football

WAFC Junior & Youth Rules & Regulations

WAFC POL.04 – Equal Opportunity

WAFC POL.15A – Ground Preparation

WAFC POL.15I – Stretcher Policy             

WAFC Player Welfare Document

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WAFC Competition Rules - Year 11/12

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