Basically what this means is that we have simplified the process by developing one agreement that applies to all leagues in both Regions whilst giving Leagues the ability to develop by-laws to control which sections of the agreement apply and which don’t. Effectively it means Leagues have control over who they allow to compete in their competitions.
This also means that technically speaking, clubs can borrow players on interchange from any league that this area agreement applies to. Leagues adopting this area agreements include:
A key component to this agreement is the ability to provide clubs with the final say on whether you allow your players to participate on interchange with another club. The club has the final say, not the player or parent. Obviously these decisions will be made in consultation with the player and parent however under this agreement, the final say will go with the clubs.
Interchange Eligibility: Players must have participated in at least one home & away game in the current season with their registered club before they can become eligible to use this area agreement. That goes for players wanting to play on interchange with a club in another league.
Finals: Each League will be allowed to make their own by-laws in relation to allowing or disallowing permit players to participate in finals matches. Check you League's by-laws.
Getting Forms Signed: It is the responsibility of the club seeking players to play with them on interchange to get four copies of the attached form completed and signed by all parties. If it is your registered players seeking to play on interchange with another club, it should not be you who runs around getting the form completed. However, if you are the club seeking players to play with you, it is your responsibility to get the forms filled out. This must be done by 5pm on the Friday before the match.
Entering the Permit into the System: This will now be the responsibility of the club seeking players on interchange and is easier than requesting a clearance for a player. To process a permit for players under this agreement, simply follow these instructions:
NOTE: DO NOT hit the button SUBMIT TRANSFER otherwise the system will process a clearance for the player in question. You do not want to clear these players, you want to PERMIT them to your club.
Entering Permits Before Getting Paperwork Signed Off: Clubs who fail to get the relevant paperwork together may be penalised by the loss of premiership points, loss of percentage and/or even the implementation of an appropriate fine. Please make sure you get your paperwork sorted before requesting a permit online. All permit requests come through to Operations Managers as well so we will know if and when this happens.
This publication contains the Laws of Australian Football as administered and controlled by the AFL.
(a) These Laws apply to all Matches of Australian Football organised
and conducted by a Controlling Body.
(b) The AFL Anti-Doping Code, as varied from time to time, shall apply to all persons to whom these Laws apply, unless a Controlling Body has adopted its own code or policy which has been approved by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
(c) The Australian Football Member Protection Policy (MPP) shall apply to all persons to whom these Laws apply, unless a Controlling Body has adopted its own relevant policy to replace a National Policy (as defined in the MPP) approved by the relevant Football Body (as defined in the MPP).
C. NATURE AND OBJECT OF AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL
Australian Football is a game played between two Teams competing in accordance with these Laws. The objective of each Team playing Australian Football is to win
by scoring more points than the opposing Team. The winner of a Match of Australian Football is the Team which has scored, in accordance with these Laws, the greater number of points at the conclusion of the Match. A Match is drawn when each Team has the same number of points at the conclusion of the Match.
D. PURPOSE OF LAWS
These Laws explain how a Match of Australian Football is played and seek to attain the following objectives:
(a) to ensure that the game of Australian Football is played in a fair
manner and a spirit of true sportsmanship; and
(b) to prevent injuries to Players participating in a Match so far as
this objective can be reasonably achieved in circumstances where
Australian Football is a body contact sport.
Applications can be downloaded via the link below and must be submitted by Friday, March 2019.
Please see below modified rules chart to help explain the rule changes across age groups.
Please click the below to access the prep to play document.