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AFL Community Football Gender Diversity Policy

AFL Goldfields welcomes the release of the AFL Community Football Gender Diversity Policy on Thursday and support the approach within the policy of stressing the importance of social inclusion for all who wish to play in our sport. 

This Community Gender Diversity Policy will provide a consistent direction across all community football across the nation so that all who wish to play within a community football competition will be able to use the same criteria for any league and club where they want to participate. 

It will remove the previous position where different policies with varying degrees of criteria to be met, which often created barriers which are not required at community football level.

The AFL Community Gender Diversity Policy will go before the AFL Goldfields Commission for adoption in coming months and provided to each affiliated AFL Goldfields league for adoption within their policies. 

The inaugural Community Football policy prioritises inclusion and provides:

  • In general terms, transgender women may play in women’s community football competitions, transgender men may play in men’s community football competitions and non-binary people may play in the community football competition of their choice; 
  • Gender diverse players may not be excluded for reasons of relevant competitive advantage over cisgender players in the competition;
  • This general position is subject to there not being unacceptable safety risks arising from the gender diverse person’s participation in the community football competition and both policies establish a risk management process for considering such risks.

The new AFL Community Gender Diversity Policy and updated Elite Football gender Diversity Policy can be found at https://www.afl.com.au/policies