Record number of teams in junior fixture

THE release of the AFL North Coast’s junior fixture shows that there will be 50 teams playing on Sunday’s in 2024.

That’s an 11% rise on last year’s number of teams with most of the growth coming from the introduction of a new Youth Girls 13s age group.

The season is set to start on Sunday, April 28 and it will see players from 10 clubs running around on footy grounds from Yamba in the north to Port Macquarie in the south.

AFL Northern NSW Community Football & Competition Manager Brad Greenshields said this season promises to be the best one yet for junior football.

“The addition of a new age group and the growth in playing numbers proves that the AFL North Coast is continuing to gain in popularity,” Greenshields said.

“Once the season starts, each Sunday will see up to 25 games of footy played across seven age groups, including the new Youth Girls 13s age group.”

The AFL North Coast’s junior representative program will see the North Coast Force teams play in the Northern NSW Championships being held in Coffs Harbour towards the end of the July school holidays from Wednesday, July 17 to Friday, July 19.

The climax of the season will see the grand finals in the competitive age groups played at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Sunday, August 25.

The fixture can be accessed under the ‘Fixtures & Results’ tab on the website’s main menu or you can CLICK HERE.