AFL Wheelchair is an adapted version of the great game, that gives people with and without disability the opportunity to play.
The sport is supported on a national level in a partnership between the AFL and Disability Sport Australia.
The game is played between two teams of five, plus interchange players, on a rectangular indoor court divided into thirds with portable goal posts at either end of the field. Scoring is identical to traditional AFL: six points for a goal, one point for a behind.
There is no kicking of the ball. A handball is equivalent to a kick (for example if marked, play stops) and an underarm throw is equivalent to a handball (for example the ball is ‘in play’ and the player who receives an underarm throw can be ‘tackled’). Many strategies in the traditional game apply to the wheelchair version.
Partnership with AFL Victoria
We have a formal partnership with AFL Victoria to expand the sport of AFL Wheelchair in Victoria. This important partnership will open this exciting, accessible and inclusive sport to more people with disability.
AFL Victoria is responsible for governing AFL Wheelchair in Victoria. We are responsible for the development of clubs/teams and individual players.
Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League
The Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL) is the first state-wide AFL Wheelchair competition in Australia.
The new league will focus on promoting social inclusion and allow more Victorians to enjoy the benefits of physical activity.
The ten-round competition will run between May and August, with the Grand Final to be played in September during the AFL Bye-Round.
Five teams will take part in the competition.
Meet the teams
St Kilda FC
How to get involved
AFL Wheelchair is an inclusive sport. We welcome people with physical disability or mobility issues, of all genders, to get involved. The VWFL is also inclusive of people without disability who want to give it a try.
If you’re interested in being part of the VWFL, register for the Open Skills Session on Sunday 15 April and the VWFL Draft Combine on Sunday 22 April. Both events will be held at Boroondara Sports Complex.
You don’t need any previous experience, but if you have any questions about trying AFL Wheelchair for the first time, contact our Manager, Sport and Recreation – Ayden Shaw.