AFLNT COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 latest information

All the information relating to AFLNT competitions, programs and events that have been postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19. 

On Friday 29 May we announced our return to play and program dates, which you can read about here


Community football (BAFL, BRFL and CAFL)

Friday 29 May 2020

AFLNT has announced a return to play for its three community footy seasons that have so far been impacted by COVID-19:

  • TIO Central Australian Football League (CAFL) Town competitions will commence on Friday 19/Saturday 20 June for a 10-round season plus three weeks of finals, culminating on Saturday 12 September.
  • TIO CAFL Community competitions will stick to their traditional Sunday timeslots for the majority of the season, starting on 21 June and playing nine regular-season games before three rounds of finals, finishing on the weekend of the 19/20 September. 
  • Big Rivers Football League (BRFL) commences its nine-round season (men) and 10-round season (women) on Saturday 27 June, with the grand final scheduled to take place on Saturday 19 September. 
  • Barkly Australian Football League (BAFL) in its 30th year has a tentative start date of 4 July and will conclude in late September/early October.

The return of NT community football comes earlier than first anticipated due to the NT Government’s announcement that biosecurity measures will be lifted on 5 June, thus permitting free movement between communities and regions, which is crucial to the success of AFLNT’s competitions.
Fixtures for all competitions will be released in-line with the return of AFLNT’s competition managers in the coming days. 

Over the past few weeks, AFLNT has been working on a ‘return to play’ strategy and set of protocols. It takes into consideration the feedback harnessed by the clubs, as well as the health and safety advice issued by the NT Government and AFL.

Read more from the announcement here

Documents that are useful for clubs and players:

Return to Training protocols document - contains a checklist they must complete and protocols they must adhere to while training. 

CAFL action

Auskick, AFL9s, Thunder Juniors & school holiday programs

Thursday 4 June 2020

NAB AFL Auskick and Thunder Juniors (Alice Springs and Tennant Creek) are expected to commence the week of Monday 20 July.

AFLNT is planning kids school holiday programs for between Term 2 and Term 3 for Darwin, Alice Springs and a number of remote areas. The Darwin program will run on Thursday 16 July, see here for more details. 

AFL9s will return to Darwin on Tuesday 21 June and run for nine weeks plus finals. More information is available here.  

Auskick action in the NT

Talent and Academy programs

Friday 29 May 2020

In conjunction with AFL House, as well as all of the AFL's state and territory counterparts, AFLNT made the decision to postpone all national talent pathway activities until at least 31 May 2020. 
This decision applied to AFLNT’s NAB League (Boys and Girls) activities (including all training) and Thunder Academy. 
AFLNT is awaiting direction from the AFL on when activities, like official squad training, can recommence.

NT Thunder Academy in training

Remote projects

Friday 29 May 2020

AFLNT continues to work with each community where it is safe to do so and the community want the assistance. 

The below relates to competitions and programs that AFLNT runs or helps support:

Competition (men’s) – 18 July
Competition (women’s) – 18 July
Auskick – TBC
School holiday programs – TBC

Gove - Miwatj Health Gove Australian Football League 
Competition (men’s) – 19 June
Competition (women’s) – TBC
Auskick – 19 July
School holiday programs (Gan Gan Homeland) – 6 – 10 July

Groote Eylandt
Competition (men’s) – 19 June *part of Gove competition
Auskick – 4 July
School holiday programs – TBC

Competition – N/A as wet season competition but Northern Warlpiri Swans part of BRFL
Auskick – currently underway
School holiday programs – 4 – 18 July
Competition (men’s) – 15 June
Competition (women’s) – TBC 
Auskick – 15 June
School holiday programs – 29 June
Competition (men’s) – 29 July
Auskick – 11 June
School holiday programs – TBC 

Remote Central Australia
Competition (men’s) – 21 June *part of TIO CAFL
School holiday programs – TBC

Wadeye Auskick

MLLLC education programs

Thursday 14 May 2020

Due to the travel restrictions put in place and the risk posed to remote Indigenous communities, AFLNT has ceased the operating of the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre until after the biosecurity zone measures have been updated to allow for travel between communities. 

It is hoped that the MLLLC program can return to normal by the start of Term 3. 

AFLNT staff are working on new ways to engage these communities and schools that we would've otherwise welcomed to Darwin for the Make Your Mark Leadership and Employment Pathways programs. 

Tiwi children at MLLLC

Toyota AFL premiership season games

Friday 29 May 2020

AFLNT is awaiting rescheduling advice on the 2020 Toyota AFL premiership season Round 9 Alice Springs (17 May - Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows) and Round 13 Darwin (13 June - Gold Coast SUNS vs St Kilda) AFL matches.

As such, refunds are currently available to anyone who purchases tickets for these events, on request. Should your event be rescheduled to a later date this year, you can choose to hold onto your tickets which will remain valid. Should the event not go ahead or be rescheduled to a time that does not suit you, you may request a refund.

Please contact the NTix team at if you would like to request a refund. Updated information will be shared on the AFLNT website as soon as it is available.

AFL game in Alice Springs

AFLNT organisation & workforce

Friday 15 May 2020

Following the lead of the AFL, AFLNT began the difficult process to restructure its business operations. 

After the AFL's announcement to call a suspension to the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season and an end to the 2020 NAB AFLW Season, the AFL’s focus moved to ensure the ongoing viability of both the league and its clubs through the COVID-19 health crisis.

This news came on top of the announcement that community football, participation and talent programs across the nation were suspended.  

As a result, the operations and staff of AFLNT have been directly impacted, with 80 per cent (80%) of the organisation based in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek being temporarily stood down. That stand-down period has extended until the end of September; whereby staff will rejoin the workforce as AFLNT's activity (competitions, programs, events) increases. 

AFLNT painted football