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. 


Community football (BAFL, BRFL and CAFL)

Friday 3 July 2020

AFLNT has announced its Return to Play Protocols for its three community footy seasons that have so far been impacted by COVID-19. 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.

Earlier, the seasons were confirmed with the following dates:

  • 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. View the 2020 fixture here
  • 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. View the 2020 fixture here
  • Big Rivers Football League (BRFL) commences its nine-round season (men) and 10-round season (women) on Friday 26 June, with the grand final scheduled to take place on Saturday 26 September. View the 2020 fixture here.
  • Barkly Australian Football League (BAFL) in its 30th year has a tentative start date of 18 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 the BAFL competition will be released shortly. 

Documents that are useful for clubs, players and spectators:

Return to Play protocols document - contains a checklist for AFLNT and any clubs hosting games at venues, as well as a separate checklist and list of protocols for all clubs, players and fans in general about ensuring the health and safety of the community so we can make sure footy gets underway and continues. 

CAFL crowd protocols, ticketing and membership - a reminder for CAFL fans about the new health and safety protocols in place that will have an impact on spectators and fans wanting to attend the footy.

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

CAFL action

Auskick, AFL9s, Thunder Juniors & school holiday programs

Monday 10 August 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 3 and Term 4 for Darwin. The Darwin program will run on Thursday 1 October, 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 3 July 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. 
On Friday 19 June, AFLNT sent an email to all its Academy contacts/parents about plans to resume training from Monday 6 July, with a decision on the 2020 NT Thunder Academy games pending advice from the AFL. 

Training sessions are for the Under 18 male and female squads only and will take place at the MLLLC in Darwin every Monday to Thursday with alternate on-field and gym sessions. Academy Head Coach, Jason Roe will work on a program for those players based outside of Darwin. 

NT Thunder Academy in training

Remote projects

Friday 19 June 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 – Ongoing through weekly school programs
School holiday programs – TBC

Gove - Miwatj Health Gove Australian Football League 
Competition (men’s) – 19 June
Competition (women’s) – 14 August
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 - Half the time will be spent in Lajamanu in conjunction with WYDAC, providing programs for the kids and the second half of the holidays, AFLNT will be working in conjunction with Wanta Sports Academy at Kalkarindji providing football and movie nights for the kids
Competition (men’s) – 22 June
Competition (women’s) – 3 July
Auskick –  22 June (school based program)
School holiday programs – 29 June (and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the school holidays)
Competition (men’s) – 29 July
Auskick – 11 June
School holiday programs – 13-19 July in conjunction with TDC Youth Centre and yellow shirts (RSAS) program

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

Wednesday 12 August 2020

AFLNT is pleased to announce that Darwin will host two matches in Round 13 of the 2020 Toyota AFL premiership season.  Gold Coast SUNS will face Carlton on 21 August. "Dreamtime in Darwin" will be played 22 August between Essendon and Richmond. Ticketing information here.

Gold Coast SUNS vs Carlton
Friday 21 August – Round 13
7:20pm ACST
TIO Stadium, Darwin

Essendon vs Richmond
Saturday 22 August – Round 13
7:10pm ACST
TIO Stadium, Darwin

Melbourne vs St Kilda
Saturday 29 August – Round 14
7:10pm ACST
TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs
Ticket details to be confirmed ASAP

AFL game in Alice Springs

AFLNT organisation & workforce

Thursday 9 July 2020

Please note the AFLNT office will remain closed until at least Monday 20 July  

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 initially 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. There are now staff back working in Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek ahead of their respective 2020 community footy seasons. 

AFLNT painted football