Resource Resources, Rules and Regulations: A Guide to the Draft, Trading and Free Agency in the AFL

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    Club List Sizes

    Clubs are restricted to the following list compositions, for a maximum of 47 listed players:

    Primary List SizeCategory A RookiesCategory B RookiesTotal Rookies MaximumTOTAL
    38 (Minimum)639 (Maximum)47
    3953847
    40 (Maximum)437 (Minimum)47
    Source: Appendix 1 (p. 186) Australian Football League Rules

    Relevant resources for those interested in list attributes and profiles:

    Player ages profiled by club


    Player experience profiled by club


    Player heights profiled by club

    Spreadsheet data from FootyWire, collated and presented by Taylor and Lore. Please be aware that the use of FootyWire's data means that while these are usually pretty accurate during the year, it becomes unreliable when re-signings and delistings are happening with greater frequency at the end of the season. This is not something we can do a lot about at the moment, it is what it is.

    Full player contract & stat resources and discussion here, including past premiership teams for comparison:
    https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/afl-player-contracts-statistics-live-spreadsheet.1207363/
     
    Rookie Lists New
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    Rookie Lists

    There are two rookie lists, Category A and Category B.

    Category B is the more restricted type of rookie, catering to players from specific non-traditional pathways. Clubs may have up to three Category B rookies at a time. They are not allowed to play in senior matches except when upgraded in lieu of a player on the long term injury list.

    This includes eligible former International Scholarship List players, players who have not played or been registered to play Aussie rules football for at least 3 years, Club or Next Generation Academy players (may be pre-listed if not selected during the National Draft) and Irish players.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    10.1 (b) In addition to maintaining the maximum number of allowable Category A Rookie Players on their Rookie List under Rule 10.1, each Club may include a maximum of three (3) extra Players on its Category B Rookie List provided those Players are:
    (i) former International Scholarship List Players at that Club who have been nominated under Rule 13.5 or 13.8;
    (ii) former Club Academy players at that Club who have been nominated under Rule 14.4;
    (iii) International Players with the exception of Players who, subject to Rule 10.1(c), are Irish citizens or who have, in the opinion of the AFL, lived for a substantial period of time in Ireland prior to inclusion on the Rookie List;
    (iv) Players who have not been registered or played in an Australian football competition for 3 years immediately before inclusion on the Rookie List;
    (v) a Qualified NGA Player of the Club who has been nominated in accordance with Rule 15.8(c).

    14.4 (e) (i) Subject to Rule 14.4(e)(ii), where a Club Academy Player has been nominated in accordance with Rule 14.4(c) and is not selected at a National Draft or Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting, the Club with whom he is eligible as a Club Academy Player may include him on its Rookie List prior to the Rookie Draft Selection Meeting in accordance with Rule 10.4.

    15.8 (c) If a Qualified NGA Player is eligible to be selected in the National Draft Selection Meeting and is not selected, the relevant Club may include the Player on its Rookie List prior to the Rookie Draft Selection Meeting by lodging Form 34A by the date required by the AFL.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf

    All other rookies are classed as Category A rookies, of which each club can have between 4 and 6 dependent on the size of their Primary Playing List (see Club list sizes).

    Category A rookies are allowed to play an unlimited number of senior games, and can come from a wide range of backgrounds, but usually join their club via the draft (with some exceptions, see Draft). The Category A rookie list may also include a maximum of one Irish player.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    10.1 (a) Each Club must maintain a Rookie List up to a maximum number of Category A Rookie Players and Category B Rookie Players as detailed in Appendix 1.

    10.1 (c) Notwithstanding Rule 10.1(b)(iii), a Club may include one Irish citizen or Player who has, in the opinion of the AFL, lived for a substantial period of time in Ireland prior to inclusion on the Rookie List on its Rookie List in accordance with Rule 10.1(b).
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf
     

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    Standard playing contracts New
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    Standard Playing Contracts

    All AFL players must be contracted using a Standard Playing Contract, which must incorporate the minimum terms and conditions set out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and be signed off by the player, a representative of the club, and either an accredited agent, parent or legal guardian of the player.

    CBA 2017-2022 said:
    22.1 (a) All contracts for the playing of Australian Football entered into between a Player, an AFL Club and the AFL shall be in the form of the Standard Playing Contract.

    22.1 (b) All Standard Playing Contracts, variations and Additional Service Agreements lodged with the AFL shall be supported by statutory declarations made by each of the following persons:
    (i) the Player;​
    (ii) an officer of the AFL Club who had the care and conduct of negotiating with the Player; and​
    (iii) an Accredited Agent, parent or legal guardian, as the case may be, who has been authorised by the Player to act on his behalf in negotiating with the AFL Club.​
    http://www.aflplayers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-2022-CBA.pdf

    Draftees must be contracted for a minimum of two years unless they were previously a rookie or are over 23 by the end of their draft year (exceptions may be granted).

    CBA 2017-2022 said:
    22.3 (a) When a first year Player is first drafted by an AFL Club, that Player and the AFL Club shall enter into a Standard Playing Contract for a minimum term of two years except in the case of a Player who has previously been drafted as a Rookie or where the Player is over 23 years of age by 31 December in the year in which he is selected by a Club.

    22.3 (b) Where a person, who has nominated for the AFL Draft, can demonstrate to the General Counsel that the provisions of clause 22.3(a) would operate to unreasonably restrain him from obtaining employment with an AFL Club as a professional footballer, the provisions of clause 22.3(a) will not apply.
    http://www.aflplayers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-2022-CBA.pdf

    All Standard Playing Contracts must expire on October 31st in the final year of the contract.

    CBA 2017-2022 said:
    22.1 (e) All Standard Playing Contracts shall expire on 31 October in the final year of the Player’s contract unless the contract has been varied or renewed, in which case the contract shall expire on 31 October in the final year of the varied or renewed contract.
    http://www.aflplayers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-2022-CBA.pdf

    Trigger clauses may be included in playing contracts, but neither the club nor the player can enforce a trigger clause for a contract extension without the agreement of the other.

    CBA 2017-2022 said:
    22.1 (g) An AFL Club and a Player shall not include provision in a Standard Playing Contract which would entitle either party to unilaterally exercise an option to extend the term of a Player’s contract.
    http://www.aflplayers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-2022-CBA.pdf

    If contracts are not extended, and the player does not qualify for Free Agency, the player must be either traded, delisted, retired, or enter the national draft or pre-season draft.

    Senior players (not Rookies) who are out of contract will continue to be bound to their club until the end of the National Draft unless the club removes his name from the club’s list prior to October 31 of that year.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    4.8 (a) A Player shall be bound to a Club if he is properly included on the Club's List in accordance with these Rules. This Rule does not apply to a Player listed on a Club’s Rookie List, in which case Rule 10.3 applies.

    4.8 (b) If a contract between a Club and a Player expires on 31 October in any year, the Player shall remain registered as a Player of and be bound to the Club until the conclusion of the National Draft Selection Meeting in the relevant year. This Rule does not apply if the Club deletes the Player’s name from its List during the period 31 October until the time and day when the delisted Player is able to nominate for the National Draft Selection Meeting under Rule 6.2(c).

    4.8 (c) If a Player remains bound to a Club by reason of Rule 4.8(b), the Club must pay to the Player an allowance in the amount determined from time to time by the AFL and AFLPA.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf

    Player contract lengths profiled by club

    Data from FootyWire. Collated and presented by Taylor and Lore. Data may be quite out of date during busy times of year, it is what it is unfortunately.

    Full player contract & stat resources and discussion here:
    https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/afl-player-contracts-statistics-live-spreadsheet.1207363/
     
    Rookie Contracts New
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    Rookie Contracts

    In the case of a rookie, the above rules regarding Standard Playing Contracts also apply except:

    Rookies are entitled to a minimum initial contract of one year, except in the case of international rookies, whose minimum initial contract is two years.
    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    10.2 (d) Where a Club includes a Player on its Rookie List, it shall:
    (i) in the case of an International Player, enter into a Contract of Service for a minimum of 2 AFL Football Seasons; or
    (ii) in the case any other Player, enter into a Contract of Service for a minimum of 1 AFL Football Season.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf

    Rookie contracts may only be extended to a total tenure of 3 years.
    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    10.10 (a) A Club may retain a Player on its Rookie List for a second season provided it nominates such Player or Players using Form 32, prior to advising the AFL of its Primary List under Rule 6.1(a) and such Player consents to being nominated on the Rookie List for a second season.

    10.10 (b) A Club may retain a Player on its Rookie List for a third season provided it nominates such Player or Players using Form 32 prior to advising the AFL of its Primary List under Rule 6.1(a) and such Player consents to being nominated on the Rookie List for a third season.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf

    A rookie player may be included on their Club’s senior list prior to the draft.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    10.11 (a) A Club may apply to the AFL to transfer a Player or Players from its Rookie List onto its Primary List:
    (i) on the day when its Primary List is lodged with the AFL prior to the National Draft Selection Meeting under Rule 6.1 by lodging with the AFL the form prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 33. In which case, the Club shall forfeit its last selection or, if more than one player, its last and each previous draft selection at the National AFL Draft Selection meeting.
    (ii) in the case of a Category B Rookie, under Rule 26.1(b); or
    (iii) at any time between the National Draft Selection Meeting and the day when its Primary List is lodged with the AFL prior to the Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting under Rule 7.1, if a Player’s name has been deleted from that Club’s List under Rule 7.6 by lodging with the AFL the form prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 33.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf

    If a player is not included on the senior list and the contract is not renewed (or the player has completed their third year as a rookie) and if the rookie player does not qualify for Free Agency, then as with senior listed players they must be delisted, retired, traded, or nominate for the Draft.
     
    Total Player Payments (TPP) Limit, aka the Salary Cap New
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    Total Player Payments Limit aka Salary Cap

    Total Player Payments (TPP) also known as a “salary cap” is the limit on the amount of money that AFL Clubs can spend paying their players.

    Year2019202020212022
    TPP Limit
    12,758,09513,013,25713,273,52213,538,993
    Source: Schedule B, CBA 2017-2022

    It does not generally include payments made to rookies, including upgraded rookies.

    Each AFL club must spend at least 95% of the Total Player Payments limit each year.

    Clubs may spend over 100% of the combined total of the TPP and Additional Services Agreement limit, but this overspending is tied to the amount of cap space the club club has saved in the preceding three years.

    For every $1 they have underspent in the preceding 3 years, they can overspend by the same amount up to a hard limit of 105% of the Combined Limit.


    Additional Services Agreements

    Players may be paid for promotional activities with their Club and/or Club Sponsor of the club in exchange for promoting the sponsors and/or club.

    These payments are governed by Additional Services Agreements, which must be lodged with the AFL within 28 days of signing.

    They are not included in the TPP but are under a separate cap.

    Year2019202020212022
    ASA Limit
    $1,125,983$1,159,763$1,194,555$1,230,392
    Source: Schedule B, CBA 2017-2022

    For more information about ASAs see Clause 11 & Schedule F of the CBA 2017-2022


    Independent Agreements

    Independent Agreements function similarly to Additional Services Agreements, but cover the commercial arrangements made independently between Players (or their Associates) and third parties.

    These third parties may be the sponsor of an AFL club or an associate of an AFL Club (other than a sponsor), but the arrangements must be made independently of the club and have no connection with the sponsor or associate’s relationship with the club.

    These agreements must be approved by AFL General Counsel and are not included in the TPP or ASA Limits.

    See more: CBA 2017-2022
     
    Player Salaries New
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    Player Salaries

    Player salaries are set by the minimum terms and conditions in Schedule C of the CBA.

    There are minimum base salary and match payment obligations for first year, second year, rookie listed and primary listed players.

    Players taken with picks 1-5 in their draft year are also entitled to a bonus and are obligated to participate in promotional activities on behalf of the AFL. These bonuses are additional to the base salaries and match payments, and are not included in the TPP.

    The most recent information we have about what players were paid is from 2018, when the average salary was $362,471, and only 6 players earned more than 1 million dollars in that year.

    When all salaries for the entire league are graphed, it comes up as follows:

    For more discussion on this topic, see here:


    Minimum salaries for first year players

    2020 & 2021 First Year Player Base Salary and Match Payments


    YearDraft ChoiceBase SalaryMatch Payments
    2020/211-20100,0004,000
    2020/2121-4090,0004,000
    2020/2141+ and pre-season draft85,0004,000

    Players will also receive a bonus for senior matches played:
    0 games: Nil
    1-5 games: $3,000
    6-10 games: $3,000
    11+ games: $6,000
    Max bonus: $12,000

    2022 First Year Player Base Salary and Match Payments

    YearDraft ChoiceBase SalaryMatch Payments
    20221-20105,0004,000
    202221-4095,0004,000
    202241+ and pre-season draft90,0004,000

    Players will also receive a bonus for senior matches played:
    0 games: Nil
    1-5 games: $3,000
    6-10 games: $3,000
    11+ games: $6,000
    Max bonus: $12,000

    Source: Schedule C (p. 67) CBA 2017-2022


    Minimum salaries for second year players

    2020 & 2021 Second Year Player


    Senior Matches Played in the Previous Year0-8 games
    Base Salary
    0-8 games
    Match Payment
    9-16 games
    Base Salary
    9-16 games
    Match Payment
    17+ games
    Base Salary
    17+ games
    Match Payment
    Pick 1-20​
    105,0005,000115,0005,000135,0005,000
    Pick 21-40​
    95,0005,000105,0005,000125,0005,000
    Pick 41+ and pre-season draft​
    90,0005,000100,0005,000110,0005,000

    Players will also receive a bonus for senior matches played:
    0 games: Nil
    1-5 games: $3,000
    6-10 games: $3,000
    11-15 games: $6,000
    Max bonus: $12,000

    2022 Second Year Player

    Senior Matches Played in the Previous Year0-8 games
    Base Salary
    0-8 games
    Match Payment
    9-16 games
    Base Salary
    9-16 games
    Match Payment
    17+ games
    Base Salary
    17+ games
    Match Payment
    Pick 1-20110,0005,000120,0005,000140,0005,000
    Pick 21-40100,0005,000110,0005,000130,0005,000
    Pick 41+ and pre-season draft95,0005,000105,0005,000115,0005,000

    Players will also receive a bonus for senior matches played:
    0 games: Nil
    1-5 games: $3,000
    6-10 games: $3,000
    11-15 games: $6,000
    Max bonus: $12,000

    Source: Schedule C (pp. 69-70) CBA 2017-2022


    Minimum salaries for other primary listed players

    YearBase PaymentSenior Match Payment
    2020$110,000$5,000
    2021$110,000$5,000
    2022$115,000$5,000
    Source: Schedule C (p. 66) CBA 2017-2022


    Minimum salaries for rookies

    YearBase SalarySenior Match Payment
    2020$80,000$4,000
    2021$80,000$4,000
    2022$85,000$4,000

    Players will also receive a bonus for senior matches played:
    0 games: Nil
    1-5 games: $3,000
    6-10 games: $3,000
    11+ games: $6,000
    Max bonus: $12,000

    Source: Schedule C (p. 66) CBA 2017-2022
     
    Trading Picks and Players New
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    Trading Picks and Players

    Consent
    Players must be given as much notice as possible if their club intends to trade them, and must give consent for a trade to happen.

    CBA 2017-2022 said:
    22.2 (a) No AFL Club shall exchange any Player unless the Player has been given as much notice as possible by the AFL Club of its intention to trade without any duress being applied by the AFL Club, its employees or agents to the player and the Player genuinely consents to the trade.


    Timing
    Trades must be completed during the trade period/s nominated by the AFL.

    For the exact dates in 2019 please see here: 2019 Off-Season Important Dates (+ thread directory)

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    9.1 (a) At any time determined by the AFL and subject to the other provisions of Rule 9, a Club may exchange with another Club or Clubs any combination of Primary List Player(s), Rookie List Player(s) and National Draft Selection(s).
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf


    Limitations
    There are some limitations on the trades that clubs are allowed to do.

    Clubs may only trade draft picks from the current or following year’s national draft, and may not trade a pick back to the club they just got it from.

    Once a player has been traded they may not be traded again until the following year.

    Rookies must be included on the primary list of their destination club if they are traded.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    9.3 (a) A Club may only exchange a National Draft Selection or Selections to which it is entitled at either of the current year’s National Draft Selection Meeting or the following year’s National Draft Selection Meeting.

    9.5 A Club shall not be entitled to exchange a Player received in any exchange until the following year.

    9.7 (a) A Club may exchange a Draft selection which it has received from another Club, provided that the selection is not traded directly back to that Club.

    9.8 A Rookie List Player exchanged under Rule 9.1 must be included on the Primary List of the Club that the Player is exchanged to.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf


    Future Pick Trading

    Trading of future picks is further restricted by a Determination on Future Pick Trading from the AFL General Counsel. While we do not have access to this document, media reports suggest that there are two main components to these rules:
    1. Clubs may not trade out all of their picks in the following year’s draft. They may either trade out of the first round, or trade out of the subsequent rounds. If they trade back into the first round, they will again be allowed to trade picks from the subsequent rounds of the draft.

    2. Clubs must use two first round picks in the four national drafts prior to the current trade period. The penalty for not doing this is a ban on trading out any first round picks, unless another one is traded back in first.
    Discussion here


    Live Trading during the National Draft

    As of 2018, trades may also be completed during the AFL National Draft. This is not explicitly covered in the AFL Rules or the CBA, but is likely to be detailed in a Determination made by AFL General Counsel (which we do not have access to).

    In 2018 the Sydney Swans made use of live trading to pick up an academy player in the draft, matching the bid using later picks and then trading back into the draft. This loophole is likely to be closed following a review of the live trading rules.

    Discussion here



    For those curious, Draft Guru also has a Trade Value Calculator here:
     
    National, Pre-Season, Rookie and Mid-Season Rookie Drafts New
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    The Draft

    The AFL Draft is comprised of four drafts: the National Draft, the Pre-Season Draft, the Rookie Draft, and the Mid-Season Rookie Draft.

    Of the four, only the National Draft is compulsory, with clubs obliged to use three picks in this draft.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    6.2 (d) (i) At a National Draft Selection Meeting:
    (A) each Club shall exercise a minimum of 3 Draft selections (including selections forfeited under Rules 8.7, 10.11(a), 13.4(b), 14.4(d) and 15.8(b)); and

    BigFooty Draft Hub
    For all draft related discussion, please refer to our dedicated sub-board: Draft Hub with Phantom Drafts

    There you will find discussion of the U18 Championships, Draft Profiles about specific prospects, discussion of academy players and father/sons, among many other topics.

    We also have our Draft Watchers and Phantom Drafters who can give you an idea about almost any prospect in the upcoming draft.

    You may also like to check out the U18 AFL App for further information about draft prospects.


    Eligibility
    Players must be 18 years of age by the 31st of December in the relevant year in order to be eligible for the draft. They must not be bound to an AFL club, and must either be previously registered with the AFL or a recognised state, club or school competition.

    (a) A Player who has nominated in accordance with these Rules is eligible to be drafted if he also satisfies the following requirements:
    (i) the Player must have attained the age of 18 years or will attain the age of 18 years on or before the 31st day of December next following the date of drafting;​
    (ii) the Player must not be bound to an AFL Club;​
    (iii) if invited, the Player must attend the AFL Combine or such other AFL approved or organised test or evaluation, unless the AFL considers that there is a reasonable explanation for the Player’s non-attendance; and​
    (iv) the Player has:​
    (A) been previously registered with the AFL; or​
    (B) been registered continuously from the 1st day of June immediately preceding the National Draft Selection Meeting and has played at least one game in the season immediately preceding the National Draft Selection Meeting in the State league competition conducted by the WAFC or SANFL; or​
    (C) been registered continuously from or prior to the 1st day of June immediately preceding the National Draft Selection Meeting with any recognised club or school competition in Victoria (including without limitation the VFL, VAFA, VCFL and VMFL), Tasmania, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland or the Australian Capital Territory; or​
    (D) been a bona fide resident for the continuous period of 3 years preceding the National Draft Selection Meeting, in a country other than Australia.​


    Nominated Football Payments
    Players may specify their expected salary on their draft nomination form for a minimum period of two years, so long as they are not a first year draft choice player.

    6.3 (b) (i) Nominated Football Payments

    (A) A Player, (other than a first year draft choice Player or such a Player in his second year), may specify in the nomination lodged pursuant to Rule 6.2(c) the Football Payments which he will require if he is selected at a Draft Selection Meeting.​
    (B) By so specifying the Football Payments he will require, the Player shall be taken to have made an offer to the Club which selects him at a Draft Selection Meeting, to accept employment in return for the Football Payments so specified.​
    (C) The Club which selects a Player who has specified the Football Payments which he will require shall be deemed to have accepted the offer set out in (b) above.​
    (D) Immediately following the Draft Selection Meeting, the Player and the Club to whom (c) above applies, shall execute a Contract of Service providing for the Football Payments specified by the Player in accordance with (a) above.​
    (E) If a Player nominates his Football Payments he must do so for a minimum period of two years.​


    Draft Order
    All four drafts are structured in rounds, with teams taking turns to pick a player in reverse ladder order. As such, each round has 18 picks and begins with the 18th placed team picking first, followed by the 17th placed team, and then the 16th placed team, et cetera, until all clubs have a full roster in accordance with the rules determining Club List Sizes.

    The order of each draft may be altered through sanctions or at the determination of the AFL General Counsel. The National Draft is further altered through pick trading, the addition of priority and compensation picks, and live bidding on Father/Son and Academy players.

    The order of the 2019 National Draft is shown below, for discussion see here.

    To view and discuss the 2020 National Draft Order and the trading of future picks, please see here.



    Draft Sanctions
    In the past draft related sanctions have involved the complete forfeiture of draft picks.

    More recently sanctions have been handed out in the form of draft points, meaning that rather than forfeiting the pick altogether, the pick is devalued and moves down the draft order.


    Points Bidding System for Father-Son and Academy Players
    Father-son and Academy players enter the draft in the same manner as other eligible players.

    Any club may bid on these players, however the club who the player is attached to has the right to match any such bids if they choose to. Clubs are not obliged to match bids on their father-son or academy players.

    If the club chooses to match, their next available pick will be used to draft the player. If the next available pick is worth less than the discounted value required to match the bid, then the clubs’ other picks will be used to make up the difference. If necessary, clubs may go into deficit the following year in order to match the bid.

    Each pick in the national draft has been assigned a point value. A discount of 20% is applied when matching a bid in the first round (18 picks) of the draft. Bids after this point will have a flat discount of 197 points applied.



    Surplus
    If a bid is placed on a player in the first round and another first round pick is used to match it. If the number of points in the matching pick is more than the points required to match the bid, these points will be saved, rather than being carried over to the club's next pick.

    Also, further to this point posted late last week, hopefully the below (taken from the official AFL Bidding System Rule book issued to Club recruiters) serves as some clarification:

    Once the player has been “paid” for by the forfeiting of a single selection or multiple selections, there may be a surplus of points. With the exception of the circumstance set out below, those surplus points are converted to another selection in the current National Draft using the DVI.

    The exception to the above point is where a player is bid for at pick 18 or earlier and the Club’s next available selection is worth more points than the value that must be paid to acquire the player. In this case, the surplus points are not converted to a selection in the current National Draft, but are retained and used to offset any deficit arising at the conclusion of this National Draft or future National Drafts.

    Deficit
    If a club goes into deficit to match a bid on a father-son or academy player, the deficit is applied before the free agency/trade period the following year so that clubs can't avoid paying the deficit by trading the picks out. Once it's been applied that's it, it doesn't get reapplied on new picks you trade in.

    This source appears to be slightly out of date, as a deficit comes off the club's selection in the equivalent round of the following year (not the first pick).

    View attachment 759618
    Source: https://www.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/Father-son-bidding-system.pdf

    For a more detailed explanation of the bidding and matching system, see the AFL article here or the Bidding Review PDF here.


    Games played by draftees (based on pick taken)

    Ever wondered how many games your draftee is likely to play? The chart below uses historical data to show the number of games played by players taken at various points in the draft.

    It was originally posted by ADL9798 here, who describes it as follows:

    Survival curve of every non-current player drafted from 1996 to 2016. Worth a quick read.

    45% of top 10 picks, and over 70% of players taken with picks 10-20, don’t make it past 100 games.
    Original source: http://www.hpnfooty.com/?p=6369

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    Players signed directly outside the draft
    Some special classes of players may be signed with a club without going through the national draft. This includes Alternative Talent (Rule 11) and International Scholarship List players (Rule 13).

    Father-son and Academy players who nominate for the national draft but who are not selected, may also be pre-selected as a rookie prior to the rookie draft.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    8.8 Father/Son Rookie Pre-Selection
    (a) Subject to Rule 8.8(b), where an eligible Father/Son Player has been nominated in accordance with Rule 8.4(b) and is not selected at a National Draft or Pre- Season Draft Selection Meeting, the Club with whom he is eligible as a Father/Son Player may include him on its Rookie List prior to the Rookie Draft Selection Meeting in accordance with Rule 10.4.​
    (b) Prior to the inclusion of a Player on its Rookie List under Rule 8.8(a), the Club must provide to the AFL written evidence of the Club’s and Player’s agreement to be listed as a Rookie. That agreement must specify that the Player can and will only be listed on the Club’s Rookie List if he is not selected by any Club at the National or Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting.​

    14.4 (e) Club Academy Player Rookie Pre-Selection
    (i) Subject to Rule 14.4(e)(ii), where a Club Academy Player has been nominated in accordance with Rule 14.4(c) and is not selected at a National Draft or Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting, the Club with whom he is eligible as a Club Academy Player may include him on its Rookie List prior to the Rookie Draft Selection Meeting in accordance with Rule 10.4.​
    (ii) By the date nominated by the AFL prior to the Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting, the Club must provide to the AFL written evidence of the Club’s intention to list a Player under Rule 14.4(e)(i) if he is not selected by any Club at the Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting using the form prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 34A.​
    In 2018 the AFL also introduced a pre-season supplemental selection period, allowing teams to sign players who had been on an AFL list before, directly onto their rookie list. Discussion here:
    https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/pre-season-supplemental-selection-period-between-december-1-and-march-15.1208872/
     
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    Father-son rule

    AFL Clubs have priority access to players whose father has played 100 VFL/AFL games for their club via the draft bidding system.

    For the Sydney Swans this includes games played under the South Melbourne brand, and for Brisbane Lions this includes games played for Fitzroy.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    8.1 Players Eligible – All Clubs
    Subject to Rule 8.4, a Club may include a person on its Primary List or Rookie List if the person’s father played 100 or more Senior Matches (being either Home and Away or Finals Series Matches) with the Club.

    8.4 NSW and Queensland Based Clubs
    A person is eligible to be included on the Primary List or Rookie List of:
    • (a) the Sydney Swans if his father satisfies the criteria under Rule 8.1 by playing for the South Melbourne Football Club (as it was then known); or
    • (b) the Brisbane Lions if his father satisfies the criteria under Rule 8.1 by playing for the Fitzroy Football Club (as it was then known).
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf


    South Australian and West Australian father-sons
    In the case of clubs who joined the league more recently, there are further access rights that were granted as part of the nationalisation of the AFL.

    South Australian clubs have priority access to players whose father played at least 200 games for their affiliated SANFL clubs prior to the inclusion of their respective AFL clubs in the national competition.

    West Australian clubs likewise have priority access to players whose fathers played at least 150 games for their affiliated WAFL clubs prior to the inclusion of their respective AFL clubs in the national competition.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    8.2 Western Australian and South Australian Based Clubs
    (a) In addition to the rights conveyed under Rule 8.1;
    • (i) The West Coast Eagles Football Club may include a person on its Primary List if that person’s father played 150 Senior Matches (being either home and away or finals series matches) at one of the following clubs prior to, but not including, 1987:
      • (A) Claremont Football Club;
      • (B) East Perth Football Club;
      • (C) West Perth Football Club; or
      • (D) Subiaco Football Club.
    • (ii) The Fremantle Football Club may include a person on its Primary List if that person’s father played 150 or more Senior Matches (being either home and away or finals series matches) at one of the following clubs prior to, but not including, 1995:
      • (A) South Fremantle Football Club;
      • (B) East Fremantle Football Club;
      • (C) Perth Football Club; or
      • (D) Swan Districts Football Club.
    • (iii) The Adelaide Football Club may include a person on its Primary List if that person’s father played 200 or more Senior Matches (being either home and away or finals series matches) at one of the following clubs prior to but not including, 1991:
      • (A) Norwood Football Club;
      • (B) Glenelg Football Club;
      • (C) Sturt Football Club; or
      • (D) South Adelaide Football Club.
    • (iv) The Port Adelaide Football Club may include a person on its Primary List if that person’s father played 200 or more Senior Matches (being either home and away or finals series matches) at one of the following clubs prior to, but not including, 1997:
    • (A) Port Magpies Football Club;
    • (B) Woodville Football Club;
    • (C) West Torrens Football Club;
    • (D) North Adelaide Football Club;
    • (E) Central Districts Football Club; or
    • (F) West Adelaide Football Club.
    https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf


    When a player is eligible for two clubs as a father-son

    A player who is eligible to be drafted by two or more clubs as a result of the father-son rule must nominate his preferred club before the draft. That club will then have the right to match any bids that come for him.

    8.6 Where a Player is eligible to be included on the Primary List or Rookie List of more than one Club under this Father/Son Rule, the Player may be included on the List of either Club, according to the preference of the Player and the Determination for the national Draft Bidding System.


    For discussion about father/son prospects, see here.
     
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    Club Academies & Next Generation Academies

    Academies allow clubs to develop junior football talent in their respective zones, and provide clubs with priority access to any player developed in their academy through the draft bidding system.


    Eligibility for Club Academies
    For the four northern clubs (Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast FC, Sydney Swans and GWS Giants), eligibility of junior talent to join each club’s academy is determined by the age and home address of the player in question.

    Academy prospects must be between the ages of 10 and 18 on the 31st of December in the year that they are first included in the club’s academy.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    14.2 (a)
    (i) A Player is eligible to be included in a Club Academy only if the Player satisfies the age requirements under Rule 14.2(b) (subject to Rule 14.8) and, unless determined otherwise by the AFL, the Player is domiciled in that Club’s Academy Region.​
    (ii) Notwithstanding clause 14.2(a)(i), the AFL may direct a Club to include a Player in its Club Academy.​

    14.2 (b) Subject to Rule 14.8, a Player must satisfy the following age requirements in order to be included in a Club’s Academy:
    (i) A Player must have attained the age of 10 years or will attain the age of 10 years on or before 31 December in the Football Year that they are first included in the Club Academy.​
    (ii) A Player must be under the age of 18 years as at 31 December in the Football Year that they are included in a Club Academy except as provided by Rule 14.8.​

    To maintain eligibility the player must continue to reside within the club’s zone and be registered to play in an Australian rules football competition within that zone.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    14.6 Unless otherwise determined by the AFL, a Player included in a Club Academy must:
    (a) remain domiciled in that Club’s Academy Region; and​
    (b) be registered and play in an Australian football competition located in the Academy Region; and​
    (c) if selected, represent either New South Wales or Queensland, as the case may be, at any underage national football championships; and​
    (d) attend Player screening/testing as directed by the AFL.​


    Eligibility for Next Generation Academies (NGA)
    All clubs may also establish a ‘Next Generation Academy’ to develop junior football talent within their zone. It should be noted that clubs only get priority access to those players deemed to be “Qualified NGA Players”, however.

    While all players between the ages of 10 and 15 years old who live in the club’s zone can be included in the NGA, eligibility for inclusion beyond age 15 years up until 18 years old is limited to Qualified NGA Players.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    15.2 (b) A person must satisfy the following age requirements in order to be included in a Club’s Next Generation Academy in a Football Year:
    (i) a person must attain the age of 10 years on or before 31 December in the relevant Football Year; and​
    (ii) unless the person is a Qualified NGA Player, a person must be under the age of 15 years as at 31 December of the relevant Football Year;​
    (iii) in the case of a Qualified NGA Player, a person must be under the age of 18 years as at 31 December of the relevant Football Year – except as provided by Rule 15.9.​

    Qualified NGA Players include Indigenous players, players who were born in Africa, Asia or a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) country, and players who have a biological parent who was born in either Africa, Asia or a CALD country.

    Qualified NGA Players may only join the NGA of one club, and must continue to live within the club’s zone to stay in the NGA.

    Qualified NGA Players must also have played at least 10 games in the relevant underage competition in their state and has never been registered in the AFL.

    AFL Rules 2019 said:
    15.8 (a) For the purposes of this Rule 15, a Qualified NGA Player means a NGA Player who:
    (i) was born in Africa or Asia; or​
    (ii) has a biological parent who was born in Africa or Asia; or​
    (iii) is an Indigenous Person; or​
    (iv) is a CALD NGA Player, and:​
    (v) has not at any time been registered with AFL as a Player with any Club;​
    (vi) unless otherwise permitted by AFL, has not entered into a Next Generation Academy Agreement with a Club other than the Club seeking approval of that NGA Player as a Qualified NGA Player under Rule 15.8(d)15.8(d);​
    (vii) unless otherwise permitted by AFL, has been and continues to be domiciled in the relevant part of the Club’s NGA Region from the period after he first entered into a Next Generation Academy Agreement with the relevant Club;​
    (viii) unless otherwise permitted by AFL, has participated in at least 10 matches in the TAC Cup competition, SANFL under 18s Macca’s Cup competition, WAFL under 19s Colts competition or the underage national Australian football championships conducted under the auspices of AFL; and​
    (ix) is approved in writing by General Counsel under Rule 15.8(d).​


    Zones

    Queensland Zones - Brisbane and Gold Coast



    New South Wales Zones - Sydney and GWS

    South Australian Zones - Port Adelaide & Adelaide

    Western Australia Zones - Fremantle & West Coast

    Tasmania Zones - North Melbourne

    Northern Territory Zones - Essendon, Geelong, Hawthorn, Collingwood, Melbourne

    Victorian Zones - Richmond, Western Bulldogs, Geelong, Essendon, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, St Kilda, Melbourne

    Source: https://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL Tenant/AFL/Files/AFL Rules effective 9 May 2019.pdf

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    Who is a free agent?

    A player who is out of contract and has served eight years on the primary and/or rookie list will be a free agent (either restricted or unrestricted, see below).
    1.1 Free Agents
    (a) Unless a Player is a Restricted Free Agent, a Player who:
    (i) is party to a Contract of Service with a Club that expires on or prior to 31 October in a particular year (relevant year); and​
    (ii) prior to or upon the expiration of the Contract of Service referred to in Rule 1.1(a)(i), has been on that Club’s Primary and/or Rookie List for eight or more consecutive AFL Seasons,​
    (b) will be a Free Agent in the relevant year.
    Source: Annexure D, CBA 2017-2022

    Delisted Free Agent
    A player who is delisted by the club that year will be a free agent, this applies for primary listed and rookie listed players not offered contracts for the following year.
    1.1 Free Agents
    (c) A Player who:
    (i) is on the Primary List of a Club; and​
    (ii) subject to Rule 1.1(e), is removed from the Primary List by that Club on or before the final list lodgement date in a particular year (relevant year);​
    (d) will be a Free Agent in the relevant year.

    (f) A Player who:
    (i) is a Rookie Player in a particular year (relevant year); and​
    (ii) subject to Rule 1.1(h), has not received an offer from his Current Club to enter into a Contract of Service for a further period of one year,​
    (g) will be a Free Agent in the relevant year.
    Source: Annexure D, CBA 2017-2022

    Rookie listed players who have served two years and choose not to accept the offer of a third season will be free agents
    (h) A Player who is a second year Rookie Player and receives an offer from his Current Club to be retained as a third year Rookie Player but does not accept that offer will be a Free Agent in the relevant year.
    Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents

    If a players guaranteed payments places them within the top 25% of players on the primary list (top 10 for clubs with 40 players, top 9 for clubs with less than 40 players on their primary list) AND the player has not come out of contract previously as a free agent AND the player has served eight years then the player will be a Restricted Free Agent.

    If the player is not in the top 25% of players paid that year OR the player has served ten years or more OR the player has previously come out of contract as a free agent then the player will be considered an Unrestricted Free Agent.

    1.2 (a) Subject to Rule 1.2(b), a Player who:
    (i) otherwise meets the criteria under Rule 1.1 (a) in a particular year (relevant year); and​
    (ii) as at the date determined by the AFL under Rule 1.3 (relevant date), is entitled to Guaranteed Payments for the relevant year that places that Player:​
    (A) where a Club has 40 Players on its Primary List as at the relevant date, within the top 10 ranked Players on the Club’s Primary List; or​
    (B) where a Club has less than 40 Players on its Primary List as at the relevant date, within the top 9 ranked Players on the Club’s Primary List;​
    (C) in respect of Guaranteed Payments for the relevant year, such rankings to be determined by the AFL, will be a Restricted Free Agent in the relevant year.​

    1.2 (b) A Player who meets the criteria under Rule 1.2(a) will not be a Restricted Free Agent, and will be a Free Agent, in a particular year where both of the following apply:
    (i) his Contract of Service expires on or before 31 October in a particular year being equal to or greater than his tenth consecutive year as a Player on the Primary and/or Rookie List of the Player’s Current Club; and​
    (ii) he has already entered into a new Contract of Service with his Current Club once following 1 March in his eighth consecutive AFL Season on the Primary and/or Rookie List of that Club.​
    Source: Annexure D, CBA 2017-2022
     
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    Movement of Free Agents
    In all cases a player may sign a power of attorney allowing a representative to enter into an agreement with a club on behalf of the player.

    Unrestricted/Delisted Free Agents
    Delisted Free Agents and Unrestricted Free Agents are able to be signed to the primary list of a new club by filling Form 42 with the AFL within the free agency and delisted free agency periods that open at the end of the year.

    Source: Annexure D 1.4, CBA 2017-2022

    Restricted Free Agents
    Restricted free agent movement are a minimum of two year deals.

    Where a player wishes to move as a Restricted Free Agent, the new club submits a Form 41 to the AFL within the Free Agency Period. The AFL then provides a copy of the offer to the current club.

    The current club then has 3 days to match the offer. If the current club does not match the offer within the three day window the player and the new club must enter a new Contract of Service with the offer terms.

    Matching the offer entails matching the contract length, base payments, total match payment rates, total additional service agreement payments (this is third party deals) and total individual performance bonuses based on AFL awards/honours, club B&F placement, matches played but excluding team performance. The AFL then provides a copy of the matched offer to the player.

    If the player wishes to participate in the AFL the following season they may either; sign a Contract of Service with the current club with the terms of the matched offer, nominate for the draft, or request a trade.

    A player can sign a contract with the current club different to the terms of the offer, even if the AFL has received the offer from the new club during the 3 day offer period.

    1.5 (k) Where:
    (i) a Restricted Free Agent’s Current Club does not match the terms of the Offerin accordance with the process and within the time period prescribed by Rule 1.5(g), and​
    (ii) the Restricted Free Agent and his Current Club, have not agreed to enter into a Contract of Service on different terms to the Offer within three days of the Current Club receiving the Offer from the AFL,​
    (l) the relevant Player and the Offering Club must promptly enter into a Contract of Service in accordance with the terms of the Offer and lodge documents with the AFL in accordance with the AFL Rules.​
    1.5 (e) The Restricted Free Agent’s Current Club has the right to match the proposedcontract, arrangement, agreement or understanding in respect of the Restricted Free Agent on identical terms to the Offer in relation to each of:
    (i) contract length;
    (ii) base payments;
    (iii) total match payment rates;
    (iv) total Additional Services agreement payments; and
    (v) total performance incentives based on AFL awards or honours, Club best and fairest finish and matches played, but excluding Finals.

    1.5 (f) For the avoidance of doubt, incentive payments for team performance are not required to be matched by the Current Club.

    1.5 (i) Where a Restricted Free Agent’s Current Club matches the Offer and the Playerwishes to participate in the AFL Competition in the following year, the Restricted Free Agent must either:
    (i) enter into a Contract of Service in accordance with the Matching Offer with his Current Club within 7 days of the provision of notice of the Matching Offer to the restricted Free Agent under Rule 1.5(g); or​
    (ii) nominate for the Draft (unless the Player is part of an exchange under the AFL Rules.​

    1.5 (m) Nothing in this Rule 1.5 prevents a Restricted Free Agent’s Current Club making an offer, or a Restricted Free Agent accepting an offer from his Current Club, in relation to a Player’s services on different terms to the Offer within three days of theCurrent Club receiving the Offer from the AFL.
    Source: Annexure D, CBA 2017-2022


    Free Agent Compensation
    Compensation for Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents is determined according to the mechanism quoted below.

    Clubs are not entitled to compensation for the loss of a Delisted Free Agent.

    1.6 Compensation
    (a) Where in a particular year one or more Free Agent(s) under Rule 1.1(a) and Rule 1.2(b) and/or Restricted Free Agent(s) move from a Club’s Playing List (the first mentioned Club) to the Playing List of one or more other Clubs pursuant to the operation of Rule 1.4 or 1.5, the first mentioned Club may be entitled to a compensatory selection(s) in the next occurring National Draft Selection Meeting as follows:
    (i) any compensatory selection(s) shall be allocated in accordance with guidelines determined by the AFL;​
    (ii) National Draft Selections will be allocated to one of five places:​
    (A) First round;​
    (B) End of First Round;​
    (C) Second Round;​
    (D) End of Second Round;​
    (E) Third Round;​
    (iii) a National Draft Selection allocated under Rule 1.6(a)(ii)(A), (C) or (E) shall be taken by the Club immediately after the Club’s selection in that Round (as determined by the AFL Rules);​

    (b) For the avoidance of doubt, any entitlement to a compensatory selection:
    (i) may be exchanged in accordance with the AFL Rules;​
    (ii) cannot be utilised pursuant to the Father/Son rule; and​
    (iii) cannot be utilised pursuant to the Listing of Club Academy Player.​
    Source: Annexure D, CBA 2017-2022


    Historical examples of free agency compensation:

    Band 1 Compensation = 1st round, which is directly after the club's original pick in the first round.

    Lynch to Richmond (2018)
    Frawley to Hawthorn (2014)
    Thomas to Carlton (2013)
    Franklin to Hawthorn (2013)
    Goddard to Essendon (2012)

    Band 2 Compensation = end of 1st round, which is directly after the completion of the first round of the draft.

    Lycett to Port Adelaide (2018)
    Motlop to Port Adelaide (2017)
    Rockliff to Port Adelaide (2017)

    Band 3 Compensation = 2nd round, which is directly after the club's original pick in the second round.

    Ellis to Gold Coast (2019)
    Dahlhaus to Geelong (2018)
    Jackson Trengove to Western Bulldogs (2017)
    Vickery to Hawthorn (2016)
    Wells to Collingwood (2016)
    Mayne to Collingwood (2016)
    S.Selwood to Geelong (2015)
    Higgins to North Melbourne (2014)
    Malceski to Gold Coast (2014)
    Sylvia to Fremantle (2013)
    Dal Santo to North Melbourne (2013)
    Pearce to Fremantle (2012)
    Chaplin to Richmond (2012)

    Band 4 Compensation = end of 2nd round, which is directly after the completion of the second round of the draft.

    Tomlinson to Melbourne (2019)
    Conca to Fremantle (2018)
    Leuenberger to Essendon (2015)
    Suckling to Western Bulldogs (2015)

    Band 5 Compensation = 3rd round, which is directly after the club's original pick in teh third round.

    Ellis-Yolmen to Brisbane (2019)
    Fasolo to Carlton (2018)
    Lynch to Collingwood (2012)
    Moloney to Brisbane (2012)
    Rivers to Geelong (2012)
    Young to Collingwood (2012)
     
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    List Lodgements

    There are three main list lodgement dates each year.

    The deadlines for list lodgement are typically;
    (1) 2pm on the 31st of October,​
    (2) 2pm on the 14th of November, and​
    (3) a third date to be determined by the AFL prior to the pre-season draft (required for those seeking to participate in the pre-season draft)​
    (4) a final date following the conclusion of the pre-season draft​

    All times and dates may also be altered by the AFL as needed.

    On each lodgement date, the number of players included on the primary list may not exceed the list size limits detailed here.

    Clubs must also be able to show full and complete details of all Football payments expected to be made in the relevant year and be able to demonstrate that it has not exceeded and will not exceed its TPP in that year, detailed here.

    Failing to comply to each of these can incur sanctions in accordance with the AFL Rules.

    For the 2019 List Lodgement Dates, refer to the 2019 Off-Season Important Dates (+ thread directory).

    6.1 Lodgement of Primary Lists of Players
    (a) Lodge Primary Lists​
    (i) Each Club shall advise the AFL of the Players included on its Primary List by lodging by 2.00 p.m. on the 31 October in each year (or such other date or time determined by the AFL) the List prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 7. The number of Players included on the Primary List must not exceed the number as determined from time to time by the Commission under Rule 5.2.​
    Sanction: 10 Units​
    (ii) Each Club shall re-submit its Primary List to the AFL of the Players included on its Primary List by lodging by 2.00 p.m. on the 14 November in each year (or such other date or time determined by the AFL) the List prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 7. The number of Players included on the Primary List must not exceed the number as determined from time to time by the Commission under Rule 5.2.​
    Sanction: 10 Units​
    (iii) At the same time as the submission of Primary Lists in accordance with Rule 6.1(a)(i) and 6.1(a)(ii), all Clubs shall deliver to the AFL full and complete details of all Football Payments expected to be made in respect of the services provided by each of its Players during the relevant Football Year in the form which may be specified from time to time by the AFL and each Club must demonstrate that it has not exceeded and will not exceed its Total Player Payments for that Football Year. The form delivered under this Rule must be signed by the Chief Executive/General Manager and Football Manager of the relevant Club.​
    Sanction: Maximum 100 Units​
    (Also refer Rule 28 and Rule 29)​
    (iv) A Club is ineligible to participate in the Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting if the Investigations Manager in his absolute discretion considers that the details of all Football Payments provided by the Club under Rule 6.1(a)(iii) shows that the Club has exceeded the Total Player Payments for the relevant Football Year, or the Club is likely to exceed the Total Player Payments for the relevant Football Year if a Player or Players were selected at the Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting​
    (See also Rule 7.12)​
    Sanction: 10 Units​

    7.2 Pre-Season and Final List Lodgement
    (a) Each Club wanting to participate in the Pre-Season Draft shall advise the AFL of the Players included on its Primary List by lodging with the AFL the List prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 12 on or before the date and time determined by the AFL. The Primary List shall be selected from:​
    (i) its immediately preceding Lists;​
    (ii) Players entitled to be included on a Primary List pursuant to any other provision of these Rules,​
    such Primary List being less in number than the maximum number of Players determined pursuant to Rule 5.2.​
    (b) Each Club shall re-submit its Primary List to the AFL by lodging with the AFL the List prescribed in Schedule 1 as Form 12, on a time and date determined by the AFL, which will not be before the Pre-Season Draft Selection Meeting.​
    The Primary List shall be selected from:​
    (i) its immediately preceding Lists;​
    (ii) Players entitled to be included on a Primary List pursuant to any other provision of these Rules, such Primary List must not exceed the number of Players as determined from time to time by the Commission pursuant to Rule 5.2.​
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    Some ballpark numbers on the state of origin of current AFL players, also shown by club and in comparison to the Australian population:

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