AFL National Inclusion Carnival

The AFL National Inclusion Carnival is an annual representative carnival for male athletes with an intellectual disability.

The carnival not only gives some of Australia’s most talented footballers the chance to represent their State or Territory, but it is also an opportunity to showcase the significant abilities of footballers with an Intellectual Disability to the broader community. Click here to check out the 2018 National Inclusion Carnival video.

To qualify for a team, players must meet the below requirements:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Male
  • 16 years or older
  • IQ 75 or below
  • 2 x deficit areas of adaptive behaviour
  • Intellectual Disability must be evident prior to the age of 18


  • A formal psychological assessment
  • A signed statement by a psychologist or doctor which confirms a diagnosis of intellectual disability
  • Proof of attendance at a special school/college for students with intellectual disability
  • Diagnosis by state or government receipt of support, clearly identifying the support required as resulting from intellectual disability

2019 National Inclusion Carnival

The 2019 National Inclusion Carnival will be hosted in Blacktown, New South Wales from July 15- 20 attracting teams from every state and territory in Australia.  AFL NSW/ACT is committed to sending a team of 16 players to the carnival.

Trials for the AFL NSW/ACT Inclusion Rams team will take place at the following locations. Everyone is welcome! No AFL experience required!

Bolton Park, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Monday, May 13 – 11:30am to 1pm

Deakin Playing Fields, Deakin, ACT

Tuesday, May 14 – 11.30am to 1pm

Blacktown International Sports Park, Blacktown, NSW

Monday, May 20 – 4:30pm to 6pm

Pasterfield Sports Complex, Cameron Park, NSW

Tuesday, May 21 – 4:30pm to 6pm

Hollymount Oval, Woonona, NSW

Wednesday, May 22 – 6pm to 7:15pm

If you would like more information, please contact Jacinta Houston on jacinta.houston@afl.com.au



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