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.

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 team will be held soon with information still to be confirmed. If you are interested in trying out for the team, please fill in the Expression of Interest form below and more information will be communicated once confirmed.

No AFL experience required!

National Inclusion Carnival - Expression of Interest




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