AFL Female Talent Program

NSW/ACT Female Talent Pathway

NSW/ACT is committed to the ongoing growth and development of our talent female footballers. In 2016 the NSW/ACT Academy structure was launched providing players with a regular elite football training opportunity and streamlining our talent pathway. NSW/ACT will continue to compete in the U18 Youth Girls National Championships and Open Women’s State Games series.


NSW/ACT Representative Teams:

U18 Youth Girls

This team will complete in Melbourne in the 2016 Youth Girls National Championships and will be selected through the NSW/ACT Female Academy Games series. This process will provide girls with increased training opportunities. All interested players should aim to be a part of their nearest academy.

Open Women

In 2016 NSW/ACT Open women will play South Australia in Adelaide. This representative team will be selected through the NSW/ACT Female Academy structure and all interested players are encouraged to contact their nearest academy.


NSW/ACT Female Academies

The NSW/ACT Female Academies are designed to maximise the development of our players. The five academies, based across four key regions, will allow our talent and promising players the opportunity to train in elite environments with excellent coaches in order to ensure our players are given the best opportunity to excel.

Each centre will facilitate an Under 18 and Open Women’s group, where they will focus in increasing and mastering the skills of the game, building greater games sense, fitness and leadership. To be eligible to participate girls must be older than 14 as at the 1st January 2016. For information on your nearest academy please scroll down.

Western Sydney

Training Base: Blacktown International Sports Park, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill

February Training Details

  • Every Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.00pm
  • Additional sessions Thursday 11th and 25th

Regular Training Times:

6.30pm – 8.00pm every Tuesday from 1st March

Eastern Sydney

Training Base: Matraville Sports High School

February Training Details:

  • Every Monday 6.30pm – 8.00pm
  • Thursday 11th February @ Matraville Sports High
  • Thursday 25th February @ Blacktown International Sports Park

Regular training times:

6.30pm – 8.00pm every Monday from 7th March

Hunter and Central Coast

Training Base: Tulkaba Oval, Teralba

February/March Training Details

  • Every Monday 6.30pm – 8.00pm @ Tulkaba Oval, Teralba
  • Thursday 10th & 24th March 6.30pm – 8.00pm @ Tulkaba Oval, Teralba

Regular training times:

6.30 – 8.00pm Monday nights from Monday 7th March

Southern NSW

Training Base: Bolton Park, Wagga Wagga

February Training Details

  • Every Tuesday 6.30pm- 8.00pm @ Bolton Park
  • Thursday 11th 6.30pm – 8.00pm @ Bolton Park

March training times:

6.30pm – 8.00pm every second Monday (TBC)

6.30pm – 8.00pm every Wednesday from 2nd March


Canberra / South Coast

Training Base: Australian Institute of Sport, Masterman St, Bruce, ACT

February Training Details

  • Every Tuesday from 6.30pm – 8.00pm @ Football Park, Launceston St, Phillip
  • Thursday 11th February @ Harrisons Gym

Regular training times:

6.30pm – 8.00pm every second Monday

6.30pm – 8.00pm Wednesday


Female Talent Calendar Key Dates:

February 21st                       National Talent Search                                                                  Sydney

March 5th                              NSW/ACT Female Academy Gala Weekend                            Canberra

March 19th                            Academy Games weekend                                                            Sydney

April 2nd                                 Academy Games weekend (YG)                                                   Canberra

April 9th                                 Academy Games weekend (OPEN)                                             Sydney

April 15-17th                         U18 State Team Camp                                                                   Wagga Wagga

May 1st – 7th                         Youth Girls Nationals                                                                    Melbourne

June 4th-6th                         Open Women State Game                                                             Adelaide, SA (TBC)


For more information on the Academies please contact:

Tim Schmidt

Female Football High Performance Coach

PH: 0434 402 748



For general information on female football programs and all other enquiries please contact:

Libby Sadler

Female Programs Manager – NSW/ACT

P: 02 8333 8032

M: 0407 101 665