2024 AFL Concussion Protocols: Community football to adopt minimum 21-day return-to-play protocols

The AFL has announced important developments in relation to the return-to-play protocols in the concussion guidelines for all levels of Australian rules football.  

For competitions outside AFL/AFLW of all ages (i.e. adult/open competitions and all junior competitions), the earliest that a player can return-to-play after a concussion is on the 21st day after the day on which the concussion was sustained, provided the player successfully passes through the protocols.

This new protocol will apply for state league football competitions, elite pathway competitions (including the Coates Talent Leagues for boys and girls) and all community football competitions. 

To read the full media release from the AFL, click here.