Paul Kelly Cup Final back for the first time since 2019!

On Monday, 12 September the Paul Kelly Cup will be contested for the first time since 2019.

More than 400 teams have played across more than 50 regional tournaments throughout the year, but on the final competition day, just two dozen schools remain. Twelve boys’ and 12 girls’ teams will compete on two elite venues: GIANTS Stadium and Tom Wills Oval, in Sydney Olympic Park.

Each team will play in six round robin matches, with the top ranked sides going into the semi-finals and then the grand final. Only then will we know the most skilled, well drilled, talented and BEST primary school teams in NSW and the ACT.

Matches are on modified fields, around one quarter of a regular footy oval, with 12 players taking the field per team.

Apart from finding champion schools, the purpose of the Paul Kelly Cup is to ensure primary school students in Years 5-6 can be exposed to the game without having to register for an extra-curricular football program such as NAB AFL Auskick or community football. It has seen champion footballers in the making take the field since its 1996 inception and is one of AFL NSW/ACT’s most important recurring events.

This year, Paul Kelly will attend his namesake’s championship, supporting young footballers as they strive to make their mark on football in NSW and the ACT.


You can stream Paul Kelly Cup Final matches LIVE on