The draft for the 2018 AFLW season has now officially opened, with the league asking potential draftees to nominate by Friday, September 29.
Those looking to be drafted must have turned 18 by or on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
For the first time, there will be two drafts conducted by the league in the space of three days, one being for the primary list, the other for rookies.
Footballers taken in the draft on Wednesday, October 18 will atomically be added to that club’s primary list, while those taken in the rookie draft on Friday, October 20, will only be eligible to be upgraded to the primary list if another player suffers an injury.
To be eligible to be take in the rookie draft, the potential draftee must not have been registered to play Australian football in the previous three seasons (prior to April 2017), or be under the age of 21.
Although players can only nominate for one state’s draft pool, if they are not taken in the draft, clubs from anywhere in the country can sign then as a free agent in a two-day period immediately following the draft.
Those taken in the draft for the 2018 AFLW season will then attend a player induction session in Melbourne in early November, with pre-season training at their AFLW clubs due to commence on Monday, November 13.
The official order of selection for the draft is to be confirmed at a later date by the league, while waiting for clubs who are thinking of upgrading their recent rookie signings to the primary list.
To nominate for the draft, potential draftees must complete the online form available via the following link: https://womensdraft.afl.com.au/