Australian Amateur Football Council
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The council organises amateur interstate and international representative matches and is responsible for several amateur leagues, including the Victorian Amateur Football Association, South Australian Amateur Football League, Western Australian Amateur Football League.
Not all Australian amateur leagues are represented. The Northern Tasmanian Football Association has been a member in the past and a U23 All-Australian team played an open Tasmanian team in 2007. The Top End Australian Football Association and AFLQ State Association and Sydney AFL are not members of the AAFC, as these leagues do not follow as strict criteria of "amateur".
The AAFC was represented by a voting delegate on the Australian National Football Council from 1949 until the ANFC's dissolution in 1995. This gave the AAFC an equal voice in national administration of the game as major state leagues like the Victorian Football League and South Australian National Football League. It also entitling the amateurs to send teams to compete in interstate carnivals.
Although its position on the ANFC nominally meant the amateurs were required to play under the national Laws of Australian Football, the amateurs do play with some small differences in the rules. Most notably, the amateurs have had an order-off rule since the 1930s, and presently uses a 25-metre penalty instead of the 50-metre penalty used in professional leagues. Player transfer rules also differ: while players are required to sign transfers when switching between professional leagues, they do not need to do so for amateur leagues affiliated with the AAFC. However, during player registration, most leagues affiliated with the AAFC request statements of a clean history (no major reports or lifetime bans) and that they are not being paid to play elsewhere.
- "A.A.F.C. "bargained" 18 months with A.N.F.C.". Examiner. Launceston, TAS. 29 June 1949. p. 14.
- "Amateur League represented on national council". The Advertiser. Adelaide, SA. 23 April 1948. p. 8.
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