VFL/W, NAB League players must be fully vaccinated by Christmas

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All VFL, VFLW and NAB League players, as well as associated football staff, will need to be fully vaccinated to compete in their respective competitions in 2022.

Under the vaccination policy for the respective leagues, all participants will need to receive their first dose by November 24 and be fully vaccinated by December 22.

NAB League players will need to be fully vaccinated.Credit:AFL Photos

The AFL has adopted the policy because of the crossover with the elite AFL competition and the necessity for interstate travel with the VFL now stretching up the eastern seaboard.

The VFL has seven standalone teams that are not directly affiliated with AFL clubs – Coburg, Northern Bullants, Frankston, Southport, Port Melbourne, Werribee and Williamstown – after expanding the competition in 2021. AFL clubs also use players from the local competitions to top up their VFL teams.

The AFL also wrote to the SANFL and WAFL to recommend they adopt a similar policy in their state-league competitions because of their crossover with AFL-listed players, but those competitions can make their policies independently of the AFL.

If a player or football staff member chooses not to be vaccinated then they will be unable to train and play with clubs. Clubs will then have to determine how to deal with the player contractually.

Players who intend to compete in the underage national championships in the middle of the year will need to be vaccinated, but the dates will be determined later.

The AFL will adopt the same vaccination requirements for participants in community football as those put in place by the relevant state or territory government for community sport.

At this stage, players can play community football without being vaccinated under the Victorian government’s policy, but they are not allowed into the clubrooms for a social event after games unless vaccinated.

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