Championship Age Groups and Participating States and Territories
School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Championship
2016 Participants: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
School Sport Australia Boys 15 Years and Under Championship
2016 Participants: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
School Sport Australia Girls 15 Years and Under Championship
2016 Participants: NSW, QLD, QLD INV, VIC, WA.
Rules, Guidelines and Competition Information
There is no age dispensation permitted in SSA Australian Football Championships.
- Brief History of the Australian Football Championships
- History of the ASSNFC 1923 – 2015
- Centenary Programme 1959 – Brisbane, Queensland
- Schoolboy Footballers who played VFL-AFL
The Australian Football Championships – A Brief History
The National Schoolboy Championships were inaugurated in Melbourne in 1923. Victoria were the first Championship winners with New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia the other foundation participants.
Western Australia and Tasmania entered for the first time in 1925 whilst the Australian Capital Territory have played several short periods since the early 1950’s and have participated currently since 1977 when Hobart was the venue. The Northern Territory entered in 1974 when the Championship was played in Brisbane and the 1998 Championship was their 25th Carnival. From 1974 to 2001 all States and Territories have participated in the Championships except Tasmania who missed from 1991 to 1995 & 1998 to 2013, South Australia 1998 to 2007 & 2009 to 2011 and Western Australia 1998 to 2000.
There have been two breaks in the competition continuity with an outbreak of infantile paralysis in 1937 and the Second World War the reasons. The carnival has continued unbroken since 1947. First awarded in 1931, the J.L.Williams Medal for the Championship Best and Fairest perpetuates the memory of the late Jack Williams, a Victorian teacher who battled for the creation and recognition of the National Schoolboys’ Championships.
Of the 44 12 and Under Championships conducted 41 have ended with outright winners, with one tie; the 1986 and 1994 Exchanges finished in three way ties. Outright winners have been South Australia and Victoria 20 times and Northern Territory once. Victoria (3), South Australia (2), Queensland (2) and Northern Territory (1) have been involved with ties. The Host State has won or tied 10 of the 44 Championships conducted.
Of the 85 15 and Under Championships conducted (1956 and 1957 Championships having Senior and Junior Divisions and 1996 and 1997 having Division One and Division Two) 80 have ended with outright winners, 7 with ties and the 1956, 1973 and 1987 Championships finishing in three way ties. Outright winners have been Victoria 48 times (including Victorian Country 5 and Victorian Metropolitan 5), Western Australia 15 times, South Australia 56 times, New South Wales 4 times, Tasmania 3 times and Queensland 3 times. Victoria (5), Western Australia (4), Queensland (2), New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory (each 1) have been involved with ties. The host State has won or tied in only 24 of the 85 Championships conducted.
The Australian Secondary Schools’ National Football Council (A.S.S.N.F.C.) has been a leader in Inter-State competitions, and many innovative ideas have been adopted by the Australian School’s Sports Council (ASSC) then School Sport Australia (SSA) during the past 85 years. Perhaps the years of the greatest expansion began in 1978. This was the year that the Commonwealth Bank became the major sponsor. We have seen many new ideas introduced to our Championships. These have been possible because of the funds supplied by the Commonwealth Bank. It had also been much easier on our Host Associations, as our sponsorship funds helped to ease the costs of conducting our Championships.
In 1996 and 1997 the Championship was played as an Under 16 competition organised and funded by Football Development Foundation in each State under the umbrella of the AFL as the parent body. In 1998 School Sport Australia reverted back to the original concept of an Under 15 Championship for compulsory age students without any financial support. The Championship was funded by the participants. From 1999 -2103 Victoria fielded two teams: a metropolitan and country team. In 1999 the first Combined Primary and Secondary Football Carnival was held in Canberra, ACT, where student umpires from participating States and Territories officiated at the Championships for the first time.
From 2002, the A.S. McLean Medal was awarded to the best umpire (field, boundary or goal) who officiates in the Championships. The medal is named in honour of Alan McLean, a Life Member and former National Secretary of the ASSNFC for 18 years and who had been involved in umpiring for over 34 years. The Championships which combines the 12 & Under and 15 & Under competitions was formally named ‘The School Sport Australia Australian Rules Football Carnival’ in 2005.
In 2008 it was renamed ‘The School Sport Australia Australian Football Championships’. Hosted in Melbourne, the 2008 Championships marked the 150 Years Celebration of the commencement of Australian Football. South Australia who had not participated since 1997 rejoined the 15 and Under Championship. For the first time in the Championships history, four female student umpires officiated and every game was fully officiated (field, boundary and goal) by student umpires.
In 2009 the first 16 years and under Girls Invitational competition was played between Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in Maroochydore Queensland.
The Richard G. Newman Shield was inaugurated in 2010 and recognises one 12 & Under Team, which extols the virtues of sportsmanship, outstanding ambassadorial aptitudes and commitment which Richard upheld throughout his long association with the School Sport Australia Australian Football 12 & Under Championship. The Shield is named in honour of Richard Newman, a SSA Service & Honour Award recipient and former Manager & Coach of SAPSASA for 17 years.
2011 saw the Inaugural School Sport Australia Girls 16 years and under Championship held in Canberra, ACT with five member bodies represented and an invitational team from AFL NSW/ACT. The Girls Championship was won by Victoria.
The 2012 Championships were hosted by South Australia. This coincided with the SAPSASA Centenary Celebrations which recognised their commencement with Australian Football in 1912. This was South Australia’s first hosting since 2004 and they had representation in all competitions.
In 2013 the Schoolgirl’s Player of the Championship Medal was awarded to the player adjudged to be the fairest and best in the Championship in Darwin, Northern Territory. The first A.S.S.N.F.C. All Australian Girls Football team was selected from participants at the Championships.
The 2014 Championships were hosted by New South Wales. This coincided with the NSWCHSA & NSWPSSA 125 Year Anniversary celebrations which recognised their service to the State of NSW.
School Sport Australia 15 and Under Championship Winners
– The A.S.S.N.F.C. Trophy
J. L. Williams Medal
The medal is awarded to the player judged to be the best and fairest footballer of the 15 and Under Championship.
The J. L. Williams Medal perpetuates the name of one of the originators of the Championship, Jack Williams, and was first awarded in Adelaide, 1931. Jack was a Victorian teacher who fought very hard for the establishment of the Championships and for their recognition by the Victorian Football League (V.F.L.) when the sport was established in schools. Points are awarded to the selected players in each match, on the basis of 3 for the first choice, 2 for the second and 1 for the third. The votes are sealed and handed to the National Secretary and opened at the conclusion of the Championship. In the event of a tie, each player will receive a medal.
|Year||Name||State / Territory|
|1996||Div. 1 – M. Saunders||WA|
|Div. 2 – A. Staehr**||VIC Country|
|1997||Div. 1 – D. Headland||WA|
|Div. 2 – S. Angeles**||NT|
|Div. 2 – B. Rawlings**||TAS|
|2002||R. Jackson||VIC Metropolitan|
|2003||J. Selwood||VIC Country|
|2006||A. Hooper||VIC Country|
|2007||B. Jacobs||VIC Metropolitan|
|2009||T. Thorsen||VIC Country|
|2012||N. O’Kearney||VIC Metropolitan|
|2013||C. De Campo||WA|
* Denotes a Tie ** A. McLean Medal
School Sport Australia 12 and Under Championship Winners
– The A. Howe Trophy
R. G. Newman Shield
The Richard G Newman Shield was inaugurated in 2010 and recognises one Team, which extols the virtues which Richard upheld throughout his long association with the School Sport Australia Australian Football 12 & Under Championship. The team includes the 23 players and the designated Team Officials. The Shield is presented at the Closing Ceremony and appropriate mementos are given to each member of the winning team. The successful team is judged on the following criteria:
The team which demonstrates outstanding ambassadorial aptitudes for their State/Territory and the game during the Championships on and off the field.
Demonstrated exemplary Sportsmanship by team members
A recognised team commitment by all to all-working as a team
An inclusive attitude to all educational and sporting components of the Championship
An ability to have fun
The following areas are also used as a guide to the selection panel in determining the successful Team: Functions; Team presentation; Game conduct and general behaviour. The Shield is judged by a selection panel consisting of the Championship Convenor, the Championship Umpires Coordinator and chaired by the School Sport Australia National Australian Football Secretary.
|Year||State / Territory|
|2010||Australian Capital Territory|
|2013||New South Wales|
|2014||New South Wales|
School Sport Australia Girls 16 and Under Championship Winners
– The S.S.A. Trophy
Girls Player of the Championship Medal
The medal is awarded to the player judged to be the best and fairest footballer of the Girls 16 and Under Championship.
Points are awarded to the selected players in each match, on the basis of 3 for the first choice, 2 for the second and 1 for the third. The votes are sealed and handed to the National Secretary and opened at the conclusion of the Championship. In the event of a tie, each player will receive a medal. * Denotes a Tie
|Year||Name||State / Territory|
|2013||S. Allan *||SA|
|L. Mithen *||VIC|
|2015||T. Groves-Little *||QLD|
|C. Hodder *||WA|
Service Award Recipients
* Previously known as ASSNFC Life Members
A. S. McLean Medal
The medal is awarded to the best umpire (field, boundary or goal) who officiates in the Championships. The Umpire’s Coordinator from the host State/Territory will have the responsibility of selecting the best umpire.
The medal is named in honour of Alan McLean, a Life Member and former National Secretary of the ASSNFC for 18 years, and a Life Member of the Victorian Country Football Umpires Association and the Geelong Football Umpires League, who has been involved in umpiring for over 34 years.
Boys All Australian Teams
At every 15 and Under Championship an All Australian Team is selected to identify the gifted & talented players. Please choose a year to view the team selected. 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Boys All Australian Team Photographs
Girls All Australian Teams
At every 16 and Under Championship an All Australian Team is selected to identify the gifted & talented players.
Please choose a year to view the team selected.
Girls All Australian Team Photographs
Boys 12 & Under
SSA 12 & Under Championship Participants – Perth 2010 [7 Team competition for first time]
Girls 16 & Under
International Tour to South Africa