Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I am keen to play! What do I do?

A:  EASY! Find the club closest to you or the club you want to join and either send us an enquiry or contact them directly. Most clubs will be training late in the calendar year in preparation for the new senior season starting the following May.

Q:  Where’s the closest club to me?

A:  That depends on where you live!  We have clubs in Bendigo, Ballarat, Croydon, Cheltenham, Clayton (Monash Uni), Endeavour Hills, Footscray, Geelong, Morwell, Pakenham, Parkville and Reservoir.

Please check Gridiron Victoria Club Pages for the team nearest you!

Q:  I’ve never played before/don’t know the rules – is that a problem?

A:  No!  Our clubs know that most new players won’t have the slighest idea what they’re doing out there, and that’s OK by us.  Each club will teach you everything you need to know about playing the game.

Q:  I’ve heard about Women’s Gridiron. What’s the deal?

A:  Yes! We have the biggest women’s full kit competition in Australia with 6 teams:

  • Western Foxes (Footscray)
  • Northern Lady Raiders (Reservoir)
  • Melbourne Uni Chargers (Parkville)
  • Berwick Diamonds (Endeavour Hills)
  • Geelong Buccaneers (Corio)
  • Ballarat Kestrels (Ballarat)

For more information about Women’s Football.

Q:  When does the season start?

A:  The Senior (18+) season starts in May will run through the end of August.  The Junior (14-19) and Women’s (18+) seasons start at the end of September and usually ends the last week of November.

Q:  How old do I have to be to play?

A:  You have to be at least 14 years old to play Juniors by January 1st of the year you wish to play and at least 16 to play Seniors (with parental permission).

Q:  How much does it cost?

A:  Player registration is $100 for Seniors and $65 for Juniors for your Gridiron Victoria registration.  Game fees are $10 per game for seniors and $7.50 for juniors.  Additional club fees vary between clubs but can be anywhere from $200 – $400 but check with your local club.

Q:  Do I have to buy my own pads and helmet?

A:  That depends on the club.  Most clubs will loan “rookies” equipment.  This is usually included as part of your club fees.  If you wish though, you’re encouraged to purchase your own, as this means more pads for other rookies.  Some newer clubs may require player to purchase their own equipment.  This may be somewhat expensive, but once you buy it, it’s yours for life!

Q:  Who do I talk to about starting a new club?

A:  Please send all enquiries about new clubs to

New officials / members always welcome

Interested in becoming an official? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

Please check Gridiron Victoria Club Pages for the team nearest you!

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