Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I am keen to play! What do I do?

A:  EASY! Find the Gridiron Victoria Club closest to you or the club you want to join and either send us an enquiry or contact them directly.

  • Seniors: 18+ males Season is June to October
  • Women’s: 16+ females Season is February to April
  • Junior’s: 15-19 year old males Season is February to April
  • Officials: All ages. Officiate all competitions.

Games are played Saturday and Sunday’s throughout those months, sometimes at night.

Q:  What about younger age groups (under 15 etc)?

A:  Currently we do not offer full contact American Football for anyone under 15 years of age. 14 year olds are permitted to play provided they are assessed as physically capable of competing with up to 19 year olds and with parental permission.

We hope to have either a youth program or flag football program running in the future.

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, Melton, 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 slightest 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 and staying safe

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

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

  • Western Foxes (Footscray)
  • Northern Lady Raiders (Reservoir)
  • Melbourne Uni Chargers (Parkville)
  • Berwick Miners Diamonds (Endeavour Hills)
  • Geelong Buccaneers (Corio)
  • Ballarat Kestrels (Ballarat)
  • Croydon Rangers (Croydon)
  • Melton Wolves (Melton)
  • Pakenham Silverbacks (Pakenham)

For more information about Women’s Football.


Q:  How old do I have to be to play?

A:  You have to be at least 15 years old to play Under 19’s by January 1st of the year you wish to play and at least 16 to play Men’s or Women’s (with parental permission if under 18).

Q:  How much does it cost?

A:  Player registration is $100 for Seniors and $50 for Under 19’s & Women 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 Officials Frequently Asked Questions!

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

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