About the VAFA

The Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) was originally founded in 1892 as the Metropolitan Junior Football Association (MJFA). For the 1900 season the name was changed to Metropolitan Football Association. After a change back to the MJFA, the name of the competition was changed again to the Metropolitan Amateur Football Association (1912) before finally settling on the VAFA in 1932.

The VAFA has and continues to be the main bastion of Amateur Football in Australia and within our competition all players play, for the love of the game.

The main competition structure comprises seven senior sections of between 10 and 12 clubs per section with a vertical promotion and relegation system in place that rewards success and allows clubs to find their level. Each club must also field a reserves side in their respective reserve section in order to be considered a senior club.

There are also under age competitions – four at under 19 level and one for colts – plus three sections of thirds and a separate competition called the Club XVIII sections for the more social footballer.

In total 72 clubs field close to 250 teams in 25 different sections over the course of the season. The home and away season runs from early April until late August with a three week finals series is staged for the best finishing sides in each section as they battle to win the premiership.