To be eligible, the winner must be under the age of 21 at January 1 2017, and must not have been suspended by the AFL during the season.
Two players will be nominated after each round of the home-and-away season.
A panel comprising the following names will then vote to award the eventual winner.
- Simon Lethlean
- Mark Evans
- Josh Vanderloo
- Jennie Loughnan
- Kevin Sheehan
- Peta Searle
- Darren Flanigan
- Kelly Underwood
- Ros Lanigan
- Shelley Ware
The officiating umpires will award votes on a 3,2,1 basis after each match as per the men’s competition, with votes to be counted as part of the AFL Women’s Awards Night at a date and venue still to be confirmed.
As per the men’s competition, any player suspended by the AFL during the season will be ineligible to receive the award.
To be presented to the player adjudged best-a-field in the NAB AFL Women’s Grand Final on Saturday March 25. Selected members of the media will vote on a 3,2,1 basis at the conclusion of the Grand Final.
To be awarded to the player(s) with the highest number of goals during the home-and-away season, and presented at the AFL Women’s Awards Night (date to be confirmed).
The same panel that will adjudge the NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star Award will also vote on the composition of the AFL Women’s All-Australian Squad.
The panel will discuss selection on a weekly basis, with official meetings schedule after Rd 4 and again after Rd 7.