The AFL has confirmed the Round 1 fixtures for the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys and Girls competitions.

The Coates Talent League is Australia’s premier underage football pathway competition for boys and girls in the eastern states with teams comprised mostly of under 18 players.

The 2024 Coates Talent League season will again feature 12 boys and girls programs from Victoria and one from Tasmania for the full season.

Academy programs from New South Wales (GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans), Queensland (Gold Coast SUNS and Brisbane Lions) and Northern Territory (NT Academy) will continue to compete in a selection of games mostly early in the season.

The 2024 Coates Talent League Boys season will commence on the weekend of March 23-24, with six matches scheduled across the opening round.

Round 1 of Coates Talent League Girls will be played over two weekends starting with an Easter Thursday match between Geelong Falcons and GWV Rebels at GMHBA Stadium on March 28, before a further three matches take place on the weekend of April 6-7.

The full fixture for both competitions is set to be released shortly, along with fixtures for the boys and girls under 16 competitions.

Continue below to view Round 1 fixtures for the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys and Girls competitions.

Saturday, March 23
Northern Knights vs. Western Jets – Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 10:30am
Murray Bushrangers vs. Tasmania Devils – Highgate Recreation Reserve, 12:40pm
Sandringham Dragons vs. Calder Cannons – RSEA Park, 1:00pm
Sunday, March 24
Oakleigh Chargers vs. Eastern Ranges – Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 11:00am
Geelong Falcons vs. Dandenong Stingrays – Deakin University Waurn Ponds, 1:00pm
GWV Rebels vs. Bendigo Pioneers – Learmonth Reserve, 1:00pm
Bye: Gippsland Power

Thursday, March 28
Geelong Falcons vs. GWV Rebels – GMHBA Stadium, 5:00pm
Saturday, April 6
Calder Cannons vs. Northern Knights – Highgate Recreation Reserve, 9:30am
Sandringham Dragons vs. Eastern Ranges – RSEA Park, 1:30pm
Sunday, April 7
Tasmania Devils v Oakleigh Chargers – University of Tasmania Stadium, 12:00pm
Bye: Bendigo Pioneers, Dandenong Stingrays, Gippsland Power, Murray Bushrangers and Western Jets

About the Coates Talent League
The Coates Talent League started in 1992 as the Victorian State Football League (VSFL) before becoming the TAC Cup from 1993-2018 and then the NAB League from 2019-2022 before. The girls competition started in 2017.

The competitions were rebranded the Coates Talent League in 2023.

Over the years the competition has produced more AFL and AFLW players than any other league and is also an important development program for emerging coaches, umpires, administrators and support staff.

A total of 42 players from the 13 programs who compete full-time in the Coates Talent League were selected by AFL clubs in the 2023 National, Rookie and Mid-Season drafts, with 32 players from full-time Coates Talent League Girls programs selected in the 2023 AFLW Draft and AFLW Expansion U18 Talent Pathway Pre-Signing Period.