The AFL today wrote to all NAB League clubs to provide an update on the status of the NAB League Boys and Girls competitions in 2020.

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in Australian Football at all levels remains paramount and the AFL will continue to work with the Victorian State Government and its Chief Health Officer in relation to its talent pathways programs returning to train and play in a safe environment.

AFL Head Talent and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said while the current situation relating to COVID-19 continues to impact talent pathway programs in Victoria, the AFL remains committed to staging a NAB League competition for Girls and Boys when it is safe to do so.

“All levels of the game across the country have been impacted by the health pandemic this year. In line with the variations to all football competitions this year, the focus for both NAB League Girls and Boys football in 2020 is to ensure talent in both leagues are provided with the best opportunity to develop as footballers and ultimately reach the elite level,” Salter said.

“We will continue to meet with all stakeholders and review the structure of the season based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health departments and medical experts.”

"We remain committed to providing the right platform for the players and clubs and give NAB League Girls and Boys the opportunity to showcase their talent,” Salter said.

The AFL will continue to review all arrangements including return-to-training and competition in consultation with the Victorian State Government and respective Health Officers and will provide an update when it is in a position to do so.