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Trade FAQs

What is the AFL Trade Period?

The AFL Trade period is a time during which Australian Football League (AFL) clubs are permitted to exchange players and draft picks with each other.

When is the AFL Trade Period?

Monday, 7 October from 9am finishing Wednesday, 16 October. More information can be found here.

What is a Restricted Free Agent? Players who are in the top 25 per cent of salaries at their club (that is, in the club’s top nine-10 paid players) are eligible for restricted free agency the first time they are out of contract, if they have served at least eight years with the club. For example, a player who is contracted after his seventh year for one, two, three, four or five years will be eligible for restricted free agency when next out of contract having completed either eight, nine, 10, 11 or 12 seasons respectively.

A top 25 per cent player is eligible for unrestricted free agency when next out of contract, provided a player can never be an unrestricted free agent until completing at least 10 years’ service at one club. For example, a player who signs a one-year contract after his eighth season is not eligible for unrestricted free agency until he has completed at least 10 years’ service.

Restricted free agents have the right to move to a club of their choice, subject to the current club’s right of first refusal over their services. That is, if the current club can ‘match’ the offer from a suitor club, the player must stay or enter the draft. The tabled offer includes only football payments and Additional Service Agreements (ASA) amounts.

What is an Unrestricted Free Agent? Unrestricted Free Agents are players with expired contracts that have completed four or more accrued seasons of service. They are free to sign with any club of their choice.
Players delisted by thier club also become Unrestricted Free Agents.

What draft picks does my team have?

You can track your club selections via the Indicative draft order.

How can I keep track of all my clubs player movement?

For Retirement, Delisting, Free Agency and Trade movements visit the List Changes page.