Volunteers are the backbone of AFL community clubs.

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, club volunteer recruitment or the Volunteer of the Year awards, please use the drop down boxes under the Volunteer tab.

Volunteers are the backbone of AFL clubs. Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.

Volunteering within a football club or umpiring group gives you the chance to meet new people and become engaged in the community.

Clubs are always looking for volunteers to assist them and there are endless roles that can be filled. Some examples of volunteer roles are:

  • Boundary Umpires
  • Goal Umpires
  • Runner
  • Time Keeper
  • Coach
  • Canteen Operator
  • Functions and Event Coordinator
  • Registrar

See volunteer roles and responsibilities by clicking here.

Become a volunteer by searching the Find a Club button to the right of the screen and getting in contact with your local club. Alternatively, click here to fill in our Volunteer Enquiry Form and the state representative will be in touch shortly.

Nominations for the 2018 Volunteer of the Year and Merit Awards are now Open.

For more information on the 2018 Volunteer of the Year and Merit Awards, please contact Luke Carroll via email: luke.carroll@afl.com.au.



AFL Queensland have two volunteer recognition awards:

  1. The AFL Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award; and
  2. The Merit Award



AFL Queensland encourages each club to nominate a volunteer for the AFL Queensland Volunteer of the Year award program using the below form.

Following the nominations process, each League will evaluate the nominations received within their region, and will determine their League’s Volunteer of the Year.

AFL Queensland will then evaluate each League Volunteer of the Year recipient and determine the AFL Queensland Volunteer of the Year.

Prizes TBA


We are looking for all types of volunteers. From the Sausage Turners and Timekeepers, to the Banner Makers and Club Presidents – we want to hear about everyone’s contribution to AFL.

The AFL Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to a community football volunteer from the following categories.

  • Club Administrator
  • Club Volunteer
  • Coach

Recognition for their outstanding achievement and contribution to their club.

The nominated volunteers will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Positive impact on club/organisation e.g. membership, financial viability, new programs implemented, major events conducted etc.
  • Examples of leading initiatives, displaying teamwork, driving innovation, and exercising exceptional leadership
  • Mentoring of new volunteers, players and/or club members
  • Promoting a healthy club/League culture which provides a fair, safe, and inclusive environment



The Merit Award is awarded to volunteers who have provided 10 or more years of outstanding service to community football.

AFL Queensland issues two Merit Awards each year.

Prized include:

  • The 2 x AFL Queensland Merit Award winners will receive a certificate signed by AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan and their name included on the plaque of Merit Award recipients at AFL House in Melbourne


To be eligible for the AFL Queensland Merit Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • a demonstrated record of service as a volunteer for a minimum of 10 years;
  • has not received a Merit Award previously;
  • distinguished service in an area that has been of significant benefit to the club and/or League; and
  • demonstrated leadership and development of others within community football.


Online Nomination Form

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