The AFL has today announced the 2020 NAB AFL Draft will take place on Wednesday December 9 in a virtual format broadcast live on FOX FOOTY & Kayo and via the Official LIVE AFL App at 7:00pm AEDT.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place across the country, the 2020 NAB AFL Draft will be conducted virtually with the ARC, powered by RMIT University to serve as the central hub, with all 18 clubs to submit draft selections via an Online Draft System within the ARC.
Draft selections will join the broadcast virtually as AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan announces the selections live from the ARC at Marvel Stadium.
125 of Australia’s top junior male footballers completed the 2020 NAB AFL National Draft Combines held across multiple locations across Australia over the last few months.
Players from all states and territories were represented at the 2020 NAB AFL Draft Combines with a spread of talent across Australia including Queensland, NSW/ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said the national NAB AFL Draft will showcase the best of the best from across the country and is the final stage for talent joining the elite AFL competition.
“It has been a challenging year for everyone in football and our top underage talent have shown great resilience and perseverance and we admire and appreciate the continued positivity during a difficult year for our community,” Mr Sheehan said.
“Due to varied restrictions across the country, it was great to see our leading contenders come together in smaller groups with many showing an athletic point of difference which could well help achieve their dream of getting into the AFL.”
“While the circumstances surrounding the NAB AFL Combines were unique, all players presented in top physical condition and have built strong talent profiles ahead of beginning their AFL journeys starting at December's national NAB AFL Draft."
“These young men represent the future of our game and will captivate fans across the country for years to come,” Sheehan said.
The NAB AFL Pre-Season and Rookie Draft Selection meetings will be coordinated via Microsoft Teams from the ARC at AFL House on Thursday December 10 from 12.00pm.
Key dates for the 2020 NAB AFL Draft Period:
Wednesday 25 November
• List Lodgement 1
• Nomination of Draft Eligible Father/Son Players Lodged
• Nomination of Draft Eligible Northern & NGA Academy Players Lodged
Thursday 26 November
• AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (1) Commences
Sunday 29 November
• AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (1) Closes
Monday 30 November
• List Lodgement 2
• Out of Contract Listed AFL Primary List Players Draft Nomination Form and Player Request for Removal from List Form Lodged with AFL
• Final date for Primary List delistings
Tuesday 1 December
• AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (2) Commences
Wednesday 2 December
• AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (2) Closes
Thursday 3 December
• AFL Trade Period Closes – Selections Only
• Delisted Primary List Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
• Non–Retained Rookie Players Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
• Final Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
• AFL Father-Son Bidding Nominations lodged with AFL
Wednesday December 9 at 7.00pm AEDT
• NAB AFL Draft
Thursday December 10 at 12.00pm AEDT
• NAB AFL Pre-Season & Rookie Draft
Please note: While the situation relating to COVID-19 remains a challenge for the entire football industry, the AFL advises these dates are subject to change.
The 2020 NAB AFL Draft will be broadcast live nationally on FOX FOOTY & Kayo and will also be available for Telstra Live Pass holders on the Official LIVE AFL App.
Fans across Australia can follow the 2020 NAB AFL Draft and their club’s latest recruits live nationally on FOX FOOTY (Channel 504) & Kayo from 7.00pm AEDT Wednesday December 9.
AFL Media will also broadcast live coverage on Wednesday, December 9 from 6:30pm AEDT on AFL.com.au and the Official LIVE AFL App.
Stay up to date with all the comprehensive NAB AFL Draft coverage, including Draft expert Callum Twomey’s Phantom Draft on December 7, via http://afl.com.au/draft.
1116 SEN will supply live radio coverage of the NAB AFL Draft on Wednesday night.
The NAB AFL Draft is part of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL. The NAB AFL Rising Stars Program comprises the following elements:
• NAB AFL Rising Star
• NAB AFL Draft
• NAB AFL Draft Combine
• NAB AFL Trade Period
• NAB AFL Academy
• NAB AFL Under-18 Championships
• NAB AFL Under-16 Championships
NAB has proudly supported footy for over a decade, providing boys and girls with a clear pathway from NAB AFL Auskick to the big time.