At the end of each year the AFL conducts a draft combine in which prospective AFL players are put through a range of fitness, physical and psychomotor tests.
An integral part of the talent identification process is the AFL Combine. The term 'Combine' refers to the search for players who can combine athletic ability with the skills to potentially play in the AFL. At a Combine players are tested on their speed, agility, power, endurance along with their kicking skills, clean hands and goalkicking. Players are also interviewed by clubs, medically screened and psychologically appraised.
In 2018, the AFL has scheduled the following Combines:
NAB AFL Draft Combine - National: Eithad Stadium, October 2-5
NAB AFL Draft Combine - State: Melbourne, October 5
NAB AFL Draft Combine - State: Adelaide, October 13
NAB AFL Draft Combine - State: Perth, October 15
Additionally, the NAB AFL Rising Star program has expanded to included eight Under-16 State Combines (one day each), which will involve the testing of all State and Territory Under-16 Academy members for the period of March to June. The majority of the player's who compete in the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships will participate in these combines.
How are you invited?
To be eligible for an invite to the combine, a player must attract interest from five different AFL clubs over the course of the year. The National Combine is limited to 80 players with players who gain the most interest from AFL clubs invited to participate.
Players who do not receive an invite to the National Combine can be invited to the State Combine where players usually must attract interest from two different AFL clubs over the course of the year.