Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where’s the closest club to me?

A:  That depends on where you live!  We have clubs based in Gungahlin, Belconnen, Civic, Narrabundah, Woden and Tuggeranong.

Please check the ACT Gridiron Clubs page for the team nearest you!

Q:  I am keen to play! What do I do?

A:  EASY! Find the club closest to you or the club you want to join and either send us an enquiry or contact them directly. Most clubs will be training early in the calendar year in preparation for the new senior season starting in mid August.

Q:  I’ve never played before/don’t know the rules – is that a problem?

A:  No!  Our clubs know that most new players won’t have the slighest idea what they’re doing out there, and that’s OK by us.  Each club will teach you everything you need to know about playing the game.

Q:  I’ve heard about Women’s Gridiron. What’s the deal?

A:  Yes! We started a Womens Competition in 2014.

Please check the ACT Gridiron Clubs page for the team nearest you!

Women’s Gridiron in Canberra is full IFAF-kit (same as the men’s competition) and for women 18 years and older.

Q:  When does the season start?

A:  The Senior (18+) season starts in mid-August and will run through until mid-November.

The Womens Season (18+) season runs in conjunction with the Senior’s competition from August until October

The Junior (14-18) season runs in conjunction with the Senior’s competition from October until December.


Q:  How old do I have to be to play?

A:  You have to be at least 14 years old to play Juniors by 31st of June of the year you wish to play and at least 16 to play Seniors and Womens (with parental permission).

Q:  How much does it cost?

A: That depends on the club. Contact your nearest club for more information.

Q:  Do I have to buy my own pads and helmet?

A:  That depends on the club.  Most clubs will loan “rookies” equipment.  This is usually included as part of your club fees.  If you wish though, you’re encouraged to purchase your own, as this means more pads for other rookies.  Some newer clubs may require player to purchase their own equipment.  This may be somewhat expensive, but once you buy it, it’s yours for life!

Q:  Who do I talk to about starting a new club?

A:  Please send all enquiries about new clubs to ACT Gridiron.

New officials / members always welcome