National Carnival Overview
The first National Carnival was held in July 1983 and is a major event in the AFL Masters calendar, with the annual National Carnival held in a different state each year. In 1982 an age group for over 45 year old’s was established. In later years the Carnival added age groups for 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, and 55s. In 2016 Women joined the Carnival, with an over 30s age group. In 2017, an over 40s division was also included.
With all states and territories competing for honours in five age groups, the Carnival is not only footy at its best, but a family event like no other. Players, families, supporters and officials enjoy magnificent locations, accommodation and social events spread out over 10 days in late September / early October. With three games over 10 days culminating in a gala presentation night, the National Carnival is open to all registered male players in the AFL Masters competition, and all female players wishing to participate.