THE NAB AFL Women's Draft will be a slightly different affair to those held in the past, but at the end of the night, at least 50 excited players will be added to an AFLW list.
Read on to find out just how the draft will work in this most unconventional of years, as well as some background information on the rules surrounding it.
When is it?
Better put this in your diary! It all goes down on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm AEDT, the first time the NAB AFLW Draft has been held in the evening.
LOCAL START TIMES BY STATE
AWST: 4pm – WA
ACST: 5.30pm – NT
AEST: 6pm – QLD
ACDT: 6.30pm - SA
AEDT (local): 7pm - VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT
How can I see it?
All the action will be streamed through womens.afl, the AFLW Official App and Facebook Live.
How will the draft work under COVID-19 restrictions?
Clubs will be on a call in a central location (the AFL Review Centre, or ARC), but each pick will be brought live to the public through a studio show. The AFL's head of women's football, Nicole Livingstone, will announce the first round, with subsequent picks to be communicated by host Nat Edwards.
What picks doe the Bulldogs have?
Each team has at least three selections in the draft. The Western Bulldogs have all three of their selections inside the first round of the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, at Pick 2, 11 and 16 overall, which correspond to Pick 2, 6 and 10 overall in the Victorian state based draft pool.
How was the draft order determined?
A composite ladder was created out of the two conferences, with Richmond given pick No.1 for finishing last overall, and moving backwards from there. A lot of changes were then made to the draft order through the AFLW Sign and Trade Period in August.
How does the state-based draft work?
As the AFLW is not yet a full-time competition, restrictions have been put in place so players don't have to move across the country if they don't wish to. Players nominate for the state in which they want to be drafted. If a player is not selected in the draft, and a club from another state still has an available spot, that club can approach the player in question to see if they're interested in moving.
DRAFT PROFILES Find out more about 2020's leading prospects
What about the Northern Territory and Tasmania?
Gold Coast and North Melbourne have alliances with the Northern Territory and Tasmania respectively, although players from those regions do not necessarily have to nominate for those particular draft pools.
Given COVID-19 restrictions around the country, how have scouts looked for talent this year?
Some semblance of a state league season has been played in every state except Victoria this year, even if there have been long suspended periods in the middle. It's been a tougher proposition for Victorian clubs. There were three rounds of the NAB League Girls played at the start of the year, but other than that, clubs are relying on information they have gleaned from last year, as well as conversations with players' coaches.
Have I completely overlooked the NAB AFLW Under-18 championships?
Due to travel restrictions this year, the NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships usually scheduled for July were reworked into state NAB AFLW All Star matches, with one game taking place in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, games were unable to be played in Victoria and NSW.
U18 ALL-STARSCheck out the full fixture and results
What happened to the NAB AFLW Draft Combine?
Like the championships, the Combine has been altered this year to a state-based affair. Once again, Victoria has not been able to hold testing, but players have been asked to record a 2km time trial through the Strava app. Interviews between clubs and draft hopefuls have been conducted via video calls.
FUTURE STARS Prospects named for state Combines
Who should my team draft?
That's a question for the list managers! But if you're interested in finding out about some of this year's top prospects, click through to our hub.
I'm more interested in the stories behind prospective draftees. Where can I find some?
Players from around the country have been profiled on womens.afl and the AFLW Official App. Read about possible No.1 pick Ellie McKenzie, the meteoric rise of Western Australia's Shanae Davison or the tough road Steph Williams has travelled, among others.
How do father-daughter selections work?
Players are able to be claimed if their father had played at least one game for the same club through a nomination and bidding process. If a bid is placed on a father-daughter nominee by a rival club, the first club must match with its next selection after that bid, if it wishes to draft the player. Successful bids will be announced before the draft, with the pick used not to be revealed until draft night. Collingwood and St Kilda are expected to draft Tarni Brown (daughter of Gavin) and Alice Burke (daughter of Nathan) through this process.
What is the draft order, and when will the Bulldogs pick?
The Western Bulldogs have all three of their selections inside the first round of the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, at Pick 2, 11 and 16 overall, which correspond to Pick 2, 6 and 10 overall in the Victorian state based draft pool.
2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft Selection Order
2 Western Bulldogs
3 West Coast
6 St Kilda
7 Gold Coast
11 Western Bulldogs
13 North Melbourne
16 Western Bulldogs
18 West Coast
22 North Melbourne
23 Gold Coast
24 St Kilda
32 West Coast
34 St Kilda
40 St Kilda
44 North Melbourne
49 North Melbourne
50 Gold Coast
51 St Kilda
53 West Coast
54 Gold Coast
55 North Melbourne
56 West Coast
57 Gold Coast
58 Gold Coast
59 West Coast
60 Gold Coast
61 Gold Coast
The NAB AFLW Draft will be live on womens.afl and the AFLW Official App from 7pm AEDT on Tuesday, October 6