Football Woman of the Year Awards
2018 Nominations now Open
The Football Woman of the Year Awards were launched in 1998 by the Essendon Women’s Network. The Awards play a vital role in recognising the important contribution of women throughout all levels of the Australian Rules Football community. The Awards are presented by the Essendon Women’s Network with the support of the Essendon Football Club, and endorsed by the AFL.
There are 3 categories:
Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year - to celebrate and honour the achievements of women who have made an exceptional contribution within the Australian Rules football industry.
Emerging Leader - for women aged 30 or younger who are inspiring other women in football and who are showing strong leadership capabilities.
VicHealth Community Award - to celebrate our unsung heroes who work on a volunteer basis whether at local or AFL level.
Nominees can be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party, with the approval of the nominee. All awards are assessed against the criteria listed below and finalists are short listed by the Essendon Women’s Network committee. Finalists will be notified. A judging panel will then assess the short-listed applications, may choose to interview or speak with the nominees or nominators, and will select the winner. The winner in each category is awarded at the Grand Final Comedy Debate which is held every year on the Thursday before the Grand Final.
Fujitsu general Football Woman of the Year Award
The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises a woman who plays an active role in the Australian Rules Football community, has made a positive and measurable impact to the advancement of women in the industry, has demonstrated a willingness to publicly advocate the important role that women have in football and is held in high esteem by her peers.
vic health Community Award
The Community Award recognises a woman who plays an active role within the Australian Rules Football Community at a volunteer level, has contributed positive outcomes in their football community and is held in high esteem by her peers.
EMERGING LEADER Award
The Emerging Leader Award recognises a young woman who plays an active role within the Australian Rules Football community, has demonstrated that she is a visible leadership star of the future throguh her talents and positive contribution and is held in high esteem by her peers.