Information for Players

Members and prospective members can find information and links to information below.

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Player Safety Game Day Reporting

Clubs can use the link opposite to record their game day player safety reports.

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Concussion information and protocols

For more detailed information on concussion symptoms follow this link

Immediate visual indicators of concussion include:

  • Loss of consciousness or responsiveness

  • Lying motionless on the ground/slow to get up

  • A dazed, blank or vacant expression

  • Appearing unsteady on feet, balance problems or falling over

  • Grabbing or clutching of the head or

  • Impact seizure or convulsion

  • Visible injury to face or head (especially in combination with any other signs)

  • Loss of balance/co-ordination

Red Flags - What requires hospitalisation:

If no qualified medical professional is available, consider transporting by ambulance for urgent medical assessment.

  • Player complains of neck pain

  • Increasing confusion or irritability

  • Repeated vomiting

  • Seizure or convulsion

  • Double vision

  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs

  • Deteriorating conscious state

  • Severe or increasing headache

  • Unusual behavior change

Concussion protocols for return to play

The following steps can be found in the Protocols Summary document. The steps

that must be followed with the help of a medical professional are:

  1. Recognise the signs of a suspected or potential concussion.

  2. Remove from play if a concussion is suspected and if in doubt ensure you sit them out.

  3. Refer all suspected / potential concussion to a medical doctor for diagnosis and return to play guidelines.

  4. Rest & Recover - All players must have; full, physical & cognitive rest to ensure best recovery can take place if a concussion is diagnosed.

  5. Return to Play - Players should undertake a graduated return to training and play.

For more detailed information on the concussion protocols regarding the return to play

stages follow this link.  The return to play should be supervised by a medical professional

- ideally with specialised concussion training.

Player Safety Responsibilities


Equipment Subsidies

NZAFF will extend the 40% discount on  pads and padded pants into the 2022/23 season. 

We are currently also holding the price of the Schutt Vengeance Pro LTD sizes M, L, XL, or XXL Schutt V7 VTD at $250 but this is under review given the rise in equipment pricing and the cost of shipping.

Adequate warning will be provided is a change in pricing is required.

For those that are interested there are two ways you can get access to the discount.

  1. From NZAFF through your club.

    • You tell your club to order the equipment you want from NZAFF.

    • NZAFF use Sports Unlimited as a supplier so the products need to be available from them and, to avoid confusion, quote the Sports Unlimited product number(s) when you supply the information to the club.

    • When the equipment arrives, NZAFF invoices the club and delivery is on payment.

  2. Order direct from any supplier

    • You order, and pay, direct from any supplier, presumably in the USA but could be elsewhere, and get the item(s) shipped direct to you.

    • When it arrives, you provide proof of the order, delivery and payment to NZAFF and NZAFF will rebate 40% of the NZ$ landed price of the item(s) direct into your bank account.

    • In this option NZAFF will offer the rebate on any helmet, shoulder pads or padded pants.

If you have questions or want more information, contact Russell McConnochie, NZAFF GM, at

Equipment Fitting Guide

These fitting guides can be found on equipment manufacturers we sites and are referenced here for ease of use.


Requests for Transfers

In general requests for a transfer from one club to another is initiated by the player who fills out the transfer request form which will then be sent to the clubs, and region, concerned.

The approval must be given by:
• The existing club attesting that the member is of good standing with the club.
• The new Club in that they are prepared to accept the member.
• The Regional Body (if applicable) in that the member is of good standing with the Regional Body.
• The National Federation in that the member is of good standing.

Requests for a Loan

Loans require the same approvals as a transfer but are for a fixed time period and are generally for an event after which the player returns to their club.


Currently the only national teams program is for Flag Football for the men and the women.  The National Flag Football teams are call the Mako. There will be a tackle Football program developed but this will some time in the future. The National Football team is called the SteelBlacks.

Mako Men's Flag Football

The current campaign is aimed at competing at the 2024 Flag World Championship to be held in Finland in 2024.  Any players interested in being part of the team should watch the news items for opportunities to register interest in being part of the program.

Mako Women's Flag Football

2022 is the first year that a Mako women' s campaign has been formed.  Like the men the aim is the World Championship in Finland in 2024.   Any Players interested in being part of the team should watch the news items for opportunities to register interest in being part of the campaign.


The the national 11 man tackle football team is the SteelBlacks.  The last game they played was against an American Samoan team in 2016. Since then there has not been a lot of activity for the national tackle team but this may change in the future.

National Teams Process

NZ American Football teams, like many other amateur sports in NZ, require the players to pay their own way and contribute to the managements travel costs.

NZAFF may provide some funding but do not have the resources to fully fund national teams.  The commitment involved in participating in a national team process requires players to make time available and to plan their financial resources.

A more detailed explanation can be found in this document - The Process for a National Team Campaign here.


Pathways refer to opportunities for players to go overseas and play and are generally for players that will not qualify for college scholarships.  There are various opportunities but all require that the player has experience playing Football and has shown the desire and determination to excel at their chosen position.

The information below is a guide and is not an exhaustive list of what is available.  Often the opportunities arise through club or personal contacts

Development Camps

From time to time NZAFF will run camps for players that want to learn and develop further skills in the game.  Some of these camps will be by registration and others will be by invitation and lead to further opportunities with Player Pathway camps.  To be aware of these 's opportunities players should watch the news and "What's On" this site and follow NZAFF on social media.


A combine is a series of tests and measurements for players.  These may be run as part of a development camp or separately.  Players who want to pursue pathway opportunities should develop their skills for the combine so that they present their best efforts.  The combine exercises including the 5-10-5 shuttle run, the 40 yard sprint and the 3 one drill are well covered on YouTube.  Do not turn up and expect to do well - these take practice and preparation.

International Player Pathways

The International Player Pathways (IPP) is a program that looks for players around the world that could enter the NFL.  You would need to be an exceptional athlete to get through the selection pathway but there have been several NZ players that have done well.  The opportunities are not just with the NFL.  There is also interest in the program from the European Football League (EFL) and The Canadian Football League ( CFL).


Below you will find links to all the codes of conduct for all NZAFF members, players, coaches, administrators (managers), officials and parents.


When Members register they agree to abide by the appropriate code of conduct for their role or roles. It is important to have these so that we are all protected from the kind of behavior that could bring the sport into disrepute.