Perth has been announced as the host city for the largest AFL Carnival event in Australia – the 2020 AFL Masters National Carnival from September 26 to October 4 this year.
It will be the first time since 2003 that Western Australia hosts the event, which is expected to attract more than 1200 male and female players representing more than 35 teams from across Australia.
AFL Masters WA Chairman Nathan Dixon said the announcement was great news for Masters football in Western Australia.
“The National Carnival is the pinnacle for our competition and to receive the opportunity to host the 2020 event in WA is very exciting,” he said.
“We are looking forward to showcasing our State and the city of Perth to all of the interstate players who will travel here to compete.”
“Venues to host the week-long competition include Langley Park and the precinct surrounding Optus Stadium.”
The event is being supported by the State Government through Tourism WA.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said: “Events like the AFL Masters National Carnival are a great drawcard to entice more visitors to our State and is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to extend their stay into a holiday.”
“I look forward to welcoming this event back to WA after 17 years, and encourage visitors to explore transformed Perth and our diverse regional areas."
About AFL Masters
AFL Masters provides the opportunity for players 35 years and over to enjoy the game in a safe, family orientated and fun environment.
Founded in 1980, the competition is governed by AFL Masters and its State Associations and is now played by 119 teams throughout Australia, with 43 clubs based in WA.
The annual National Carnival, which was first played in Melbourne in 1983, is rotated among the various States and Territories each year.
Western Australian has previously hosted National Carnivals in 1986, 1994 and 2003.
2020 National Carnival Logo
The 2020 Carnival will feature its own unique logo designed by Aboriginal artist Kevin Bynders.
The seven circles around the sunset represent the players and clubs from WA’s regional areas – Kimberley, Pilbara, South-West, Goldfields-Esperance, Gascoyne, Mid-West and Great Southern.
The Maali (swan) and the sunset behind it represents the players and clubs in the Metro area.
For more information on AFL Masters WA visit www.aflmasterswa.com.au/