The AFL New Zealand National Draft will see all players placed into one of four list categories. Highlighting the logistics of the competition and scheduling at North Harbour Stadium, the list categories are determined by age and regions throughout New Zealand.
Once an initial playing list has been established, athletes have their names entered into the AFL New Zealand National Draft, enabling coaching staff from the four competing teams (Northern Suns, Western Crows, Central Giants and Southern Saints) to select their 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership playing rosters. Ongoing talent identification carried out through local, regional and national competitions, is utilized for further additions.
Category 1: 2017 Academy Graduates
Category 2: Auckland Based Players
Category 3: Regionally based New Zealand Representatives
Category 4: Regional Based Players