The future of footy within Asia took a giant step forward this week with confirmation of the AFL’s support for a new Asia Development Manager position.

The first, full-time dedicated resource to support AFL Asia since its inception in 2013, will provide a much needed boost for AFL Asia’s development programs and competitions and help support AFL Asia’s 17 member clubs provide a genuine pathway for the 10,000 plus participants playing across Asia.

The position will be jointly funded by the AFL and AFL Asia and is, made possible through the support of AFL Asia’s foundation sponsor ANS. The announcement recognises the strong growth of the game across Asia and AFL Asia’s focus on local player development, women’s footy and growing its Asian Championships and Shanghai Cup competitions.

“This is a magnificent achievement and a wonderful opportunity for our future Asia Development Manager to build our brand and take our administrative and development roles and responsibilities to another level. We are extremely grateful and appreciative of the support we’ve received from both the AFL and ANS to get this position up and running.” AFL Asia President, Matt Gale said.

The successful candidate will be employed as an AFL employee. The job advertisement can be found here on the AFL website with either Australia or Asia-based applicants with a passion for developing footy in Asia encouraged to apply. Applications close Wednesday 15 May.