Leigh Matthews Trophy winners, Brownlow Medallists, Coleman Medallists, premiership medallions and All-Australian blazers are just some of the accolades won by 22Under22 representatives since the competition’s inception.
Celebrating 10 years since the inaugural team was announced, the AFL Players’ Association is launching a 22Under22 Team of the Decade, proudly presented by Snaffle, where all previously selected 22Under22 players will be voted on by the fans to create the ultimate team.
Established in 2013, 22Under22 is an honorary representative Australian rules football team that seeks to recognise the best young talent in the AFL and AFLW.
Players have been placed in the position where they played the majority of their football between the period of 2013 to 2022, according to Champion Data, with seven players (Christian Petracca, Dustin Martin, Jack Ziebell, Jade Gresham, Jordan De Goey, Josh Dunkley and Shai Bolton) earning dual position mid-forward status.
Fans have the opportunity to decide the final 22 by voting at vote.22under22.com.au/. The fan whose team is best matched to the final team wins a custom 22Under22 Team of the Decade jumper and a $250 Prezzee voucher, thanks to Snaffle.
Voting will open on February 20, 2023 and close at midnight on March 1, 2023. The final team will be announced on March 9, 2023 via the AFL Players’ Association’s social media channels.
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Three players have been selected in every year of their eligibility for the squad:
- Marcus Bontempelli (five selections): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Aaron Naughton (four selections): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
- Sam Walsh (four selections): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Seventeen players have gone on to win AFLPA Awards (MVP, Best Captain, Best First-Year and Most Courageous) throughout their careers. Six of those have won the coveted MVP:
- Nathan Fyfe – 2014 and 2015
- Dustin Martin – 2017
- Patrick Cripps – 2019
- Lachie Neale – 2020
- Marcus Bontempelli – 2021
- Andrew Brayshaw – 2022 (the only player to be voted in the 22Under22 team and MVP in the same year)
Other key awards:
- Six Brownlow Medals
- Three Coleman Medals
- 76 All Australian blazers
- 50 premierships
Most club selections:
|Club||No. of all-time selections||No. of current players in squad|
|Gold Coast Suns||25||7|