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How to play, pick a team, prizes, new rules, trades, rookies, bargains

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KFC SuperCoach AFL is back.

And we’ve been working behind the scenes to make Australia’s biggest fantasy sports game better, easier and more fun to play than ever.

Join today and start picking your own team of AFL superstars – just don’t bust the $10 million salary cap.

Challenge yourself and take on your mates, sniff out the best pre-season AFL intel, fire up the group chats and start your quest for more than $100,000 in prizes and ultimate footy bragging rights.

Scroll down for everything you need to know about KFC SuperCoach AFL in 2023.


KFC SuperCoach AFL is back for 2023Source: Supplied

There are a host of new features and game play changes to make KFC SuperCoach more fun and flexible in 2023.

EXTRA BYE, EXTRA TRADE: The AFL 2023 season includes an extra round, with every club playing 23 home-and-away matches over 24 rounds, and one more bye round than we have been used to. To help us deal with the new challenges, every KFC SuperCoach will have 36 trades for the season – one more than last year. KFC SuperCoach will feature best 18 scoring for all four bye rounds – round 12 (four teams on the bye), round 13 (two teams), round 14 (six teams) and round 15 (six teams) – with only the top 18 scoring players counting towards your total. Teams will also have access to up to three trades (or four with a Trade Boost) for each of the four bye rounds.

TRADE BOOSTS: We listened to you, and the Trade Boosts are back for 2023 after making a very popular debut last year. Up to five rounds during the season, you can activate a Trade Boost for a third trade (or fourth during the bye rounds) to use for that round. A Trade Boost can be activated for any round and will come out of your total of 36 for the season.

LEAGUES: Default public and private 18-team head-to-head leagues will be expanded to 20 teams and start one round earlier in 2023, from round 2, while 10-team leagues will start one round later, now from round 3. You can continue to create custom leagues with 6-20 teams, set your own starting round, finals format and more. All finals series will take place in rounds 21-24.

SITE MAKEOVER: All the great features you love about KFC SuperCoach are now easier to find after a total website redesign. No more opening of menu systems or digging through layers of navigation to get between screens, games and sports. Now it is all neatly laid out and available across the top of the screen on desktop, and bottom of the screen on app, never requiring more than a click to get around sections within each game. The home dashboard has also been updated to display the info you need most in pre-season or during a live round.

Melbourne gun Clayton Oliver is one of the biggest scorers in KFC SuperCoach. Picture: Michael KleinSource: News Corp Australia

SUPERCOACH PLUS: There are great new tools available to SuperCoach Plus subscribers this year including coaches choice options that allow you to see how many of the top 1 per cent, 5 per cent and 10 per cent of teams in the overall rankings own every player. The functionality of the trade assist feature has also been expanded to help you make the right call every week – nominate a player you want to trade in or out and SuperCoach Plus will find the best trade for that player. Live scores – available only to SuperCoach Plus subscribers – can now be found across the site.

SUPERCOACH DRAFT: Keeper leagues will now roll over automatically each season. There is no longer a need to re-activate a keeper league and re-invite everyone to re-join – your league just keeps going. There will also be more customisation with league commissioners able to edit the draft order for any round of picks, as well as the player retention settings. You will also be able to control scoring over the bye rounds, filter the waiver wire in more ways, pause a live draft and much more.

At the end of the AFL home-and-away season the top SuperCoach in the country takes home $50,000 in cash. Second place receives $5000 and those placed third to 10th win $1000 each.

There is also a $1000 weekly prize for the best score each round – doubled to $2000 if you’re a SuperCoach Plus subscriber.

And that’s not all. KFC delivers delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken every week for the top 11 scorers, special offers for everyone that opts into KFC SuperCoach and there’s more epic merch, experiences, and chicken up for grabs throughout the season.


Former Giant and Magpie Heath Shaw is back as the official KFC SuperCoach ambassador for 2023. He will lead a team of former AFL stars plus trusted SuperCoach players including the 2022 and 2021 winners and some of the most trusted voices in the KFC SuperCoach community.

Stay tuned for more big names and their expert advice.

Collingwood ace Nick Daicos is on the fast-track to KFC SuperCoach stardom. Picture: Michael KleinSource: News Corp Australia

You’re a coach with a team to pick, a salary cap to work under and games to win.

Select a squad of players from across the AFL and score points based on their real-life performances in AFL games, using a unique formula developed by Champion Data.

During the year you’ll deal with form and injuries just like an AFL coach, but with the benefit of trades to replace sidelined or out-of-form players and to improve your squad.

Take on your mates in your own private league for ultimate bragging rights, and track your progress against all other SuperCoaches in the race for weekly and major prizes.


Once you’ve registered for KFC SuperCoach AFL:

YOU have a $10 million salary cap and 30 players to pick.

SELECT eight defenders, 11 midfielders, eight forwards, and three rucks. Remember to save your team!

YOU will need a mix of top-end stars you can rely on for high scores every week, and a few in between – look for players who are underpriced due to injury or a change in role.

NEED help picking a side? Try the auto select feature which picks a team for you instantly using our smart technology.

CHANGE your team as much as you like until round 1 starts on March 16.

BEFORE each round, choose a starting 22 and nominate one of your bench players in every position as an emergency. Their score will count if one of your starting 22 doesn’t play.

NOMINATE a captain who he earns double points, and a vice-captain as back-up.

YOU will have 36 trades to maintain your side during the season. Each week you can make up to two trades, except for the bye rounds when you get three trades.

STAY on top of your team with our free Apple and Android apps.


Players score KFC SuperCoach points from acts in real AFL games using a formula devised by Champion Data to reward actions that have the biggest impact on matches – there is more to SuperCoach than adding up kicks, marks and handballs.

This game rewards players who win a crucial one-on-one contest and hit a target when the game is on the line.

The ability to win the ball (contested possessions), use it well (disposal efficiency), impact the scoreboard (goals and score assists), win the footy back off the opposition (intercept possessions) and tackles all score well.

There are also negative acts that cost players KFC SuperCoach points such as turnovers and giving away free kicks and 50m penalties.



Adelaide’s Rory Laird was the topscoring player in KFC SuperCoach in 2022, averaging 127 points per game. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images


Playing KFC SuperCoach is totally free, but you can dive deeper into the world of stats and sport news by selecting one of three subscription offers:

1. SuperCoach Plus: A suite of tools and stats to help you get the edge on your mates, for $24.95 for a 12-month subscription.

2. Code Sports (includes SuperCoach Plus): Subscription-only sports website and app CODE ( delivering in-depth, premium sport journalism from Australia, the US and UK. CODE includes all SuperCoach news articles and analysis to give you the edge. Join now for just $1 for the first three months.

3. Masthead subscription (includes SuperCoach Plus): Get full access to all the all KFC SuperCoach articles and much more – including local, national and world news, opinion, entertainment and the Digital Print Edition of your daily newspaper for just $1 a day.


You never have to worry about being left in the dark when making your KFC SuperCoach selection and trade calls. Watch your News Corp website to get all the latest news and tips from the experts, and follow SuperCoach on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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