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Sport AFLW to expand to 18 teams by 2023, season six to run before AFL season

06:50  13 may  2021
06:50  13 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

Future of AFLW on committee agenda

  Future of AFLW on committee agenda The AFL is considering a proposal for two AFLW seasons to be played in the same calendar year amid a push from clubs for the governing body to provide more clear air for its national women's league. The future of AFLW will be on the agenda when the league's competition committee meets on Tuesday.The four AFL clubs yet to be admitted into the women's competition - Sydney, Hawthorn, Essendon and Port Adelaide - are all pushing to enter the league, with the Hawks and Bombers adamant they should be allowed to field a side next season.

Picture: AFL Photos. ALL 18 clubs will have a NAB AFL Women's team by the end of 2023 , with the AFL Commission throwing the doors open to expansion and bringing the start of the season forward to December. The next AFLW season will begin in December this year to give the 10-round competition clear air and prevent an overlap with the AFL competition, with the Grand Final to be held in mid-March, 2022. But that season – also known as season six – will still be contested by the existing 14 AFLW teams .

The AFL Commission is meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday and will discuss a proposal to bring forward the start date for a 2022- 2023 AFLW season . The Commission will also discuss introducing more AFLW teams and the future of the league . Harper, who has overseen Adelaide’s women’s footy program since the 2017 inaugural season , has long been an advocate of the AFLW kicking off in November or December. Watch the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season . Every match of every round Live on Kayo.

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The AFL says every existing AFL club will have an AFLW team by 2023.

The AFL said Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans — the four teams currently without a women's program in the national competition — should tender submissions by July 9 this year, with an aim to enter the competition by the beginning of season eight in 2023.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said the current 14-team AFLW competition had fostered incredible growth in the game, but that the competition did not feel "whole" without all 18 clubs being a part of it.

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The AFLW is expanding to 14 teams in 2020 but it is cautioned it cannot rely simply on "passion" if it is to enjoy sustained success following its promising start. AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan applauded the addition of the four clubs in 2020 but warned expansion does not guarantee success. "We congratulate the four successful clubs, but also caution all our industry that this league is still young and requires not just passion, but continued hard work to build solid foundations," he said in a statement.

The AFLW two-conference system is set to continue next season with four new teams joining. The AFL Commission is considering fixture options for 2020. This strategy could also, perhaps, open up an extended finals series spread over three weeks involving six teams . The major issue with this solution is if the conferences are vastly unbalanced. If one group of teams pummels those from the other conference, then it could again produce a finals series missing some of the better-performing outfits.

"The AFLW competition has built a new audience base for the code," McLachlan said in a statement. 

"But we don't feel that the competition is whole without all 18 clubs and we know from the clubs that they don't feel whole now without an AFLW team."

The AFLW started with eight teams in 2017, before expanding to 10 teams in 2019 and 14 in 2020.

McLachlan also announced that next season's competition would increase from nine rounds to 10, plus three weeks of finals, and would start in December 2021.

The final will be held in mid-March, before the start of the AFL season, giving the entire women's competition clean air.

"AFLW has significant momentum and we want to keep that momentum and bring the power and the supporter base behind all 18 clubs before the end of 2024," McLachlan said. 

"The standard of play has continued to lift as we have expanded the competition and we are seeing more free-flowing and attacking football as more talent comes through the pathways."


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AFL announces AFLW expansion plans .
The AFL has announced the AFLW competition will expand to 18 teams by the end of 2023. The league has committed to the expansion by its seventh season, following an AFL Commission meeting on Tuesday. However, the competition will remain at 14 teams for the 2021-22 season. Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney are the clubs currently without AFLW counterparts. The AFL has invited the four teams to submit proposals on joining the competition in 2022, and will use that process to determine whether they’re added for the 2022-23 or 2023-24 seasons.

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