AFL Women's

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AFL Women's
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2019 AFL Women's season
AFL Women's logo.svg
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 15 September 2016,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Inaugural season 2017
CEO Nicole Livingstone
No. of teams 10
Country Australia
Headquarters Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Western Bulldogs
Most titles Adelaide and Western Bulldogs (1 AFLW premiership each)
TV partner(s)
Sponsor(s) NAB
Related
competitions
Australian Football League
Official website womens.afl

AFL Women's (AFLW) is Australia's national Australian rules football league for female players. The first season of the league began in February 2017 with eight teams. The league is run by the Australian Football League (AFL) and is contested by a subset of clubs from that competition. The reigning premiers are the Western Bulldogs.

History

Establishment

In 2010 the Australian Football League commissioned a report into the state of women's football around the country.[1] Along with findings concerning grassroots and junior football, the report recommended the AFL Commission begin working toward the establishment of a national women's league. While the option of new stand-alone clubs was considered, a model utilising the resources and branding of existing AFL clubs was to be the preferred model for the planned league.[2]

The first on-field step towards the competition took place in 2013, when the AFL announced an exhibition match to be played between women's teams representing Melbourne and Western Bulldogs in June that year. The historic match had a crowd of 7,518 and was won by Melbourne by 35 points[3].

On 15 May 2013, the first women's draft was held, establishing the playing lists for the two clubs in the forthcoming exhibition match.[4] The match was played on 29 June 2013 and marked the first time two women's sides had competed under the banners of AFL clubs. The exhibition series was repeated with one game between the clubs in 2014 and two in 2015, the last of which, played on 16 August 2015, was the first women's AFL game to be broadcast on free-to-air television. It attracted an average audience of 175,000 which outweighed the 114,000 average audience for the AFL men's clash between Adelaide and Essendon of the previous day[5].

The success of these exhibition matches prompted the AFL to accelerate its plans for a nationwide women's competition, announcing a preferred start date of 2017.[6] Prior to this, the league had announced only aspirational plans to have the women's competition established by 2020[7]. The already-planned 2016 exhibition series was expanded at this time, with a total of ten matches to be played in venues across the country and featuring a range of new temporary representative teams.[8]

In 2016, the AFL opened a process for existing clubs to tender applications to join the new competition. The eighteen clubs in the men's Australian Football League had until 29 April 2016 to place a bid for a licence, with thirteen clubs making bids. These were Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs[9]. The AFL's preferred distribution of clubs was four clubs from Victoria and one each from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.[10]

The inaugural teams were announced on 8 June 2016. As the only teams to bid in their respective states, Adelaide, Brisbane and Greater Western Sydney were granted licences to compete in 2017.[11] Both Western Australian clubs made bids, with Fremantle's bid chosen ahead of West Coast's. Eight Victorian clubs made bids: Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Carlton and Collingwood were successful, with Geelong, North Melbourne, Richmond and St Kilda unsuccessful. All five unsuccessful bidders were granted provisional licences.[12]

Details about the branding of the league were released in the second half of 2016. The AFL announced that the league would be named "AFL Women's" or AFLW for short, on 15 September 2016, with the logo being unveiled on 19 September 2016.[13][14] The logo is a stylised rendition of an Australian rules football ground goal square and goal posts, drawn from a perspective which shows a "W".[14] On 10 October 2016, the National Australia Bank was named as the league's naming rights sponsor.[15]

Carlton and Collingwood players contest the first ball-up in the inaugural AFL Women's match in February 2017. The match was played before a lockout crowd of 24,568 - the highest attendance of the inaugural season.

The first premiership game was played on Friday, 3 February 2017 at Princes Park (then named Ikon Park). The AFL had initially planned to host the game at Melbourne's Olympic Park Oval, with a capacity of just 7,000, but was forced to change the venue to Princes Park due to overwhelming interest and a lack of adequate seating[16]. The match was deemed a "lockout" with a capacity crowd of 24,568 in attendance, with a few thousand estimated to have been waiting outside[17]. As a result, Gillon McLachlan, the AFL's CEO, personally apologised to those who missed out. The game was also a great success on TV, attracting a national TV audience of 896,000 including 593,000 metropolitan free-to-air viewers, 180,000 regional free-to-air viewers and 123,000 on Fox Footy[18]. The Melbourne metropolitan audience of 424,000 was on par with that of Friday night AFL men's matches[19].

The inaugural season concluded with the Grand Final held on Saturday, 25 March 2017. The Adelaide Crows were crowned the league's first premiers after defeating minor premiers the Brisbane Lions. The scoreline read Adelaide 4.11 (35) def. Brisbane 4.5 (29)[20].

Expansion (2019–20)

Expansion of the competition is scheduled to first occur in 2019 and then again in 2020. By the end of 2020, the competition will grow by 6 teams, to include 14 teams in total. The ten AFL clubs not originally participating in the competition were invited to bid for inclusion, with priority given to the five clubs that unsuccessfully bid to participate in the inaugural season.[21] The deadline to lodge submissions was 16 June 2017. The only clubs not to bid were Port Adelaide and Sydney.[22] North Melbourne worked with AFL Tasmania to craft its bid, with the club aiming to play home matches in Melbourne, Hobart and Launceston, and has a target to select half of the playing list from Tasmania.[23][24] A final decision on which clubs are admitted to the competition was expected by the end of July 2017 but was delayed several times to September 2017.[22][25][26]

On 27 September 2017, the AFL announced that North Melbourne and Geelong had been selected to come into the competition in 2019.[27] North Melbourne retained its commitment to playing matches in Tasmania.[28] The league will then expand an additional four teams beginning in 2020, with the AFL selecting West Coast, Richmond, Gold Coast and St Kilda to join the competition.[27][28] The growth in clubs was accompanied by the introduction of American-style conferences for the 2019 season, further details of which can be found in the season structure section of this article.

Expansion of AFL Women's
Club Entry in 2017 Entry in 2019/20
Placed
bid
Granted
entry
Placed
bid
Granted entry
2019 2020
Adelaide Yes Yes N/A
Brisbane Lions Yes Yes N/A
Carlton Yes Yes N/A
Collingwood Yes Yes N/A
Essendon No N/A Yes No No
Fremantle Yes Yes N/A
Geelong Yes No Yes Yes N/A
Gold Coast No N/A Yes No Yes
Greater Western Sydney Yes Yes N/A
Hawthorn No N/A Yes No No
Melbourne Yes Yes N/A
North Melbourne Yes No Yes Yes N/A
Port Adelaide No N/A No N/A
Richmond Yes No Yes No Yes
St Kilda Yes No Yes No Yes
Sydney No N/A No N/A
West Coast Yes No Yes No Yes
Western Bulldogs Yes Yes N/A

Clubs

Australia Melbourne Inner Locator.PNG

AFL Women's operates on a two-table conference system, having previously operated with with no divisions, conferences nor promotion and relegation from other leagues.

The competition's 10 teams are based across 5 states of Australia. Half are based in the Melbourne metropolitan area. The states of New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have one team each. Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, and Northern Territory are the only states or mainland territories not to have AFL Women's clubs, though in Tasmania's case North Melbourne have a formalised partnership with the state which enables them to play multiple matches in the state and draft Tasmanian-based players. Four clubs will be added to the competition in 2020, two of which come from Victoria (St Kilda and Richmond), one from Queensland (Gold Coast) and one from Western Australia (West Coast).

Current clubs

Club Moniker State Est. First exhibition
series
Joined
league
Coach
Adelaide Adelaide AFLW icon.png Crows South Australia 1990 2017 Matthew Clarke
Brisbane Brisbane AFLW icon.png Lions Queensland 1996 2016 2017 Craig Starcevich
Carlton Carlton AFLW icon.png Blues Victoria 1864 2017 Daniel Harford
Collingwood Collingwood AFLW icon.png Magpies Victoria 1892 2017 Wayne Siekman
Fremantle Fremantle AFLW icon.png Dockers Western Australia 1994 2016 2017 Position vacant
Geelong AFL Geelong Icon.jpg Cats Victoria 1859 2019 Paul Hood[29]
Greater Western Sydney Greater Western Sydney AFLW icon.png Giants New South Wales 2009 2016 2017 Alan McConnell
Melbourne Melbourne AFLW icon.png Demons Victoria 1858 2013 2017 Mick Stinear
North Melbourne AFL North Melbourne Icon.jpg Kangaroos Victoria & Tasmania 1869 2019 Scott Gowans[30]
Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs AFLW icon.png Bulldogs Victoria 1877 2013 2017 Paul Groves

Future clubs

Club Moniker State Est. First exhibition
series
Joining
league
Coach
Gold Coast AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Suns Queensland 2009 2016 2020 TBD
Richmond AFL Richmond Icon.jpg Tigers Victoria 1885 2020 TBD
St Kilda AFL St Kilda Icon.jpg Saints Victoria 1873 2020 TBD
West Coast West Coast Eagles 2018 colours.png Eagles Western Australia 1986 2016 2020 TBD

Venues

Below are the venues that were used during the 2018 AFL Women's season.

Stadium/Ground City Host club(s) Capacity
Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney, New South Wales Greater Western Sydney 10,000
Casey Fields Melbourne, Victoria Melbourne 12,000
Drummoyne Oval Sydney, New South Wales Greater Western Sydney 5,000
Fremantle Oval Perth, Western Australia Fremantle 17,500
Ikon Park Melbourne, Victoria Carlton 24,568
Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex Brisbane, Queensland Brisbane 8,000
Norwood Oval Adelaide, South Australia Adelaide 22,000
Olympic Park Oval Melbourne, Victoria Collingwood 3,000
Optus Stadium Perth, Western Australia Fremantle 60,000
South Pine Sports Complex Brisbane, Queensland Brisbane 3,000
Ted Summerton Reserve Moe, Victoria Collingwood 7,500
TIO Stadium Darwin, Northern Territory Adelaide 12,000
TIO Traeger Park Alice Springs, Northern Territory Melbourne 10,000
UNSW Canberra Oval Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Greater Western Sydney 16,000
VU Whitten Oval Melbourne, Victoria Western Bulldogs 12,000

Players

Melbourne's Elise O'Dea evades Hannah Scott of the Western Bulldogs in round 3, 2017

The club's playing lists were constructed from scratch through the later stages of 2016. All participants in the 2017 season are required to be over the age of 17.

Initially, clubs were asked to nominate a list of desired players, with the AFL assigning two of these "marquee" players to each club. In addition, clubs were able to sign a number of players with existing connections to the club, or with arrangements for club sponsored work or study.[31][32][33] This number varied for each club, in an attempt to equitably spread talent across the teams. In addition, clubs were required to recruit two "rookies" - people with no Australian rules football experience in the previous three-year period. The majority of players were later recruited through the 2016 AFL Women's draft.[34] The balance of list spots was filled with free-agent signings in the week following the draft. In total clubs have a 27 active listed players in addition to injury replacements signed to take the spot of long-term injury affected players.

Salary

2017

In 2017 the players salary was managed and paid in full by the AFL on behalf of the clubs. A pay deal struck between the league and the AFLPA in November 2016 set the season payment structure as follows:[35]

Marquee players Priority players Other players
2017 $27,000 $12,000 $8,500

Players were contracted for nine hours of training and meetings at their clubs per week and the base payments were calculated pro-rata based on the hourly rate of rookie AFL players of $29.32.[36] In addition, players are provided with playing boots and runners, an interstate travel allowance, income insurance, out-of-pocket medical expense coverage and an allowance to pay for a carer for a child under 12 months of age when travelling interstate.[35][37]

Total payments in 2017 totalled $2.275 million[35]

The league was initially criticised for its offer of players salaries. Under the first offer, the base salary would be $5,000 for most players, and $10,000 for marquee players. While the pay was extremely low in comparison to AFL players, it also did not cover equipment, travel expenses, or relocation to their club if interstate for the pre-season and duration of the season. The AFL defended its offer by noting that the league (at the time) had no sponsorship or TV rights deals.[38][39]

2018

A new deal for player payments in the 2018 season was struck on 2 November 2017. Under the new 24 week contracts, players would see base salary raises of more than 17% but would now be required to commit 13 to 15 hours per week for training and meetings during pre-season and 10 hours during the season in addition to match day hours. The tiered structure was re-branded, with the four tiers and their season salary outlined below:[40][41]

Tier one Tier two Base wage Rookie list
2018 $20,000 $14,500 $10,500 $8,500

In addition, clubs will have a marketing budget of $40,000 to which they can allocate to between four and eight players with a minimum of $5000 and maximum of $10,000 per player. Total player payments under this deal will be up $477,000 from the year before to $2.752 million in 2018.[42]

Season structure

Pre-season

Prior to the commencement of the home-and-away season teams are paired off to play an exhibition trial match. In 2017 these matches took place during varying weeks of January.

Premiership season

For at least the 2019 season, the AFL Women's home-and-away season employs conferences, a concept not common in Australian sports.[43]

The ten teams are split into two conferences of five and each team plays seven regular season matches, four against their fellow conference competitors and three "cross-over" matches against teams from the other conference. This retains the seven-match regular season employed for the first two seasons of the competition, though means not all teams play each other at least once.[43] The season commences in the first weekend of February and ends in late March. Teams receive four premiership points for a win and two premiership points for a draw. Respective conference finishing positions are based on the number of premiership points won, and "percentage" (calculated as the ratio of points scored to points conceded throughout the season) is used as a tie-breaker when teams finish with equal premiership points.[44]

For the first two seasons of competition, the home-and-away season was operated on a single table and seven matches were played by each of the eight teams.

Finals series

After 2019, four teams have qualified for an end-of-season finals series, to determine the premiers. The top two teams from the respective conferences qualify to the preliminary finals, with the first-ranked team in Conference A meeting the second-ranked team in Conference B and the opposite employed for the other preliminary final. The winners of those matches then meet in the Grand Final, though the AFL is yet to clarify if hosting rights for the Grand Final can be earned by one of the participants or will simply be assigned to one of the clubs by the league.[44]

For the first two seasons of competition, the two highest place teams at the conclusion of the home-and-away season qualified for the Grand Final match, in the absence of a proper finals series.

Awards

The following major individual awards and accolades are presented each season:[45]

  • Best & Fairest Trophy - to the fairest and best player in the league, voted by the umpires
  • Leading Goalkicker Award - to the player who kicks the most goals during the home-and-away season
  • All-Australian Team - a squad of 22 players deemed the best in their positions, voted by an AFL-appointed committee
  • Rising Star Award - to the fairest and best young player under the age of 21 as at the start of the calendar year, voted by the AFL-appointed All-Australian committee
  • Grand Final Best on Ground Award - the best player on the ground in the Grand Final, voted by a committee of media members

Media coverage

Television

In its inaugural season all matches will be televised live by affiliate partners the Seven Network and Fox Footy.[46] As part of the initial broadcast deal the free-to-air carrier Seven will show one Saturday night game per week as standard in addition to the league's opening match and Grand Final. Meanwhile, pay TV network Fox Footy will televise all premiership season matches including simulcasts of the Seven-hosted matches other than the Grand Final.[47] Under the current arrangement the two television networks will cover the costs of broadcasting these matches with no licensing fee to be paid to the league in exchange.[48]

Online

The official internet/mobile broadcast partner of the AFL is BigPond, part of Telstra. The company hosts the league website as well as those of each of the eight participation clubs. The AFL has retained digital broadcast rights to matches in the league's inaugural season and will stream all matches live and free on the league website and mobile app.[48]

Outside Australia, the inaugural season is available on Watch AFL.[49]

Corporate relations

Sponsorship

The National Australia Bank is the league's current and inaugural naming rights partner.[50]

All playing and training equipment as well as all licensed apparel and hats for the league's eight clubs are manufactured by COAR, a division of Cotton On.[51]

Other league sponsors include Wolf Blass, Chemist Warehouse and Kellogg's.[52][53][54]

The official ball supplier is Sherrin.[55]

Merchandising

Official match day attire together with other club merchandise is sold through the AFL's stores and website as well through the clubs and through some retailers.

Women's exhibition games (2013–2016)

Prior to the creation of the league, the AFL ran four years of exhibition matches between sides representing Melbourne and Western Bulldogs. In 2016, the series was expanded to multiple teams from around the country.

2013 exhibition game
Sunday, 30 June Melbourne 8.5 (53) def. Western Bulldogs 3.3 (21) MCG (crowd: 7,500) Match report


2014 exhibition game
Sunday, 29 June Western Bulldogs 4.2 (26) def. by Melbourne 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,953 (D/H)) Match report


2015 exhibition series
Sunday, 24 May Melbourne 4.13 (37) def. Western Bulldogs 4.5 (29) MCG (crowd: 29,381 (D/H)) Match report
Sunday, 16 August Western Bulldogs 5.6 (36) def. by Melbourne 6.4 (40) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,805 (D/H)) Match report


2016 exhibition series
Sunday, 2 March Melbourne 3.3 (21) def. by Western Bulldogs 6.5 (41) Highgate Recreational Reserve Match report
Saturday, 2 April SANFL Blue 5.4 (34) def. SANFL Red 5.2 (32) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 51,585 (D/H)) Match report
Saturday, 9 April Sydney 9.8 (62) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.3 (33) SCG (crowd: 37,045 (D/H)) Match report
Saturday, 9 April West Coast 13.10 (88) def. Fremantle 3.5 (23) Domain Stadium (crowd: 40,555 (D/H)) Match report
Sunday, 10 April Northern Territory 13.11 (89) def. Tasmania 7.11 (53) Peanut Reserve Match report
Saturday, 16 April Brisbane 5.8 (38) def. Gold Coast 3.6 (24) Gabba (crowd: 20,041 (D/H)) Match report
Sunday, 22 May Melbourne 14.7 (91) def. Brisbane 3.2 (20) MCG (crowd: 26,892 (D/H)) Match report
Sunday, 5 June Western Bulldogs 8.5 (53) def. Western Australia 5.10 (40) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,769 (D/H)) Match report
Sunday, 5 June South Australia 4.3 (27) def. NSW/ACT 3.7 (25) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 40,896 (D/H)) Match report
Saturday, 3 September Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90) def. Melbourne 7.9 (51) Whitten Oval (crowd: 6,365) Match report

See also

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External links

  • Official website
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