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Eight teams to contest inaugural AFL women’s competition

Eight teams to contest inaugural AFL women’s competition
June 15, 2016
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The AFL have revealed the eight clubs granted licences to field teams in their inaugural women’s competition.

AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said the eight clubs that were successful in their bids were: Adelaide Crows, Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle Dockers, GWS Giants, Melbourne and Western Bulldogs.

13 AFL clubs lodged bids for a licence in the 2017 women’s competition with the five clubs that missed out on the first season of competition to be considered for future licences.

The AFL is now expected to brief each club n player signing and drafting rules.

The women's competition is set to start in February, with the format and rules still to be decided. The end of the first season of the new league could coincide with round one of the AFL season.

Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs have been fielding women's teams in AFL exhibition matches the past three seasons and were considered front-runners to win licences.

The two have developed an intense rivalry and will face each other again on 3rd September as part of the AFL's 'Celebration of Football' week.

Image: Melbourne have been at the forefront of the development of elite women's AFL. (Courtesy of AFL.com.au)

29th April 2016 - AFL FORMS WOMEN’S ADVISORY GROUP

1st April 2016 - ONE THIRD OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN BACK AN AFL CLUB

27th March 2016 - AFL PROGRAM ENCOURAGES CULTURAL DIVERSITY ON AND OFF THE FOOTBALL FIELD

4th January 2016 - AFL CLAIMS MASSIVE GROWTH IN PARTICIPATION IN 2015

27th August 2015 - AFL ANNOUNCES RECORD CLUB MEMBERSHIP FIGURES

10th August 2015 - VICHEALTH COMMITS $1.8 MILLION TO GET 25,000 WOMEN ACTIVE

8th August 2014 - GWS GIANTS BACK WESTERN SYDNEY’S FIRST WOMEN’S AFL TEAM


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