VFL 2019/20 VFL list changes & offseason discussion

sr36

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 20, 2009
14,456
18,972
Vietnam
AFL Club
Collingwood
It's surprising how many diehard fans clubs like Williamstown still have. Unfortunately I didn't see the VFA in it's glory days.
I'm not old enough for it's glory days either, but in the 80s and 90s, the VFA was bloody entertaining. I don't know if it was to do with 16 a side or that it was less professional, but it always seemed to have much bigger personalities than the AFL.
 

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Mike Olotripo

Rookie
Nov 15, 2019
21
19
AFL Club
Collingwood
Our VFL side is purely developmental for our AFL listed players, however part of that development is winning.

Winning breeds hunger, drive and a good culture.

Sadly in 2019 we missed the finals, but hopefully we can have the reserves play VFL finals in 2020 at a minimum.
 

TradeDraft

Premium Gold
Oct 18, 2009
123,341
53,245
Mornington Peninsula
AFL Club
Collingwood
Our VFL side is purely developmental for our AFL listed players, however part of that development is winning.

Winning breeds hunger, drive and a good culture.

Sadly in 2019 we missed the finals, but hopefully we can have the reserves play VFL finals in 2020 at a minimum.
Us missing VFL Seasons has Hurt the AFL Final's Campaign as players not ready to come Straight In
 

Jen2310

Premiership Player
Aug 21, 2018
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Melbourne
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Collingwood
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Gold Coast Suns
Did you go to see it Jen?

I can't imagine it was a particularly contested match with so many players having finished their season with no chance of finals.
I attempted to, then got sidetracked chatting to a friend into the holden centre lol But as I walked by, looked close enough to a VFL match. I guess they still put the work into the game even if it means nothing, even if just to put their case forward to get a call up for finals in the senior side.
 

barrackers

Premium Gold
Sep 4, 2016
6,887
11,648
AFL Club
Collingwood
Rule changes for 2020 confirmed, justified on the weird basis of aligning VFL and NEAFL list structures over the next 3 years. Two separate comps don't need the same list management rules, so it very much suggests a move towards an AFL reserves comp. Will we see a VFL and NEAFL merger in 2023 before a whole national reserves down the track?

Arguably the biggest rule change is the need to include 2 developing players each match; the previous 23rd man remains with the 22nd player now required to be a 19 year old development player. With teams having more developing players in their side it will make experienced VFL players even more important.

The rules changes have been introduced following a review into the VFL and NEAFL competitions by the AFL Football Operations department and league managers.

The review found list sizes, structure and access to additional players for AFL clubs varied greatly between the two State League competitions.

As such, the AFL Football Operations department, together with the VFL and NEAFL clubs, will work together to achieve greater consistency across the competitions over a three-year period.
Summary of VFL rules changes:

  • VFL clubs will have a development list introduced, made up of 19-year-old players.
  • All clubs will be required to play 23 players per match, which will include 1 x 19-year-old development player and 1 x under-21 player (i.e traditional 23rd player).
  • List structures for 2020 will be as follows:
    • Non-AFL clubs can list up to 46 players, including 40 x primary listed players and 6 development list players.
    • AFL aligned clubs can list up to 36 players, including 30 x primary listed players and 6 x development list players.
    • AFL clubs can list up to 30 players, including 24 x primary list players and 6 x development list players.
  • An additional rookie list of two players is available to all VFL teams which will include NGA players and players who meet the AFL category B Rookie criteria.
  • A father/son rule will be introduced in 2020 which allows a club to list a player whose father played 100 games or more for the club (including AFL and AFL aligned clubs). These players will be listed on a club’s development list.
  • Aside from current finals eligibility rules, no other playing restrictions will apply in the finals series.



Summary of NEAFL rule changes:

  • Non-AFL clubs can list up to 40 players, including 35 x primary listed players and 5 x development list players.
  • AFL clubs permitted to list seven (7) players, including up to two (2) mature-age players and five (5) 19-year-old academy players.
  • A permit system will be in place for non-selected 19-year-old academy players to be eligible for selection by a non-AFL club.
  • Non-AFL club listed players can nominate as two-way players, who will available to play for either an AFL club or non-AFL club subject to selection.
  • All clubs will be required to play 23 players per match, which will include 1 x 19-year-old academy players for AFL clubs and 1 x development player (i.e traditional 23rd player) for non-AFL clubs.
  • Aside from current finals eligibility rules, no other playing restrictions will apply in the finals series.
 

LaCasaBianco

Formerly 'DownTheWing'
Oct 5, 2012
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Collingwood
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Real Madrid
VFL results are irrelevant.

The VFL is just a development comp for us and I am all for that. Get games into as many of our youth as we can over picking up retired players like Deledio.

Ideally, we sneak in to the 8 and get an extra game of footy, if our senior team makes the top 8 this year.
 

TradeDraft

Premium Gold
Oct 18, 2009
123,341
53,245
Mornington Peninsula
AFL Club
Collingwood
VFL results are irrelevant.

The VFL is just a development comp for us and I am all for that. Get games into as many of our youth as we can over picking up retired players like Deledio.

Ideally, we sneak in to the 8 and get an extra game of footy, if our senior team makes the top 8 this year.
Could say missing the VFL Finals cost us the 2018 Flag
 

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