Women's Footy 2021 AFLW Off-Season

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AFLW expansion: AFL expected to lock in 18-team AFLW competiton for 2022-23 season
The AFL is tipped to lock in a full 18-team competition from the 2022-23 season.

The AFL is expected to finally embrace an 18-team AFLW competition for the 2022-23 season when it announces expansion plans at midday on Thursday.

The league has not yet informed those four teams - Essendon, Port Adelaide, Sydney and Hawthorn - that they will be in the competition next year.

But the Herald Sun understands the AFL will make the declaration that every team will have its own women’s side for a 2022-23 competition that will start at the end of next year.

The four teams put in detailed submissions which were assessed by the AFL Commission at its two-day meeting last week.

And while there will be significant concerns about the dilution of talent in coming seasons the reality is the league cannot continue holding out sides like Hawthorn, who have battled for years to gain entry to the AFLW.

If the league can fast-track an 18-team competition it will allow greater opportunities for women footballers across Australia to reach the elite level and eventually grow the talent pool.

This year’s competition will start in December with clubs already worrying about the state of the upcoming season. The official pre-season starts in coming weeks, with some clubs including GWS having a number of players who do not live in the state.

It means they will have to train remotely ahead of the December start, with a fixturing nightmare coming up given many players are part-time and work in other pursuits.

Players on an average of around $18,000-$20,000 will not be able to drop their university or work commitments to spend weeks on the road or submit to long quarantine commitments.

Many AFLW staff and coaches are also part time, with no plans yet for a full-blown vaccination program of the AFLW cohort which might ease concerns.

But by December a more thorough vaccination program of the Australian population might allow greater travel between states and crowds at more AFL venues.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said this year female participation numbers had increased 100 per cent since 20155.

The NAB AFLW Competition has built a new audience base for the code with some 4.5 million AFLW fans, 155,908 attendees, 6.1 million viewers and an incredible 20 per cent of supporters who are new or first-time AFL attendees,” he said.

“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. AFLW is not just a competition that makes our game better but a culture that makes our whole industry better.”
 

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AFLW expansion: AFL expected to lock in 18-team AFLW competiton for 2022-23 season
The AFL is tipped to lock in a full 18-team competition from the 2022-23 season.

The AFL is expected to finally embrace an 18-team AFLW competition for the 2022-23 season when it announces expansion plans at midday on Thursday.

The league has not yet informed those four teams - Essendon, Port Adelaide, Sydney and Hawthorn - that they will be in the competition next year.

But the Herald Sun understands the AFL will make the declaration that every team will have its own women’s side for a 2022-23 competition that will start at the end of next year.

The four teams put in detailed submissions which were assessed by the AFL Commission at its two-day meeting last week.

And while there will be significant concerns about the dilution of talent in coming seasons the reality is the league cannot continue holding out sides like Hawthorn, who have battled for years to gain entry to the AFLW.

If the league can fast-track an 18-team competition it will allow greater opportunities for women footballers across Australia to reach the elite level and eventually grow the talent pool.

This year’s competition will start in December with clubs already worrying about the state of the upcoming season. The official pre-season starts in coming weeks, with some clubs including GWS having a number of players who do not live in the state.

It means they will have to train remotely ahead of the December start, with a fixturing nightmare coming up given many players are part-time and work in other pursuits.

Players on an average of around $18,000-$20,000 will not be able to drop their university or work commitments to spend weeks on the road or submit to long quarantine commitments.

Many AFLW staff and coaches are also part time, with no plans yet for a full-blown vaccination program of the AFLW cohort which might ease concerns.

But by December a more thorough vaccination program of the Australian population might allow greater travel between states and crowds at more AFL venues.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said this year female participation numbers had increased 100 per cent since 20155.

The NAB AFLW Competition has built a new audience base for the code with some 4.5 million AFLW fans, 155,908 attendees, 6.1 million viewers and an incredible 20 per cent of supporters who are new or first-time AFL attendees,” he said.

“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. AFLW is not just a competition that makes our game better but a culture that makes our whole industry better.”
I’ve got an idea💡
How about they decide where this weekends AFL games are going to be held first?
 

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So Lions and Freo to contend for the title for about 3 seasons, while all the Vic, SA and NSW teams recover from expansion, and GC* and WC continue to build their lists.


*to be fair, GC could be properly competitive by then.
 

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The Brisbane Lions have finalised their AFLW coaching staff for 2022 with the appointment of Daniel Webster and Damien Richards.

Neither coach is unfamiliar to the maroon, blue, and gold, with Webster and Richards both having coached in the Brisbane Lions Hyundai Academy.

Midfield coach Webster steps into the Lions’ engine room fresh from his 2021 VFL campaign with the Aspley Football Club where he was Head Coach. He will bring over a decade of NEAFL and State League coaching experience to the defending Premiers coaching lineup.

“Daniel is great addition to our team,” AFLW Head Coach, Craig Starcevich said.

“He’ll fit in beautifully when the players get an appreciation for his passion for coaching. “He’s an excellent communicator, builds relationships quickly and easily and is very much across the key technical aspects involved with elite level coaching.”

Richards joins the AFLW program with wealth of experience coaching women’s football, including back-to-back QAFLW flags with Coorparoo. His appointment as Development Coach sees the new recruit reunite with Starcevich who he worked alongside as an Assistant Coach on the Queensland Women’s State team in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“Damo has always had a strong interest in the female talent program,” Starcevich said.

“I enjoyed working with him when he assisted in with the Queensland Women’s Academy in preparation for the AFLW and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

“He’s already familiar with many of our playing group through coaching them either in our Academy or at Club level with Coorparoo or UQ and I have no doubt he’ll slot right into the team.”

The pair are the final pieces of the puzzle in the Lions AFLW coaching lineup. Forwards coach Phil Lovett will return for another season, while Simon Black and Clark Keating will continue with the defending Premiers as specialist craft coaches on a part-time basis.

Keating was previously Midfield Coach, but has taken a step back to focus on his business and family.

Retired Premiership Captain Emma Zielke has also joined the 2022 coaching lineup, taking on an assistant coaching role for her former squad.

The appointment makes Zielke the first woman to be an Assistant Coach at the Brisbane Lions.
 

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