News Essendon VFL will participate in the new-look East Coast second-tier competition in 2021

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Standalone second-tier clubs: Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Southport, Werribee, Williamstown
Standalone AFL clubs: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Footscray, Geelong Cats, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney Swans
Aligned clubs: Sandringham, Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons

The largest second-tier football competition in Australia is set to begin in April next year and will consist of a 16-round season, providing all players with a premium standard of football.

The VFL and east coast second-tier competition will integrate into a streamlined calendar for men’s football with the 2021 NAB League Boys, with both seasons set to begin in April, running concurrently with the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

All clubs will have connections to community clubs and pathway programs, including a varied alignment to Under-19 NAB League clubs for Victorian-based teams.

The name of the competition will be announced in the coming weeks with the competition to maintain a strong connection to the heritage of the respective Hard Yakka / Totally workwear VFL and Toyota NEAFL competitions and the communities who support them.

The VFL and east coast second-tier competition will sit alongside the SANFL and the WAFL in 2021 to provide players with the highest level of second-tier football. The AFL will continue to work with all AFL clubs on their non-selected AFL players ahead of their respective 2021 seasons.

The AFL will continue to work closely with AFL NSW/ACT and AFL Queensland to ensure the continued development and progression of premier men’s and women’s competitions in the State and Territory.

The salary cap is set at $200,000 for standalone clubs and $100,000 for AFL and aligned clubs. As previously communicated, there will be no licence fee payable by any club to participate in the 2021 second-tier competition with the AFL to subsidise all approved club travel for interstate matches.

A date for commencement of pre-season training ahead of the 2021 season will be advised in due course.

The AFL will continue to review all arrangements including return-to-train and return-to-play protocols in consultation with clubs, the various State Governments and respective Health Officers to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in this competition remains the priority.
 

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Confirmed licences:

Standalone second-tier clubs: Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Southport, Werribee, Williamstown
Standalone AFL clubs: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Footscray, Geelong Cats, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney Swans
Aligned clubs: Sandringham, Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons
I'm missing something. 23 teams and a 16 round comp?
 

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Mr Mojo Risin

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The likes of Frankston and Coburg can barely afford a team in a city competition, if you want them flying up the east coast it'll be AFL subsidised forever.
I get that part. I would just rather a proper second tier competition or only Vic. I just don’t like compromised solutions I guess when it comes to something like this.
 

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I can't believe Aspley joined honestly
Clubs have to make the jump somewhere and I agree this seems sink or swim fort Aspley.

In the same breath - this was a huge opportunity for Southport to have become a player in a major comp.

They may have missed the boat.
 

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Clubs have to make the jump somewhere and I agree this seems sink or swim fort Aspley.

In the same breath - this was a huge opportunity for Southport to have become a player in a major comp.

They may have missed the boat.
Makes complete sense for Southport. They should have simply expanded them instead of making the suns but ah well
 

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I do think a complete second tier for reserves plus academy players one day would be amazing far-fetched though
 

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I don’t get it. If Lions, Suns, Giants and Swans have stand-alone joining what’s the point of Aspley and Southport joining?
Development of football at the next Level in Brisbane and the GC . There are now 2 clubs in SEQ where a player can have a decent chance to play second tier football.
 

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What do you mean
I was pushing the fact that they were so vocal in being a franchise in the AFL as a stand alone many moons ago. They have the infrastructure, dollars and facilities in place.

I thought it a bit strange that they didn't jump at the chance to go head first into a second tier and use their success in that vein as a feeder for QLD.
 

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I still don't get 22 teams into 16 rounds? Not everyone is playing each other once?

Are they going to make 2 conferences like the AFLW had?

why didnt they just make it 16 teams for 16 rounds?
 

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I still don't get 22 teams into 16 rounds? Not everyone is playing each other once?

Are they going to make 2 conferences like the AFLW had?

why didnt they just make it 16 teams for 16 rounds?
Who would you kick out? They're revamping the comp, all the clubs should have the option of joining the new one
 

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Play a bunch of teams once, stand alone teams are probably unlikely to travel interstate
I understand that but say 1 team then doesn't play the top 6 teams at all and finishes in top 4 vs a team that finishes outside top 4 by percentage yet has played the top 6 teams.
 

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NFL does 32 teams into 16games, its doable, but there is always going to be a probability of a garbage team in finals, but hey 7th-8th normally is in the afl anyway.
 

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NFL does 32 teams into 16games, its doable, but there is always going to be a probability of a garbage team in finals, but hey 7th-8th normally is in the afl anyway.
yes but they have divisions within conferences. And those teams within the division play same amount of games as each other.

Is this 2nd tier comp going to do something similiar?
 

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