The AFL wants 22 teams. Name your next four.

Damon_3388

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Outside Tassie, do these locations have the juice to fund and support a team for 9-10 home games?
I'd say Newcastle and probably Canberra do. You could probably justify Ballarat in a similar way to Geelong.

The NT is hard to define. It's worthy in a football sense, but the numbers and dollars might not work without a lot of long-term propping up from the league.
 

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jmac91

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Here is what I'm thinking...
If hawthorn Get Out of Launceston, I can See North taking over Tassie.
The Bulldogs could play half their home games in Ballarat and Half in Melbourne
St Kilda Failed the first time in NZ but, I can see them and the AFL trying again.
Canberra and the NT I feel needs their own team. Same can be said for Tassie but I can see North just Relocating there as the easier option.
the 2 other teams (if needed) could be Nth QLD (Mainly in Cairns) and possibly a Newcastle. But I would think a 3rd WA team could be a better option.
With the new Stadium now, I can see WA supporting a 3rd Team.
Newcastle I would think would be too hard to get a supporter base from. Rugby owns that town and I don't see AFL surviving there.
 

gopies1981

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Only club I could see come in are a 3rd Perth team possibly Subiaco or Clermont and Tasmania. Honestly their are too many teams and the afl need to look at reducing the afl back to 16 clubs. I think the afl should look at merging the bulldogs and north together to become the western kangaroos and Melbourne and st.kilda to merge to become the Melbourne Saints.
 

Engimal v3

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Only club I could see come in are a 3rd Perth team possibly Subiaco or Clermont and Tasmania. Honestly their are too many teams and the afl need to look at reducing the afl back to 16 clubs. I think the afl should look at merging the bulldogs and north together to become the western kangaroos and Melbourne and st.kilda to merge to become the Melbourne Saints.
Why would any of those clubs agree to that? There is more chance of them folding or being relegated.
 

Gersman

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Hobart - just about dead. Sitting winless and bottom of the second tier comp in the south outside the state league. Lost almost all their following.
Two flags in 40 years.

Launceston - Successful history. Been around 144 years.
Only have about 100 supporters though.

North Hobart - Bottom of the state league with one win all season. No following anymore.
One flag since 1992. Been in the financial goo for over two decades.

East Launceston - died 33 years ago. Merged with City-South and became South Launceston. Been good at regional level in the NTFA but at state level only made the finals once in all the time they were in and won a flag when AFL Tas allowed them to rort the salary cap by a long, long way by funding them for top dollar players.
Unceremoniously kicked them out after winning the flag.

Clarence and North Launceston were the two clubs touted as being pushed up to joining the VFL in the early 2000s. North still dominating at state level.
Clarence at their lowest level in over 40 years. Battling to survive. No following anymore.
 

Professor Knowall

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Clearly any Tasmanian AFL club would have to be a brand new club representing all of Tasmania (and playing home games in both Hobart and Tassie in a 6/5 split). This rules out any consideration of any state league teams, which are also far to small in any case.

As for any third WA team, it would need to find a distinct geographical area to represent (be it the far Northern suburbs or alternatively down around Mandurah) and any such push would need to come from a local consortium demonstrating a local want and interest for a new club, not from the AFL itself.
 

Carringbush2010

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Every year, the 4 lowest ranked AFL teams would be replaced by the respective winners of the VFL, SANFL, WAFL and NEAFL comps.
Apologise for the late reply but hypothetical. Let's say one of the 4 teams is say Collingwood and Collingwood haven't been relegated from the AFL?

Let's say WC aren't relegated from the AFL but their WAFL team makes the grade to the AFL?

Same with Geelong. Same with Sydney, GWS and GC. You get the drift.
 

almuz

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2025-ish I’d add two more teams-

Team 19: Joondalup Dolphins
Team 20: Tasmania Devils... or if the Dees don’t like that then, the Tasmania Apples lol

Two established footy markets in WA3 and Tas. Extra income from two teams which shouldn’t need too much financial propping. Ten games per round means the AFL gets more money for its next big expansion for teams 21 and 22 in roughly 2035.

Team 21: Canberra Phoenix/Mustangs/Knights
Team 22: Sydney Team 3... South Sydney Falcons/Wolves

CBR team plays a couple games in Wagga/Albury a season. Sydney team builds on success of Swans and GWS.

Aus population is growing so it makes sense to expand teams too. Talent pool being diluted is more to do with defensive gameplay and crappy rules - change my view.
 
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