Once the AFL clubs leave I think the remaining VFL clubs could just go back to local leagues. From there a Melbourne-wide league could develop IF the clubs wanted it. Won't happen if they don't. It would have to include promotion and relegation as if it doesn't it'll just go the way of any other league which doesn't have it, and die as the clubs weaken. You have to be able to regenerate as times change and population shifts. P&R is the only natural way to make that happen. If it is to happen then Merge the EDFL and NFL to create a true Northern league. Then you have Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Leagues. VFL Division 1 VFL Division 2 North West VFL Division 2 South East Bottom 2 from VFL D1 are relegated Premiers of VFL D2 are both promoted Bottom 2 of both VFL D2 are relegated to the local leagues. Premiers of 4 local leagues are promoted to VFL D2. That way it's always regenerated with strong, growing clubs at the top level. And every other level retains a local feel - VFL D2 is just slightly wider - North with West and South with East. Forget regional clubs. It's never worked as they haven't had the support that country leagues have. Frankston could of course join as they're basically a Southern suburb of Melbourne anyway... in fact I reckon other Peninsula / Nepean clubs would be keen to join the Southern league too.