Seagulls licensed for VFL Women's in 2021
VFLW to begin in February, 2021
Future AFLW stars to showcase their talents in aligned pathway for women's football in Victoria.
AFL Victoria has today announced a streamlined calendar for women’s football with the 2021 NAB League Girls and rebel VFL Women’s seasons to begin in February next year, running concurrently with the 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Competition.
Following the integration of the female and male talent pathways, aspiring AFLW players will be provided with the increased opportunities for elite development while also retaining their connection to community football.
The 2021 rebel VFLW Competition will see 12 clubs compete with the number of games and format to be similar to previous seasons.
Williamstown Football Club CEO Jason Reddick said the Club was excited about the earlier start to the VFLW season in 2021.
“Having the 2020 season cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, our players, coaches and staff are really eager to get back into football action as soon as possible, and continue to challenge themselves at this state level,” Reddick said.
Williamstown President Clint Rippon will soon provide a video message regarding the impending VFL and VFLW season announcements.
AFL Victoria also confirmed Port Melbourne will enter the competition for the first time after they accepted a VFLW licence following the decision by Richmond not to field a team in the 2021 rebel VFLW season.
The remaining clubs include; Carlton, Casey Demons, Collingwood, Darebin Falcons, Essendon, Geelong, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Southern Saints, Western Bulldogs and Williamstown.
The 2021 VFLW list rules are currently being finalised.
There will be no license fees payable by any club to participate in the 2021 rebel VFLW Competition.
AFL Victoria will continue to review all arrangements including return-to-train and return-to-play protocols in consultation with clubs, the Victorian State Government and respective Health Officers to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in these competitions remains the priority.