WOMENS AFL LEAGUE
Some very exciting news.
The nations top female footballers are set to enter a national draft and be split amongst 8 clubs for the inaugural AFL womens league season in 2017.
Marquee players will be paid from the outset, with the elite group reportedly set to earn about $20000 each for their involvement.
AFL CEO described the rapid growth of the women's game and launch of the new league as a "revolution". He also flagged several likely elements of the new league which include:
- one club each from Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, with 4 based in Victoria.
- National draft for the top 30-40 players with other players to represent their local clubs.
- The inaugural season will run over 7 rounds, plus finals in Feb-March next year so as not to interfere with existing state leagues.
- Broadcast partners have already committed to televising some matches.
- Womens football is seen as a major growth area for the AFL and start up buggets of $500000 have been mooted for each team with prospective sponsors eyeing specific involvement in womens competition.
- There are people who are very passionate about womens sport and gender who will come in and be involved in this because it says alot on a number of fronts.
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