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AFL to poach women from other sports to play in new national televised competition to be launched next year – but they may have to play for FREE

 

The AFL is set to launch a televised national women’s competition next year on the back of signing a record $2.5 billion television deal and have already identified a number of potential stars from other sports including soccer and ultimate frisbee.

The new national competition comes after a highly successful televised match last year between Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs, which out-rated the previous men’s match between Adelaide and Essendon.

Details are still being finalised but the competition is set to include six to eight teams and it is understood a number of AFL clubs are interested in having a women’s team. AFL to poach women from other sports to play in new national televised competition to be launched next year - but they may have to play for FREE

‘At the moment there is probably about 200-odd elite girls that we know of, and that sort of looks like six or eight teams,’ AFL game and market development general manager Simon Lethlean told ABC’s 7.30.

‘There is about 16 or 18 teams that want to play, so we have got to work that out with the AFL clubs and maintain their interest and get the licensing and the tender process right.’

High demand for the women’s competition has now seen the AFL launch a national female talent search in capital cities around Australia to screen athletes from all different sporting backgrounds who aren’t playing AFL.

The original date that the competition was due to kick off was in 2020 but due to the extremely positive TV figures this date has been bought forward three years. […]

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