Women’s AFL League

Daisy Pearce Melbourne Demons AFL Women NWL 2016 Launched in 2016, the women’s AFL league is an eight-team competition for Australia’s elite female Aussie rules players. The inaugural season will begin on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The competition will be played over seven four-game rounds, with the top two teams after the home and away season contesting the grand final on Saturday, March 25.

There were a number of submissions to earn an AFL Women’s license, with the Adelaide Crows, Brisbane Lions, Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, Fremantle Dockers, GWS Giants, Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs announced as the teams on June 15, 2016.

The Geelong Cats, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Richmond Tigers, St Kilda Saints and West Coast Eagles were all granted provisional licenses, with a mind to introducing new teams in the future, possibly as early as the 2018 season.

How to watch the AFL Women’s League

TV

In the announcement of the AFL Women’s draw, it was revealed that Fox Footy would show every regular-season fixture on pay TV. To catch the action, footy fans will need a Foxtel subscription complete with the sports package, which will set you back $51 per month. If you want to catch the action in high definition, that will cost you an extra $10 per month.

For footy fans without a Foxtel sports subscription, one game each week will be shown live by Channel Seven, and the free-to-air broadcaster will show two matches in the opening round.

The AFL Women’s grand final will only be shown on free-to-air TV, with Fox Footy not having the rights to the season-deciding match. Seven will be the free-to-air broadcaster for the final game of the season.

Giants Women Train

Live stream

Foxtel subscribers can watch Fox Footy’s AFL Women’s coverage online through the Foxtel Go service, which is included in the subscription. If you want to catch Fox Footy’s coverage without a pay TV subscription, you can get on Foxtel Play, although this will not include the Women’s AFL grand final.

A subscription to Foxtel Play, complete with the sports package, will cost you a minimum of $35 per month, although the cost of the sports package is due to rise by $4 per month starting on February 1.

A live stream of every match will also be available through the AFL Live app, which can be downloaded for Apple, Android and Windows phones, as well as on AFL.com.au.

This will, however, require an AFL Live Pass subsciption, for which there are three options: a weekly pass, costing $4.99 per week, a monthly pass, costing $14.99 per month, or an annual pass which, at $89.99 for the year, represents the best value of all three options.

The Live Pass will also get you access to every men’s AFL game throughout the year, including the grand final.

Rule changes

There are a number of different rules for the women’s competition in comparison to the men’s. A smaller-sized Sherrin will be used as the game ball, while the women’s games will be played over four 15-minute quarters, rather than the 20-minute quarters seen in the AFL.

The main difference, however, is the number of players on the field. Women’s teams will feature 16 players on the field and six on the bench. The men’s competition also has 22-player match day squads, but instead has 18 players from one team on the field at any one time, with just four reserves.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

AFL Articles

Hawthorn’s off season won’t be as interesting as you might think

Hawthorn’s off season won’t be as interesting as you might think

by , 23 Aug 2017

The big players of last October are out their first round pick, but there is no reason for the Hawks to fret as the season winds down for ten of the league’s teams. Hawthorn’s needs are limited, and there are ample avenues to fill them.

Round 23 best and worst case scenarios for finals and spoon contenders

Round 23 best and worst case scenarios for finals and spoon contenders

by , 23 Aug 2017

There’s just one week left of the home-and-away season, and in Round 23 every single game of the week will have some part to play in shaping the finals series.

The AFL’s match review panel is consistently inconsistent

The AFL’s match review panel is consistently inconsistent

by , 23 Aug 2017

According to Plato, “Consistency and universality are the tests of truth.” Well, the Greek philosopher would be turning in his grave with the match review panel decisions that have spanned a brutal and fierce 2017 season.

Remembering Subi: The top five interstate victories at Subiaco Oval

Remembering Subi: The top five interstate victories at Subiaco Oval

by , 23 Aug 2017

As the 2017 AFL season draws to an end, so does the life of one its longest serving stadiums.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

by , 23 Aug 2017

With just one round remaining, and the All Australian awards just eight days away, let’s take an early look at who’s in, who’s unlucky to miss out, and who’s around the mark.

Pies continue to play waiting game on Nathan Buckley

Pies continue to play waiting game on Nathan Buckley

by , 23 Aug 2017

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the AFL club’s board has still not decided whether Nathan Buckley will coach the Magpies next season.

Bombers blowing up the Dogs’ finals chances? I’d like to see that (again)

Bombers blowing up the Dogs’ finals chances? I’d like to see that (again)

by , 22 Aug 2017

While the Western Bulldogs are favoured to defeat Hawthorn on Friday night and finish the season 12-10, the Bombers are likely to defeat Fremantle on Sunday and knock the defending champions into ninth, keeping them out of finals a year after their second-ever premiership.

AFL trade rumours: Lever says no to Dogs, Martin still on the market

AFL trade rumours: Lever says no to Dogs, Martin still on the market

by , 22 Aug 2017

The home-and-away season is almost over for 2017, and at the end of next week ten clubs are officially going to turn to the business of building their 2018 lists.

Injuries behind them, who exactly is in GWS’ best 22?

Injuries behind them, who exactly is in GWS’ best 22?

by , 22 Aug 2017

GWS are clicking into gear at just the right time, and the club with the most enviable depth in the league has fierce competition for spots in their finals team.

Membership numbers mandate a Buckley extension

Membership numbers mandate a Buckley extension

by , 22 Aug 2017

Collingwood are back on top. Not on the ladder – but back to the top of the membership table released by the AFL.


Older Articles »