AFL Tasmania has announced a new competition model for women’s football as part of the state’s
commitment to growing and strengthening the game.

The Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill joins Dave to look at the changes ahead for womens football in 2021
Despite the challenges posed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more teams
and more opportunities for women to play football in Tasmania this year and beyond. This comes
after football experienced a substantial increase in overall participation at junior and senior female
levels from 2017-19 before COVID-19 disrupted the game in 2020.
Strengthening the female football talent pool and growing participation remain key strategic
priorities for the game, and registration numbers are strong going into 2021.
The Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) will not go ahead in 2021 due to an insufficient
number of teams (three) committed to compete in a statewide women’s competition. As a result,
remaining clubs Clarence, Glenorchy and Launceston will move to participate in regional
competitions in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association Women’s (NTFAW) – Launceston – and
the Southern Football League Women’s (SFLW) – Glenorchy and Clarence. The new format will bring
to life local rivalries throughout the home and away season while also pitting region against region.
The focus is to uplift and build a greater level of talent through more clubs across three vibrant
regional competitions.
The 2021 season will culminate in the statewide Finals Series that will showcase the three league
premiers playing each other in a battle to be crowned Tasmania’s best women’s team. There will
also be a Tasmanian Women’s All Star Representative Series contested between the SFLW, NTFAW
and North West Football League Women’s (NWFLW) representative teams. ATasmanian All Stars
team will be selected to acknowledge and celebrate the state’stop performers. The All Star Series
will be live streamedwith statistics provided to cater to AFLW recruiters.
This model gives women’s football in Tasmania the best chance to prosper, while still providing a
platform for current players who are aspiring to play at the elite level.
Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill, said: “we are excited by these changes and building on the
incredible growth we’ve seen in women’s football at junior and senior levels in recent years.
“Like all sport around Australia, community football in Tasmania was impacted by the COVID-19
pandemic during 2020, but the participation numbers we’re seeing in female football for the year
ahead are really encouraging.

 

“Interest in the game at the junior level is huge and the future of female football in Tasmania looks
very bright.
“While disbanding the TSLW competition was not an easy decision, we need to facilitate sustainable
competitions. The new model means there will be more senior women’s teams than ever before
with the SFLW and NTFAW both expanding, and it will give more players the opportunity to compete
with the best female footballers in the state each week.
“We will also see representative football take centre stage with the very best talent from the
NTFAW, NWFLW and the SFLW showcased in a Tasmanian Women’s All Star Representative Series in
June.
“As part of our commitment to long-term future of women’s football in the state, we are seeking
nominations for a new female football advisory group, to feature voices from right across the game.
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AFL Tasmania’s commitment to women’s football – summary of key elements:
• New competition model for female football across the state means there will be more senior
women’s teams than ever before with the SFLW and NTFAW both expanding
• The state’s finest Under 19 women’s talent will compete in the NAB League against
Victoria’s very best
• AFL Tasmania in partnership with North Melbourne Football Club will look to provide
opportunities for the state’s next wave of aspiring senior talent to play VFLW
• A female football advisory group will also be assembled to help guide the evolution of
female football in the state moving forward
• Emphasis on ensuring the women’s representative football program gives the state’s best
players a chance to showcase and develop their abilities
• Commitment to continuing to grow participation at all levels and getting numbers back to
pre-COVID levels, to build on the incredible growth in the game between 2017-19
• Pathway programs for the best Tasmanian junior players to compete in AFLW U17 and U19
events
Women’s senior football top-level structure 2021

NTFAW (12 Clubs)
Bridgenorth
Deloraine**
Evandale
George Town
Hillwood**
Launceston*
Longford**
Meander Valley Suns
Old Launcestonians
Old Scotch
South Launceston
Scottsdale

NWFLW (5 Clubs)
Devonport
Latrobe
Penguin
Wynyard
Ulverstone

SFLW  (16 Clubs)
Brighton
Claremont
Clarence*
Glenorchy*
Huonville
Hutchins**
Kingborough
Lauderdale**
Lindisfarne
New Norfolk
North Hobart
OHA**
South East Suns
St Virgils**
The Port
University
Two-tiered competition
structure TBC by the SFL

*Denotes new to competition (moved from TSLW)
**Denotes new teams in 2021

The Tasmanian Women’s All Star Representative Series

June 12, 14, 19: Series between the SFLW, NTFAW and NWFLW Representative Teams

June 19: Under 20s All Stars North v South

State Finals Series

Premier team from host league (rotates between three leagues on an annual basis: SFLW 2021,
NWFLW 2022, NTFAW 2023) goes through to the State Grand Final and the other two league

premiers play on Sunday 12 September for the other Grand Final spot

State Grand Final

To be played on Sunday 19 September in Hobart