during the Women's AFL Exhibition Match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Highgate Reserve on March 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

AFL announce teams for inaugural women’s league

The AFL has revealed the eight clubs that will field a team in the inaugural national women’s league in 2017.

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As expected, the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne have won licences after playing several exhibition games over the three few seasons.

Carlton and Collingwood are the other two Victorian teams that have been granted licenses, beating Geelong, St Kilda, North Melbourne and Richmond who also bid for a women’s side in the competition.

during the Women's AFL Exhibition Match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Highgate Reserve on March 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
during the Women’s AFL Exhibition Match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Highgate Reserve on March 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Fremantle, Brisbane, GWS and Adelaide make up the remaining the teams that will play out the inaugural season in 2017.

Hawthorn, Essendon, Sydney and Gold Coast chose not to bid for women’s teams for next season.

The 2017 AFL women’s league:

  • Western Bulldogs
  • Melbourne
  • Carlton
  • Collingwood
  • Brisbane
  • Fremantle
  • Adelaide
  • GWS

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19 COMMENTS

  1. They did, but the afl hates port Adelaide.

    2nd time now they have rejected port and crows were given a free ride.

    I believe the first time was when port Adelaide’s bid to join the afl was rejected and the crows were created…

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