Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the Magpies should be the first club in the AFL granted a licence for a women’s team.

The AFL announced on Friday that the inaugural year of the AFL women’s league in 2017 will most likely be an eight team competition.

McGuire says that Collingwood have the perfect set up to have a women’s team.

“We have to apply to the AFL, which seems to be quite ridiculous given the fact we have just built a $25-$30 million facility, which is dedicated to women, with state-of-the-art facilities, its own gymnasium, in magnificent surrounds,” McGuire said.

“We are set up better than any club to have a women’s team, and we will be pushing as hard as possible to have the first (team) in the competition when the new competition comes along.”

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In 2016, there will be 10 exhibition women’s games that will involve teams representing Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Fremantle, West Coast, GWS Giants, Sydney, Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australian All Stars.