The AFL confirmed on Friday that expansion of the AFLW is definitely on the agenda. However, whether it is in 2018 or 2019 is yet to be decided.
But given the huge success of the AFLW this season, expansion for 2018 appears more likely than not at this stage.
The Herald Sun reports that Geelong and St Kilda are the front runners to secure a licence in the women’s competition next season, while in somewhat of a surprise, Tasmania may get an AFL Women’s team, before a men’s team.
Tassie are reportedly very keen to be included in the expanded competition, with their interest being considered by the AFL.
The League is taking several things into consideration when weighing up whether to expand the competition as early as next season, including the financial implications, the talent pool and broadcast agreements.
“The Commission is absolutely committed to expanding the competition,” AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said during the week.
“We’ve asked for some more detail on how and when an expansion would unfold.”
St Kilda will host a one-off women’s exhibition match against Geelong prior to the Saints’ clash with the Cats at Etihad Stadium this Sunday afternoon.