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Local Salary Caps Slashed

Action from last year’s GDFL Grand Final between Thomson and Bannockburn. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE salary caps for the region’s three local football leagues have been slashed as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19.

Clubs were informed on Thursday night of the reduction, with the limits set in line with similar standard competitions across Victoria.

The Geelong Football League has taken the biggest hit, cut from $145,000 to $100,000.

That equates to a reduction of $2500 for each club per home-and-away match.

However, the $100,000 limit is on par with the major Melbourne metropolitan competitions.

The Bellarine has been cut from $110,000 to $80,000, or $1667 per round.

GFL and BFL had already been facing a reduction of $5000 and $10,000 to $140,000 and $100,000 respectively.

For Geelong and District Football League clubs, their cap is $70,000, down from $90,000, which equates to an $1111 reduction for each match.

“The reaction has been supportive,” AFL Barwon Region General Manager Will McGregor said. “We met with the presidents last night, and there was no general animosity to what we’re trying to achieve here.

“We surveyed the clubs, so they’ve had input into this, and we had a fair understanding of how they were going to react to the decision and the reduction in the salary caps.

“The salary caps were going to be reduced by small increments next year anyway, and I think that there was general support for salary caps prior to COVID to be reduced.

“The burden on volunteers to ensure they had enough finance to cover player payments was becoming quite strong.

“I also think that while this decision is directly related to how we’ve been impacted from a COVID perspective, it’s also something that’s been asked of us from presidents around reductions around salary caps in general prior to COVID.”

The salary cap for all three leagues has been fixed for the next three years, with AFL Barwon leaving the door open for adjustments annually.

“We asked two questions in the survey,” McGregor said.

“We asked if they would like to see incremental increases as we get back to a more stable environment.

“Or whether they would like to see the cap fixed for a three-year period to provide assurance that they know what they’re dealing with from a budget perspective.

“There was strong support for fixing those caps for a three-year period across the board, but that the AFL Barwon Commission could revisit that annually.”

McGregor revealed the potential impact of COVID-19 on the 2021 season and the salary cap was also discussed.

“That was flagged with the presidents last night, and I think that’s a realistic chance of potentially happening,” he said.

“If we can’t get back to some form of normality then we will have to revisit salary caps into the pre-season like we did this year.

“But I hope we don’t have to do that.”

A decision on whether a player’s points value will remain at 2020 levels next year is yet to be finalised, but it is understood there will be no reduction for players carrying more than one point.

Points allocations for each club are expected to be finalised in coming weeks.

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AFL BARWON DETERMINATION

Geelong Football League

– The 2020 APP Football limits be $5,000. Any Total Team payments made above $5000 in
2020 will be required to request a ruling and if that can’t be satisfied, the amount over
$5,000 will come off the clubs 2021 APP limit
– The 2021 Geelong FNL Football APP limit be $100,000- in line with premier metropolitan
competition limits and neighbouring major country league competitions.
– The 2021 Geelong FNL Football APP be fixed at $100,000 for the next three years. The AFL
Barwon Commission will reserve the right to adjust after an annual review
– 9 out of 11 responses of surveyed clubs believed the salary cap should be reduced for 2021
– The 2020 APP Netball limits be $1,000. Any Total Team payments made above $1000 in 2020
will be required to request a ruling and if that can’t be satisfied, the amount over $1,000 will
come off the clubs 2021 APP limit
– The 2021 Geelong FNL Netball APP limit be $15,000
– The 2021 Geelong FNL Netball APP be fixed at $15,000 for the next two years. The AFL
Barwon Commission will reserve the right to adjust after an annual review

Bellarine Football League
– The 2020 APP Football limits be $5,000. Any Total Team payments made above $5000 in
2020 will be required to request a ruling and if that can’t be satisfied, the amount over
$5,000 will come off the clubs 2021 APP limit
– The 2021 Bellarine FNL Football APP limit be $80,000- in line with second-tier metropolitan
competition limits, as well as other competitions in the AFL Barwon region
– The 2021 Bellarine FNL Football APP be fixed at $80,000 for the next three years. The AFL
Barwon Commission will reserve the right to adjust after an annual review
– 8 out of 10 surveyed clubs believed the salary cap should be reduced for 2021
– The 2020 APP Netball limits be $1,000. Any Total Team payments made above $1000 in 2020
will be required to request a ruling and if that can’t be satisfied, the amount over $1,000 will
come off the clubs 2021 APP limit
– The 2021 Bellarine FNL Netball APP limit be $15,000
– The 2021 Bellarine FNL Netball APP be fixed at $15,000 for the next two years. The AFL
Barwon Commission will reserve the right to adjust after an annual review

Geelong and District Football League
– The 2020 APP Football limits be $2,500. Any Total Team payments made above $2,500 in
2020 will be required to request a ruling and if that can’t be satisfied, the amount over
$2,500 will come off the clubs 2021 APP limit
– The 2021 Geelong DFL Football APP limit be $70,000- in line with third-tier metropolitan
competition limits and other competitions in the AFL Barwon region
– The 2021 Geelong DFL Football salary cap be fixed at $70,000 for the next three years. The
AFL Barwon Commission will reserve the right to adjust after an annual review, in
conjunction with the GDFL
– 10 out of 12 surveyed clubs believed the salary cap should be reduced for 2021