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August start for VFL, no VFLW

Werribee’s Tom Gribble has won the Liston Trophy as VFL best-and-fairest. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WERRIBEE will be part of an eight-team VFL competition that will get underway on August 1.

However, there will be no VFL Women’s season, with AFL Victoria unveiling plans for a Super Series in September.

The VFL clubs – Werribee, Box Hill, Casey Demons, Coburg, Frankston, Port Melbourne, Sandringham and Williamstown – will return to contact training on July 13 ahead of a seven-round home-and-away season.

That will be followed by three week top four finals series, with the grand final to be held on the weekend October 10-11.

“We want to thank the Victorian Government for their support of Victorian football and thank the wider Victorian community – for an environment where VFL can resume,” AFL Head of Talent Pathways and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said.
“In line with the variations to the women’s competition this year, the focus for both VFL and VFLW football in 2020 is to ensure talent in both leagues are provided with the best opportunity to develop as footballers and ultimately reach the elite level.
“The VFL Competition will look different in 2020, but in consultation with all eight clubs, have developed a model which enables a fair and equitable season for our fans, clubs, players, coaches and officials. The VFL community has been patient and committed during this time, and all players and coaches are ready for training and matches to resume.

“While not all AFL-aligned VFL teams will participate in the competition, we look forward to seeing each of the five standalone VFL clubs involved in the season. Each of those traditional VFL clubs have played a significant role in ensuring the season goes ahead and we commend them for it.”

The VFLW Super Series will see 120 players spread across four teams to show their wares ahead of October’s AFLW National Draft.

 Each team will play three matches before an All-Star game featuring the best players from the across the series.
“We look forward to seeing the most talented players compete in the rebel VFLW Super Series and hopefully see many of those women drafted ahead of the 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Competition,” Salter said.
“In line with the variations to the men’s competition this year, the focus for both VFL and VFLW football in 2020 is to ensure talent in both leagues are provided with the best opportunity to develop as footballers and ultimately reach the elite level.
“All levels of the game across the country have been impacted by the health pandemic this year. While we would prefer to provide a standard season of women’s and men’s state league football, this outcome ensures an opportunity for many players to continue their journey in the football pathway.”

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