|Current season, competition or edition:|
2021 VFL Women's season
|Sport||Australian rules football|
|Founded||21 March 2016|
|No. of teams||12|
|Most titles||Darebin (2 premierships)|
|TV partner(s)|| Seven Network |
(grand final only)
| AFL Women's |
Victorian Football League
VFL Women's (VFLW) is the major state-level women's Australian rules football league in Victoria. The league initially comprised the six premier division clubs and the top four division 1 clubs from the now-defunct Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL), and has since evolved into what is also the second primary competition for AFL Women's (AFLW) clubs in Victoria. The league often runs concurrently with the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Following the 2017 season, the competition was reconfigured to affiliate teams more closely with AFL clubs. From 2021, nine of the ten Victorian AFL clubs will either field their own women's teams or have an affiliation of sorts with an existing club in the VFLW, with these teams making up nine of the twelve existing teams (the others being VFL-affiliated Port Melbourne and Williamstown, and independent club Darebin). The reigning premiers are Collingwood.
The competition was not held in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AFL Victoria launched the VFL Women's competition on 21 March 2016, with its inaugural season featuring twelve doubleheaders with the Victorian Football League (VFL).The league initially comprised the six Premier Division clubs (Darebin, Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils, Melbourne University, St Kilda Sharks and Western Spurs) and 2015's top four Division 1 clubs (Cranbourne, Geelong Magpies, Knox and Seaford) from the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL). Melbourne University already had an existing partnership with Australian Football League (AFL) club North Melbourne. Following the 2016 season, the Geelong Magpies were replaced with the AFL-aligned Geelong Cats, and Knox's license was purchased by Box Hill (renamed Hawthorn in 2018 to align with the AFL club).
Following the inaugural AFL Women's (AFLW) season in 2017, the league made further changes to the competition to affiliate clubs more directly with AFL clubs and the AFL Women's competition. Five other foundation clubs departed, leaving Darebin, Melbourne University and Western Spurs (renamed the Western Bulldogs in 2018 to align with the AFL club) as the only remaining foundation clubs. The departing clubs were replaced by the AFL-aligned Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond and Southern Saints, the VFL-aligned Casey and Williamstown, and the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL)-aligned Northern Territory;Northern Territory aligned with Adelaide's AFLW team, giving Crows players an opportunity to play in the Victorian competition.
In 2019, Greater Western Sydney's AFLW team played five invitational matches in Victoria against teams having a bye.Following the 2019 season, AFL Northern Territory ended Northern Territory's involvement in the NEAFL and VFLW competitions, and Williamstown aligned with Adelaide in Northern Territory's place. Melbourne University's license was also taken over by North Melbourne, ending the clubs' ten-year partnership and allowing North Melbourne to field its own standalone team. In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, AFL Victoria decided to cancel the 2020 VFL Women's season and instead hold a four-team Super Series in September to give 120 footballers the chance to push their case to be selected in the 2020 AFL Women's draft; this was later cancelled as well due to the increase of restrictions around COVID-19 in Victoria.
In 2021, Port Melbourne joined the league, replacing Richmond, which initially left the competition due to financial issues before entering into a formal alignment with the VFL club.The competition also shifted to a February commencement, running concurrently with the AFLW season and mirroring other second-tier leagues like the SANFL Women's and WAFL Women's.
|Club||Colours||Moniker||Home venue||Main affiliate||Secondary affiliate||Est.||Seasons||Premierships|
|Carlton||Blues||Princes Park||Carlton (AFL)||—||1864||2018||2||0||—|
|Casey||Demons||Casey Fields||Casey (VFL)||Melbourne (AFL)||1902||2018||2||0||—|
|Collingwood||Magpies||Victoria Park||Collingwood (AFL)||—||1892||2018||2||1||2019|
|Darebin||Falcons||Bill Lawry Oval||Independent women's club||1990||2016||4||2||2017|
|Essendon||Bombers||The Hangar||Essendon (AFL)||—||1871||2018||2||0||—|
|Geelong Cats||Cats||Deakin University Waurn Ponds||Geelong (AFL)||—||1859||2017||3||0||—|
|Hawthorn||Hawks||Box Hill City Oval||Hawthorn (AFL)||—||1902||2017||3||1||2018|
|North Melbourne||Kangaroos||Arden Street Oval||North Melbourne (AFL)||—||1869||2021||0||0||—|
|Port Melbourne||Borough||North Port Oval||Port Melbourne (VFL)||Richmond (AFL)||1874||2021||0||0||—|
|Southern Saints||Saints||Trevor Barker Oval||St Kilda (AFL)||Sandringham (VFL)||1873||2018||2||0||—|
|Western Bulldogs||Bulldogs||Whitten Oval||Western Bulldogs (AFL)||—||1877||2016||4||0||—|
|Williamstown||Seagulls||Williamstown Cricket Ground||Williamstown (VFL)||Adelaide (AFLW)||1864||2018||2||0||—|
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