VFL Women's

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VFL Women's
Current season, competition or edition:
AFL current event.svg 2022 VFL Women's season
VFL Women's Logo.jpg
Sport Australian rules football
Founded21 March 2016 (2016-03-21)
Melbourne, Victoria
Inaugural season2016
Administrator AFL Victoria
No. of teams12
CountryAustralia
Most recent
champion(s)
Collingwood
Most titles Darebin (2 premierships)
TV partner(s) Seven Network
(grand final only)
Sponsor(s) Rebel
Related
competitions
AFL Women's
Victorian Football League
SANFL Women's
WAFL Women's
Official website afl.com.au/vfl

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 competition has been held concurrently with the AFLW since 2021.

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Following the 2017 season, the VFL Women's was reconfigured to affiliate teams more closely with AFL clubs. Since 2021, twelve teams have appeared in the competition; all ten Victorian AFL clubs either field their own women's team or have an affiliation of sorts with an existing club in the VFLW, with the other teams being VFL-affiliated 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; the grand final was also cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic, with no premiership being awarded.

History

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). [1] 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. [2] 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; [3] Northern Territory aligned with Adelaide's AFLW team, giving Crows players an opportunity to play in the Victorian competition. [4]

In 2019, Greater Western Sydney's AFLW team played five invitational matches in Victoria against teams having a bye. [5] Following the 2019 season, AFL Northern Territory ended Northern Territory's involvement in the NEAFL and VFLW competitions, [6] and Williamstown aligned with Adelaide in Northern Territory's place. [7] 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. [8] 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; [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] this was later cancelled as well due to the increase of restrictions around COVID-19 in Victoria. [14]

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. [15] [16] 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. [15]

Clubs

Current clubs

ClubColoursMonikerHome venueMain affiliateSecondary affiliateEst.SeasonsPremierships
FirstTotalTotalMost recent
Carlton Carlton AFL icon.svg Blues Princes Park Carlton (AFL)1864201830
Casey AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg Demons Casey Fields Casey (VFL) Melbourne (AFL)1902201830
Collingwood Collingwood icon.svg Magpies Victoria Park Collingwood (AFL)18922018312019
Darebin Darebin VFLW icon.png FalconsBill Lawry OvalIndependent women's club19902016522017
Essendon EssendonDesign.svg Bombers The Hangar Essendon (AFL)1871201830
Geelong Cats AFL Geelong Icon.jpg CatsDeakin University Waurn Ponds Geelong (AFL)1859201740
Hawthorn AFL Hawthorn Icon.jpg Hawks Box Hill City Oval Hawthorn (AFL)19022017412018
North Melbourne AFL North Melbourne Icon.jpg Kangaroos Arden Street Oval North Melbourne (AFL)1869202110
Port Melbourne Hbchfl.png Borough North Port Oval Port Melbourne (VFL) Richmond (AFLW)1874202110
Southern Saints AFL St Kilda Icon.jpg Saints Trevor Barker Oval St Kilda (AFL) Sandringham (VFL)1873201830
Western Bulldogs AFL Footscray Icon.jpg Bulldogs Whitten Oval Western Bulldogs (AFL)1877201650
Williamstown VFL Williamstown Icon.png Seagulls Williamstown Cricket Ground Williamstown (VFL) Adelaide (AFLW)1864201830

Former clubs

Honours

Darebin's 2017 premiership team Celebrations 3 VFLWGF17.jpg
Darebin's 2017 premiership team

Premiers

Lambert–Pearce Medal

See also

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