The Women’s Australian Football League

Growing a beard is pretty much the only thing men can do that women can’t. (With some notable exceptions).

Women of today are citius, altius, fortius than men of previous generations, and are catching up a lot faster than we are.

The author of the best selling book of all time is a woman.

The longest lived person of all time was a woman.

However, there are some things women can’t do for certain reasons.

Until 2015, women weren’t able to vote in Saudi Arabia.

Women can’t serve in the military in some countries.

There has never been a women president of the United States, although that will hopefully have changed if you’re reading this in 2017 or later.

And another thing women can’t do is play for their favourite football team.

There has been a long history of women involved in football. In 1900, a third of Collingwood’s members were female, and during World War I, there were plenty of games of women’s football.

Women have been getting involved in recent years, in a major way. In 2012, Chelsea Roffey became the first female umpire in an AFL Grand Final. In 2013, Richmond elected a woman, Peggy O’Neal, as president for the first time. And in 2014, Peta Searle became an assistant coach at St Kilda, the first woman to do that.

Today, the AFL announced the eight teams getting a licence for the 2017 Women’s Australian Football League.

Carlton, Collingwood, Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, and Greater Western Sydney are the eight teams that will be competing in the inaugural league. The league will have six home and away rounds, semi finals, and a grand final, to be played as either a stand alone game between the end of the NAB Challenge and the regular season, or a curtain raiser to the Carlton-Richmond game at the start of 2017. (I’ll go with the first one.)

There are still a few kinks to iron out between here and the first bounce, but we here at Statscrunch are incredibly glad that this league will exist, and will hopefully become a great part of the Australian sporting landscape. Good luck to all the women competing in 2017!

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