UP to seven new EDFL clubs are looking at introducing an inaugural Senior Women’s team in 2018.
As of early December, 14 total clubs have expressed their interest in being part of the EDFL’s Senior Women’s Competition in 2018.
Each of the seven EDFL entities that took part in the 2017 combined competition with the WRFL are back, with Craigieburn, Glenroy, Keilor, Pascoe Vale, Roxburgh Park, Sunbury Lions and the VU Western Spurs all set to take part in the new competition.
The seven new clubs set to join in are Aberfeldie, Burnside Heights, Hillside, Keilor Park, Strathmore, Taylors Lakes and Westmeadows.
“The excitement that surrounds Women’s football continues to grow and the continued success and expansion of the AFLW competition will ensure that a major focus remains on Women’s participation in Australian Football,” outgoing Chief Executive Marc Turri said.
“It is great that our region has been captivated by this excitement and it is tremendous to see seven clubs state their intentions to field a Women’s team in the EDFL in Season 2018 for the first time.
“These seven new clubs will, combined with the seven established EDFL Women’s teams, lift the total number of Women’s teams in the EDFL to 14 for Season 2018.
“It is exciting to consider that there will be a stand-alone EDFL Women’s Competition with 14 teams in Season 2018 and I’m sure that as the season draws closer, more EDFL clubs will find the demand to field a team next season.”
Some clubs have already announced their senior coaches for the new competition and most have commenced their pre-season training (various social media posts below).
Round 1 of the new competition will commence on the weekend of April 7/8.