Frustration grows ahead of proposed AFLW season start

AFLW players and coaches continue to voice their frustration about the lack of clarity surrounding when the next season will start.

Key points:

  • August is the proposed start date for the next season
  • Collingwood’s Steph Chiocci described the uncertainty as a “sad reality”
  • Four clubs will join the AFLW to form an 18-team competition

August is the expected start date, four months after the most recent season finished.

Frustration is boiling over at clubs about how to prepare their part-time players as the competition expands to 18 teams next season with the addition of Sydney, Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Essendon.

Players are prepared to adjust their lives so they can feature in the AFLW and have already started booking in leave periods from work around the mooted August kick-off.

The AFL and the AFL Players’ Association (AFLPA) are still in negotiations as they attempt to sign off on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Collingwood co-captain Steph Chiocci, who works in education, said the uncertainty was a “sad reality”.

Author: Ivan Robinson