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Breaking News: VFL and NEAFL have merged

AFL Media Release – AFL Talent Pathway Programs & Second-Tier Football

The AFL has today written to all Clubs to advise of the new model for the AFL Talent Pathway Programs and Second-Tier Football in 2021, in response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a review undertaken over the past few months, the AFL Talent Pathway Programs have been remodelled to further align and simplify the talent pathway calendar, to provide Boys’ and Girls’ Programs with the same opportunities for elite development while also increasing their connection to community football.

The Talent Programs will continue to focus on identifying and developing players from across Australia and best preparing them for AFL and AFLW competition with the age groups for all AFL Talent Pathway Programs, including the NAB League Girls and Boys and the NAB AFL / AFLW National Championships, to be re-focussed from U16 and U18 Levels to U17 and U19 in 2021.

The draft age will remain at 18 for both Toyota AFL and NAB AFLW competitions.The Next Generation Academies (NGAs) – targeting Indigenous and multicultural players – will be implemented by the AFL Talent Pathway Team with support from AFL Clubs, while Northern Club Academies (Sydney Swans, GWS GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast SUNS) will be provided with greater responsibility and investment.

 

This broke at 4;35pm more details to come

Robbo

Some of the statement from AFL

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The key point i guess is that the NEAFL’s nine clubs — Brisbane, Gold Coast, GWS, Sydney, Aspley Hornets, Canberra Demons, Redland Bombers, Southport Sharks and Sydney University — will be invited to join the VFL, although it is expected that not all will take it up. The competition would become very bloated if they did, but who knows what will happen with the Victorian AFL Club's in regard to their involvement in the comp next year. Anyway, it will be a good reason to take a trip to QLD and Sydney and even Canberra to watch Willi play, just as we used to do when Tassie was in the competition. Interesting times ahead .... 

NorthPort
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Huge news.  This compined with the merger of the NAB U18s (becoming U19s).  Its a massive shakeup that will either thrive...or drive.  Hoping that this will breathe new life into the competition.  

I have very mixed feelings about it, but what will happen to AFL/VFL clubs competing in the competion will also change.

It's such a massive change that I think I will have to break the re-vamp down into sections to better analyze what it will mean for our Comp, its history and the future.

 


NorthPort
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Here is the AFL media release:

FL Media Release – AFL Talent Pathway Programs & Second-Tier Football

The AFL has today written to all Clubs to advise of the new model for the AFL Talent Pathway Programs and Second-Tier Football in 2021, in response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a review undertaken over the past few months, the AFL Talent Pathway Programs have been remodelled to further align and simplify the talent pathway calendar, to provide Boys’ and Girls’ Programs with the same opportunities for elite development while also increasing their connection to community football.

The Talent Programs will continue to focus on identifying and developing players from across Australia and best preparing them for AFL and AFLW competition with the age groups for all AFL Talent Pathway Programs, including the NAB League Girls and Boys and the NAB AFL / AFLW National Championships, to be re-focussed from U16 and U18 Levels to U17 and U19 in 2021.

The draft age will remain at 18 for both Toyota AFL and NAB AFLW competitions.

The Next Generation Academies (NGAs) – targeting Indigenous and multicultural players – will be implemented by the AFL Talent Pathway Team with support from AFL Clubs, while Northern Club Academies (Sydney Swans, GWS GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast SUNS) will be provided with greater responsibility and investment.

The revised Second-Tier Model will see the Toyota NEAFL amalgamated into the Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL, leaving the following Second-Tier Leagues nationally – the Victorian Football League (VFL), South Australian National Football League (SANFL), West Australian Football League (WAFL), Tasmanian Football League (TSL) and Northern Territory Football League (NTFL).

AFL Clubs based in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria will be provided with flexibility to determine the form of their involvement in Second-Tier Football in 2021 with three options available to each of those Clubs:

• Field a standalone team

• Align with an existing Second-Tier Club

• Spread their AFL-listed players across multiple Second-Tier Clubs.

The AFL will continue to work towards ensuring greater alignment across all Second-Tier competitions across the country and also increase the alignment with Talent Programs in each State and Territory.

Second-Tier football in 2021 will be a year of transition that will see the AFL take into consideration the impact of a reduced AFL Soft Cap, the level of AFL Club investment and resource allocation across Men’s and Women’s football programs, any Player CBA revisions and any associated impact on player list sizes.

The model for Second-Tier Women’s Football in Victoria is currently still under review with the AFL to finalise this model in due course.

The AFL also wishes to acknowledge and thank Dean Warren, who after more than 32 years working full-time in the football industry in a number of roles at Club, State and National level, will transition to a role as the Executive Chairman of AFL Queensland later this year in a part-time capacity. In addition to working closely with the Game Development and Talent teams in Queensland, Dean will lend his experience and expertise to specific national Game Development and Talent initiatives.

The AFL acknowledges and thanks the contribution and collaboration from all those that were involved in developing the revised Talent Pathway Program and arrangement for Second-Tier Football in 2021.

• AFL Talent Committee – Alastair Clarkson, Luke Beveridge, Chris Fagan, Damien Hardwick, Stephen Wells, Jason McCartney and Ned Guy
• All 18 AFL Club List Managers, Club GMs Football, Coaches, High Performance staff
• SANFL, WAFL, NEAFL, VFL Club Presidents and/or CEOs
• AFL State Bodies, AFL National and Regional Talent staff
• AFL Players’ Association

 


billythekid

To bring in Qld and NSW teams is just bullshit!

The AFL are cyring poor mouth and yet there would be Massive transport costs involved with maybe ten interstate clubs involved.

I reckon the Ex VFA clubs would be better off going it alone and let the AFL do what they want!

NorthPort
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I used to love the trips to Tassie, the drive up to NSW for games against the Murray Kangaroos and even the one-off trip up to the Gold Coast, to play the Suns at Southport.  If the opportunity is there to travel for footy. I'm all for it.

 


billythekid

But North Port.Who is going to pay for all the travel expences and dont forget not all VFL supporters are rich enough to be travelling interstate a number of times.?I still think its  a crap idea thats all in the AFLs favour - as usual!

It also looks like a  make a job scheme for one of the boys in Brad Scott who otherwise would be out on the street!

vfa
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Being isolated for past 5 months would look for any excuse to travel next year.
Trip for a game at Southport does appeal. Imagine GWS reserves team playing down at Frankston or at Port Melbourne. They will find it very hostile. Plenty of entertainment.

aj9172
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I'm with Billy, the costs involved are pretty scary from a Dolphins perspective, particularly given that the club (rightfully) has a commitment to remaining standalone. That said, aside from a breakaway VFA competition, this model does provide some hope for a long term competition into the future and means we will still get to see our clubs playing. 

There are some issues to sort out though......how do we stop the competition from being dominated by AFL reserves teams? It's hard enough for the strongest VFL clubs to remain competitive with them......so how does say a club like Redland do it? I think the majority of AFL clubs will opt for their own reserves team rather than alignments as it gives them flexibility to determine what roles their players have each week. That's going to mean we end up with 20+ clubs in the competition in which case it surely should be split into two divisions (or even conferences if need be). For the future of the sport in the northern states we don't want to see their teams become whipping boys until such time as they give up and go back to their own state leagues.

Oh, and drop the facade of calling it the VFL.....call it the EAFL and be done with it. This model is in no way a Victorian competition anymore.

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