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aj9172
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Any word on the league's structure for 2021?

Anybody heard word on competition structure? Looks to me like we're gonna have 23 teams, so am guessing they're gonna have two conferences. Surely there's some word on the street?

NorthPort
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It was stated that, an announcement would be made after the AFL Grand Final.  I'd suggest it most likely won't be made for at leat until next week when all of the AFL staff have made their way back from Queensland laugh

 


Bearsman
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Paul Amy tweeted that it will be announced today. Also said that Sam Mitchell will coach Box Hill.

Announcement expected today from the AFL regarding the composition of the VFL for next year. Believe Sydney University has joined Redland and Canberra Demons in withdrawing from the competition.

Robbo

22 teams 16 rounds starting Anzac Weekend

all vfl stand alone teams incl Northern Bullants

all AFL stand alone teams incl 4 Northern AFL teams plus Carlton

3 AFL aligned teams Sandy, Casey and Box Hill

2 former NEAFL Stand alone clubs Southport and Aspley 

aj9172
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Thanks Robbo.....great for the Sydney and Queensland AFL clubs, but pretty diabolical for their premier competitions. Not one Sydney or Canberra standalone is a retrograde step for development of footy in the northern states. Aside from Brisbane, GC, Sydney and GWS, I'm struggling to see who else will benefit from this change.

MegaA
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I guess Canberra and Sydney Uni thought the new comp would be too difficult for them to play in and feared being easybeats so they didnt apply - just my guess only.

Im wondering what people think of todays announcements ?

Ill get the ball rolling by saying that nearly everything we have been told thus far is a pleasant surprise and beneficial for the stand alone sides. More specifically the favorable news consists of

- no license fee (i was once told the annual license was 300 k - dont know the validity of the figure as it was said by a fan and not by officials)

- double the salary cap for stand alones compared to the AFL clubs

- all interstate travel to be covered by the AFL.

Would have liked to of seen 18 rounds minimum, 16 is shortening a already short competition, but other than that i see only positives.

What are other people's thoughts ?

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NorthPort
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Yes I would have like to see the season extended and for the Grand Final to be a week after the AFL Grand Final (a little like the SANFL used to do).

Otherwise, I'm also fairly pleased.  Just feel that 16 rounds is too short.  Perhaps a couple of midweek games so that everyone played each other once at least.

 


billythekid

Typical AFL Bull Crap.16 rounds is a joke when you have a 22 team comp with 6 northern states clubs.

The matches against the NSW and QLD clubs will be of little interest in Melbourne. Are they going to have a top ten?

NorthPort
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I understand that the season is shorter sure to the cricket season finishes later and the Grand Final will stop take place the week before the AFL GF 

 


aj9172
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Like you Billy, I'm intrigued to know how they're gonna structure a finals series out of this mess. From history, I'm guessing it will remain a top 8, giving clubs like mine very little chance of playing finals in the near future.

Bearsman
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Another reason for the short season is that training wont commence until January.

No league name, no list sizes, no finals, typical half cooked AFL circus...wonder if they will bother with a website for the new league?

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