The Australian Football League has confirmed the Adelaide Crows will be granted a licence in the inaugural national women’s competition in a huge boost for female football in South Australia and an historic day for women’s sport.
Adelaide was one of thirteen AFL clubs which lodged bids for a licence in the eight team, 2017 women’s national competition which will start in February.
Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone welcomed the announcement.
“Having a South Australian team in the inaugural women’s AFL competition is a massive boost for the sport in this state, where we have seen participation numbers experiencing rapid growth and exceeding expectations,” Mr Whetstone said.
“Through the Adelaide Crows, there will now be a pathway for junior and senior players to compete on a national level.
“It’s an historic and defining moment for women’s football and is extremely exciting not only for the code but the increasing profile and popularity of women’s sport for spectators.”
Mr Whetstone expects this announcement to assist the continued growth of women’s football in South Australia.
“The AFL women’s league will provide younger players at grassroots level, with role models and inspire others to take up the sport,” Mr Whetstone said.
“We’ve already seen participation in South Australian women’s football leagues at the highest on record, surpassing targets set by the AFL and I expect this will only continue to grow.”