AFL Victoria wishes to advise the 2020 rebel VFLW Super Series will not proceed following a meeting with VFLW clubs and stakeholders yesterday.
With the Victorian State Government declaring a State of Disaster and with stage four restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne to be in place for six-weeks, the situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic remains a significant challenge for the entire Victorian community and provided too great a challenge for the rebel Super Series to be held this year.
AFL Head of Talent Pathways and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said the decision was made following the announcement by the Victorian State Government.
“All levels of the game across Victoria have been impacted by the health pandemic this year and the stage four restrictions has made it incredibly difficult to hold the rebel Super Series for VFLW players,” Salter said.
“We acknowledge this is very disappointing news for the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans who were preparing for the new rebel Super Series and commend the players for their perseverance during 2020.
“Ultimately, the safety and wellbeing of each person involved in the VFLW, along with the safety of the Victorian community, remains paramount.”
AFL Victoria is currently working with all VFLW clubs on how to best support all players, coaches and officials impacted by this outcome. This includes exploring opportunities that may provide mature age talent with exposure prior to the 2020 NAB AFLW National Draft through remote interviews and testing.
The AFL remains committed to the development and progression of women’s football across all levels in the country and continues to work towards the 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Competition with all 14 AFLW teams.