Female football has hit an historic mark with almost 2000 teams now registered across Victoria.
From under nines right through to veteran-aged footballers, female football is in full flight across the state with team numbers tripling over the last three years to 1092 registered female teams with more than 28,500 women and girls pulling on the guernsey each week.
In 2010, there were just 58 female teams registered in the whole state. As of 2019 AFL Goldfields alone has 43 female teams with more than 1000 players.
AFL Goldfields female football manager Krista Woodroffe said the rapid expansion of female teams is a direct flow-on effect from AFLW, VFLW and the massive increase in the development of female sport.
“It’s something that we probably expected in terms of the effect that the AFLW competition has had by shining a light on female football,” Woodroffe said.
“We now have upwards of 20-30 players across the VFLW and AFLW who originally resided within the AFL Goldfields competition.
“It’s exciting for football and it’s exciting for our region.”
Of AFL Goldfields’ scope, four teams reside close to Maryborough, three of which are Carisbrook Lady Redbacks (formally the Maryborough Lions) sides and one is Lexton’s under 18s team, established within the competition just this year.
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