On the move? Earlier season start on AFLW's agenda

AN EARLIER start to the NAB AFL Women's competition – potentially in August – is on the agenda after the AFL confirmed it was in discussions about moving the season.

The AFL Commission discussed the merits of a possible change at its meeting on Wednesday and gave the AFL the green light to continue talks with players, clubs, broadcasters and other stakeholders.

No decision has been made on moving the season but AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan told reporters after Wednesday's club presidents meeting that the issue would be resolved soon.

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"It will be a quick process and we'll have a decision on that in the next couple of weeks," he said.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan at the announcement of AFLW expansion in August 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

A shift to an August start would allow the competition to be played outside of the heat of summer, which has been an issue throughout the competition's six seasons to date. Several games each year have been played in 30-plus degree weather.

This year's January kick-off also pitted the AFLW competition against the Australian Open tennis and Test cricket matches that traditionally dominate the sporting calendar in the early months of the year.   

The League is keen to ensure the biggest possible audience for season seven of the AFL Women's competition, which will expand by four new teams to include all 18 clubs for the first time.

Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney will enter the competition and their list builds are already on in earnest.

The final round of the 2022 NAB AFLW home and away season begins on Friday, with the Grand Final to be played on the first weekend in April.

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