From a dream, to 18 teams, 'Dream On'

The AFLW has paid tribute to the trailblazers, current players and the next generation of talent in women's football with the release of the latest AFLW TVC, Dream On.

Using archival footage featuring female footy heroes set alongside the modern stars of the game, Dream On showcases the incredible journey of women's football and honours those who forged the pathway and created the momentum for an elite women's competition.

AFLW S7: From a dream, to 18 teams

00:30 Aug 8. 2022. 4:06 PM

Watch the AFLW TVC as we countdown to NAB AFLW S7

Having evolved significantly since the first season in 2017, the expansion of the competition solidifies AFLW as an integral part of the fabric of Australian Football.

Now in its seventh season, AFLW continues to go from strength to strength, with the creation of strong talent pathways, increased participation numbers and legions of loyal supporters across the country reaching record membership totals in season six.

At the grassroots level, the impact has seen unprecedented growth in participation nationwide, culminating in double the number of women and girls playing football since 2015.

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AFL General Manager Women's Football Nicole Livingstone said AFLW has turned the dream of women playing elite football into a reality.

"Women and girls have been leaving their mark on our game for generations through their contributions to community football and football administration," Livingstone said.

"With the creation of AFLW, young girls now have the same opportunity as boys to play footy at the highest level – starting from NAB AFL Auskick, through to the W talent pathways, straight into the elite game. Now with 18 AFLW teams, more girls can fulfill their footy dreams.

"We would like to acknowledge the role of every women's football pioneer – player, administrator, umpire, coach, volunteer, supporter – whose commitment and passion for women's football have allowed young girls to dream on."

Nicole Livingstone with some of the AFLW players at the MCG on July 21, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The AFL has committed to the progression of female football both on and off the field, releasing the Women's Football Vision in December 2021.

Now the single biggest employer of professional female athletes in the country with 540 players, the AFL has invested $25.6 million into women's football – a 146 per cent growth since Season Six – which included a 94 per cent increase across average player salaries as part of the 2022 CBA agreement.

Round one preparation is underway, with the four expansion clubs – Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans – playing their first-ever AFLW games on Saturday 27 August, in a historic occasion for women's football and a landmark moment in Australian sporting history.

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The 2022 NAB AFL Women's Competition fixture highlights include AFLW Indigenous Round (Round 3 and 4) featuring the first ever AFLW Dreamtime match, Toyota Good For Footy Round (Round 6) and AFLW Pride Round (Round 8).

Season Seven will give fans across the country the chance to attend local derbies at major stadiums including the SCG, the Gabba, Optus Stadium, and Adelaide Oval, as well as double-headers to be scheduled during the finals of the AFL Toyota Premiership Season.

The NAB AFLW competition kicks off in less than a month when traditional rivals Carlton and Collingwood meet at Ikon Park in a Thursday night blockbuster on August 25. The full fixture can be downloaded here.

All 2022 NAB AFL Women's Competition matches will be broadcast live on the Seven Network, FOX FOOTY, Kayo, and via the AFL Live Official App, thanks to Telstra, and will also be streamed live via womens.afl and the Official AFLW App. Ticketing information is to be released shortly.