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Decision on AFLW expansion in coming weeks

The AFL commission will decide in a couple of weeks whether to expand the AFLW competition to 10 clubs and if there should be a finals series for next year.

Decision on AFLW expansion in coming weeks

The AFL commission will decide in a couple of weeks whether to expand the AFLW competition to 10 clubs and if there should be a finals series for next year.

The AFL Commission will decide within weeks whether to expand the AFL Women's competition next season to 10 clubs and introduce a finals series and conference system.

The recently completed inaugural eight-team AFLW competition was widely considered a success.


The AFL is committed to expansion in 2018 or 2019, but has asked for more information from its executive and intends to make a final decision about next season in the next two weeks.

"We broadly think we're in the right spot (of the year)," AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said during a break in Friday's AFL Commission meeting in Sydney.

"We'd like to do a finals series beyond just a grand final if we could, but it's timing and it will depend on how many teams.

"There's a lot of moving pieces. I don't have anything specific other than we'll look at conferences, we'll look at a finals series and we'll come back with recommendations both for eight teams for next year and for 10."

McLachlan said a number of clubs would be interested in fielding a team if the commission decided on expansion for next year.

Ultimately, he said the commission aspired to having all 18 AFL clubs represented in the women's competition.

The commission is seeking more information about the amount of talent coming through and geographical aspects of expansion.

McLachlan said the commission accepted expansion would incur extra costs but the league was committed to the AFLW.

Former Macquarie Capital senior executive Robin Bishop has been announced as the new commissioner.

"He'll bring great capabilities to the commission including a really strong commercial background," AFL Commission chairman Richard Goyder said.

The commission reiterated its commitment to having an indigenous commissioner in place by the end of next year.

Goyder said a nominations committee and an external adviser would be used in the process and the potential commissioner wouldn't necessarily be an ex-player or coach.

"I think it's important that we look at a broad cross-section of people who would bring capabilities to bear around the commission table," Goyder said.

Asked about the possibility of former Sydney star Adam Goodes being considered, Goyder said: "Adam is a sensational person and was a great footballer and you'd hope he would be one of the people we'd talk to.

"But I wouldn't want to put any pressure on him or anyone else."

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