How often do you get the chance to be part of history? Since its inception, the AFLW has literally evolved in leaps and bounds. But next season will be its best yet, so there's never been a better time to pick a team.
1. History being made
We’re right at the start of something massive, with “I was there when…” moments happening every week.
The lockout at Princes Park for the first-ever match in 2017; Blooke Lochland’s seven goal match in 2018; 53,034 people at the 2019 grand final; Anne Hatchard’s 35 possession game this year.
Not to mention any team’s first game and first win.
2. Tough footy.
It’s bone-crunching tough. Players treat every game like it’s their first and last - nothing is left on the field or taken for granted.
3. Brilliant role models.
These women aren’t just incredible athletes.
They’re paving the way for future generations of women, and doing it with style and resilience. Look at how Tayla Harris dealt with online trolls after the photo of her kicking a goal went viral.
That’s someone young kids could and should be looking up to.
4. Rapidly increasing skills.
We’re now seeing footballers who’ve had an uninterrupted pathway into the game, and they’re amazing.
Last year’s rising star Maddy Prespakis, is this year’s best and fairest. We’ll see that happening more, as the raw talent and skill level in each new draft gets more exciting every year.
5. Pride is not just a branded weekend.
Many of the players are out and proud. And it’s completely normal. No-one has to hide who they are to be a player, or a supporter.
6. Real humans.
The girls are part of the community. They’re not rock stars or gladiators separate from real life. They are real people with real jobs who happen to play footy at elite level.
7. A safe place for women.
The crowd is friendlier and more welcoming to everyone. There’s no drop kicks yelling at you because you’re a loud and passionate woman; no drunk idiots assuming you’re fair game because they’re drunk and you’re in public.
8. Suburban footy.
Walk down to your local ground on a Saturday afternoon, drink real beer, and have a kick to kick with your mates after the game. Heaven in a weekend.
9. It’s affordable
You can take all your friends and family without stressing about who has what membership, where you’ll be able to sit and if everyone can afford it.
10. It’s footy. Why wouldn’t you watch it?
The more people play footy, watch footy, love footy; the greater our game gets.