The AFL Commission has ratified a Football Operations Department recommendation for a 2021 AFLW season with a nine-week regular season and three-week final series.
Clubs have since been informed by the AFL of the league's intention to proceed with a 2021 season length and structure identical to the previously planned 2020 season, as well as an unchanged AFLW CBA.
The AFL Commission's decision to recommend no reduction in AFLW player payments and the AFLW Football Department 'soft cap' reaffirms its commitment to the women's game.
When speaking to AFL club Presidents, Chairs, and CEOs, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan stated:
"It is the Commission's view that it is critical at this juncture to provide clarity to the AFLW Clubs and players by demonstrating our ongoing commitment to women's football and the NAB AFLW competition."
The importance of AFLW as a significant growth area for the sport, which should not face cuts despite COVID-19 financial impacts, was also highlighted by AFL Commission Chairman Richard Goyder.
The season is expected to commence in February 2021 with updated COVID-19 related health and safety requirements in place.