The GWS Giants have announced that they will field a team in the VFL Women's competition in 2019.
However, the Sydney-based side won't be playing for premierships points and instead will be an 'invitational' side playing five games against Victorian clubs from May to July.
"We see this opportunity not only to help the GWS Giants women’s team but to also provide an extra game for some of our teams,” AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said.
They will be coached by AFLW senior assistant coach Roger Moten.
The announcement comes off the back of the fixture being released with the Giants first match to be against Williamstown on May 11.
GIANTS Chief Operating Officer James Avery said the new team provides a unique opportunity for the club and its players.
"Entering a team in the VFLW competition provides a great opportunity to continue to grow our AFLW program," he said.
"It allows us to maintain parity with eight of the other AFLW clubs by ensuring our players can train and play together during the AFLW off-season.
"It also allows our players to remain in New South Wales and the ACT during the winter months as they continue their development."
In exciting developments for the VFLW in 2019, will see an expanded finals series with a top six and the Grand Final will be broadcast on Channel 7 before the VFL men’s season decider.