The AFL is searching for a new CEO amid ongoing reports of systemic racism, a lack of meaningful support for the AFLW and insufficient action on head injuries.
This systematic devaluing of those most invested in the AFLW isn’t new. It’s time to ask if the AFL is up to the task of running AFLW.
Jacinda Barclay (right) died last year. Her brain was donated to concussion research.
Jacinda Barclay, an AFLW player who died last year, has had her brain donated to concussion research. In general, women are understudied regards to their long-term brain health.
The sexist trolling of Tayla Harris (left) focused attention on the lack of online moderation by the AFL when it comes to women’s football.
Consciousness-raising is a laudable goal for the AFL, but on race and gender issues, it needs to lead to clear actions, not just words.
AFLW star Tayla Harris at the unveiling of a prototype statue that will be made to honour her achievements in women’s football at Federation Square.
AAP Image/David Crosling
We might think of sporting statues commemorating great players. But three new statues are showing us they can commemorate great cultural moments, too.
Carlton’s Sarah Hosking in action in the 2019 AFLW grand final.
AAP Image/David Mariuz
The AFLW has come a long way in a short time. But amid calls for even faster expansion, more games and a longer season, it pays to remember that in footy you shouldn’t go too hard, too early.
West Coast Eagles forward Liam Ryan copped racist abuse online after the opening round of the AFL season.
Online trolling is a workplace health and safety issue. The AFL must expose and sanction those responsible – anything less would not only be morally debatable, but also legally questionable.
Salaries remain extremely low for AFLW players – one of the main obstacles to the league’s future sustainability.
It is now time for fans and administrators to put their money where their mouths are and support women’s sport in meaningful ways.
Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey was deemed ineligible for last year’s AFLW draft under new regulations.
The league’s new policy for transgender footballers is contradictory and places an unfair burden on athletes to track testosterone levels and performance results over a two-year period.
Adelaide’s Bec Goddard (centre) is one of just two female senior coaches in the AFLW.
Despite participation rates in women’s sport growing exponentially in recent years, the number of women in coaching positions has remained frustratingly stagnant.
2017 inaugural AFLW best and fairest, and Adelaide Crows premiership player Erin Phillips.
Elite female athletes are leaving their chosen sport to pursue a career in AFLW. But what skills do they possess that allow them to be successful footballers with limited AFL experience?
Eight teams will take to the field for the second AFLW season – but transgender woman Hannah Mouncey will not be among them.
The decision to exclude transgender woman Hannah Mouncey from the AFLW may breach anti-discrimination law, and contradicts the AFL’s public position of embracing diversity and inclusivity.
Robbie ‘Bones’ McGhie after playing in the 1973 Grand Final, in which his team, Richmond, won.
Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive
Football has changed dramatically in the 35 years since Richmond last had a chance at the Grand Final. But while footy is now ‘an industry’, the arrival of the first women’s league is to be celebrated.
The Carlton ladies football team, 1933.
Leader, August 19, 1933
There has so far been scant understanding of – or credit given to – the historical background to the creation of the AFL women’s league.