AFLW Season 6 Begins
The AFL has communicated a revised set of protocols to AFLW clubs for all players and essential staff ahead of the first round of the NAB AFL 2022 women’s season which begins tonight.
The revised protocols put precautionary measures in place and are designed to minimize risk to clubs, players, officials and the community at large as we all continue to navigate the COVID pandemic and the new Omicron variant. .
The protocols, supported by the AFL Players Association (AFLPA), were implemented immediately and will be reviewed in two weeks, before the third round of the competition.
In summary, the revised protocols include:
- Players and essential club staff should not attend indoor events with more than 100 people
- Participation in indoor weddings, funerals and / or cultural or religious ceremonies with more than 100 people is permitted with club approval
- Players and essential club staff should not attend outdoor events if social distancing cannot be maintained
- A reminder that high density locations such as shopping centers present a high risk
- Remember that getting together at home is the most risky setting and avoiding socializing with other players and AFLW staff in this setting.
Commenting on the protocols, AFL Women’s Football Executive Director Nicole Livingstone said, “Our community is facing a difficult time in the life of this ongoing covid pandemic. As we begin our season tonight, the revised protocols were introduced as a precautionary measure to protect our players, coaches, officials and the community at large.
“We can’t wait to start the season and hope everyone understands in order to continue playing, we all have to be very vigilant to minimize the risk to the players, their families and the community at large.”
âOn behalf of the AFL, I want to thank our players, officials and everyone involved for getting us to this point and most importantly our thanks and appreciation to all of the healthcare, essential and frontline workers who work so hard and put their own health to work. risk to ensure the safety of the community.
âThe challenges in the community right now are well documented, but that doesn’t stop our excitement and anticipation for tonight. Our preparation and planning has been thorough and we have a real confidence that we are going to deliver one of the best seasons in women’s football ever.
Delayed from the start of its originally slated season in December of last year due to continued uncertainty over COVID-19 (at the time the Delta variant), including border restrictions, the next season of the AFLW will again feature 14 teams.
- NSW – Giants of the Great West of Sydney (GWS).
- Queensland – Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns.
- South Australia – Adelaide Crows.
- Victoria / Tasmania – Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, Geelong Cats, Melbourne Demons, North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos, St Kilda Saints, Richmond Tigers, Western Bulldogs.
- Western Australia – Fremantle Dockers, West Coast Eagles.
The remaining four teams – Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney – will join the competition in the seventh season, starting in December 2022.
Scheduled to be the longest to date with 10 regular rounds followed by three weeks of finals, season six will be the last covered by the current collective agreement.
Image: Representatives of the team at the launch of the 2020 AFLW season. Credit: AFL Photos.
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