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Launched in 2017, AFL Women’s, also know as the AFLW, is an eight-team competition for Australia’s elite female Aussie rules players.
The competition is played over seven four-game rounds, with the top two teams after the home and away season contesting the grand final.
The Adelaide Crows, Brisbane Lions, Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, Fremantle Dockers, GWS Giants, Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs were announced as the eight inaugural teams in the AFLW on June 15, 2016.
The North Melbourne Kangaroos and Geelong Cats will be added to the league in the 2019 season, and the Richmond Tigers, St Kilda Saints, West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns will join for season 2020.
The inaugural season was won by the Adelaide Crows, while the Western Bulldogs beat the Brisbane Lions in the 2018 season.
Fox Footy will show every regular-season fixture on pay TV. To catch the action, footy fans will need a Foxtel subscription complete with the sports package.
For footy fans without a Foxtel sports subscription, one game each week will be shown live by Channel Seven, and the free-to-air broadcaster will show two matches in the opening round.
The AFL Women’s grand final will only be shown on free-to-air TV, with Fox Footy not having the rights to the season-deciding match. Seven will be the free-to-air broadcaster for the final game of the season.
Foxtel subscribers can watch Fox Footy’s AFL Women’s coverage online through the Foxtel Go service, which is included in the subscription. If you want to catch Fox Footy’s coverage without a pay TV subscription, you can get on Foxtel Play, although this will not include the Women’s AFL grand final.
A subscription to Foxtel Play, complete with the sports package, will cost you a minimum of $35 per month, although the cost of the sports package is due to rise by $4 per month starting on February 1.
A live stream of every match will also be available through the AFL Live app, which can be downloaded for Apple, Android and Windows phones, as well as on AFL.com.au.
This will, however, require an AFL Live Pass subsciption, for which there are three options: a weekly pass, costing $4.99 per week, a monthly pass, costing $14.99 per month, or an annual pass which, at $89.99 for the year, represents the best value of all three options.
The Live Pass will also get you access to every men’s AFL game throughout the year, including the grand final.
There are a number of different rules for the women’s competition in comparison to the men’s. A smaller-sized Sherrin will be used as the game ball, while the women’s games will be played over four 15-minute quarters, rather than the 20-minute quarters seen in the AFL.
The main difference, however, is the number of players on the field. Women’s teams will feature 16 players on the field and six on the bench. The men’s competition also has 22-player match day squads, but instead has 18 players from one team on the field at any one time, with just four reserves.