The Victorian Women's Football League
(VWFL) is the oldest and largest Australian rules football
league for women in the world, consisting of 22 clubs and 30 teams from Victoria
across four divisions and a total of over 1,000 players.
The VWFL complies with the Laws of Australian football
. The official ball, a Sherrin
, used by the VWFL is a custom made size 4.5 ball.
Women's football was organised with the formation of the Victorian Women's Football League in 1981 with four teams competing at open level.
In 1995, Sal Rees caused controversy for applying for the 1995 AFL Draft
. The draft was later amended to disallow women from taking part.
The VWFL grew quickly, increasing dramatically the number of players and participanting teams with a Division 3 added in 2001.
In 2002 VWFL player Debbie Lee
made headlines for pushing to play against men in the made-for-television team the Hammerheads
. She has commented, "My whole idea with the Hammerheads was to promote women's football. At no point in time did I really think I was going to play against the men, and frankly it wouldn't really have been smart for me to do that. My whole idea was to cause a bit of activity."
An U17 Youth Girls Competition
was established by Football Victoria
in 2004 primarily to provide a pathway to the VWFL. This was following legal action taken against them in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
(following a complaint... Read More