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The AFL introduces its new female league and it's time to get professional

Monday 30th January 2017
The AFL have decided to give women a way - with their feet. Literally, the AFL has introduced a league that will feature eight teams in total. It is a change that will be pivotal to Australia's history.

This female league will finally take it's formation in 2017 - with one of the first ever matches being played on February 4th, 2017. Australia has been slow to respond, but this change will see a professional pay package for these women in the league. In 2016 the AFL decided to dedicate a week's worth of activities.

The eight teams participating that have been granted licences are Carlton, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Fremantle, Brisbane Lions, Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney. It's a pivotal point for the girls who can look for a 2-month league at best. If all goes well, the league will expand and allow more teams enter.

David Gallop (chief executive of the Australian Football Federation) said these words and more when they launched this event, and now the development of this league will see a small gateway to something bigger and better for their country.

The girls participating in the AFL have come out to speak about the joys of finally playing on professional levels. These women range from construction workers to nurses, satellite engineers and more. These women all reflected a sense of relief; knowledge of the sport, and a nervousness towards the new AFL league.

Deni Varnhagen, 24, plays for 'The Crows,' and anticipated the idea that getting paid was only half of what she wanted, as she loves the game. Deni discussed the idea that men in the amateur leagues get paid, while females don't get the same level of respect and feel left out -

"You have to question the men's motives — sure, they love the game, but they're getting paid. Think of the men's amateur leagues: Even from my age, playing in their local community, they all get paid.

She then went on to say,

"With females, we've never been paid, up until now. We've genuinely played for the love of the game. That's why it can be so disheartening when you get people who bag women footballers. It's like, we love this game. We're definitely a force to be reckoned with when we're together as one."

Amongst Deni is another Crows player - her name is Courtney Cramey, 35, which is a pretty senior age, but none-the-less she talks about having male role models and her dream coming true,

"As a kid, I tended to look up to male role models, purely for the fact that that's all I had around me. The visibility of women in all areas of life—on boards and committees, in CEO positions, earning fair and equal pay—it's really important. The AFL introducing the women's league is another step."

A few others players from the Crows displayed the same sort of happiness to this change, and it's a great time for the AFL to be pushing football as an equal. Australia's neighbours are way ahead, but it means that Aussie will be closely followed by me, as I think women can play some good football too. It's a revolution at best, and one that will bring great changes to people's views.
Christine Reynolds
I would say that I'm a writer of many flavors. I did a-bit of music journalism - I want to do this full time. I've done some content writing, editing and freelance work, and other various media/music related work. I've written for various blogs and magazines (up and coming,) and hope to be a fully fledged writer; earning the big bucks and stirring my readers. Au revoir.

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