The AFL has announced a 10-game Women’s Exhibition Series to be played throughout 2016.
Across three rounds between March and September, the games will be played in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.
Players currently training in state academies will compete in Round One, while Round Two will feature the best players from around the country in state representative matches.
The final round will be a showpiece stand-alone match between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne for the Hampson-Hardeman Cup. This match will be played in the bye weekend between Round 23 and the first week of the Toyota AFL Finals Series. The Melbourne and Western Bulldogs teams for this game will include the best women’s football talent in the country. A Youth Girls All-Stars match featuring the country’s best under-18 talent will be played as a curtain raiser.
With a national women’s competition being slated for 2017, this 2016 series provides the perfect opportunity for state academy players to showcase their talent.
Broadcast of the women's AFL exhibition series
Broadcast details of the 10 match series are yet to be finalised with AFL General Manager Game and Market Development Simon Lethlean saying, “We are currently working with our venue and broadcast partners to maximise access and coverage opportunities throughout the exhibition match series.”
There will be audio coverage for all matches, which will be steamed live via afl.com.au.
Women's AFL exhibition game details
All times are local.
Melbourne v Western Bulldogs
- 5.10pm Sunday March 6
- Highgate Recreational Reserve, Craigieburn
SANFL All Stars
- 10.40am Saturday April 2
- Adelaide Oval
Sydney Swans v GWS Giants
- 1.40pm Saturday April 9
West Coast Eagles v Fremantle
- 3.10pm Saturday April 9
- Domain Stadium
Northern Territory v Tasmania
- 12.10pm Sunday April 10
- Peanut Reserve, St Kilda
Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns
- 7.40pm Saturday April 16
Melbourne v Queensland
- 10.40am Sunday May 22
Western Bulldogs v Western Australia
- 12.40pm Sunday June 5
- Etihad Stadium
South Australia v New South Wales
- 1.10pm Sunday June 5
- Adelaide Oval
Round 3 – Hampson-Hardeman Cup
Western Bulldogs v Melbourne
- 7.20pm Saturday September 2
- Venue TBC