AFLW targets nine female coaches by 2030 | Liverpool City Champion

AFLW ambitiously hopes to move from no female head coaches in the league this year to nine by 2030.

In a bold new 2021-2030 plan released by the AFL on Wednesday, the league also aims to ensure its female players are paid better than any other domestic women’s competition in Australia.

For the upcoming sixth edition of the AFLW, the 14 coaches will be men after the replacement of Peta Searle of St Kilda by the great Nick Dal Santo.

Bec Goddard, who coached Adelaide to the AFLW’s first premier in 2017, will lead Hawthorn in 2023 when the Hawks enter the competition.

As part of the plan, the AFL will introduce a new program where six women will be accelerated to become coaches.

AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone admits there has to be a change in the way football has attacked in trying to get women in training and leadership.

“Women can coach, we know women can coach, but you have to give them the opportunity and they have to be supported,” Livingstone said.

“Women who coach can really immerse themselves in the field of coaching.

“The hope is that it becomes sustainable and that the women who go through that first harvest then enter the system being used and we are able to complete the next harvest so that we can continue this legacy.”

Livingstone wants female AFLW players to be the highest paid of all women’s competitions, on average, by 2030.

“Five seasons on and our AFLW competition has made great strides, but we have a lot of work to do,” said Livingstone.

“Our mission remains to accelerate the growth of the AFLW economy to create greater opportunities on and off the pitch for our best players and administrators.”

The 2022 season kicks off on January 7 when St Kilda welcomes Richmond under the lights of Frankston.

It will be the last before AFLW meets men’s competition with all 18 clubs involved as Hawthorn, Essendon, Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans join in for 2023.

Associated Australian Press

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