The AFL has confirmed the inaugural AFL Women’s Grand Final will be held on the Saturday afternoon of the opening round of the men’s season, March 25.
While a venue and a precise time have not been confirmed as yet, the League has opened up a timeslot for the match to be broadcast live nationally on Channel Seven, who will also broadcast select other games.
The full AFLW fixture is set to be released Friday, but the AFL’s own website has confirmed the date of the Grand Final and also confirmed that every game will be shown on Fox Footy.
“We decided if we clear out Saturday afternoon, the traditional Grand Final time, and combine that with the excitement round one generates, then that would represent the AFLW competition appropriately,” AFL game development general manager Simon Lethlean told AFL.com.au.
“It’s a good result and those broadcasters have production standards they don’t compromise on.
“There’ll be all the camera angles, commentators, high-definition, and it’ll look great.”
The eight-team competition will run over a seven-week period in the lead-up to the AFL season. Lethlean confirmed that no rights fees had been secured for the broadcast, but that broadcasters will underwrite the production costs for the inaugural season.
“(The players) are fresh, excited, grateful for the opportunities that are coming, and more importantly, they’ve worked hard to get where they are and deserve the opportunity,” Lethlean said.
“I reckon the goodwill in the industry permeates because of that and they’ll benefit from it.”