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In just three years, the AFL Women’s competition has gone from a fledgling debutant to an established member of the Australian sporting calendar, and on the eve of its fourth season, we reflect on what to look forward to this year with every game streamed live on theAFLW app and Telstra Live Pass.

More clubs, more rivalries

After the addition of North Melbourne and Geelong last year, the league has expanded to 14 teams in its fourth season with the inclusion of Richmond, St Kilda, Gold Coast and West Coast, and like the men’s traditional season opener, the Tigers will face last year’s beaten grand finalists Carlton.

More footy for fans

The 2020 season will feature eight regular-season rounds and three weeks of finals with the home and away season rising to nine rounds in 2021 before settling at 10 for 2022.

Footy doesn’t get any more accessible than this, with the majority of fixtures free to attend.

You can find thefull fixture list here, or in the app.

Challenging the Crows

With two flags in three years – the 2019 Grand Final was won comprehensively by 45 points – the Crows are the benchmark team of the competition.

The perks of being the only AFLW team in the state means the Crows have had an impressive retainment rate, losing just five players to other sides dating back to the end of the 2017 season.

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Melbourne and North Melbourne shape as contenders to challenge for Adelaide’s crown.

The Demons have welcomed back Daisy Pearce after missing last season to give birth to twins.

Across town, the Kangaroos have high hopes as well after being denied a finals berth in their debut season despite having the third-best record.

The best technology so you don’t miss a thing

Like the grassroots beginning of AFLW itself, our team built thewomens.aflwebsite from the ground up in collaboration with the AFL over a period of just 10 weeks, unveiling it last year. Our team atTelstra Mediaalso builtthe Official AFLW Live App, which lets viewers tune in to live streaming matches and on-demand replays, team news, player information and more – live, fast, and data-free.

We’re extremely proud to have shared in the AFLW’s incredible journey over the last three years, and we’re excited to see where this season leads.

AFLW, State of Origin bushfire relief double-header

To raise funds for bushfire relief, the doubleheader, which will be played on Friday 28 February at Marvel Stadium, will kick off at 5:40pm with Melbourne’s AFLW match against Collingwood.

Following the AFLW, the State of Origin match between Victoria and the All Stars will begin at 7:50pm.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 21 January at 12:00pm (AEDT) viaticketmaster.com.au.All proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will go into a Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL.

Stream AFLW

Get free access to stream every match of the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Competition live, fast and data-free in the AFLW Live Official App.

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Plus, get:

  • Full match replays
  • Match Centre, including new team and player stats
  • All your AFLW league information in one place, including player stories, rules, directions to venues and more
  • All your club info in one place – social channels, learn the club song, become a member and more

Live streaming limited to 7” viewing size.