THE AFL has delayed its decision on which clubs will be awarded AFLW licences for the 2019 season until September.
Foxfooty.com.au understands the decision has been delayed until the week of the AFL grand final.
The decision had been widely expected to be made this week, with the AFL Commission meeting on Tuesday morning.
Geelong, Richmond, St Kilda, North Melbourne, Essendon, Hawthorn, West Coast and Gold Coast have all applied for licences for 2019.
The Cats, Tigers, Kangaroos, Saints and Eagles were all awarded provisional licences after they failed to secure a spot in the inaugural competition.
It’s not the first time decisions on AFLW expansion have been delayed.
In April, the AFL had appeared set to make a call on whether to expand the competition in 2018, only to delay that decision until May.
The AFL released a statement on Tuesday night, confirming the AFL Commission had considered the eight bids, but would look to secure additional information before making a decision.
“All the submissions were extremely professional and considered. The eight clubs should be proud of their work,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in a statement.
“We understand that every Club that made a submission are passionately committed to having a team in the AFLW, and want an outcome as soon as possible.”
“The 2019 expansion decision is a big investment in the future of the AFLW, and making the right decision for the Clubs and the competition is an extremely important one for the growth of the women’s game — both at the elite and community level.”
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Originally published as Hold up! AFL delays call on AFLW licences
Source: sports dailytelegraph