The inaugural NAB AFL Women’s League will commence in 2017 and Fox Footy will be the only place to see every home-and-away match LIVE on TV.
The eight-team competition will see 28-matches staged over seven weeks, and across seven states, with Collingwood and Carlton kicking off the action on February 3, 2017, at Olympic Park Oval, Melbourne.
Spearheading Fox Footy’s coverage will be renowned sports presenter, Kelli Underwood, who will call the matches with Neroli Meadows in the hosting chair. The two will be joined by fellow Fox Footy commentators including Adam Papalia and Tanya Armstrong, with more names to be announced in the coming months.
The Seven Network will also provide coverage of the women’s tournament, broadcasting two games in the opening weekend, and then one game each week throughout the season.
The women’s league will coincide with the annual pre-season men’s AFL competition, the 2017 JLT Community Series, which will run from February 16 to March 12, 2017, LIVE on Fox Footy.
Including the Men’s and Women’s series, Fox Footy will broadcast 55 matches across February and March.
Fox Footy General Manager, Michael Neill, said:
“This is a landmark moment for women’s football. Fox Footy will bring the new league to life by beaming every home-and-away match live to fans across the country. We are proud to be partnering with the AFL on providing a platform to showcase these amazing athletes, and to give women’s sport the coverage it deserves.
“Fox Footy is truly the home of the AFL, and the only place on TV to see every home and away match of both pre-season competitions plus every game, of every round, of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership season live.
“Across February and March, fans will receive more live action than ever before with 55 pre-season men’s and women’s matches. It’s going to be a massive year, and we can’t wait to get cracking.”