AFLW 2023

The 2023 AFLW season is the seventh season of the Women’s Aussie Rules competition and will begin on the last weekend in August. 

2023 AFLW Season

  • AFLW Season Number: 7
  • Number of AFLW Teams: 18
  • 2022 AFLW Premiers: Adelaide Crows
  • Regular Season Rounds: 10
  • Start: Last weekend of August, 2023
  • Regular Season End: TBD
  • AFLW Grand Final Date: Last weekend of November, 2023

The AFLW 2023 season will be the seventh season of the professional Women’s AFL competition.

The AFLW season in 2023 will feature 10 home-and-away rounds and the 2023 AFLW finals series will run over four weeks, one week longer than the previous season. The AFLW Grand Final 2023 will be held on the last weekend of November.

The 2023 AFLW season will be sponsored by NAB and kicks off on the last weekend of August. 

All 18 AFL clubs have an AFL Women’s team in 2023. The new AFLW clubs are Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney.

Adelaide chase their fourth AFLW Premiership following a win over Melbourne in the 2022 Grand Final.

The AFLW is Australia’s national Aussie Rules football league for women. The league is run by the AFL, and is now contested between 18 clubs spanning across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Founded in 2016, the inaugural season of AFLW began in 2017 with a total of eight teams. Despite its young history, the first match was held in 2013 between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs following an inquiry from the AFL Commission surrounding the state of grassroots football in Australia.

Since then, the AFLW has become a popular competition drawing fans in the thousands. The first premiership game was played on March 25, 2017 between Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs, drawing a crowd of over 15,000 people.

To date the most successful AFLW club is the Adelaide Crows who won back-to-back premierships in 2018 and 2019 before securing their record third title in the 2022 AFLW Grand Final.

Likewise, AFLW remains a popular play for punters gearing up for the men’s AFL season, and with a further four expansion clubs announced for the 2020 season (Gold Coast, Richmond, St Kilda, West Coast), be sure to check out all of our AFL women’s season betting markets and previews below.

Aussie Rules history was made in the opening round of the 2020 AFLW season when GWS 1.3 (9) defeated the Gold Coast 1.2 (8) in the lowest combined score in AFL / VFL / AFLW history.

The 2020 AFLW season was disrupted and later cancelled on March 22, 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 saw the biggest and best AFLW season in the competition’s history with Brisbane winning the Grand Final in Adelaide defeating the Crows by 18 points.

The 2023 AFLW season will consist of ten home-and-away rounds and a four-week AFLW finals series, with the 2023 AFLW Grand Final to be held on the last weekend of November.

It is predicted the AFLW will have a full-time, 18-round competition by 2026.

2023 AFLW Premiership Betting

AFLW 2023 Season: Week 1 Preview

The 2023 AFL Season dates are TBC but will begin in the last weekend of August.

  • Start Date: Last weekend of August, 2023

AFLW Premiers: Grand Final Results

2017 Adelaide Crows Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium 4.11 (35) – 4.5 (29)
2018 Western Bulldogs Brisbane Lions Ikon Park 4.3 (27) – 3.3 (21)
2019 Adelaide Crows Carlton Blues Adelaide Oval 10.3 (63) – 2.6 (18)
2020 Cancelled
2021 Brisbane Lions Adelaide Crows Adelaide Oval 3.2 (20) – 6.2 (83)
2022 Adelaide Crows Melbourne Demons Adelaide Oval 4.5 (29) – 2.4 (16)

2023 AFLW Teams

The current AFLW teams are the:

  • Adelaide Crows (SA)
  • Brisbane Lions (QLD)
  • Carlton Blues (VIC)
  • Collingwood Magpies (VIC)
  • Essendon Bombers (VIC)
  • Fremantle Dockers (WA)
  • Geelong Cats (VIC)
  • Gold Coast Suns (QLD)
  • Great Western Sydney Giants (NSW)
  • Hawthorn Hawks (NSW)
  • Melbourne Demons (VIC)
  • North Melbourne Kangaroos (VIC)
  • Port Adelaide Power (SA)
  • Richmond Tigers (VIC)
  • St Kilda Saints (VIC)
  • Sydney Swans (NSW)
  • West Coast Eagles (WA)
  • Western Bulldogs (VIC)

Following the 2020 AFLW clubs expansion the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmanian are the only states or territories not represented with an AFL Women’s team. That said, the North Melbourne Demons are in partnership with Tasmania to draft players from the state.

The 18 AFLW teams are divided into two conferences. Since 2022 the women’s Aussie Rules competition has been contested by 18 teams, and the AFLW finals series has expanded to eight teams. The finals are played under the AFL final eight system that has been in use in the men’s competition since 2000.

The AFL Women’s Grand Final takes place between the two Preliminary Final winners.

Adelaide Crows

Six seasons into the AFLW and the Crows have established themselves as the powerhouse Women’s Aussie Rules team of the competition winning two out of the first three premierships before securing their record third Grand Final success in 2022. The Crows also share a rich talent pool with a mix of players from both South Australia and the Northern Territory.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: South Australia & Northern Territory
  • Home Stadium: Norwood Oval
  • Premierships: 2017, 2019, 2022

Brisbane Lions

The Lions have been a force to be reckoned with having played in three AFLW Grand Finals including securing their maiden title in an upset over the Crows in the 2021 AFLW Grand Final at Adelaide Oval.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: MBC Sports Complex
  • Premierships: 1 (2021)

Carlton Blues

Runners up to the Adelaide Crows in the 2019 AFLW Grand Final, Carlton looks set to make a big impact in 2020 as they aim to go one better this season.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Princes Park
  • Premierships: 0

Collingwood Magpies

The Pies had the honour of playing in the first ever AFLW match back in 2017 against arch-rival Carlton in front of 24,568 fans resulting in the gates being locked out at Princes Park.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Victoria Park
  • Premierships: 0

Fremantle Dockers

Freo was the first WA club to join the AFLW and now face the prospect of a Derby as cross-town rivals the West Coast Eagles join the competition in 2020.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Perth, Western Australia
  • Home Stadium: Fremantle Oval
  • Premierships: 0

Geelong Cats

The Cats impressed in their first AFLW season making it to a Preliminary Final going down to the Crows.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home City: Geelong, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Kardinia Park
  • Premierships: 0

Gold Coast Suns

Queensland has proven to be a rich breeding ground of female AFL talent and the addition and it will all be on show as the Suns join the AFLW in 2020.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: Metricon Stadium
  • Premierships: 0

Greater Western Sydney Giants

Along with an AFLW team, the GWS Giants are heavily invested in women’s sport with a team in the Super Netball competition.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home City: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Bankstown ISP Oval
  • Premierships: 0

Melbourne Demons

The Dees have been oh-so-close but oh-so-far in trying to make it to the AFLW Grand Final in the first few seasons of the the competition. Their latest Grand Final appearance was in 2022 when they lost to the competition’s most successful club, the Adelaide Crows.

  • Established: 2013
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Casey Fields
  • Premierships: 0

North Melbourne Kangaroos

An Aussie Rules club known for innovation, North Melbourne will align with Tasmania for the AFLW creating a two-state team. The Roos have proven to be a force to be reckoned with just one season in.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home States: Victoria & Tasmania
  • Home Stadium(s): Multiple
  • Premierships: 0

Richmond Tigers

With their home of Punt Road Oval being considered too small to host matches, the Tigers will call Princes Park home for their inaugural AFLW season.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Princes Park
  • Premierships: 0

St Kilda Saints

Not only are Saints fans excited to have an AFLW team but it marks the return of St Kilda playing home games at their heartland Moorabbin

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Moorabbin
  • Premierships: 0

West Coast Eagles

The Eagles join the AFLW in 2020 ensuring that their epic rivalry with Fremantle is set to go to the next level with a Derby.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Perth, WA
  • Home Stadium: Mineral Resources Park
  • Premierships: 0

Western Bulldogs

One of the pioneer clubs of the AFLW, the Western Bulldogs already have the 2018 premiership to their name and the Whitten Oval is packed with adoring fans every time they play at home

  • Established: 2013
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Whitten Oval
  • Premierships: 2018