The Hostplus SANFL Women’s League is set to introduce a salary cap for the 2025 season, marking another significant advancement in South Australia’s premier women’s football competition since its inception in 2017.
The decision, which follows extensive consultation with SANFL clubs and approval from the SA Football Commission, will see a cap of $30,000 per club implemented in 2025, increasing to $32,000 in 2026.
Matt Duldig, SANFL Executive General Manager Football, emphasized the league’s growth and its impact on the state’s female football talent.
“Throughout the feedback process it became evident SANFL and its clubs were committed to having a Salary Cap in place for the Hostplus SANFLW League within the next three seasons,” said Duldig.
He added, “Since its introduction seven years ago, the SANFLW competition has developed a consistently high standard of play which has provided the State’s best female players with the ideal platform to shine.”
The league’s evolution is also evident in the structure of the upcoming 2024 season, which will expand from 12 to 14 rounds, allowing each team to face off twice before the finals. This season will also witness the introduction of admission fees for the minor round – $10 for adults and $5 for concessions.
Duldig highlighted the recent progress in women’s football in South Australia, including the introduction of the SANFLW Development League in 2022, employment of dedicated Female Football Managers at all eight SANFL clubs, expansion of the SANFLW U15 and U17 Development Squads, and the live broadcast of the Hostplus SANFLW League Grand Final on the Seven Network in 2022 and 2023.
“These developments provided the ideal timing for the introduction of the Salary Cap at the end of next season,” Duldig explained. “The gradual and continued investment into our female talent pathways and competitions has been a strategic priority for SANFL.”
The 2024 Hostplus SANFLW season fixture is expected to be announced in late December, as fans and players alike anticipate another thrilling season of women’s football in South Australia.