Two options for restructure

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Updated: February 10, 2016
AFL Barwon RGM arrives at tonight's meeting. Picture: AL PACKER
AFL Barwon RGM arrives at tonight's meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

AFL Barwon RGM Lee Hartman arrives at tonight’s meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

TWO models have been put forward by AFL Barwon for the restructure of local football, which will change the face of the game across the region.

The proposed options were revealed in a meeting of the 34 clubs at Grovedale Secondary College on Wednesday night.

Option one involves a two-year repositioning phase in which the GFL will be reduced to 10 teams ahead of the 2018 season.

Full promotion and relegation would be in place by 2019, with the introduction of a fourth division made up of the bottom half of the GDFL ladder in 2018 and any new clubs.

A club will face relegation from the GFL or BFL at the end of 2017 if they “fail to meet the minimum criteria for their current division of competition” or “did the club finish last or second last on the premiership ladder in the senior football competition”.

Under option two, the repositioning phase will take place next year ahead of promotion-relegation being introduced in 2018.

The GFL will be reduced to 10 teams, the BFL will also feature 10 teams, the GDFL eight sides and a newly introduced fourth division to accomodate the bottom six GDFL clubs and any new teams.

The AFL Barwon commission will again apply the minimum criteria or ladder position in option one to determine whether a club will be relegated.

Netball has also been taken into account, with senior netball to continue to be aligned to senior and reserve grade football.

Clubs have been given until February 29 to provide feedback.

To read the full document click here Restructure Final Feb 2016

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