On Monday, the AFL announced a new model for the talent pathway and second-tier competitions which included the amalgamation of the NEAFL and VFL competitions into one Eastern Seaboard state league competition.
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all levels of the games, with the NEAFL competition facing significant challenges resulting in the cancellation of the 2020 NEAFL Season. Since the 2020 Season cancellation, consultation and discussions have continued with the AFL regarding the future of NEAFL and our involvement in a second- tier competition, with discussions occurring around a number of potential competition options and formats, with the understanding that NEAFL would likely not continue in the same format.
Sydney University President Sam Power reflected on the club’s time in the NEAFL, “We are extremely proud of what our club has achieved being part of the NEAFL competition since its inception in 2011, and as a club we strive to provide the highest level of competition possible to our players, which we achieved through our participation in the NEAFL competition. Our commitment to providing the opportunity to play in the highest level of competition to our players will remain as we continue to work through and pursue options for 2021.”
Read the full AFL article regarding the announcement HERE…