It's official: the WAFL is going ahead in 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The nine club CEO's met with the WAFL this afternoon and agreed on the start date for the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season.

Beginning on August 1, the season will be a shortened home-and-away fixture with each club facing off once, minus the West Coast Eagles WAFL side. 

Full details around the fixture, finals format, player payments and the financial model will be discussed over the coming days and finalised at a WAFC Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26.

Speaking with Channel 10, Subiaco CEO, Peter Capes said "We are very excited, we have got the parts we need to put in place, which should be done next week, but I think we are really happy at where its at".

Gavin Taylor, the WAFC CEO also spoke with Channel 10 saying "We think this is going to be a model that protects the integrity and the history of the WAFL, its fantastic we can get a season underway through the crisis we are facing. It's going to be financial sustainable for all the Clubs, but it will be great for the fans."

Gavin Taylor added that while there were still details to work through and confirm, it was exciting that a start date had been agreed to for the 2020 WAFL season.
“The WAFC appreciates the collaboration between the WAFL Presidents and CEOs at each club to reach an agreement during what has been a very difficult period with our industry facing significant financial challenges,” he said.
“I acknowledge that there is still some work to do before we get a season underway but it is a very positive step and I am excited we have been able to agree on a start date and some of the broad parameters of the season, with the balance of the details to be finalised at the WAFC Board meeting next week.”
“Decisions will continue to be based around expert advice and Government guidelines and it is possible games will start without crowds, however fans will be able to tune into a game each week live on the 7 Network.”
“We will also be commencing the WAFL Women’s season on the same weekend, with their season to run consecutively with the WAFL.”
“This is great news for all of the WAFL and WAFLW players, coaches and the many fans right across Western Australia.”

We will look to keep members and fans up to date with relevant and new information that becomes available regarding the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season.