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The AFL have announced that the expansion of its Women’s competition will not occur until 2019.

Identifying talent identification and building the fan bases as the reasoning in maintaining the status quo, a minimum of two new teams will enter the competition in 2019 with Geelong and St Kilda in the box seat.

North Melbourne, Richmond and West Coast were also teams along with the aforementioned Cats and Saints who were given provisional licenses last year, meaning they will get first preference.

“We spoke to all five of the clubs with provisional licenses this year and some were disappointed,” AFL Football Operations boss Simon Lethlean said.

“But I think they see the opportunity now to have themselves well organised to be considered and hopefully get a licence and have some time to prepare with good momentum going into the ’19 season, rather than rushing late this year to get it done.

“There’s probably a head start for those five clubs that have been doing the work we’ve asked them to do and developing talent in their region, setting up structures.

“If there are standout submissions from clubs not in that five, then we’ll certainly consider on that basis.”

Almost 200,000 people attended the 29 AFLW matches this year, with the Crows defeating the Lions in the Grand Final.

The competition has also seen an influx in participation at grassroots level in the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL), with our female numbers spiking to in excess of 70 teams.