They've fucked up with their implementation. I think the AFLW is fine, I think it should've been a 10 year long staged introduction, with proper state level leagues attached to established clubs that aren't on an afl drip. Put onus on the clubs that are successful without the crutch to make it a successful venture. Start skilling them up when they're young so that they can actually have aspirations to make the professional.
I'm not trying to offend, but If the skills doesn't improve drastically I don't think it will move beyond being a niche novelty. If the afl tries to skimp on their pay again too, I don't see much hope for the players dedicating themselves to improving their skills.
Did they go too many teams at first too? All of them were 'blow outs' with 4 teams struggling to kick a goal for the entire game. Maybe a 4 team comp with 2 from vic and ones in Adelaide/Perth and Sydney/Brisbane and they have a double round robin, and the best 2 teams play for the flag.
It just seems another rushed PR thing from the AFL without them seriously considering the best way to go forward with the initiative, just the quickest way, which was what happened with GWS and GCS. Rather than build or lay the groundwork for a successful organsation, we get a team thats 1 goal off a grand final getting 6 picks in the top 20, or something like that.