Date/time/venue confirmed exactly as I predicted
The AFL has today confirmed the fixture for Week One of the 2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series.
Saturday June 11
Qualifying Final, Essendon (1st) v Hawthorn (2nd)
Windy Hill, 11:05am AEST
Second Elimination Final, Geelong (4th) v Southern Saints (5th)
Deakin Uni Waurn Ponds, 1:05pm AEST
Sunday June 12
First Elimination Final, Casey Demons (3rd) v Collingwood (6th)
Casey Fields, 11:35am AEST
Entry to all rebel VFLW finals is free.
All matches in Weeks One to Three of the 2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series will be broadcast live and free on AFL.com.au and the AFL Live Official App.
The AFL is pleased to confirm the 2022 rebel VFLW Grand Final will be broadcast live on the Seven Network, with the match to be played at Port Melbourne’s ETU Stadium on Sunday July 3.
AFL Head of State League Competitions Jennie Loughnan said the 2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series would showcase the highest standard of state league football for women in Victoria.
“After an entertaining home and away season, we look ahead to the 2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series with great anticipation,” Loughnan said.
“As the state’s premier women’s football league, the rebel VFLW Competition has continued to showcase the state’s best football talent. This is highlighted by the number of players who have recently been signed to AFLW clubs for the upcoming season.
“We have been delighted to be able to take the rebel VFLW Competition to more people in 2022 by live streaming every game live and free and we are thrilled to have all finals streamed on the AFL platform and the Grand Final broadcast on the Seven Network.
“The increased exposure of the rebel VFLW competition throughout the 2022 season has been a great asset for the clubs, players and fans.
“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to thank all clubs, players, umpires, venues and our broadcast and commercial partners for their tremendous support of the rebel VFLW Competition and wish all players and clubs the best of luck ahead of the Finals Series.”
The 2022 rebel VFLW season comprised a 14-round home-and-away fixture followed by a pre-finals bye. Six teams will contest the four-week finals series culminating in the 2022 rebel VFLW Grand Final on Sunday July 3.
The last VFLW premier was Collingwood in 2019, with the 2020 season cancelled and the 2021 season called off before the Grand Final between Collingwood and Geelong could be played.
2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series Structure
Saturday June 18 and/or Sunday June 19
First Semi Final: Loser of Qualifying Final v Lower ranked winner from Elimination Finals (Venue, Date, Time TBC)
Second Semi Final: Winner of Qualifying Final v Higher ranked winner from Elimination Finals (Venue, Date, Time TBC)
Sunday June 26
First Preliminary Final : Loser of Second Semi Final v Winner of First Semi Final
(ETU Stadium, Time TBC)
Sunday July 3
Grand Final: Winner of Second Semi Final v Winner of Preliminary Final
(ETU Stadium, Time TBC)
The higher ranked team on the rebel VFLW Ladder at the conclusion of the Home and Away Season will play host to matches in Weeks One and Two of the 2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series.
Both the Preliminary Final and Grand Final will be played at Port Melbourne’s ETU Stadium.
To qualify to play in the 2022 rebel VFLW Finals Series:
- VFLW listed players must have played one game during the Home and Away Season
- 2022 AFLW listed players must have played three games during the Home and Away Season
- Clubs can select a maximum of 10 AFLW listed players in all matches of the Finals Series