Footy ad­min move pos­si­ble

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Ellinbank and Dis­trict Foot­ball League may come un­der the um­brella of AFL Gipp­s­land Re­gional Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre next sea­son.

The ma­jor­ity of se­nior and ju­nior foot­ball leagues in the re­gion are al­ready cen­trally ad­min­is­tered by AFL Gipp­s­land.

Re­gional gen­eral man­ager Travis Switzer said AFL Gipp­s­land had met with EDFL clubs and the clubs and league’s board of man­age­ment have also held sep­a­rate meet­ings to con­sider the change from its in­de­pen­dent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Mr Switzer said he was hope­ful a de­ci­sion was im­mi­nent.

The foot­ball off-sea­son will be a busy time for AFL Gipp­s­land.

The com­mis­sion has started a review of salary caps and the play­ers points sys­tems re­lat­ing the in­di­vid­ual clubs and leagues.

Con­tact will be made with all clubs and leagues to gather their views on whether changes are needed.

Mr Switzer said there may need to be tight­en­ing of salary caps in some leagues, es­pe­cially the dis­trict leagues, and it was also pos­si­ble there could be a re­duced cap on player pay­ments in Gipp­s­land League.

When in­tro­duced in com­mu­nity foot­ball this year AFL Vic­to­ria fore­shad­owed an aim to re­duce to­tal player pay­ments over time as part of its strat­egy to re­duce grow­ing fi­nan­cial pres­sures on clubs and to pro­vide more bal­anced com­pe­ti­tions.

The com­mis­sion hopes to fi­nalise both the points sys­tems and salary caps by the end of the month.

Also oc­cu­py­ing a lot of AFL Gipp­s­land thoughts will be the review of ju­nior foot­ball, par­tic­u­larly the un­der-age com­pe­ti­tions associated with se­nior leagues.

A num­ber of clubs through­out the re­gion weren’t able to field at least one, and in some cases two, teams this year while some oth­ers strug­gled to field full sides each week.

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